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McCain Valley Road

2 Reviews
Location El Centro, CA
Rating Easy,
Length 16.7mi
Time 4hrs

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Easy, high-desert drive to picnic spots above Corrizo Canyon.

Scenic high desert drive with two overlooks of Carrizo Canyon. Corrizo Overlook, with picnic tables, makes great lunch spot. Take binoculars. Fun hiking trails. Overnight camping at Lark Canyon Recreation Site, fee area. Street-legal vehicles only on McCain Valley Road. Lark Canyon OHV Area is for vehicles less than 40 inches wide.


Trail Ratings Defined

Passenger cars can reach the overlooks. High clearance best after Carrizo Overlook.




One way



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Not too hot in summer

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(760) 337-4400BLM, El Centro Field Office.

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Submitted by Steven
This trail turned out to be kind of a disappointment. It’s 11 miles of wide graded gravel road coursing through endless wind turbines and high tension lines. There are some spectacular views though. After 11 miles, we came to a dirt road so deeply rutted that we turned around.


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Steven Forrest says

Steven Forrest [email protected] Kind of a disappointment, all in all. It's a wide, well-graded gravel road through miles of wind turbines, with a few spectacular views of the Carrizo Gorge. After 11 miles, it comes to a totally eroded dirt road which looked so uninviting that I turned around even though I drive a Rubicon. The Scatatone overlook was similarly unapproachable -- we made it about a mile over totally rutted, nasty, Prius-killer ground, then turned around. I can't help but think that the situation on this trail has changed radically since Funtreks last reviewed it.

Steven Forrest says

No fun - just a wide gravel road through endless wind turbines. A couple of terrific views. After 11 miles, you hit a dirt road so rutted and eroded that I didn't want to tackle it in my Rubicon.
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