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Anza Borrego: Sandstone Canyon 3-26-2011

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It was a nice, if somewhat windy, day out in the desert. Thanks to Steve (Lexus), Eric and son (Land Cruiser), Steve and his wife (FJ), and Tyler (Nissan) for coming out. Even though I froze on the way out there (and back) and had no sleep the night before, it was still a great time.

 

You are in the Split Mountain Fault Zone.

Split Mountain was formed by erosion along this fault line. Flood waters cut down through the layered rock, forming Fish Creek. During flash floods thousands of tons of debris tumble through Split Mountain, scouring out the deep gorge.

 

The gorge you see before you provides an exit for much of the rock that was formed in the Split Mountain Fault Zone over the past 20 million years. More than 40,000 acres of watershed is funneled through this canyon. From here the flood waters flow more than 20 miles towards the Salton Sea.

 

Note the countless layers of rocks. They have much to tell about the history of Split Mountain.

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Fossilized reef.

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One of the canyon collapses from the earthquake.

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Steve getting up and over the boulders that defeated him back in 2007. Success!

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Now Eric's turn.

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Winding our way through...

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End of the line.

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Even from here I can tell its gonna be cold on the way home.

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I decide to take the extra credit line back through the collapse.

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We then ran into about 20 Jeeps coming through.

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All of my pics can be viewed here.

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Looks like a great run, thanks for the report John. George:cool::D

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Wow, that looks like a fun day! I wonder if the FJ Steve & wife were the couple with us on the Mojave last month? The couple I'm talking about were in their Ford F150 then, but they said they have an FJ and that they know you. Thanks for posting the report - looks like a nice run for if/when we get back out there again. d :rolleyes:

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Thanks for posting the report - looks like a nice run for if/when we get back out there again. d :rolleyes:

 

You bet. Sandstone Canyon is a must-see!

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Nice pics, looks fun. Yay another Frontier!

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Very nice! Looks like a great time. I really wished I had the chance to visit Anza Borrego before I leave. I guess it gives me a reason to come back to Southern CA.

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