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Arches - Indian Pass Wilderness Guided Hike 


Iconically American, this black lab sits framed in one of the arches.  Photo: J. Johnson

Iconically American, this black lab sits framed in one of the arches.  Photo: J. Johnson


BONUS Photo Hike!
Saturday, February 8, 2014

Take your landscape photography to the next level!

Want to learn how to use that DSLR you got over the holidays?  Or finally figure out how to use the one you already have?  Photographers from the Imperial Valley Friends of Photography Club will join us on the hike to give you pointers on composition, exposure, techniques, etc.

Hikers will meet the park ranger at the intersection of Ogilby Road and Indian Pass Road (approx. 12 miles north of Interstate 8) at 9:00am.  The caravan will drive east on Indian Pass Road (high clearance/4WD vehicle recommended) for 8.5 miles to the parking area and hike starting point. 

No dogs on this one, please.  Sign up today!


Location:  Indian Pass Wilderness, Eastern Imperial County, California

Difficulty:  Moderate hike in mostly sandy/cobble wash, with slight elevation gain/loss, approx. 3.5 miles roundtrip. Granitic boulders and volcanic spires dominate the scenery, and everywhere geology speaks.  Approx. 5 hours.

Who's invited:  10 dogs, or 20 hikers is the limit.  No more than one dog per handler, please.  Children under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Bring your well-behaved best friend and join a BLM Park Ranger for a moderate hike to view the Indian Pass Arches.  Hike is free, but participation is by reservation.  

Hike Dates:  November 23, 2013; February 15, 2014

Hikers and their pets will meet the park ranger at the intersection of Ogilby Road and Indian Pass Road (approx. 12 miles north of Interstate 8) at 9:00am.  The caravan will drive east on Indian Pass Road (high clearance/4WD vehicle recommended) for 8.5 miles to the parking area and hike starting point. 

Pet Advisory:  Arches are located a short climb above the wash, up a steep gully that is not recommended for all dogs.