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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


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:  Check back for 2014/2015 hike schedule!

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.