Level 1+ to 2 Trail Ratings
Note: This page requires further revision. Vehicles are not allowed on the western third of the trail described here. Vehicles are not allowed in the ABDSP section, i.e. west of N32.66484° W116.17414°. You can’t drive to the actual overlook now. [Admin 7/10/21]
The Carrizo Gorge Overlook trail is moderately challenging and very scenic trail rated as a 1+ to 2 Difficulty. [It used to be 2 to 2+.] Lockers are not required though they are helpful on one steep and loose hill climb. There is one very sharp switchback that requires care.
Most [now all] of the trail is the Table Mountain area. The western mile or so [used to] cross back into ABDSP. That [was] the most interesting section but there are still challenges in TM. The north-south trail on the east has BLM designation TM020. The north part of that has some twists and bumps. On TM033 at N32.66644° W116.14006° is what I call the “Lockerama”. Coming up it there’s a 50/50 chance you’ll need lockers. Going down it I blew a tire once. There is a bypass.
This paragraph described the more fun features of the trail. Unfortunately they are all in ABDSP where we can no longer go. I leave this here as a memory of what we are missing.
“On the western ABDSP section there are a few notable features. There is the “Boulder Dodge” at N32.67202° W116.18553°. There are numerous colors of automotive paint on that boulder. There is the Hairpin at N32.67551° W116.18755°. A JKU will have to make a few jogs. The “Knob Step” is at N32.67679° W116.18872°. It’s a step with a knob right in the middle. If you pick the right line you’ll clear the knob. The overlook is at N32.67994° W116.19517°. If you think of it, bring binoculars. There are interesting distant views of the tracks, tunnels, and cars of “The Impossible Railroad” there.”
There is a nudist resort in the area. Others JustRunners have reported encountering hikers from that resort on this trail before. I haven’t. They tell me I am fortunate.