Weekend Adventures in Carrizo Plain

Peak Summited2023 Caliente Mountain
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadCaliente Mtn Ridge Trail
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a group
Road ConditionsRoad recommended for high clearance only
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

We drove out to Carrizo for Presidents’ Day weekend. We rented a high clearance vehicle because all of the roads are dirt roads out here. We took the 166 fwy and google maps sent us driving down cliffs. Note that you should take 166 to Soda Lake rd, which is the easiest way to get to Carrizo. We stayed at Selby campground which is the closest to the trailhead. It’s first come campground like most of the area and you can camp wherever here. It’s was completely full this weekend. It has nice bathrooms and you can have a campfire. You need to bring enough water because they don’t have potable water in this area. From the campground, it’s a 3 mile up hill drive to the trailhead for Caliente Mtn. You need a high clearance vehicle for this section. We started at 6 am and got to the summit by 11 am. There is no shade on this hike and we had perfect weather: cool and a little windy with sun. The hike goes up and down 2000 ft and you don’t see the summit until the last mile. The summit has remains of a WW2 station to protect the oil fields from being attacked. I paired this hike with Golden Mocha Ale because it has coffee and chocolate in it for a pick me up. We made it back by 5 pm and drove home.


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