This was our first time off-roading in the desert in our Toyota Corolla, so it was a pleasant surprise when we found that it handled the dirt roads amazingly well. Of course, it doesn’t have a lot of clearance, but I took a good look at the undercarriage to see where the vulnerable points were before we left, so I felt confident that we would avoid any major rock damage. Careful and slow driving (when warranted, where there is a profusion of rocks and declivities on the road) are the key to taking a passenger car safely into the desert.
We drove north out of Borrego Springs on DiGiorgio Road until the pavement ended and it became Coyote Canyon Road. This continued up Coyote Canyon for several miles. Amazingly, we were able to get the car beyond Third Crossing (we crossed the flowing Coyote Creek three times) which was a feat only my truck had done before. We were well-satisfied!
Our goal: To explore the South Fork of Sheep Canyon!
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