Maidenhair Falls Hellhole Canyon Trail Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Hellhole Canyon is backed up against the San Ysidro Mountains just southwest of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center in Borrego Springs. The ominously named canyon is home to Maidenhair Falls, a seasonal 20-foot waterfall that makes a refreshing hiking destination on a hot day in the California desert. If you are visiting the park in early spring, or any time rains bring water... Read more.
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Tagged with · Borrego Springs · California State Parks · Desert Canyons · Free Trails · Oases · Off Trail · San Ysidro Mountains
Distance: 5.5 miles · Elevation change: 1000 feet
By: Published: Last updated: May 27, 2017
Borrego Palm Canyon Trail Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Borrego Palm Canyon is a wide trench descending west to east down the San Ysidro Mountains just west of Borrego Springs. The creation of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park began in the 1930s with the protection of this palm-filled canyon. The popularity of the trail exploring Borrego Palm Canyon has endured, even as the park has expanded to protect a thousand square miles of southeastern... Read more.
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Tagged with · Borrego Springs · California State Parks · Closed · Desert Canyons · Oases · San Ysidro Mountains
Distance: 3.25 miles · Elevation change: 450 feet
By: Published: Last updated: March 1, 2019
Rainbow Canyon Trail Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
For an exciting 2.2-mile hike on an undeveloped trail through a colorful canyon, make your way to Rainbow Canyon, located south of Blair Valley in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. A bit of scrambling is required on this hike, to climb several sloped dry falls within the canyon. This hike has 300 feet of elevation gain between the trailhead and the turnaround point, with plenty to see along... Read more.
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Tagged with · California State Parks · Desert Canyons · Free Trails · Julian · Off Trail
Distance: 2.2 miles · Elevation change: 300 feet
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Pictograph Trail Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Pictograph Trail provides a 1.8-mile out and back hike to an elephant-sized canvas, otherwise known as a boulder, that was used by Kumeyaay Indian painters who lived in the Anza-Borrego Desert over two thousand years ago. From the trailhead, hike east up a shallow draw in the ridgeline, gaining 190 feet over 0.55 miles. Behind you, there is a grand view over Little Blair Valley and... Read more.
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Tagged with · California State Parks · Free Trails · Julian
Distance: 1.8 miles · Elevation change: 190 feet
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Morteros Trail Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
This short gradual 0.6-mile round trip hike ascends to an area of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park that was once inhabited by Kumeyaay Indians. The Kumeyaay left behind morteros, grinding bowls carved into large boulders along the trail. These Native Americans used the circular morteros over 2,000 years ago to grind local nuts and seeds into meal. From the well-marked trailhead above Blair... Read more.
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Distance: 0.6 miles · Elevation change: 40 feet
By: Published: Last updated: May 27, 2017