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Hellhole Canyon Trail

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Great trail head. Informative kiosk. Be prepared!

Enjoyed our little spontaneous jaunt. Brought snacks & lots of water, but still pretty extreme for... read more

Reviewed April 9, 2018
San Marcos, California
Nice Hike 6 miles in and out to first oasis

Easy walk to first oasis about 3 miles. Trail is easy to follow with no special hiking equipment... read more

Reviewed March 24, 2018
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Montezuma Valley Road, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
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Reviewed April 9, 2018

Enjoyed our little spontaneous jaunt. Brought snacks & lots of water, but still pretty extreme for beginner hikers during mid-day hike. Don't be confused when trail veers off to the left for the CA Hiking & Riding Trail. It'll take you up in elevation to...More

Thank Brent7557
Reviewed March 24, 2018

Easy walk to first oasis about 3 miles. Trail is easy to follow with no special hiking equipment. Take water.

Thank A J
Reviewed February 18, 2018

When I wasnt worried about whether we were on the trail, I enjoyed this hike. But highly recommend a trail map. Oasis not as nice as Palm Canyon which is very well marked.

Thank Colleen G
Reviewed February 7, 2018

The Mrs and I left about 2 pm and the round trip took until dark. Unfortunately there was nary a waterfall to be seen. It's a hike of 2 dimensions, the first half flat and sandy, relatively fast, the second half more and more boulders...More

Thank jeffreyjonkoch
Reviewed December 12, 2017

Desolate at the same time as beautiful.... best in the AM due to temps winter might be better around noon.

Thank bmwbillk
Reviewed November 8, 2017

Tried to hike here on a Thursday, but the Preserve was closed. it's only open Friday thru Monday so plan accordingly. We did come back on Friday and did the Horse Thief Loop. It's a 4 mile loop with some elevation gain on the way...More

Thank willkommenhof
Reviewed May 8, 2017

Bring water and start early… it’s a 5+ mile hike… But it’s an easy gradual hike. And the topography details change about every half mile… The little flowers type change from pink to yellow ones or purple ones.. the cacti type changes too… If you...More

Thank LumenateTHEway
Reviewed April 17, 2017

My husband and I took the advise of the ranger and went on this hike. We took our time taking photo's of the various desert wildflower going up. Recommend going EARLY as it gets HOT! Take plenty of water for this hike!!! A great hike!

Thank 13bstock01
Reviewed April 1, 2017 via mobile

Loved this hike! We parked at the visitors center Due to the outrageous crowds descending on this tiny town for the super bloom. There is a nice little trail that merges with the hellhole canyon trail but, you'll add another to your total hike out...More

1  Thank Kelli R
Reviewed March 21, 2017 via mobile

This is a great hike, but does require some climbing over rocks and several stream crossings toward the top. Expect to take 2 hours going up that includes time for several stops to snap photos along the way. The trail is fairly easy to follow,...More

Thank Wendya01
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