Best Trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness

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Want to find the best trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness for an adventurous hike or a family trip? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, biking trails, running trails and more. Enjoy hand-curated trail maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. Ready for your next hike or bike ride? Explore one of 2 easy hiking trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness that are great for the whole family. Looking for a more strenuous hike? We've got you covered, with trails ranging from 141 to 1,369 meters in elevation gain. Whatever you have planned for the day, you can find the perfect trail for your next trip to Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness.
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Map of trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness, California
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Borrego Palm Canyon
#1 - Borrego Palm Canyon
Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
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Length: 4.7 km • Est. 1h 29m
Borrego Palm Canyon is the most popular trail in California's largest state park. It leads to the third-largest palm oasis in California, which was the first site sought for a desert state park back in the 1920s. It's a beautiful, well-watered oasis, tucked away in a rocky V-shaped gorge. If you're lucky, you may glimpse a bighorn sheep, in a canyon vegetated by California's only native species of palm. The park receives many visitors due to its proximity to the metropolises of Southern California, and the trail is relatively easy to access and hike (three miles round trip with 600' elevation gain). The trail visits the first palm grove and a waterfall. A longer option takes you exploring farther up-canyon. During the spring wildflower season, this trail is not the place to "get away from it all." However, the hike is rewarding in may ways: kid-friendly, a multitude of waypoints through which to explore the natural history, and minimal effort for outstanding natural values.Show more
Maidenhair Falls via Hellhole Canyon Trail
#2 - Maidenhair Falls via Hellhole Canyon Trail
Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
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Length: 9.0 km • Est. 2h 55m
Panorama Overlook
#3 - Panorama Overlook
Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
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Length: 2.6 km • Est. 1h 4m
Pinyon Ridge Trail to Mount Wilson
#4 - Pinyon Ridge Trail to Mount Wilson
Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
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Length: 17.1 km • Est. 5h 27m
Culp Valley Overlook Trail
#5 - Culp Valley Overlook Trail
Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
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Length: 6.1 km • Est. 2h 6m
The views from the overlook are beautiful, and there is a lot of wildlife to be seen. There are several side trips up onto the rocks above the trail that are worth it. The 1st one just goes to a rock outcropping but it has great overall views of the camp and down into Borrego Valley. The 2nd one goes up to a really cool rock formation that looks like a large eel with sharp teeth. Accessibility: There are no designated accessible spaces in the dirt parking lot off of Montezuma Borrego Highway at the south end of the trail. However, there is 1 paved designated accessible space in the gravel parking lot near the vault toilets at about 0.3 miles when going counterclockwise. It is van-accessible with striped access aisles. This parking lot has been marked with a waypoint. The trail surface is gravel or a natural surface (dirt, rocks, sand). It is typically at least 6 feet wide. The most accessible portion of the trail is the first about 1.0 miles when going counterclockwise to the overlook. The majority of the trail is estimated to be in the mostly gentle (5% or less) grade category but there are steeper sections at about 0.7, 1.0, and 1.3-3.6 miles when going counterclockwise. Trail goers using wheelchairs/mobility equipment or strollers may need assistance in the steeper sections or to avoid them for safety. All-terrain tires or motorized equipment may be needed for the surface type and grade. Show more
Indianhead Mountain via Borrego Palm Canyon
#6 - Indianhead Mountain via Borrego Palm Canyon
Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
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Length: 11.6 km • Est. 5h 1m
Take the Borrego Palm Canyon trail all the way to the end and continue on in the canyon until right before you reach a fork in the canyon about 3.5 miles in. This hike will beat you up as it is off trail in an area of cactus and agave. This hike is through the canyon and basically straight up from there. You gain about 1500-2000 ft in a mile or so. This is one of those hikes you may only want to do once.Show more
San Ysidro Mountain via Panorama Overlook Trail
#7 - San Ysidro Mountain via Panorama Overlook Trail
Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
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Length: 13.0 km • Est. 6h 18m
Goat Canyon Trestle: Palms to Doz Cabezas
#8 - Goat Canyon Trestle: Palms to Doz Cabezas
Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
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Length: 20.6 km • Est. 6h 28m
Flat Cat Canyon Trail
#9 - Flat Cat Canyon Trail
Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
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Length: 12.2 km • Est. 5h 7m
Tubb Canyon Trail to Middle Spring and Tubb Canyon Spring
#10 - Tubb Canyon Trail to Middle Spring and Tubb Canyon Spring
Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
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Length: 10.1 km • Est. 3h 45m