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Recommended Routes in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - 13

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Favorite Stonewall Peak from the Cold Stream Trail
Intermediate

Stonewall Peak Loop

5.3 mi 8.5 km 971' Up 296.08 m Up 972' Down 296.2 m Down

Descanso, CA
Favorite The view north from Cuyamaca Peak was cloudy and beautiful on a day in January 2017.
Intermediate/Difficult

Cuyamaca Peak

5.4 mi 8.7 km 1,559' Up 475.14 m Up 1,559' Down 475.06 m Down

Descanso, CA
Favorite California fan palms grow in the Palm Canyon Trail's desert oasis in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Intermediate

Palm Canyon Loop

3.0 mi 4.8 km 488' Up 148.87 m Up 478' Down 145.62 m Down

Borrego…, CA
Favorite On the way to Villager
Intermediate/Difficult

Villager–Rabbit Out-and-Back Route

22.3 mi 35.8 km 7,207' Up 2196.73 m Up 7,206' Down 2196.54 m Down

Borrego…, CA
Favorite A refreshing water break and refreshing scenery await on the backside of the Elephant Knees.
Difficult

Elephant Knees

4.2 mi 6.8 km 533' Up 162.5 m Up 533' Down 162.53 m Down

Salton…, CA
Favorite Hikers descending a spot elevation on the Split Mountain Loop
Difficult

Split Mountain Loop

13.8 mi 22.2 km 1,369' Up 417.25 m Up 1,368' Down 417.1 m Down

Salton…, CA
Favorite Among the Hellhole Palms
Intermediate/Difficult

Hellhole Canyon Trail to Maidenhair Falls

5.2 mi 8.3 km 953' Up 290.4 m Up 952' Down 290.32 m Down

Borrego…, CA
Favorite Two hikers descend into the badlands near Font's Point.
Difficult

Font's Point Route

11.8 mi 19.0 km 925' Up 281.84 m Up 925' Down 281.96 m Down

Borrego…, CA
Favorite Burst of yellow in Cuyamaca Rancho SP after a wet winter.
Intermediate

Airplane Monument Loop

5.0 mi 8.1 km 849' Up 258.69 m Up 847' Down 258.3 m Down

Descanso, CA
Favorite Wildflowers bloom on the West Mesa Trail in Cuyamaca State Park.
Intermediate

West Mesa Loop

6.7 mi 10.8 km 1,000' Up 304.85 m Up 1,001' Down 305.03 m Down

Descanso, CA
Favorite Rock in Palo Verde Canyon.
Difficult

Mile High Mountain

14.2 mi 22.9 km 4,701' Up 1433 m Up 4,700' Down 1432.49 m Down

Borrego…, CA
Favorite Hiking out of Smoke Tree Canyon
Difficult

Rock Tanks Loop

6.3 mi 10.2 km 1,246' Up 379.72 m Up 1,201' Down 365.93 m Down

Salton…, CA
Favorite Blooming ocotillo in the Canebrake area of Anza-Borrego.
Intermediate/Difficult

Canebreak Canyon to Prom 2300

5.7 mi 9.2 km 1,447' Up 441.03 m Up 1,444' Down 440.28 m Down

Pine Va…, CA

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Hiking

  • 523 Miles 841 Kilometers of Trail
  • 13 Recommended Routes
  • 26 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 49 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 16 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - 78

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10.2 mi 16.5 km #1Big Laguna Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Pine Valley, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Pine Valley, CA 12 
1.2 mi 1.9 km #2Garnet Peak Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Pine Valley, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Pine Valley, CA
3.7 mi 5.9 km #3Marty Minshall
Intermediate
Julian, CA
Intermediate
Julian, CA
0.5 mi 0.8 km #4Anza Borrego Panoramic Overlook
Intermediate
Borrego Springs, CA
Intermediate
Borrego Springs, CA
0.3 mi 0.5 km #5The Slot
Easy/Intermediate
Borrego Springs, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Borrego Springs, CA
10.4 mi 16.7 km #6Noble Canyon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Pine Valley, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Pine Valley, CA
2.5 mi 4.1 km #7Coast to Crest Trail: Highway 79 to Volcan Mountain Summit
Intermediate
Julian, CA
Intermediate
Julian, CA
3.6 mi 5.8 km #8Stonewall Peak Trail
Intermediate
Descanso, CA
Intermediate
Descanso, CA
1.1 mi 1.8 km #9Five Oaks Trail
Intermediate
Julian, CA
Intermediate
Julian, CA
108.8 mi 175.1 km #10PCT: Campo to Warner Springs
Intermediate
Campo, CA
Intermediate
Campo, CA

Photos of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - 187

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Mar 18, 2018 near Borrego…, CA
Garnet peak
Oct 23, 2018 near Pine Va…, CA
A refreshing water break and refreshing scenery await on the backside of the Elephant Knees.
Apr 26, 2017 near Salton…, CA
Two hikers ascend the Elephant Knees ridge.
Apr 26, 2017 near Salton…, CA
Stonewall Peak from the Cold Stream Trail
Mar 24, 2018 near Julian, CA
The trail carves through the edge of the meadow
Sep 23, 2020 near Descanso, CA
Start of the Eastside Trail
Sep 22, 2020 near Descanso, CA
Two hikers descend into the badlands near Font's Point.
Apr 5, 2018 near Borrego…, CA