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Hellhole Canyon Preserve

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 3.8 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Challenging if you go the long way, with a beautiful view from the top of Paradise Mountain.


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8.7

Miles

14.1

KM

Loop

3,173' 967 m

High

1,707' 520 m

Low

1,912' 583 m

Up

1,913' 583 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This a challenging hike. The staging area is good with water and restrooms. You then start down a steep trail into the canyon with a creek/stream. After you head out of the canyon, you'll come to the base of the mountain and a choice of several forks that can make the hike short or long. You can choose to do various loops under the mountain or ascend and continue along the ridge with several worthwhile viewpoints. If you decide to do the whole hike, make sure you bring lots of water.

Need to Know

Good restrooms and drinkable water at staging area. Bring lots of water. I went through almost 4 liters on a 90-degree day.

Description

It's called the Hellhole Canyon Preserve and Paradise Mountain is on it, but the names should be switched. The canyon is beautiful and lush. The mountain is on the edge of being desert brush. But the view from the top and hiking across the spine is quite breathtaking and well worth the climb.

If you're lucky, you'll get a breeze about halfway up and on top of the mountain. Most of the trail is very well-defined. There was a spot or two where I questioned which direction to go, but it became clear after a second or two. I've only been in the hotter months, which probably isn't the best idea. I went through 4 liters of water this time (early June). If you want a challenge, I recommend this trail, but be prepared.

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Matthew Lechtman

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  3.8 from 4 votes

#4290

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The challenge ahead.
Jun 13, 2019 near Valley…, CA
3D model of preserve.
Jun 13, 2019 near Valley…, CA
View of Harrah's Casino from top of Paradise Mountain.
Jun 13, 2019 near Valley…, CA

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Sep 26, 2020
Ryan C
Distance includes spur to lookout #1. Time includes a 30min break for lunch up at lookout #1. Did it clockwise. 9.1mi — 4h 00m
Sep 29, 2019
Anthony Papaccio
May 1, 2008
Evamarie Griffin