Hellhole Canyon Trail to Maidenhair Falls
ElevationAscent: 953' 290 m
Descent: -952' -290 m
High: 1,855' 565 m
Low: 902' 275 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)
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“Partial-trail-scramble up a desert canyon to palms and a waterfall.”— Anne Travels
Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife
Family Friendly Great for older children who love a good adventure.
Need to Know
After entering the wash, the trail sometimes becomes obscured by rocks, desert flora, and the rugged terrain. Light scrambling may be required to weave around or over boulders. At some point while scrambling up the wash, you'll begin to see water in the main channel.
Arrive at the Hellhole Palms at about mile 2.3. The palms are a welcome respite from the hot sun on a warm day.
The route beyond the palms is noticeably more difficult and more hemmed-in - while there were views before back down the canyon, the foliage makes seeing difficult more than a few feet in any direction. It's worth the trek, though, to arrive at Maidenhair Falls at about mile 2.6.
Flora & Fauna
Land Manager: California State Parks - Colorado Desert District