Dogs No Dogs
Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife
Great for older children who love a good adventure.
Palms, deciduous trees, cacti, desert wash, rugged canyon, a waterfall - you'll see it all along the Hellhole Canyon Trail. But be ready for scrambling small rocks and even a few boulders.
Need to Know
The waterfall is seasonal and may or may not be flowing depending on current conditions. Check at the visitor center before hiking.
The path begins at the parking area a few miles south of the main Anza-Borrego Visitor Center. Follow the trail westward into the narrowing canyon between the mountains. Drop into the wash after about 1.3 miles and turn left to follow the wash into the canyon.
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
Deciduous trees, palm trees, yucca, etc.
Shared By: Anne Travels