Borrego Palm Canyon

MODERATE 63 reviews

Borrego Palm Canyon is a 2.8 mile loop trail located near Borrego Springs, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until May. Horses are also able to use this trail.

2.8 miles 518 feet Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

See a real desert oasis as you clamber through a slot canyon in Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness 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: child-friendly, a multitude of waypoints through which to explore the natural history, and minimal effort for outstanding natural values.

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7 days ago

Amazing hike. Quick mile and a half but washed out rock makes the hike in, fun. Easily read trail markers and landmarks guide your way back to the oasis. This was my first experience at an oasis and it surely didn't disappoint. Once you make it the oasis, the fun just begins. So many waterfalls and great photo opportunities. Peaceful. Truly an oasis in the desert. The trail splits off as a loop before rejoining for the final third of a mile in. Next visit I will take the alternate route. Can't wait to come back.

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17 days ago

Great trail, easily marked and wicked view from the alternate trail on the return. Worth a try for sure.

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23 days ago

Very popular trail, came back on the other side of the spring with nice views of the valley... not easy as the other side but not so difficult

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1 month ago

Really beautiful trail, especially after all this rain. Did an attempt at Indianhead Mountain, but took the wrong ridge up like a dope and got stuck at about 3000 ft. Had to call it for the day after that. This trail here though is really pretty and easy to get lost on as the real trail disappears around the first palm grove. Defintely looks like a cool backpacking trip, and I will be back for Indianhead very soon. Trust.

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1 month ago

Trail isn't very obvious and it can be easy to stray from it unintentionally. The end has rocks to climb though and the view it will provide of the oasis is beautiful. Highly recommend if you are in the area.

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4 months ago

the alternative trail back was more difficult. it was stoney and no trail markers.

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