The Slot is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Borrego Springs, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
off road driving
Slot Canyon is an unmaintained trail off a sand road, far from most visitor traffic. Here, flash floods formed a breathtaking slot canyon. At points, forty-foot high walls arch above a foot-wide canyon floor.
An amazing spot to visit if you're in Anza, especially if it's the summer time and you want to escape some of the heat. The trail is easy/impossible to stray from and there's a parking area at the trailhead. I've seen alot of people confused after parking when trying to find out how to start it. So when you park facing the canyon, go to the right up a small hill and then turn left down into the canyon. DO NOT try an adventure when there's been rain or a chance of a flood coming, the trail is narrow, hence the name. And to be blunt, if you're a bigger person, you may have some problems when it gets tight. Besides that it's the best hike for kids or a simple walk close to Borrego Springs.
One of the coolest trails in So cal
The hike is really short and easy but it's incredible. Something you don't get to see very often.
Hike is short but well worth seeing the beautiful canyon with amazing photo ops opportunity.
Very cool short hike. Gets tight is some places but very scenic.
Great sights. Easy to get to...even in small rental car. Highly recommend!
Super short hike but worth the photo opportunities. Really enjoyed it.
THE SLOT should be in everyone's bucket list :-) Awesome trail - great, unique and fun experience. Easy to miss the Buttes Pass road from 78, and a bit rough to get to the trail head, but once you are there - boy! This is it!
The trail is very easy - yes there are narrow passages but even a slightly large person can easily fit in. Not much elevation or anything strenuous, just a nice and easy walk. You will be amazed and awestruck with this canyon in the middle nowhere.
You drive down a dirt road for a little over a mile before getting to the parking lot.
Amazing little canyons with some parts that are super narrow which makes it even more fun. I had just finished watching Star Wars and it felt like I was walking through a mini Tatooine haha
Great easy hike
This was a very cool intro to what canyons are like. Some spots were pretty narrow. Definitely check the weather, in case of flash floods. Easy hike though getting in and out of the canyon is a little hard.
GSP coordinates: 33.182132, -116.214176
The Slot Canyon out near Borrego Springs is one of the only ones of it's kind in the area. It is a great hike and very easy to find despite what folks always seem to write up about it.
If you are coming from Julian directly, stay on Hwy 78 and go pass Borrego Springs Road, the road you are looking for is Buttes Pass Road which is just a mile or so pass the turn for Borrego Springs Rd. If coming out of Borrego Springs, use Borrego Springs Road directly and link up with the 78, turning east towards Ocotillo Wells, again heading east till you see the sign for Buttes Pass. I think the trick is not missing the small brown signs that are used to denote the park roads as they are easy to miss.
The road is improved gravel, so you shouldn't need a 4x4, but stay on the trail and as long as your vehicle has pretty good ground clearance you should shouldn't have to worry about getting stuck. I made the mistake of turning off on the wrong trail the first time out there in my car and got stuck. It is very easy to do and can be dangerous given the right conditions.
Buttes Pass Road splits just a short ways in and heads slightly east to Goat Trail, continue northward towards Borrego Mountain Wash. After a good half mile or so, you will come to a wide parking area.
Please note, the road goes on further but you will need a 4x4 very quickly once you continue from this point onward pass the Slot Canyon parking so only do it if you have one.
The initial climb down into the canyon is steep, but not that bad if you go slow and pay attention to your footing. And as with all canyons like this, the temperature is a good 10 - 15 degrees cooler down inside the canyon than at the surface which is nice, but still make sure that you bring plenty of water and your standard hiking gear (good shoes and a hat are a must).
The canyon can be narrow in areas and you might have to take off your backpack if your wearing one. Overall, it's a great hike. One that you should see at various times with the light: morning, mid day, and evening. It's simply gorgeous.
Be safe, make sure someone knows where you are and take someone with you. I don't mean to sound preachy, but folks who have never been out in the heat sometimes read these posts then they head out to do the hikes and they can get themselves into trouble if they are not prepared - that desert can get super hot. It always makes me very sad when I read about accidents like that and I hate seeing it happen.
Always worth the time - hop over and knock this one out as you're passing through the area. Each of the two dozen trips, I've always wondered if it's my time... Thrilling for the kid-o's. Take the dirt road out, park where you can see that everyone else does, and scoot down into the slot and follow the footsteps. It's exists from nature's power - watch the skies before you go.
Really enjoy this hike. Not difficult or much of a work out but interesting and fun. Getting down into the slot area is basically scambling down a gravelly slope so not great for anyone not sure footed but its not too steep. At one point it gets narrow enough that you have to walk sideways. Definitely bring water! To get to the parking area, you are ok if not 4wd when dry.
Road is unpaved and the sign is very small and easy to miss.