Explore the most popular Wild Flowers trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
no shade
over grown
6 days ago

off road driving
no shade
rocky
scramble
washed out
7 days ago

Jeep or Tacoma stock with good tires and some kind of coil over would be nice if you don’t have skids plates and all that (some big rocks and more technical areas here and there plus fun challenging steep offshoots) and if you don’t have 4x4 then at least the rear locker! Come up from S2 for the fun way up!

off road driving
bugs
no shade
rocky
9 days ago

fun trail overall. one section will require extra clearance. most of the road is through a wash, making it fun to drive through the soft sand. very hot in the summer, not many places to stop for shade. part of the road is a private road but there is no gate. sign posted states you cant go off the road or get out of vehicle while on this small portion of trail.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

very poorly marked once you hit the palm grove, cant even give you a heads up on left or right. LOTS of bees.. if theres even a trickle of water (like today) bees, bees and more bees. Think "My Girl" bee scene. pretty scenery and not intolerably hot if you start around 6am. Lush and green where the falls would be and ankle deep water to cool your feet before braving the jungle back down.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful desert hike; The Bighorn sheep/Borrego came down to the trail to visit with our group & get a drink; Was a momma, dad & one little sheep in training; Curvy path follows the creek/stream up to the large boulders & waterfall. There is a very cool climb up through the rocks (sort of a vertical tunnel) from the bottom of the waterfall that my kids & I really liked. A little further up there is the palm 'grove' that gives the trail its name. That portion (& the whole trail, really) is flanked by steep, rocky canyon walls & is quite awesome. The palm grove area is pretty impressive & gives hikers some welcome shade before their return hike. BTW, at night (we camped there too), we used blacklights to look for Scorpions & saw 60-70 of em... they are everywhere & their camoflage is so good you can't even notice them without the black light. Very neat to see (mostly little ones, but a few big-daddies). Really enjoyed the experience & would recommended it.

off road driving
rocky
25 days ago

Came in from S2. Stayed left on Mason. Jeep 2D Wrangler did great. 4x4 is a must to get thru a portion of the rock trail. No turning around once you are half way up the Mtn so have enough clearing room to go over boulders & ruts from the rain. There's a couple of REALLY narrow parts. Gnarly road for a while. Be safe & Enjoy!

off road driving
26 days ago

really fun and easy trail for beginners. Jeep 4x4 was perfect for the sandy road.

horseback riding
no shade
rocky
29 days ago

bridge out
off trail
over grown
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

loved this hike! I suggest taking a lot of water and start early in the morning.

We did this about a month ago. It was super windy but that didn’t affect the hike too much. Actually seemed to cool it down quite a bit. It’s beautiful on the way in and out as you get two completely different perspectives going in towards the canyon then out with a view of the expansive landscape. Almost gave the feeling of a loop hike since it didn’t necessarily feel like you were on the same path going out. We were pretty surprised to find frogs, ferns, and other interesting creatures and plants in the desert - but the oasis allows for those kinds of surprises! The hike is super easy in the beginning, but then you get your gains all at once with quite a few scrambles and [light] rock climbs. It’s all worth it for the fern wall and waterfall at the end! Would definitely do this one again.

My bad for doing this in 98 degree weather but I was willing to tough it out for a waterfall.... which dried up due to heat I guess. So no cooling off for me. I can see how this trail Would be really appealing in the cooler weather after a rain. But really a horrible trail this time of year.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike. Our first desert/mountain area hike and it was a great one to start with. Not to hard for adult beginners, but still challenging enough to be fun. Beautiful scenery and the palm oasis is a cool destination.

Pretty easy hike. The weather was very moderate. A bit on the cooler/windy side. The trail seems a little slow but once you get to the palm tree oasis makes it all worth it! You’ll know when you get there! There were many families as well so something doable for most!

Definitely a spot to check out for mud caves! I recommend taking a good vehicle to get in. Although, I did see a minivan make it up pretty close. But they walked up to some of the caves. But I wouldn't risk it... We only looked for several - and they are very fun! Get ready to get dusty! Take headlamp/flashlight. Mask if you are very sensitive to dust. Definitely something to experience! Kind of hard to find the 'entrance to the caves.' So if it looks like a hole - from far away - just walk up to it and try to see it up close. Because those are the ones that end up being the entrances. Be careful of the sand and your step - because it is VERY soft and the dust flies everywhere. Just be careful going up and down!

off road driving
no shade
1 month ago

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