Looking for a great trail in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California? AllTrails has 85 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 44 moderate trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ranging from 0.9 to 32.8 miles and from 226 to 6,171 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California. Five hundred miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and many miles of hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the California Desert. The park is named for Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and the Spanish word borrego, or bighorn sheep. The park features varied desert terrain and habitats, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas. Visitors may also have the chance to see roadrunners, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer and bighorn sheep as well as iguanas, chuckwallas and the red diamond rattlesnake. Listening devices for the hearing impaired are available in the visitor center. Many visitors approach from the east via Highways S22, S2, or 78. Visitors from San Diego and other points west arrive via Highways 79 and 78 can have the added pleasure of driving through the mountainous Cuyamaca Rancho State Park--quite a different experience from Anza-Borrego. The highways from the west climb to 2,400 feet or so and then descend about 2,000 feet to the valley. Where the highway breaks out of the high-country vegetation, it reveals the great bowl of the Anza-Borrego desert. The valley spreads below, and there are mountains all around. The Santa Rosa Mountains on the north side of this basin are notably grand. The surrounding mountains are wilderness, with no paved roads in or out or through. They have the only all-year-flowing watercourse in the park. They are the home of the peninsular bighorn sheep, often called desert bighorn. Few park visitors ever see them; the sheep wary in their defense against predators. A patient few observers each year see and count them, to learn how this endangered species is coping with human encroachment.

no shade
off trail
2 days ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

Amazing adventure hike. It ended up being closer to 9 miles starting from Dos Cabeza Rd and about 10 hours total with all the rock climbing and trying to find the best path to get through. It’s not much trail walking as it is boulder climbing and rock jumping. There are legit boulders and sides of the mountains you will be climbing up and down. There is no shade but going there we were fighting strong winds which helped keep us cool but it was warm on the way back. Go with a group of people because it is desolate out there. Bring gloves and also tweezers in case you get pricked by a cactus which will likely happen.

on The Mortreros Trail

hiking
5 days ago

Would be a little better if the trail was a little more clear and the markings were easier to find.

hiking
6 days ago

One of my favorite trails. EVER. If you've never hiked a slot, this is an excellent beginner spot!

hiking
no shade
rocky
11 days ago

Beautiful area that’s so full of life. The trail is hot and there are signs all over reminding people to bring lots of water, and they mean it. Even in October, the temp got well over 100 and there’s no shade most of the way. However, the oasis at the end is a fantastic place to relax and recover. The trail isn’t too taxing but weather definitely makes it tougher. It worth the hike just to see the incredible growth and giant native palms at the end.

off road driving
13 days ago

Best sunset in the desert by far

No waterfall of course because of the summer months. I was kind of bored with this one. Might try again in the winter when the fall is running and it's cooler weather.

off road driving
muddy
20 days ago

lot of fun!!

This trail is amazing it rained yesterday 9/26/19 and we hit a ton of mud. We had to drive through a standing water crossing probably from at the rain. It was awesome!

A little tough at the end, but a gorgeous trail

hiking
24 days ago

You can drive right up to this point. We did it in a Jeep no problem! (You have to drive in very light sand) it’s totally fine with a four wheel drive vehicle. The view is SOOOO worth it. Go see the sun rise or set there! Both are spectacular.

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
26 days ago

So this trail isn’t for the first time hiker. You need to know where to look and how to navigate a trail without using this app. It helped me but don’t count on it. The trail is there just not many people travel it and has a lot of cairns. Those are very helpful. Second, this trail goes straight up and is a butt-kicker. No shade at all. Then you get to the top for an easy walk to then straight down. Like straight down a wash with waterfalls. After 45 mins of navigating that you come to a huge waterfall kinda area, you can see the trestle. Looks great but enjoy that min cause you still have 30 mins till your even near it. First is a rope climb down. Not too bad. Honestly idk why it’s there but helps next you scramble down rocks in a wash that are loose and steep. No water on the trail. Overall it was a great hike. We saw a rattlesnake that wasn’t too happy and rams that wants to chase us but we had a good wash blocking us. They tried but left us alone after we started to leave. The teddy bear chollas are everywhere and love to hitch a ride. The bridge is an awesome site to see and still in great shape.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

The AllTrail map has if starting further down the road, but you can park right beyond the base where the elevation gain starts and hike up from there. That is where the trail head is.

off road driving
1 month ago

Fun off road trail with places to stop and look/climb/hike around. The trail has a couple fun obstacles that are a little trickier without a lift. With a little experience and maybe a spotter this trail can definitely be done in a stock Jeep. Just made it to the top in my stock JK Rubicon. Still hot in September (102º)!

off road driving
no shade
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

Trail flat and boring. The views are great, however.

off road driving
1 month ago

This shit is closed now off-road vehicles. Locked Iron gate in place. Probably because of the presence of the wind turbines which until recently weren't here. HAVING LESS ACCESS FOR RECREATION SUCKS!

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