Blind Canyon Trail is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Desert Hot Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 984 feet Route Type: Loop

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Scattered trails at the North end of Desert Hot Springs, an extension of the Little San Bernardino Mountains. Open year round to all hikers of skill level. Nestled within the western extension of the Little San Bernardino Mountains, roughly 32,000 acres known as Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. This area is characterized by steep canyons, rugged terrain and desert oasis. The area is especially high in natural diversity given its location within a transition between the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. The Preserve includes an internationally recognized desert oasis and marsh that is one of the 10 largest cottonwood and willow riparian (stream) habitats in California. It is also identified by the Audubon Society as one of the most important avian habitat areas in California. Located at the north end of city of Desert Hot Springs, CA.

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2 months ago

Wow!! That was harder then expected but it was an amazing hike/run. The recent rains washed away dirt and there are multiple rock scrambles now, requiring to stow the poles and using all fours to go up to the trail. I walked up to this “wall” that I thought was the end of the trail but after I climbed the wall I found the trail continued. A Little Rock scramble wasn’t expected but was easy. There’s many areas you will think you are off trail but just keep to what AllTrails is telling you to do. There’s many off-shoot trails so keep your phone handy to review the map in AllTrails to pick the proper one.

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The views from the top are amazing. Great morning workout.

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Went a little off-road with some climbing. The rocks are very loose so make sure you are an adequate and confident climber.

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Thu Jan 03 2019

Great views, not spectacular until you reach the top. But worth it! We may have lost an iPhone on the trail on 12/27. Black case. Reward for return in any condition. Please contact 703.403.1285.

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Thu Dec 13 2018

Ugh! Only positive are the wonderful views from on top. But the area is a web of OHV trails, trash, and dog poop. Nothing interesting plant-wise. As reviewers said, some trails (even the OHV roads) are so steep that you need to climb on all fours. Once you do the steep climb to the ridge, the trail is nothing but steep ups and downs. Unless this is your workout, it's too tedious for a hike - a lot of effort but nothing to gain by it. There are far, far better hikes.

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Sun Nov 04 2018

Nice hike! (I went clockwise.) Not too easy and somewhat challenging if you take all the hills. There are a couple of times I need to climb with my hands. Great view!

Sun Oct 14 2018

A really interesting series of trails that intertwine over the aqueduct. Obvious signs of a previous life as a redneck playground, lots of bike trails, broken bottles, shotgun shells, and and remnants of an exploded nail bomb or two. It’s a quiet place now and the canyon is well protected from the winds. You will also get great views over looking CV and Mt San Jacinto at times. Some of the trails have steep slopes since they were dirt bike tracks, but you can easily find ways around them.

Sun Jan 21 2018

This is basically a choose your own adventure hike. As another reviewer stated, there are lots of trails to choose from. I hiked up to the cross and followed the timeline to the peak, beautiful views! It’s unclear if this is private property, but there were several hikers out when I went. There at several areas with broken glass, so be mindful of you’re bringing your dog

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Tue Nov 21 2017

Paths veer off to the left and right all along the trail - just pick a direction and see where it leads. Great views at the top of the canyon. Plenty of ridge lines to walk along. Loose sediment makes it feel like a proper desert hike

Thu Nov 02 2017

I’ve lived in the desert for two years now and this is my favorite trail yet. In a way, it gives you a more vast scope of the where you are in the Coachella Valley than being at the top of the mighty Mt San Jacinto. Some brutal parts you must climb that almost seem off trail, but the best thing about BC is the options of so many offshoots in case you decide you don’t want to do the whole thing

Fri Jan 27 2017

This is a good workout hike. The views are beautiful.

Tue Jun 28 2016

it was amazing. pretty hard but worth it. take enough water people

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