Borrego Palm Canyon is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Borrego Springs, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from October until May.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 462 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

This park continues to be temporarily closed to camping and vehicular access, which includes all roads within the park, dirt roads, dirt parking lots, and washes. In addition, there are no parking facilities and parking on roadways is prohibited to protect public health from the COVID-19 pandemic. Although this park is open to local residents, they must abide by the following guidelines: Stay Local: Walk or bike into the park. Do not drive to the park. Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails. Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people at the park or on trails to allow for the required physical distance. Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. There may be temporary closures due to a fire. Please check with the park before visiting: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=638 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: kid-friendly, a multitude of waypoints through which to explore the natural history, and minimal effort for outstanding natural values.

recorded Borrego Palm Canyon

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
closed
2 months ago

Oasis was closed and the loop is just okay

hiking
closed
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, gentle hike however the oasis is currently closed as a grove of roughly 60 mature California fan palms went up in flames in January 2020.

hiking
2 months ago

Great day! Perfect temperature. Moderate number of flowers according to the ranger. Ranger spotted some Borrego, we didn’t see any. Lots of water in the wash. Puffy clouds made a nice backdrop to the rust colored hills that showed a tinge if green all over.

hiking
2 months ago

Canyon portion closed (out and back portion). Loop is open. No shade but beautiful terrain, unique flora, and big horn sheep. Decently defined trail, more straightforward than hellhole canyon / maiden hair falls. Has the advantage of being a loop.

hiking
3 months ago

Trail has reopened after the fire. You can’t go back by the palm grove now but the hike I still good. There is a nature trail guide at the check in station. It is worth reading at the designated spots on the trail

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fee
3 months ago

Great trail! Gorgeous but some idiot set some stuff on fire and part of it was closed off

Nice 2? mile loop. Path to the palms is currently closed due to a fire

hiking
3 months ago

Trail is closed until further notice, fire last month that was started by humans. Area near visitor center is still very beautiful

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no shade
4 months ago

The scenic drive up to Anza Borrego is heavenly. The trail is HOT and dry/dusty

4 months ago

This was by far my favorite hike not only in Anza Borrego Desert but out of our entire vacation in California. We hiked it the day of the fire at sunrise. We were so sad to read about the fire later in the day. It was such a magical place.

4 months ago

The trail is closed for the rest of the week due to the recent fire.

hiking
4 months ago

Fire at palms/oasis 1/18/2020. Trail may be off limits

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail to follow. We saw about 20 big horn sheep on the way. We were told they aren’t here often in the afternoon.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy/Moderate, beautiful trail! This is the perfect hike for anyone new to hiking or even experienced hikers who just want a short, fun hike. I saw lots of families with small children, and they were doing fine. Dogs are not allowed. I recommend doing the loop by coming back the alternative trail (it’s a little longer and not as many people).

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rocky
scramble
5 months ago

saw a herd og Big Horn. Great trail!

hiking
5 months ago

Good trail...veered off trail in a couple spots where it wasn’t well marked, but not far for double back. My 78 year old mom went me and did great, just took a couple spots slow. Oasis at the end well worth it!

hiking
6 months ago

I veered off trail a couple of times mostly because I wasn’t paying enough attention. It’s pretty well marked. I didn’t see any big horn sheep but it was a nice hike. Some scrambling up and over minor rocks but a fairly easy trail.

recorded Recording - Nov 29, 03:06 PM

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rocky
washed out
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Great and exciting hike. Fun things to look at, rocks to climb on and cool plants everywhere. Would 100% recommend this hike. :)

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fee
6 months ago

walking
6 months ago

Great trail. If you are out of shape, you might struggle a bit near the end, close to the palm Oasis, as there's the spot where you have to do some light rock climbing/hopping. I am obese and sedentary, but I managed to finish the trek with a few 15-20 min. rest stops. Bring plenty of water (3 liters for me), a high energy snack like trail mix, and perhaps a small first aid kit in case you get a scratch or a prick from a cholla. The alternate route to go back is much more scenic, but a bit more difficult (not much, just some light rock hopping). I am a 31 year old male, 210lbs. and 5'9", and I found it challenging due to being out of shape and mostly sedentary, but if you rest up you'll be alright! it's worth it. DON'T FORGET PLENTY OF WATER!

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bugs
rocky
6 months ago

no shade
off trail
scramble
7 months ago

this was a very cool trail! really beautiful and quiet. we kept losing the trail on the way back (took the alternate route) and just kind of had to scramble and guess. but it's pretty easy to maintain a sense of your bearings around there so no big deal. overall, beautiful hike to the palm oasis but trail isn't well marked on the way back. bring water!!!

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