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Borrego Palm Canyon [CLOSED] 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.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 462 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Closed

No dogs

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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.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=638

Do not hike the trail without water adequate for several hours. Although the climate may be mild in winter and spring, you are hiking through an unshaded, sunny, and very dry environment. In summer, you'll have the oasis all to yourself; in fact, the State Park designates it as an October-May hike.

The trail begins at Borrego Palm Canyon Campground, located one mile north of park headquarters. Trailhead parking is available at the west end of the campground near the campfire circle.

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Lucas Valente da Costa
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Hiking

This trail, and all others on Anza-Borrego Park are closed.

Ryan Swaim
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Hiking

The oasis was closed, so we didn't do the whole thing. The loop is pretty easy. But it can get REALLY hot. But...we saw about 10 bighorn at the base, so it was totally worth it.

S.T. N.
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Tim Newlin
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HikingClosed

Oasis was closed and the loop is just okay

Travis Smith
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Amy Laichareonsup
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Hiking

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.

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Mark Sutherlin
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Hiking

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.

GT W
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Hiking

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.

kirk hines
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Hiking

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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Hiram Eckstein
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HikingFee

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

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Victor Nicholoulias
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Hiking

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

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Kelly Chen
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Hiking

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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HikingNo shade

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

Denise Kossan
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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.

Barbara Barnett
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Hiking

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

Mark Rudnik
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Hiking

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.

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Nancy Barclay Rood
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Hiking

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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Monica Randeen
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Saw a herd of Big Horn. Great trail!

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Sherry Bell
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Hiking

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!

Brenda McCracken
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Hiking

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.

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Grigory H.
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Hiking M.
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Hiking

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

David Rivera
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Henry Chávez
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Walking

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!

Jay Thiv
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Pablo de Los Arcos
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No shadeOff trailScramble

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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