Borrego Palm Canyon is a 2.8 mile loop trail located near Borrego Springs, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until May. Horses are also able to use this trail.
See a real desert oasis as you clamber through a slot canyon in Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness 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: child-friendly, a multitude of waypoints through which to explore the natural history, and minimal effort for outstanding natural values.
Wildflowers are in full bloom and absolutely beautiful! My friend and I actually started this hike at 5pm, so 90% of the time we were shaded by the canyon. Also, not super crowded at that time. Highly recommend this hike.
best done starting at 6:30 am so you can finish it around 9 am. it starts to be very hot
This trail is outta sight!
Very crowded on the weekend for the Super bloom...and HOT. Got there at 8:15am and still had to park 2 miles from the trail head. Wanted to give up before I even started (this was my FIRST trail ever!) But I managed to finish AND walk the 2 miles back to my car! So my round trip hike was almost 7 miles! lol. It was beautiful but too many people for my taste...def go midweek and EARLY before it's too hot. Saw a LOT of big horn sheep up close as they were crossing the trail to get to the stream. Very cool!
$10 day use fee if you park at the trail head. Very popular, well maintained trail with bathroom facilities at the trail head. Good place for viewing wildflowers and I've heard that bighorn sheep have been spotted further up in the canyon. The south side of the loop trail had a fraction of the people that the north side had the day I was there.
It was beautiful. Easy in my opinion even as a beginner to this hiking life but even if it were more difficult, the payoff is the gorgeous view.