Borrego Palm Canyon

MODERATE 128 reviews

Borrego Palm Canyon is a 2.9 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.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
515 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
17 minutes ago

My favorite hike in the entire county. Absolutely epic! I've also since read you can continue on past the oasis and trek up to the summit of Indianhead Mountain, but it's hella gnarly and probably would require backpacking one night. That hike's not on here, anybody done it?

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22 days ago

Trail is relatively easy until the end where you have to scramble over rocks. Wear shoes with good traction. You also have to cross the steam a couple of times. Trail is marked well until near the end where we were left wondering where we should be. We made a few oops and had to turn back. There is zero shade or places to rest so wear a wide brimmed hat and take plenty of water. The oasis is pretty. You go from desert and killer sun to palm trees and shade. I would go earlier in the day than we did to save yourself some of the heat. Glad I went once but not a trip I would do again. There is a $10 fee. There's a yellow ticket to put in your window. A ranger did drive through and check for them when were coming back to our car.

off road driving
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1 month ago

Great beautiful hike! Rocky in parts. Gorgeous palm oasis at the end! The alternate route back isn't easy to follow and isn't marked. I lost my way and had to climb through cactus and lots of rocks to get back to the main trail!

1 month ago

Beautiful trail and great if you want to keep going up the canyon to explore more and make the hike a little longer and harder. See how many waterfalls you can find!
Be sure to go as early as you can, hopefully before the sunrise to avoid the heat and the crowds!

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2 months ago

We did this one 2/20/17. It was beautiful weather and not too hot. The trail is pretty easy and really no elevation gain. The waterfall at the top makes it worth the trip. Definitely want to make sure it is flowing before you make the trek. Lots of mountain goats at the bottom which was very exciting to see.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail takes you to an oasis. Bring water, sunblock & be aware of your footing.

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hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful palm tree oasis. Go early to avoid the crowds.

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