Indianhead Mountain via Borrego Palm Canyon

HARD 3 reviews

Indianhead Mountain via Borrego Palm Canyon is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Desert Sands Mobile Home Park, California that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3218 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

views

over grown

rocky

scramble

off trail

no dogs

Take the Borrego Palm Canyon trail all the way to the end and continue on in the canyon until right before you reach a fork in the canyon about 3.5 miles in. This hike will beat you up as it is off trail in an area of cactus and agave. This hike is through the canyon and basically straight up from there. You gain about 1500-2000 ft in a mile or so. This is one of those hikes you may only want to do once.

walking
8 months ago

follow the water. tough to know where the trail is. i should have downloaded more pics and directions. we ended up turning around because no cell service and had no idea if we missed the turn off.

in hindsight...i think the river looks like it splits. right at the river split next time.

hiking
8 months ago

Follow the ridge line! It's faster up and down. Someone placed a couple cairns before you reach the fork in the canyon that diverted us and another group to begin the ascent too early. I was tempted to remove them on the way back down but didn't see them and I was too tired to search for them! This is a very strenuous hike but the view is amazing.

hiking
9 months ago

This hike will beat you up. The carnage that cactus and agave can inflict is unreal. This hike is tough. Through the canyon and basically straight up from there. You gain about 1500-2000 ft in a mile or so. This is one of those hikes you only need to do once. :) Mother nature definitely won the war.