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Maidenhair Falls via Hellhole Canyon Trail

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Maidenhair Falls via Hellhole Canyon Trail is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back 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.

Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 971 ft Route type Out & Back

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Hot springs

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

No shade

No dogs

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Reviews (434)
Photos (521)
Recordings (369)
Completed (682)
J. Paul Hawthorne
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HikingScramble
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Grigory H.
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HikingBugsNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

Awesome hike. This week had some weird weather so the high was only 85, I wouldn't do this hike any hotter normally. First 2 miles are very exposed, after that it's a lot of scrambling but more shade and tons of cool native palms. If you're allergic to bees, you may want to turn back a bit early as there are currently a ton of them around anywhere with standing water, which is a few parts of the trail. I don't even know if I reached the actual falls, it may have been the dripping wall about 2.6mi in. The hike is great with or without a waterfall.

Jon roberts
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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grownRockyScramble

Beautiful trail! Make sure you take a lot of water, I mean a lot. My partner and I had about six bottles (Gatorade and water mix) each and we still wish we had taken more. There were no water falls :(, nonetheless, it was beautiful. Parking is closed and we had to park further up the hill. (May 31, 2020).

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Chris Pegut
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HikingScramble

Beautiful hike! Like others have said, you lose the trail after a couple miles, but it’s easy enough to keep heading uphill until you get to a little brook / tiny waterfall. Other hikers we saw said there were 10ft and 25ft waterfalls higher up, but 3 miles was enough for us! You can sit on a rock and out your feet over the running water. So refreshing! We hung out here a half hour and only saw 2 people right at the end. Got here at 9am. With breaks, 3 hours for 6 miles. Nice easy pace, light climbing when we lost the trail.

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Lawrie Arends
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HikingNo shadeScramble

Totally loved this trail! Definitely a bit of a scramble at the end but worth it. Nice to dip my toes into the water! Steady incline in the way up, with a quick increase of elevation at the scramble. I’m assuming more water in early months of the season but still able to hear and smell the waterfall. Not much shade until you get to the palm trees, bring plenty of water. Temps hit around 95 for me today so it’s definitely heating up. Please excuse the outrageous return trail on my recording, I go looking for reptiles and found a whole bunch! Lots of cool lizards and tadpoles to be found.

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Sharon Martin
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HikingBugsOff trailScramble

Was actually 6.7 with over 1000 ft elevation. Hard to follow any trail once you hit the scramble but the waterfall was beautiful.

Milly Hodges
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HikingBugsNo shadeOff trailOver grownRockyScramble
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Reina Miranda
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HikingBugsNo shadeOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

First half no shade. Second half hard to navigate the trail. Went over and under rocks on the trail, lots of bees in the blooming bushes. Quite challenging but worth it to see the Little falls. Overall great hike! Bring water!

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Eric Merkt
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble
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