Maidenhair Falls via Hellhole Canyon Trail

MODERATE 57 reviews

Maidenhair Falls via Hellhole Canyon Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Borrego Springs, California that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and nature trips and is best used from October until May.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
980 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

hot springs

views

wild flowers

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27 days ago

We went the second weekend in March during the super bloom on a Sunday when everyone on the planet descended on the teeny town of Borrego.
We parked at the visitors center so, added over a mile to the total distance.
I loved this hike! Of course, all the flowers were amazing but, the amount of water we encountered in the desert was the big reward.
It was an extra warm 92 degrees for early Spring so, I struggled a bit (I'm 52) on the long, slow incline.
BRING PLENTY OF WATER!!
I finished off my 2 liter camelback.
Again, we started from the visitors center. I would recommend starting from the trailhead although, the visitors center is great if you've never been.

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1 month ago

Really fun hike...The waterfall although small it was beautiful...Get there early to avoid crowds and bring plenty of water, especially if it's a hot day.

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1 month ago

Highly recommend going out some time soon while all the flowers are blooming. I started on the trail at sunrise and i was the only car in the parking lot, but by the time I was leaving the place was jam packed (even though it was a weekday). Definitely recommend going early! You'll get the sunrise (and that golden hour light), cooler temps, and less crowds!

hiking
1 month ago

Completed this hike today 3/25/17. The wildflowers were in bloom. The winds and cool weather made the trek easy to moderate today. Im sure during the summer this trail could be difficult if one doesn't prepare for the heat and bring plenty of water. Today though the weather made this trail inviting. I almost wished Maidenhair Falls was a few miles further. The trail gets lost several times during the final leg of the hike as you will encounter several areas where you must rock scramble at the palm oasis. Stay to the left and you'll have an easy time relocating the trail.

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1 month ago

Fun trail. As a newbie the bouldering near the end was a little intimidating but overall a great hike!

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1 month ago

Go early! This is a popular and crowded trail.

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1 month ago

Great trail, especially after all this rain. Caution: when you see the sign "riding and hiking trail" with a left-arrow, please keep right to stay on the Maidenhair waterfalls trail. The left trail is a 6-mile trip to the Culp Vally campground.