The Slot

EASY 146 reviews

The Slot is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Borrego Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
301 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Slot Canyon is an unmaintained trail off a sand road, far from most visitor traffic. Here, flash floods formed a breathtaking slot canyon. At points, forty-foot high walls arch above a foot-wide canyon floor.

hiking
16 days ago

Awesome kid friendly hike. Unique and easy for all skill levels. Kids will love it.

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful slot canyon and rock formations. The trailhead (and the trail itself, for that matter) could be much better marked. Also, come early and not on a weekend if you want to avoid the droves of 4x4 drivers, smokers, tourists playing loud music, and other nuisances.

hiking
19 days ago

We tried this as recommended by “Afoot & Afield San Diego County” by Jerry Schad. The Slot is awesome, but the trail taken counter-clockwise is poorly marked with multiple cairns for several trails and overlooks. Although not mentioned in the parking lot, a sign at the end of the slot mentions that no dogs are allowed.

19 days ago

fun hiking trail

hiking
20 days ago

Awesome hike. Wish it had a touch more color. But navigating a two foot wide slot is awesome. Super easy to find, only challenge is is finding the road off of 78. This trail app is awesome. It found the road off of 78,Google maps took us to a different road. Have fun!!

24 days ago

Great hike

hiking
26 days ago

Awesome trail and an unexpected surprise. Lots of people the day I was there. Great, easy hike. I highly recommend it for visitors to Anza-Borrego!

1 month ago

Totally worth the drive!

hiking
1 month ago

Took a break from dirt bike riding in Ocotillo Wells this afternoon and went on an awesome hike through the slot canyon. Definitely recommend this hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Exceeds expectations! The trailhead is easier to find these days since the signage has improved. Recommend considering doing the loop clockwise to avoid having to clambor up the steep hill at the end.

hiking
6 months ago

Hot but definitely worth it! Had to maneuver around people a bit but the slot was very cool to look at and walk through... do it! Can be hard to find because the sign is not prominent on the road.

hiking
6 months ago

It's not a hard hike, but man, it was worth finding. It was peaceful and there are plenty of crevices to explore. It's family friendly also. It's not hard to find. The sign says "The Slot" go straight down into the canyon and turn left.

hiking
8 months ago

Good place to stroll easy hikes good for family hikes.

9 months ago

Great place with a beautiful view, stick to the route or you'll get lost.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike, very windy, don't lose your hat lol! Amazing geography. Will go again. Cars can easily access this by dirt road without any issues.

9 months ago

we had so much fun! there were several pee spots though

hiking
9 months ago

This trail is beyond over-crowded. plan on waiting in line to get through the tight confined spaces because everyone goes through then immediately turns around and comes back through the other direction to congest the canyon even further. people park and drive like idiots on the entire dirt road to the trail head. beautiful trail throughthe landscape but hard to enjoy with the constant need to get out of the way or be in the way of the other 50+ people continuously flowing through the Slot. We ended up going off trail the last 3/4 mile just to avoid the crowd.

9 months ago

Cool mountain to hangout on not many flowers cool canyon

9 months ago

I prefer a climb and more of challenge, but in the desert on a hot day a beautiful flat canyon trail with significant shady sections is pretty much perfect.

hiking
9 months ago

Better than expected, will be back to explore more...

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