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The Slot is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Borrego Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from September until May.

Distance: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 301 feet Route Type: Loop

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Note: As of May 2020, the parking lot is closed so it’s and additional 2.5 mile walk to get to the parking lot for the start of the hike. Slot Canyon is an unmaintained trail off a sand road and far from most visitor traffic. Flash floods formed the breathtaking slot canyon. At points, forty-foot high walls arch above a foot-wide canyon floor

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rocky
scramble
7 days ago

The parking area was open when I was there today. I started my hike through at about 4:30pm and had finished at 6:05. At that time of day I found it to be more than 50% shaded. It was still about 97°, so bring lots of water, as others have said. I brought a gallon and a half and went through roughly 2.5 liters. As far as difficulty, I found it fairly easy. The heat and walking in sand did start to make me tired on the way back, but I’m heavy-set and not in the best shape. I loved this hike, though, and will go back with friends.

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no shade
scramble
9 days ago

The parking was closed when I went, so you have to park on the street and walk to the trailhead. Extremely hot, so bring a lot of water. The trail is not so obviously marked to the slots and once in the slots, it is easy to get lost.

hiking
10 days ago

Open. Go early it’s hot!

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off trail
10 days ago

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rocky
scramble
17 days ago

Yes it’s open now including the parking, just did is yesterday. After parking, just descend directly down into the chasm which is rather steep and doesn’t look like it would be a “normal” entrance, but it is, and is doable, just take it slow. The alternate route from the parking lot is easier, however it’s longer hike to the entrance of the slot, and a bit confusing to follow since the sign post is missing the first sign that used to say “the slot”, and from there on it’s still unclear how to get to the start of the actual slot trail. It was really hot but should be good around 6pm during the summer. We went to the end of the trail and just doubled back to the entrance instead of taking the whole loop. The last half of the loop leaves you in direct sunlight on the way back, so more preferable to double back since you get partial shade during the hot hot hot summer.

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18 days ago

Does anyone know if the parking area is open now? I’m planing on going Monday ?

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rocky
25 days ago

It was a nice easy hike, more like a walk. Please bring plenty of water and be ready to park 2.5 miles away from the starting point. Get there early, temperatures get extremely high. I would give 5 stars only for the canyon. The rest is not that interesting(personal opinion).

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorites in Anza Borrego!

hiking
1 month ago

The hike from the 78 to the entrance to the slot canyon was actually 1.83 miles. The slot canyon is super cool and nice and shady. Once you exit, make sure to make the left turn near the signs that say no motor vehicles because we missed it and almost ended up wandering the desert like the Israelites. Bring lots of water and go early!!!

hiking
1 month ago

The parking lot is closed so it’s and additional 2.5 mile walk to get to the parking lot for the start of the hike. Make sure to go early, it’s already really hot. The scene is amazing super desert look & the canyons are amazing. There are some tight spots.

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3 months ago

Fantastic hike. We went with my 7- and 3-year-old and they had an absolute blast venturing through the canyon and finding every hiding spot they could. The hike back after the steep climb was also quite nice as you get plenty of great views of the canyon from above.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a place I would recommend exploring beyond the trail. The slots themselves are fun to navigate and definitely on the narrow side. Once you are out into the clearing there are cool rock formations to check out in the canyon. Mostly dirt and rocks, but they are well worth it.

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4 months ago

This is a must-do! Spectacular rock formations inside a narrow meandering canyon. One of our companions is a little claustrophobic, and some sections of this trail made her a bit nervous ... that’s how narrow some stretches are. Very memorable hike, don’t miss it!

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4 months ago

The slot portion of the trail is amazing. tight squeeze at some sections. The dirt road leading in is well maintained. No potholes. Just a bit of mild washboard

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4 months ago

Did this hike with my 3 and 7 year old.

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rocky
5 months ago

Awesome trail did this with my 5 year old girl she loved it. Went early and lots of shade inside of the slot, but pretty hot outside of it. Start of Trail is kind of hidden look for the trail marker before you wonder off.

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scramble
5 months ago

Fun little hike - worth extending the far end for a wander around some of the fun geography (assuming you are prepared with gps/maps so you don't get lost!).

5 months ago

Fun hike. Towards the end where the hike forks and you want to take the alternative route on the ridge, the steep hill is very steep. I would suggest if you want to do this hike as a loop, start on the left at the start of the trail so you come down the steep hill rather than going up it.

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5 months ago

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6 months ago

Loved this trail! So unique and not too busy. Definitely go clockwise- you'll walk along a gravel road for a bit and go down the huge, steep incline instead of climbing it on the way back.

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rocky
scramble
6 months ago

Pretty fun hike. We did it backwards after an amazing 6 mile hike through the backcountry. Lots of fun places around; including some wind cave and other routes. The slot canyon is easily accessible from the parking lot. Just follow the signs to the trail head. The beginning starts off nice and tight which is fun and it starts to open up as you go further down. After you continue once the slot canyon opens up into regular Canyon, stay to the left and keep walking and you’ll find some very awesome little wind caves.

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6 months ago

Simple loop in good condition. First part can be narrow through canyon. Second part shares a OHV trail

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6 months ago

Great for families. Beautiful, fun and easy! Don’t forget to look up- you will see some amazing rocks hanging

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scramble
6 months ago

Took the advice of another reviewer and from the parking lot went in reverse direction. Face the slot and go down the dirt road to the left. You'll avoid going up a gnarly steep section of the road (easier walking down it) and hiking up the slot vs. down is a much nicer way to finish your hike.

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