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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 and off road driving and is best used from September until May.

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

hiking

off road driving

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely worth seeing. If you are coming in into the parking lot from the road - entering the trail to the LEFT takes you a bit longer to get to the slots. If you enter the trail from the right side of the parking lot - takes you to the slots a lot quicker. They are narrow - and some people just look at the slots and turn back. Where as if you enter trail from the left - you go around - and takes you down a partial 'off roading' path. I went down it - it is pretty steep. For some kids - may not be kid friendly going down.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun trail and easy walk. It can be windy and cold early morning so bring a jacket. Only saw a couple other people, nice escape from the crowds.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice and easy. Leave backpacks, poles in the car.

hiking
3 months ago

A quick in and out closer toward the end of the day. Not too bad elevation wise until we reached the bill toward the turnaround, which led us right back on a road for the most part. The slots are super cool and narrow in a few spaces, but not too much scrambling. Keep in mind there’s a few miles of dirt road to access.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views.

4 months ago

Amazing hike that is perfect for beginners or people looking to get their friends into hiking. Went in the morning on a Sunday in late February and didn't see another soul in the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing hike, and an even better place to camp out. The stars are gorgeous as there is little light pollution anywhere nearby. Be sure to be prepared tho, bring lots of water and it can get pretty windy so dress appropriately. -Grizz

hiking
4 months ago

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! Slots amazing... please note from halfway back is fully exposed truck trail‼️

hiking
4 months ago

Good place to start out easy a lot of wash board air down

4 months ago

Fun, quick hike. Heavy traffic so get there early as the parking lot fills and you'll end up parking in one of the little turn outs. Weather is nice right now.

hiking
4 months ago

To my surprise it wasn’t just one slot.. There were numerous twists and turns and narrow, yet passable, slots. Super pretty! No dogs allowed.

hiking
4 months ago

Super fun!

hiking
off trail
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Get a early start. I was there on Saturday, beautiful view and once inside the slot it’s amazing. I kept going about 2mile once I got out the slot to see if anything else was Worth seeing. Nice view of the landscape but I suggest once you get out the slot you rest then turn back around. (Kid friendly)

hiking
5 months ago

Went March 24th. Worth it. Go early. No fees or parking pass needed. Beautiful. Lots of flowers and caterpillars.

hiking
5 months ago

Great time at the Slot Canyon today. lots of shade if you start with the Slot but as you loop around there is no shade. if you start early you'll be fine with a liter of water. Last hill definitely gets you legs burning, but overall great experience.

5 months ago

Pretty cool. Mostly shaded and nice. The drive up can be done in sedan but parking is limited.

5 months ago

it was stunning views.

hiking
5 months ago

Trail is a gem and such an adventure for ages four and up! If you do have younger ones, or finish in the afternoon, I recommend starting with the ridge line along the Jeep road, then go down the hill into the slots (you don’t want to go up that hill with little legs, or when the sun is out and it’s hot).

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome little slot canyon.

6 months ago

Neat walk! The canyons were beautiful and mysterious. Some spots were a little tight but then open up into a big wash with great views of surrounding hills. We didn't quite know where to go after we exited, there were no clear markers of where to loop back from. we asked other people and everyone was just going back the way they came. The map indicates a loop but we didn't find it. over all, we thought it was great!

hiking
off trail
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

So much fun! Easy trail, fun canyon to walk through, plenty easy for kids. Tight areas and very low ceilings in some places. We took the canyon through then did a deviation at the end and came back the same way for added mileage. Did about 2.5 miles total. Weather was perfect 2-10-19 but you definitely do not want to do this hike in summer months. It was 61 and we were sweating good towards the end.

hiking
scramble
6 months ago

We only went in a quarter mile before turning back as it got very windy. However, the slot canyons were totally worth it - next time we plan to complete the whole loop.

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked this trail on Feb 7 2019, in near perfect weather. Very cool; different than other hikes in area and well worth doing. About 1.5 mile drive off of 78 to trailhead on sandy road. We were in. a Jeep but not difficult for a car. This would be a hot one much later than April!. We did the slot first then the big hill and flat finish.

hiking
6 months ago

On January 27, 2019 with Pierce on the same day we did Palm Canyon. It was a beautiful day in the 70s when we did this hike. Definitely want to start on the top part first before going into the “slots” since that’s the best part of the hike, so I suggest starting to the left of the cliff when looking out. Also Maps tried to make it seem like we had to park out on 78 and walk the rest of the way here but there’s parking and it saves 30 minutes from our drive since we aren’t actually walking, so just FYI if that happens to anyone else.

hiking
7 months ago

1/22/19 Road was in decent shape (washboard was shallower and easy to straddle) and it’s only about 2 miles or so. The slot canyon starts out as a narrow wash and does get down to 30” or under in a few spots as the walls get higher and steeper. There’s a neat overhang where a tower has tipped over and is resting on the other wall. Definitely worth a visit if you like slot canyons or you’re out this way and want to see something different.

7 months ago

We had some difficulty figuring out exactly where the canyon began, so it could be more clearly marked, but overall very cool. We went when it was pretty hot out still. I don't recommend it but we managed! Not a difficult hot but definitely gets hot out there.

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