Looking for a great trail near Borrego Springs, California? AllTrails has 44 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Cuyamaca Rancho State Park or Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 19 moderate trails in Borrego Springs ranging from 0.9 to 14.5 miles and from 200 to 5,252 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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ohv/off road driving
6 days ago

I camped at Aroyo Salado Campground where the trail originates. Mostly sand. Nothing difficult at all. A fun little romp through the sand.

ohv/off road driving
6 days ago

Fun little ride. Ocotillo Wells SRVA was busy that day so I had to share the trail with lots of bikes and other Jeeps but overall an easy ride. Lots of hills and soft terrain but no real rocks to speak of.

hiking
no shade
9 days ago

Gorgeous view, there is short walk (0.2 mile RT) to access the point at the end of the road, easy and well worth the views of the Borrego badlands. Road conditions are currently pretty good, no 4wd required if you avoid the loose sand at the sides of the main route. Watch out for drop-offs at the point especially with kids, there are no barriers and the edges are crumbly rock. Sign posted no dogs for walk to end of point.

scenic driving
no shade
off trail
rocky
9 days ago

Easy trail, spectacular views, safe and patrolled by rangers. Separate vehicle route and hiking routes.

no shade
off trail
scramble
11 days ago

this was a very cool trail! really beautiful and quiet. we kept losing the trail on the way back (took the alternate route) and just kind of had to scramble and guess. but it's pretty easy to maintain a sense of your bearings around there so no big deal. overall, beautiful hike to the palm oasis but trail isn't well marked on the way back. bring water!!!

backpacking
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
11 days ago

Lives up to its reputation as the hardest hike in anza borrego. We parked as indicated on the GPX track and headed across the desert with 15 liters of water. 4WD vehicle is highly recommended for the deep sand on the Rockhouse truck trail. The hike up the wash is mixed bouldering, with lots of sharp cacti to be wary of. Depending on the time of day, some shade is possible from the canyon walls. We camped approximately a half mile south west from the ridge of dawn's peak. The view at sunset was a beautiful desert vista. We started off for Dawn's peak at 5am, climbed up loose boulders with 50+ degree slopes for about half an hour (500 ft climbed) before deciding this was less fun than expected. Watched a great sunrise, then headed back to camp. Going down was treacherous, and took about the same amount of time as going up due to loose rocks. For the return trip, we took the eastern wash--approximately half way we encountered a class 5 climbing section that we felt uncomfortable downclimbing (drop of >15 feet), especially in hiking boots without protection. Instead we ascended the west ridge and followed it around the technical section. Approximately 7 hours to return to our vehicle. We drank about 13-14 liters of water. Really fun climbing in the wash, but I would recommend bringing a 20ft rope and some repel gear if you plan to do the eastern wash. GPS or very strong topo map reading skills are totally required, as there are no trails and few land marks. Dawn's peak I probably won't do again; there are plenty of more fun hikes in anza (e.g., rabbit/villager peak) that don't involve climbing loose boulders.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
25 days ago

We made it to the sheep canyon campground from Borrego Springs on a 2016 Honda Pilot AWD. As many mentioned the most tricky part is a rocky pass, the incline is a little steep than rest of the road and there are loose rocks. We have all terrain tires on the car and the rest is stock.

hiking
rocky
25 days ago

walking
rocky
26 days ago

ohv/off road driving
off trail
rocky
washed out
28 days ago

Nice off-road drive, four wheel drive needed. Rocky and sandy in some areas. There’s vaulted toilets and two picnic tables with shade in parking area. The pumpkin patch is very interesting with bizarre rock formations. Although getting there is half the fun.

ohv/off road driving
1 month ago

Lots of fun! Round rocks everywhere!

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite trails. EVER. If you've never hiked a slot, this is an excellent beginner spot!

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Beautiful area that’s so full of life. The trail is hot and there are signs all over reminding people to bring lots of water, and they mean it. Even in October, the temp got well over 100 and there’s no shade most of the way. However, the oasis at the end is a fantastic place to relax and recover. The trail isn’t too taxing but weather definitely makes it tougher. It worth the hike just to see the incredible growth and giant native palms at the end.

backpacking
bugs
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Hiked up Villager Peak Sunday. Camped at the trail head the night before to get an early start -- well, 7am. I packed 9 liters of water with electrolytes. Had planned to spend the night at Rabbit Peak, but probably needed 4 liters more of water to make it there and back (now I know), so it turned into a day hike. Someone stashed about 5 liters of water at the improvised campground 4.8k feet up, but I left it there. The temperature was pleasant, unlike in my abandoned hike early July. This was also a survey hike to see what it would take to do Cactus-to-Clouds on Mt San Jacinto. This was a work out hike. The views of Anza-Borrego were nice, though. No other hikers were on the trail. Met one hiker on Saturday at the trail head who had followed to cairns into the canyon, which is the wrong way. Some flies and other bugs along the trail.

ohv/off road driving
1 month ago

Best sunset in the desert by far

No waterfall of course because of the summer months. I was kind of bored with this one. Might try again in the winter when the fall is running and it's cooler weather.

ohv/off road driving
1 month ago

the pumpkin patch itself was okay.. cool to see the rock formation. The trail getting to it was the best part..

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