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This was a really cool short and easy trail. It had some really nice geological features. Some parts of the slots gets really tight. We had started our hike a little later in the day, but the weather was awesome and the 2nd half of the trail was all shaded. Since the trail is a loop we decided to start the trail from heading West (if facing the slots head left) from the parking. It'll take you through a dirt road (4wd vehicle use this trail too) until you finally hit a steep hill. Go down the hill to the right and head towards the slots. There is a faster option of getting to the slots which is starting at the end and either doing the loop in that direction or turning around at the end of the slots and head back the same way you came in. If you decide to start in reverse remember they're is that steep hill with loose sand you'll have to go up. We found it most rewarding doing it the way we did. But we ran into other hikers that did it in reverse.

The trail is easy to following and just beautiful... that said, this is a HOT hike. I am a well-acclimated desert dweller and heat is not a problem for me, also I am an avid hiker. This was just over 3 miles of what I would consider an easy walk, but even I got a little over heated in this sunny canyon. I am only saying this so that people may take the warning and carry enough water... the park suggests no less than 1 gallon per person and I would certainly agree with that. With the proper supplies, this is a lovely walk with some very interesting geology! Saw a huge herd of Big Horn. Loved it.

on Fonts Point

off road driving
16 days ago

Excellent views

off road driving
23 days ago

Great views driving in and out . The pumpkin patch is a small area and quickly explored so it is more about the journey than the destination. I’ve read elsewhere that the roads are easy and that you can take any stock 4 wheel drive vehicle in. That depends on the trail. Fair warning: I drove in from the Ocotillo Wells side on the Pumpkin Patch Trail in my grocery getter (2005 Honda Pilot). I grew up in a rural area off-roading in a Jeep. I made it by going slow and getting out and spotting a couple of tricky spots. If I’d known it was going to be that bad I’d of used a different vehicle or an easier route. On the other hand it would have been an easy trip in a more capable vehicle. I just wanted to put out that fair warning for someone with a stock 4 wheel drive SUV like mine so that they can avoid trouble. The ride out was easy. Tule Wash to Cross over trail to S22 is what I recommend if you are driving the kid hauler with 4 wheel drive (reverse those directions for inbound trip). Start at Ocotillo Wells and finish at S22 if you have a true off road vehicle. All in all a fun trip!

First do not follow the directions from the app. They take you to The Slot not the sculptues. You need to go to the city of Borrego Springs to see them. This was fun driving right up to the sculptures we got there late so we got a nice treat of the sunset all around us.

2 months ago

it was a lot of fun, but not a year round trail. I'd definitely avoid this place in the summer. the description saying it's shaded and cool is inaccurate; most of the trail,even inside the canyon, is in the full brunt of the sun.

The trail starts out on sandstone hills, then declines gradually into the slot canyon. once inside, the trail is extremely narrow. I could barely fit through with my day pack on. my husband wouldn't be able to fit through most of the trail as he's a big guy, and I was scraping my legs and arms on the walls as I passed.

Fortunately, the views inside the canyon make it totally worth it. It was even worth the heat! Would be a beautiful hike in the winter or spring, when the sun isn't so hot.

hiking
2 months ago

Go early in the morning if you can to avoid the high heat. It is a fairly easy hike. The areas through the slot are not very big. Bring lots of water and sunscreen. 4WD is not required to get to the trailhead parking lot, but not sure I would recommend going with a low ground clearance car.

on Wind Caves Trail

3 months ago

It was pretty dope. Stay Hydrated. Be respectful, clean up after yourself. Use sun block, take a hat. If you know how to drive you won't need a 4x4 to get to the hiking area, but it's recommended.

Loved this trail!! Saw a bunny and some Bighorn sheep while on this trail!

off road driving
4 months ago

Some moderately rough spots but my stock 2002 Land Cruiser didn’t have any issue with any of it. Recommend for some fun wheelin.

We did this hike on Memorial Day. Needed to get out of the cold weather we’ve been having in San Diego so didn’t mind the 100 degree heat at noon when we hit the trail. There was actually a nice breeze blowing most of the time so the heat wasn’t oppressive. Brought plenty of water and some calories with us and just went at a steady pace. Boulders a bit hot but still manageable and plenty of shade in the palm grove the closer you get to the top. Nearly impossible to get lost since all trail derivations go in the same direction. Saw a couple of bighorn sheep near the top. You definitely want to be mindful of the cactus that jut out onto the trail but otherwise it is an easy and well marked and maintained trail. Cold beer at Carlee’s afterward was a must. I would do it again for sure when there is water flowing.

4 months ago

Great hike! Rock climbing, long hike and great views. :)

Nice variation in terrain from start to finish. Gradual uphill incline that gets progressively more interesting as you get closer and closer to the falls. Definitely easy to moderate in cool to warm conditions. It was 79° and breezy on the day we did it. I could see this being a difficult trek on a 100+° day, pack your water and dress accordingly. Some good traction boots and a sense of navigation helps on this one, as you negotiate your way through the various palm groves. Trailhead is easily accessed, no dirt or gravel roads to deal with. Highly recommend if you’re in the area and looking for something scenic, lengthy, not super difficult, and memorable.

Trickle of water at The falls. Had a beautiful cooler weekend in late May to be able to hike this. If you like boulder hopping this was moderate opportunity for you at the high end.

off road driving
5 months ago

Took the FJ Cruiser with the family. Easy and lots of fun. Very tranquil sites to see. Can be done with 2wd but don’t stop in the sand.

hiking
5 months ago

If your in the area you must stop and see the slot. It’s so amazing. Easy to get to from the 78. No 4wd needed.

off road driving
5 months ago

Amazing views once you’re at the top. Easy trail for even 2wd and even saw a Prius C drive up at some point. Only had to engage 4Hi to back into a soft sand spot to set up our tent along the drive up. Overall great experience but make sure you’re prepped with shade, water and a portable restroom of sorts if you plan on spending the night along the trail somewhere.

on Cactus Loop Trail

hiking
5 months ago

off road driving
5 months ago

Incredible views if you get out of the car and climb up some of these rock mounds. Things are super unstable so be careful. As for the off-roading- I wanted to test my new Subaru and it took a beating. I could get everywhere a Jeep could until I encountered a narrow passage that would have certainly dented the exterior but that was many miles deep. Go out there, be far from humanity, get naked, yell from the hill tops, have fun

Perfect weather today to hike up to the falls in Palm Trees.

off road driving
5 months ago

love this trail i have a 2013 jeep jk
on 35" with 4.5" rubicon lift
the squeeze is the only spot that can cause some damage if you dont take the right line
heart attack hill is great its a steep descent with some deep holes and loose top cover go slow and recomend 4L it will drop u into Fish Creek

5 months ago

the slot trail was easy and down a dirt road so passing in a car is impossible, there is another dirt road path that starts on the other side of the slots. We encountered a few other groups in the slots but only 2 once out of them. the slots themselves are fun for the family and windcaves can be found about half a mile past that.

off road driving
6 months ago

Amazing view of the badlands at sunset! A guitarist playing and singing Eagle’s at the scene is definitely a bonus! Easy off road that you can’t get lost. No problem for first-time off roader with a Subaru’s outback!

Wonderful trail! Have seen bighorn sheep many times. Hot this time of year; drink water!
Horses are not allowed.

You can make this a great day hike, or camp out right before the canyon narrows for an awesome overnight. We camped out and had an amazing time. Bring lots of water as there is none on the trail, and depending on the time you go, may not be any at the falls.

hiking
6 months ago

Wife and kids loved this place. Easy access

The view was beautiful on the way there. The sky against the desert landscape was breathetaking!!! The fall was a little disappointing but considering it is a very dry area it was ok.

The Palms at the end of the canyon are such a beautiful surprise. I recommend taking the alternate route back. It provided a bit more variety and elevation change. Plus it was less crowded. (Though no shade). Kids loved this hike.

6 months ago

Awesome and easy. Kids loved it. Lots of shade for a hot day. I wish the trail that looped back over the butte was more clearly sign posted. We ended up just turning around and going back through the slot.

Kids loved it. Nice shade for a snack at the wind caves.

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