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Hike Hellhole Canyon to Maidenhair Falls in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

  • Montezuma Valley Road (Route S22)

    Anza-Borrego State Park, Borrego Springs, CA (map)

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  • ABOUT THE HIKE: We hike 5.5 miles with 1,000 feet of elevation gain into Hellhole Canyon with its palm tree oasis and the destination of Maidenhair Falls, a seasonal 20 foot waterfall. This is a strenuous, out/back, 5.5 mile hike with 1,000 of elevation gain/loss. There is some rock scrambling as the trail disappears in the upper part of the canyon near the falls. Given our Winter date for this adventure, we are hopeful of finding water in the Falls and perhaps some early wild flowers. We will enjoy a picnic lunch under the fan palms in the canyon oasis, before returning to the trailhead. Because of the strenuous and wilderness nature of this hike, we will be hiking as a group. Dogs are not allowed on the wilderness trails within this state park. Temps in the park during the winter are typically in the 70s during the day and freezing at night.

    ABOUT ANZA-BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK: The largest state park in California, it covers nearly 1,000 square miles with a diverse landscape that includes badlands, narrow canyons, palm tree oases and snow capped peaks. The name Anza-Borrego comes from Borrego, the Spanish word for Bighorn Sheep and Anza, the last name of Juan Bautista de Anza, the Spanish explorer who led the first non-native expedition in this desert in 1774.  

    ABOUT THE PICNIC: We will be carrying food and beverage items on the hike to the picnic location. Bring food items to share for the potluck picnic in the oasis. BYOB (beverage). Given the strenuous nature of this hike, alcohol will not be a good choice of beverage.

    DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Take the 5 Freeway south toward San Diego... just north of Oceanside, take Highway 76 east... passing the 15 Freeway and Pala... take Highway 79 north and proceed approximately five miles... turn right on San Felipe Road and proceed approximately five miles... turn left on Montezuma Valley Road heading east approximately twelve miles... turn left into the large dirt trailhead parking area. This is located approximately one mile south of Palm Canyon Road and the State Park Visitor Center. There is a restroom at the trailhead. Plan on a minimum 2.5 hours without traffic delays for the drive from O.C. to this trailhead.

    DISCLAIMER: Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.

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  • Randy S.
    Organizer,
    Event Host

    I love to hike. I am retired and live in Coto de Caza.

  • Hoan +1
  • Tina M.

    I love to hike and meet new people who likes the outdoors as much as I do

  • John E. +1

    Just kik n it

  • Sheri

    Moved to California from IL this year. Interested in making friends with other fun, genuine,... more

  • Steve

    Former New Yorker who came to Orange County recently where the weather is perfect.

  • jim +1

    Hiking since 2013 in. I backpack and hike like to be outside.Want to be with people same love of... more

  • Karen O.

    Love hiking and adventures and meeting others who love to hike as much as I do!

  • Beth

    Looking forward to staying fit and meeting new people.

  • Don H.

    Love the outdoors and being on the trails with fun people.

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  • Jeanette

    I live in RSM and love to hike and meet new people

  • EmilyMiku

    I love to hike, take photos and enjoy good company. And eating. I looove to eat.

  • Manny

    Like to crawl around boulders high in the sky! The commune with nature is awesome!

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