Hellhole Canyon is a hiking trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 891 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,031 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms. The trail ends near the Maidenhair Falls attraction.
Hellhole Canyon Professional Reviews and Guides
"In the midst of one of the hottest and driest deserts in the United States, it feels surprising to find a place where mosses, ferns, sycamores, and cottonwoods flourish around a sparkling waterfall in a palm oasis. Maidenhair Falls is such a place, and it lies not far from Borrego Springs and the popular Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center."
--Jerry Schad and David Money Harris, 101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press).
"At first glance, this may seem just another dry, flat hike, but the desert holds surprises. Spend the last mile or so hopping on boulders to find a shady palm oasis with a waterfall lined in cascading maidenhair ferns. Outstanding Features: Sandy wash, ocotillo, cholla cactus, agave, seasonal stream, and waterfall with maidenhair ferns."
--Sheri McGregor, Day & Overnight Hikes: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Menasha Ridge Press).
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