Indian Canyon Trail

Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness, California

Elevation Gain665ft
Trailhead Elevation1,639ft
Elevation Min/Max1639/2159ft
Elevation Start/End1639/1639ft

Indian Canyon Trail

Indian Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 1,639 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 665 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. This trail connects with the following: Coyote Canyon Trail.

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Day & Overnight Hikes: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Menasha Ridge Press)
Sheri McGregor
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"A daylong hike from the parking area at the third crossing, or a shorter foray if your four-wheel drive can make it to the vehicle closure just past Sheep Canyon Primitive Camp. Whichever you choose, Indian Canyon is a fairly flat trek through open desert. A constant stream offers willow and tamarisk thickets and an amphibious chorus. Outstanding Features: Continuous stream; riparian habitat; quiet, open desert; beautiful views."
Hiking California's Desert Parks (Falcon Guides)
Bill & Polly Cunningham
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"This hike in Indian Canyon has no convenient road access if your vehicle is not suitable for rough terrain. But this verdant canyon hike is well worth the walk to the trailhead. The stream flow will be reduced in the fall, but the greenery will still be striking."
"This is a grand tour of one of Anza-Borrego’s most remote, rugged, and beautiful areas. It is a true expedition. In the midsection of this trip, you’ll pass through a pristine wilderness where the tracks of a mountain lion are far more common than the impressions of a lug-soled boot. The trip is best done as an ambitious and consistently strenuous two-day backpack."

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Trail Information

Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
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Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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USGS Borrego Palm Canyon
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