Palm Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 824 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 745 feet. The Drinking fountain drinking water and the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitors Center public building are near the trailhead. The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitors Center information can be seen along the trail. There are also parking, a water, a picnic site, and a theatre along the trail. The trail ends near the California fan palm, Washingtonia filifera wood.
"Borrego Palm Canyon has long been famous for harboring many hundreds of native palm trees in an otherwise austere setting of rock and sun-blasted vegetation. Perhaps 80% of these palms, which have surprised and delighted thousands of visitors over several decades, were summarily evicted from the canyon at 4:45 p.m. on September 10, 2004. On that afternoon an isolated, intense summer thunderstorm dumped buckets of rain over a relatively small area of the San Ysidro Mountains above. Sheets of water falling down the steep slopes gathered strength and speed as they joined forces in the narrow constriction of the canyon." Read more
"This hike, part of it cross-country, leads into California’s Sonoran Desert via a deep, palm-dotted canyon in the San Ysidro Mountains. Encompassing more than 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in the nation. Much of its land is roadless, ranging from remote mountain ranges to low hills and desert plains. The unusual California fan palm, found only in a few canyons and moist areas along the western and northern edge of the Colorado (Sonoran) Desert in California, is well represented in two separate groves in Borrego Palm Canyon. Experienced and adventurous hikers are urged to explore the rugged forks of the canyon beyond the second palm grove. The Middle Fork leads into the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, where permission is required for entry. Hikers aren’t likely to find campsites in these narrow canyons, which are visited chiefly by day hikers." Read more
"Use the interpretive guide found at the trailhead to identify plants, animals, and other desert phenomena along this easy, well-visited desert-wash nature trail. Outstanding Features: Desert-wash landscape, stream and waterfalls, birds, possible bighorn-sheep sightings, and a shady oasis." Read more
"Borrego Palm Canyon used to be the lushest and most beautiful of the roughly 25 “palm canyons” in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. However, on September 10, 2004, a wall of water at least 20 feet high tore through the narrower parts of the canyon. The rushing water uprooted hundreds of fan palm trees, floating them out past the mouth of the canyon toward Borrego Palm Canyon Campground and beyond. A mudflow hit the campground, causing considerable damage to its lower-lying structures. Dubbed a “hundred-year flash flood” by some and a “thousand-year flash flood” by others, the event was indeed a rare occurrence for that particular location in the Anza-Borrego Desert—but not so rare for the region at large. The rushing water uprooted hundreds of fan palm trees, floating them out past the mouth of the canyon toward Borrego Palm Canyon Campground and beyond. A mudflow hit the campground, causing considerable damage to its lower-lying structures. Dubbed a “hundred-year flash flood” by some and a “thousand-year flash flood” by others, the event was indeed a rare occurrence for that particular location in the Anza-Borrego Desert—but not so rare for the region at large." Read more
"This trail provides a spectacular introduction to the beauties of the desert. The self-guiding brochure and the clear signs will help you become familiar with the plants and animals, geology, history, and ecology here. Ocotillo abound, as do honey mesquite, cheesebush, and chuparosa— the “hummingbird plant.” Hummingbirds are plentiful, especially in spring. In winter and spring, water flows in the adjacent stream, with small waterfalls. Sharp-eyed hikers can often spot bighorn sheep on the mountain slopes of the canyon, especially in early morning or evening." Read more