Box Canyon Overlook Trail

Borrego Springs, California 92004

Box Canyon Overlook Trail

Box Canyon Overlook Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Much Anza-Borrego history coincides at this spot! The Southern Emigrant Trail, the Mormon Battalion, and the Butterfield Overland Mail Route used this arduous low mountain pass. The historical marker is right by the highway; the overlook of the trail below is 250 feet farther east. By following the path down to the trail itself, you quickly get a feeling for the obstacle that this rocky ridge represented for early travelers. The Mormon Battalion cut a detour around the box canyon; traces of its efforts are visible on the canyon walls. To follow a piece of the trail itself, follow the sloping trail down to the right to a wooden post marked “U.S. Mormon Battalion Trail.” At this point, the trail coincides with the wash. The historic wash trail is marked with an occasional wooden post. Your hike parallels the highway but is wholly hidden in the small canyon to provide a feeling of seclusion and communion with the hundreds of previous users of this trail segment."

Box Canyon Overlook Trail Reviews

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Only for the cooler winter months! This is a great part of the San Diego Sea to Sea Trail - continue north-east and you''ll end up in Borrego Springs and then the Salton Sea. Once you''re out of Box Canyon, it''s quite barren up north through Shelter Valley.

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Trail Information

Borrego Springs
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
October through April.
2,360 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,360 feet
Top Elevation
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Earthquake Valley
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018