Box Canyon to Hidden Spring Trail

Borrego Springs, California

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Hidden Spring, according to Lester Reed, author of Old Time Cattlemen and Other Pioneers of the Anza-Borrego Area, served as a hub for Cahuilla trails leading to at least a half dozen destinations. Among them was a route leading to the Lower Willows of Coyote Canyon via Box Canyon. Reed, himself a former cattleman, once followed this trail on horseback from Coyote Canyon to a tributary of Box Canyon but apparently never returned to trace the entire route. Following general directions from his book, however, hikers have located significant parts of it. The route traverses rough and isolated country, no less pristine than it was centuries ago, when Cahuilla Indians passed this way on seasonal migration or foodgathering expeditions. If you haven’t sharpened your cross-country travel and trail-finding skills, you’ll certainly have plenty of practice here.
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by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

Hidden Spring, according to Lester Reed, author of Old Time Cattlemen and Other Pioneers of the Anza-Borrego Area, served as a hub for Cahuilla trails leading to at least a half dozen destinations. Among them was a route leading to the Lower Willows of Coyote Canyon via Box Canyon. Reed, himself a former cattleman, once followed this trail on horseback from Coyote Canyon to a tributary of Box Canyon but apparently never returned to trace the entire route. Following general directions from his book, however, hikers have located significant parts of it. The route traverses rough and isolated country, no less pristine than it was centuries ago, when Cahuilla Indians passed this way on seasonal migration or foodgathering expeditions. If you haven’t sharpened your cross-country travel and trail-finding skills, you’ll certainly have plenty of practice here.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Borrego Springs
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 10 hours
Season: November through April
Local Contacts: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Maps: USGS Borrego Palm Canyon, Collins Valley, Clark Lake NE
Driving Directions: Directions to Box Canyon to Hidden Spring Trail

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