Cactus Loop Trail

Borrego Springs, California 92004

Cactus Loop Trail

Cactus Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The starting point for this short but somewhat steep and rocky path is directly opposite the entrance to Tamarisk Grove Campground. On the first part of the trail, you’ll find interpretive signs for a half dozen or so common desert plants, but the real story here concerns the ubiquitous teddybear cholla (also called Bigelow cholla and jumping cholla) cactus, which grows to an exceptional size (up to 6 feet high) and density here."

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"This short trail begins as a sandy winding path but becomes more rocky as it leads up the canyon. Signs identify jumping cholla, beavertail cactus, and saltbush. Walking up the canyon instead of driving the desert roads reveals the diversity of desert plant life and its adaptive strategies for desert survival. The nature trail route leads up the wash to the ridge’s high point (1,520 feet), then winds gently down the ridge slope to the trailhead."

"This short, easy-to-follow trail begins as a sandy winding path and becomes rockier as it leads up the canyon. Signs identify jumping cholla, beavertail cactus, and saltbush. When driving through the desert, the vegetation often looks monotonous and even dead. But when you stroll up the canyon on the Cactus Loop Trail, you notice the remarkable diversity of desert plant life as well as the variety of adaptive strategies necessary for desert survival. Perhaps most impressive are the teddy-bear cholla that attain a height of six feet."

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Trail Information

Borrego Springs
Nearby City
1
Distance
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
.5 hour
Duration
All year
Season
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Tubb Canyon
Local Maps