California Riding and Hiking Trail

Borrego Springs, California

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This delightful, one-way (preferably downhill) route has a long and varied history. Originally a well-beaten Native American trail, it was used for many decades by cattlemen moving herds from the Mesa Grande area near Lake Henshaw to winter and spring grazing grounds at the mouths of Hellhole and Borrego Palm canyons. After World War II, the trail became a branch of the California Riding & Hiking Trail (CRHT). Today, while the statewide CRHT has largely fallen into disrepair, this particular desert segment continues to be frequently used (if not maintained much).

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"This delightful, one-way (preferably downhill) route has a long and varied history. Originally a well-beaten Native American trail, it was used for many decades by cattlemen moving herds from the Mesa Grande area near Lake Henshaw to winter and spring grazing grounds at the mouths of Hellhole and Borrego Palm canyons. After World War II, the trail became a branch of the California Riding & Hiking Trail (CRHT). Today, while the statewide CRHT has largely fallen into disrepair, this particular desert segment continues to be frequently used (if not maintained much)."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Borrego Springs
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: October through May
Local Contacts: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Maps: USGS Tubb Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to California Riding & Hiking Trail

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May 2018