Flat Cat Canyon Trail

Borrego Springs, California 92004

Flat Cat Canyon Trail

Flat Cat Canyon Trail Professional Guide

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"This extreme trek up a densely vegetated, boulder-populated ravine offers a sense of accomplishment at hike’s end. But expect a tough climb, eking out a route as you scale boulders toward a hidden palm oasis at 2,500 feet (a 1,700-foot elevation gain). Don’t attempt this hike unless you’re experienced and physically prepared for a tough challenge; also, make sure you have plenty of water and lots of time for a slow, grueling pace. Ravine temperatures can drop significantly from those on the desert floor, so wear layers to escape a chill. Also consider a double layer of pants to protect your skin from tangles with prevalent and unforgiving acacia catclaw. And be aware of any expected bad weather—you don’t want to get caught in this steep canyon ravine in storms and flooding. Outstanding Features: Desert flowers, rock formations, expansive view of the desert valley, palm oasis, and trickling water."

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"Flat Cat Canyon is the curious name given to a rugged gorge just north of lower Hellhole Canyon. Anza-Borrego rangers found a dead bobcat (presumably very dead) in this canyon and followed the honorable Western tradition of assigning colorful names to “colorful” places. As viewed from the alluvial fan below, Flat Cat Canyon looks like a boulder-choked ravine, seemingly unpromising. But its upper reaches hold a surprise or two."

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Trail Information

Borrego Springs
Nearby City
1,420 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
6–7 hours
880 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,300 feet
Top Elevation

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