Jackass Flat and Butler Canyon Trail

Borrego Springs, California

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A visit to an ancient Cahuilla Indian village site is the highlight on this long loop hike over mostly gentle terrain. Hidden Spring, about halfway around the loop, nearly always has some surface water but cannot be considered a good source for drinking needs. On foot, follow the four-wheel-drive road heading into Rockhouse Canyon, which initially goes northeast across a low bank. After hooking right and curving left, you’re in the boulder-tossed, lower drainage of Rockhouse Canyon itself, an area prone to flash floods that occasionally render the “road” temporarily impassable for vehicles.

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"A visit to an ancient Cahuilla Indian village site is the highlight on this long loop hike over mostly gentle terrain. Hidden Spring, about halfway around the loop, nearly always has some surface water but cannot be considered a good source for drinking needs. On foot, follow the four-wheel-drive road heading into Rockhouse Canyon, which initially goes northeast across a low bank. After hooking right and curving left, you’re in the boulder-tossed, lower drainage of Rockhouse Canyon itself, an area prone to flash floods that occasionally render the “road” temporarily impassable for vehicles."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Borrego Springs
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: November through April
Local Contacts: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Maps: USGS Clark Lake NE, Collins Valley
Driving Directions: Directions to Jackass Flat & Butler Canyon Trail

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May 2018