Borrego Palm Canyon

Borrego Springs, CA
Length: 3.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

Borrego Palm Canyon is a three mile out and back trail located in Borrego Springs. The palms burned down in 2020, but luckily they have grown back which gives the palms their black trunks. The trail follows through the canyon until you get to the palm canyon at the end. The trail has a very mild incline and has some mild rock scrambling and creek crossings, so children over about five years old should be able to hike the entire thing on their own and younger kids can hike large portions of it and can be worn the rest. During the wet season there is a creek and small waterfalls along the canyon. There is no shade along the trail and since it is the desert it can get extremely hot in the summer, so make sure to bring plenty of water and sun protection. There are bathrooms located in the campground.

The trailhead is at the end of the Borrego Palm Canyon campground. There is a fee to enter the campground, so make sure to check in at the ranger station as you enter and they can direct you to the trailhead parking lot. Once you park, the trailhead is located to the right of the palm trees and small pond. There is an alternate trail you can also take to get to the palm canyon, but I have personally not taken that trial because it looked a bit steeper. The trail is pretty easy to follow, just keep an eye out for rocks, logs, and signs to guide you through the canyon. The further back you go the more mild rock scrambling there will be. At the end of the trial 1.5 miles in is a viewpoint for the palm canyon. You can stop there to rest, or you can make your way down to the creek to hide in the shade while you eat a snack and have a break. Once you are ready to head back, you can take the same trail you entered on, or try the alternate trail, which will lead you back to roughly the same spot you entered.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Camping Nearby, Creek / River, Rockclimbing, Viewpoint, Waterfall, and Wildlife Viewing

Trail Contributor

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

Hike it Baby member since spring 2016. Current HiB Asheville NC Branch Ambassador. Past HiB San Diego CA and Orange County CA Branch Ambassador, and past National Team volunteer for Community Values, HiB30 Challenge Prizes, Mentor, and Ambassador Continued Education teams.


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