We hiked Borrego Palm Canyon Trail earlier this month with friends. The trail was dotted with colorful wildflowers. The creek was full of water. It was a gorgeous spring day in the desert.
The Borrego Palm Canyon Trail is probably the most popular trail in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The trailhead is located at the Borrego Palm Canyon campground, the largest in the park, near the visitor center, just outside of the town of Borrego Springs.
As in all the trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, dogs are not allowed on this trail. Wildflowers were abundant, predominantly red Chuparosa, fragrant desert lavender, yellow Parish’s poppies, blue phacelia, pink Bigelow’s monkey flowers. There were some brittlebush, beavertail cacti and ocotillos blooming. There was a good amount of water in the Palm Canyon Creek. It was a wonderful time to be out in the desert.
A 20-second video from the spot we stopped for snacks before returning. Turn up your speaker for the sound of the water.
We didn’t explore beyond the palm oasis. For more info and photos of this hike, check out hikespeak.com website.
- Date hiked: March 7, 2017
- Hiking time: 2h 50m
- Distance: Approx. 4.0 mi round-trip (out and back with an option to make a loop in the middle) if starting from the RV section of the Borrego Palm Canyon campground like we did
- Elevation change: Approx. 590 ft gain
- Note: If starting from the official trailhead, a round-trip distance will be about 3 mi. Day-use fee is required to park at Borrego Palm Canyon parking lot.