Trail of the Month: Hellhole Canyon, Borrego Springs

Difficulty Level

Moderate, recreational runners in decent shape


5.5 miles out and back

Good to Know

Dog friendly
Not stroller friendly
Free parking


Start at the trailhead on Montezuma Valley Road near the intersection with Palm Canyon Drive in Borrego Springs. Head out to Maidenhair Falls and back.


What to Instagram

The 20-foot waterfall at the end—and a selfie of your well-earned water break


Why We Love It

Despite its name, the canyon is beautiful and serene. Go after the weather has cooled. The incline on this hike isn’t too steep, making it a good option for beginners.


Where to Refuel

Get buttermilk pancakes, Benedicts, quinoa salads, and BLTs at Red Ocotillo (721 Avenida Sureste, Borrego Springs)

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