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Day Hike Hellhole Canyon to Maidenhair Falls

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Day Hike Hellhole Canyon to Maidenhair Falls


Trailhead address: Montezuma Valley Road (Route S22), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Trailhead coordinates: 33.248037, -116.40594

Difficulty: Moderate 5.5 miles roundtrip and 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Mandatory rock scrambling with faint trail.

Description: Hellhole Canyon is an exposed hike with no shade. 1,000 feet of elevation gain.
There is a seasonal 20-foot waterfall, Maidenhair Falls, present during early spring or any time rain brings water to Hellhole Canyon. Mandatory rock scrambling will take us up to the top of this 5.5 mile round-trip hike.

Bring plenty of water, electrolytes, sun block, and your method of navigation!

Sun protection
First aid
Repair kit / tools
Extra food
Extra water
Extra clothes


To get to the trailhead: From Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs, drive 1.3 miles west on Palm Canyon Road. Turn left on Montezuma Valley Road (Route S22), which is 0.4 miles before the park visitor center. Drive 0.8 miles south and turn right into the large dirt parking area at the trailhead (just before the road heads up the mountain). There is a bathroom at the far end of the lot away from the start of the trail.

Hike at your own risk. Be responsible for yourself and your safety. Make good decisions. With any trip, things can change, and the unexpected can happen. A go-with-the-flow attitude is always a good thing, and most importantly, let’s all have fun! This is a moderate to intermediate hike. Make sure you are in good enough physical shape for the distance, elevation changes, and terrain. The hike leaders in this group aren’t professional hike leaders. By signing up for these events, you agree not to hold the Meetup organizers responsible for whatever happens to you on these events. The hiking group does not certify the expertise of the organizers, the event or assistant organizers (hike leaders) and…We are NOT responsible for any possible losses or injuries.

November 04 2023


Date: November 4, 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hiking Group:
RSVP: Visit Meetup Website


Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

East of
San Diego,CAUS

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San Diego Backpackers
Website: Visit Organizer Website


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Trail statistics are approximate. For safety purposes always assume they are underestimated. But don’t be disappointed if they are overestimated. Bring more water and snacks than you think you’ll need.

Trail descriptions are based on previous hikes. Current conditions are unknown until arrival. Expect the unexpected and plan accordingly.

The Organizers and members of Hiking With Dean are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking With Dean Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities per our ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND LIABILITY WAIVER and Section 6.2 of the Terms of Service.