The 5.6-mile route to Maidenhair Falls is a fairly tough hike, with an elevation gain of 905 feet. At the falls, which drop nearly 30 feet down a rocky cliff, hikers will find a variety of lush plants and grasses.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of Maidenhair Falls

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
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  • After a wet winter, Maidenhair Falls seems like a miracle in the desert. Pick up a Hellhole Canyon map/brochure at the park visitor center before starting on this adventure because the 20-foot waterfall can be difficult to locate. The trail heads up a sandy alluvial fan to the canyon mouth. From there, let your ears guide you to the sound of flowing water. The falls are 2.5 miles from the start.
  • Hellhole Canyon is home to myriad desert foliage, including a surprising array of ferns and mosses at Maidenhair Falls. Plentiful maidenhair ferns give the waterfall its name. Wildlife is prolific, too, including bighorn sheep, jackrabbits, Costa's hummingbirds, roadrunners, and ladder-back woodpeckers.
  • Some mild scrambling and boulder-hopping is required to reach the waterfall. Because of the abundance of desert foliage, long pants and long sleeves are more than a good idea.

Hellhole Canyon
200 Palm Canyon Dr.
Borrego Springs, California
Parking: Dawn to dusk

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 760-767-5311
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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