When we were in Anza Borrego two years ago we hiked through Hellhole Canyon, one of the more popular hikes in the park just a couple miles from Borrego Springs. We never did find the waterfall despite some serious scrambling but this time we were bound and determined to locate it. And we did, although there was not much more than a trickle of water. This hike is not really about the waterfall, though, it’s in the fun of actually getting there.
The easy, sandy, gradual climb for the first mile or so soon turns into route-finding as you make your way deep into the canyon. This entails lots of rock scrambling and pushing on through thorny brush. The bonus is that there are several stands of palms and other vegetation that provide some shade along the way.
Now it starts getting interesting.
Taking a break among the palms, and trying to figure out which way to go next.
Suzanne, Jim, Chris and Mark checking out the views as we get higher into the canyon.
After the falls at around 2.5 miles we pushed on a little farther but finally came to a point where it became much more difficult to continue. Chris had enough and relaxed on a rock while waiting on us to come back. This is a really fun and challenging hike.
Gaelyn asked if there were any flowers blooming in Anza Borrego yet but so far there is not a lot of color. Guess we’re just a little too early.
Later that afternoon we were joined for happy hour by Steven and Linda (The Chouters and Scoopy). They’ve been fulltiming for about a year and a half, and If anyone remembers the blog Semi-True Tales of Our Life on the Road, they are the ones who purchased Odel and Laurie’s motorhome when they came off the road in 2013. We had a nice time chatting until the sun went down, when it quickly became way too cold to sit outside.
Gathering for a group selfie. Steven, Linda, Bobbie, Mark, Chris, Suzanne and Jim.
Almost time to go in when Mark and Bobbie needed blankets.
The following day we took a day of rest from hiking and hung around home doing some exterior cleaning and going through the rest of the storage bins we didn’t get to on our last cleaning spree. It’s a never ending battle.