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001- At the bottom of Highway S22 is the carpark and trailhead for Hellhole Canyon. Head west toward the San Yisidro Mountains on a single track trail through a desert forest of ocotillo and cholla cactus.
002-At the Y fork you have your choice of the riding and hiking trail or the normal hiking trail. Either way will take you up the canyon.
003- Still heading west, you’ll come to another Y fork. Either way will continue to lead up the canyon. Watch for roadrunners, sccurrying side-blotched lizards and hummingbirds along the route.
004- This is the first of several crossings over a sandy wash. As the canyon narrows, keep an eye out for desert bighorn sheep perched on the rocks on either side of the canyon.
005- This is the first stand of desert fan palms in the canyon. Keep heading west that involves some light rock hopping and scrambling.
006- The main stand of palms are dense and a much needed respite from the desert sun. A year-round creek breathes life in the desert for birds, reptiles and mammals alike. Great place to have lunch.
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13-MAR-10 12:17:18PM Scores of wildflowers come to life each spring depending on rain totals. This chuparosa is found along the trail throughout the hile
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The spidly ocotillo is prevelent in Hellhole Canyon. It’s pretty red bloom comes to life for a brief time in the spring.
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Desert fan palms are a welcome respite in the Colorado Desert.