About this TrailA slot canyon in Anza-Borrego state park. The slot narrows to about a foot wide at points with walls somewhere from 30-50 high. This is a great short hike and reasonably easy to get to. Anytime I take someone new to the desert, I take them to this spot.
Directions to Trailhead
Directions from http://www.desertusa.com/Thingstodo/du_ttd_slot.html.
To reach the trailhead, drive to the intersection of Borrego Springs Road and Highway 78. Turn east on the Highway and drive 1.5 miles; look for Buttes Pass Road on your left (near mile marker #87). Drive one mile on this washboard road to the Borrego Mountain Wash junction and stay to the left for another 0.7 mile.
I drove this 1.7 miles off-road in a two-wheel low clearance SUV. Only one spot concerned me, a short steep hill in the road just before reaching the Slot. It took me a couple tries to get up it on the way out in first gear and scared the hell out of my passengers.
Notes on Difficulty RatingAside from the descent into the canyon, this is an easy hike. You have to climb down about 30' to gain access to the canyon floor. The slot features a couple of tight squeezes but is otherwise short, flat, and the steep walls offer protection from the elements.