The route in red is the one I took. The other in yellow is part of the California Riding & Hiking Trail. One I hope to do soon.
Looking back towards the trail head.
The trail begins out on the flat alluvial fan well outside the canyon containing typical California desert vegetation.
What's up with these rock stacks?
Looking back towards Borrego Springs.
Deeper into the canyon the terrain gets rockier and vegetation starts closing in.
A nice spot to relax in the shade.
Once you reach the first set of palm trees, the trail gets a bit strenuous and the vegetation turns into jungle-like thickets of palms, sycamores, canyon grape, and those pesky catclaws.
Where do I go?
My destination, Maidenhair Falls.
As usual, pictures don't do it justice.
After a bit of relaxation, it was time to head back down.
By the time I reached the trail head it had warmed up considerably, making me glad I had packed enough water. I really enjoyed this hike and look forward to returning to this desert oasis.