19324 Santee Lane, Valley Center, CA 92082
Hours: 8 a.m. – sunset,
Friday – Monday (only)
Pedestrian access is available from sunrise to sunset, Friday – Monday. No public vehicle access or restroom availability on December 25. Hellhole Canyon is CLOSED in August due to extreme summer heat.
View the park brochure.
Hellhole Canyon County Preserve is a 1,907-acre preserve that offers
13.5 miles of moderate-to-advanced trail opportunities. An
equestrian-friendly staging area has ample trailer parking, vault
restrooms, potable water, a look-out point and an amphitheater.
The main trail descends from the staging area to the riparian zone along Hell Creek. Along the creek bed, hikers will find a reprieve from the sun under mature Sycamore and oak trees. The trails beyond Hell Creek can be more challenging as rise out of the creek bed into a chaparral environment, and continue up Rodriguez Mountain. But the effort pays off; on a clear day, the Pacific Ocean can be seen from the top. And if you visit in the spring, you may catch a glimpse of this floral phenomenon!
Be sure to bring water, a snack, good footwear, and sun protection. The preserve is closed in August due to extreme heat.
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