To love the desert and live in California is like being a free bird in the sky. Having access to the largest desert national park in the lower 48, Death Valley, and one of the greatest rock climbing spots in the country, Joshua Tree, is just pure blessing. On top of that, Anza Borrego and the Mojave Preserve offer some of the most unique desert features and characteristics. As a desert lover and a hiker, i’ve visited the four main desert parks in California; Death Valley, Anza Borrego, Joshua Tree, and the Mojave Preserve. The desert is a harsh terrain. You won’t find the abundant of water and shade that you will in the sierras or the consistently enjoyable weather of the coast line. Exploring and visiting the desert can be a lot of work. If you want to start exploring the desert, here are top 8 hikes that will introduce you to the beautiful region.
1. Borrego Palm Canyon – Anza Borrego
Oasis isn’t real? Well, this hike begs differ. Oasis is actually pretty common throughout the Southern California desert particularly in Anza Borrego and Joshua Tree National Park. One of Anza Borrego’s most popular day hikes is a hike to the Borrego Palm. This short and flat hike deep into the desert valley will reveal a stunning oasis with a small stream that runs through it.