VCTA Hellhole Canal Loop

Monday, January 21, 2019 – 8:00 AM

Hellhole Canal Loop


This hike, which is not on the official map of the Preserve, starts at the Hellhole Canyon Preserve parking lot, crosses parcels of land that were recently acquired, and returns by another route. We will have access to the area thanks to Friends of Hellhole Canyon; Friends President Joaquin Aganza will lead the hike along with the VCTA Trail Master.


This hike is rated moderate; participants should be physically fit and have some recent experience walking longer than an hour. The hike is on established trails, some narrow. The total distance is about three miles and includes steep uphill sections. Plan on the hike lasting about two hours. Long pants, water, and sun protection recommended.


Meeting place: Hellhole Canyon Preserve parking lot, 19324 Santee Lane, Valley Center. Take Woods Valley Road for 3.9 miles. Continue onto Paradise Mountain Rd for 3.3 miles. Turn right onto Los Hermanos Ranch Rd/Paradise Mtn Rd and immediately turn left onto Kiavo Rd. Take Kiavo Rd. for .5 miles to Santee Lane and make a left to the preserve entrance.