Indian Canyon / Cougar Canyon - Anza Borrego

Borrego Springs, California (San Diego County)

Last Updated: 05/04/2017
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 0.12 miles
Highest Elevation: 1509 feet
Duration: About 15 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Borrego Springs
Nearest Town w/ Services: Borrego Springs
Official Road Name: Indian Canyon / Cougar Canyon
Management Agency: Anza-Borrega Desert State Park
District: Anza-Borrega Desert State Park


Highlight: Indian Canyon / Cougar Canyon - Anza Borrego
Deep in the heart of Coyote Canyon is this secret overlanders stop and camping area. Because of the lush desert from the natural springs in the area, Indian Canyon / Cougar Canyon is a must go to place for many adventurous individuals. Indian Canyon backs to Los Coyotes Indian Reservations and has Tin Can Mine and Bennis Bowl, while Cougar Canyon has 100 foot tall waterfalls and lush cottonwood forests. Unfortunately, these areas require hiking to get to, but if you are up for the 10+ mile hike, this is a recommended stop for everyone.


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1. Indian Canyon / Cougar Canyon Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail starts where Sheep Canyon splits off to the right.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Ocotillo, CA

The trail splits off of Sheep Canyon at its final turn as it turns into the canyon and heads south. This is roughly 3.4 miles along the route if you take the long way.



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Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California

Joshua Noesser grew up in Southern California but has lived in different parts of the country during his young adult life. Josh was first turned to four wheeling when he road with one of his friends dad up Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley at age14. After nearly 3 different roll overs later and a half dozen intense waterfalls, Josh was hooked. At 16 he purchased his first Jeep a CJ 7 and by 17 was putting his first locker in it. Currently, Josh is the owner and CEO of Nybble, an IT Solutions Company based in Orange County, California. Nybble isn't your normal IT company where everyone stays in and plays video games. Nybble's average company trip is out on the trails since a good amount of his staff enjoy wheeling too. As Josh likes to say, he offers the only IT Company with the ability to provide services in extreme locations. "If you want a server at the top of The Hammers, we will take care of that for you." Today you can find Josh out on the trail behind the wheel in one of his three different off-road vehicles. See the vehicles below for more information. If you ever run into Josh, please say high, he is a very friendly person and is always happy to have a new person join the group.
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