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tekewin
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1/18/2020
tekewin
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I've visited Hellhole Flat twice. Both times, started at Maidenhair Falls TH. First time, over Sirens, second time over Webo.

Is there an easier way to get there than going over Webo?


Has anybody gotten there from Culp Valley Campground? Less gain, but all the terrain in between looks pretty nasty.
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dsefcik
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I did it from Culp Valley Campground...easy?...sure, I guess...compared to..??

Full route and photos: https://www.darensefcik.com/Photography/Anza-Borrego-Desert-State-Park/Hellhole-Flat-10-16-2016/

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Buford
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1/18/2020
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I have been to Hellhole flats a few times. There is no "easy" way.

Once entered from Thimble/Ysidro and exited to Pena Spring. Similar exit to Dsefcik's track that is linked.

Once entered from Bonny/White/Goat and exited to the desert floor at the visitor center.

Once up from the desert floor and Ode/Kay/Sirens then down Webo.

Easiest entry is probably via the Bonny BM area. Then you are stuck trying to figure out how to exit. A car shuttle makes it easier. I pulled more mylar out of Hellhole flats than anywhere else.


Here is the view from the ridge just north of Pena Spring looking across Hellhole canyon towards the flats.

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tekewin
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1/19/2020
tekewin
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Buford wrote:

Easiest entry is probably via the Bonny BM area. Then you are stuck trying to figure out how to exit. A car shuttle makes it easier. I pulled more mylar out of Hellhole flats than anywhere else.



Thanks, Buford. I'll take a look at going from Bonnie compared to Culp. I know the area pretty well. I move about about 1.5 mph in this terrain so getting out by dark is a concern in winter.

Here are a couple of photos from a visit last week.







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1/19/2020
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Nice lion track tekewin.

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1/20/2020
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Rocko1 wrote:

Was this a 2 day trip Daren? Curious as the time required to get in/out.

Yeah, Craig and I did a single over nighter, was easy enough and we explored around out on the flat.

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