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The easy Hagen Canyon Trail hike takes you through a colorful geographic landscape that was once underwater. It's a great place to stop if you're traveling between LA and the Eastern Sierra or Death Valley.
1.2 miles (1.9 km)
Hagen Canyon Trail Hike Trail Maps
Google Maps trailhead:
Abbott Dr, Cantil, CA, 93519, USA Hike Location Red Rock Canyon State Park off Rt. 14, between LA and the Eastern Sierra and Death Valley. 3D Hike Map The Hagen Canyon Trail is a loop below the colorful cliffs. There small side trails off the loop if you wan to explore. Hike Elevation Profile Don't let the scale of this fool you. The hike is basically flat with some gentle ups and downs. Interactive Hike Map Hagen Canyon Trail Hike Map Downloads View a Printable PDF Hike Map Download the Hike GPX File Hagen Canyon Trail Hike Directions What to Expect on the Hike Hagen Canyon is named after German immigrant Rudolph Hagen, who bought most of this area as mining claims. He eventually turned it into a tourist attraction, complete with diner, bar, camping, and post office. Eventually the Hagen family turned it over to the state in 1969, when it became Red Rock Canyon State Park (California). All the landscape that you see on the Hagen Canyon trail used to be underwater. The colorful layers are sediment washed down from the old Sierra Mountains. Over the last 10 million years plate tectonic movement and erosion have formed what you see today. If the area looks familiar, you might have seen it on a TV show or movie. More recent productions shot here are Jurassic Park and Westworld. Keep your eyes open for big lizards sunning themselves on the rocks. You’re in the Mojave Desert, it can get hot. It’s a short hike but you should bring water. There’s a primitive campsite up the road by the Visitor Center if you want to spend the night. There are bathrooms nearby at the Visitor Center and at Red Cliffs Natural Area (another great hike). Turn By Turn Hike Directions When you pull off of Rt 14 onto Abbot Drive, the trailhead is immediately to the left. There’s a small parking area at the trailhead and plenty of signage and info on the hike. When you start on the trail, it’s well marked with stones on the sides. Throughout the hike there are also small trail post signs, keep your eyes open for them. At the first split, hike to the right. There’s a nice bench here to soak it all in. The bench has nice views of the surrounding geological formations. There are lot of washes that cross the trail and are easily confused with the trail. You’ll see footprints in them where people made the wrong turn. Here cross the wash and continue on the trail. At the next junction, hike to the right. There’s a little turnoff to red cliffs that I recommend. The main trail goes straight, but make the right to check out the red cliffs up close. The trail is marked with rocks as it goes up to the cliff. Explore the rock formations with care, then turn around and head back down the main trail. When you get back to the main trail, make the right to continue. Keep your eyes open and hike across the wash. In areas where the rocks marking the trail are sparse, there’s usually a trail marker. The trail starts to wind around to the left along the cliff base. You’re starting the loop back. The trail is well defined in this section Cross the large wash to continue on the trail. The main trail bears left, but there’s a little side trail to right. You can take the trail to the right a few hundred feet to check out some rock formations. If you go right, you’ll see some dark volcanic rock. Check out the rocks and head back to the main trail to continue the loop. Keep your eyes open for this formation, which is called camel rock. When you get back to the trail, continue across the wash to find the trail on the other side. The rocks marking the trail can be sparse, in which case look for the little trail markers on the ground. At this point, the scheme changes and you follow the wash. The bigger trail to the right kind of peters out. You’ll see a trail marker in the wash, which confirms you’re on the trail. Shortly after, the trail heads out of the wash to the left. The trail again heads left, and you’ll see the trail marker. Footprints and a trail marker confirm you’re in the right place. As you approach the end of the loop, the trail becomes well marked with stones again. One last big wash to cross. When you come back to the end of the loop, just continue straight back to the parking lot. Hagen Canyon Trail Hike Video Please subscribe to my YouTube channel here! Show your support for my free hiking guides by checking out the deals below.↓↓↓ You can also make a small donation if you'd like, but please don't feel obligated to do so. HikingGuy.com is a labor of love because I want people to get outdoors and enjoy the trails safely. I want people to buy gear that actually works and not waste money on crap. I love helping people enjoy the outdoors, but it takes hundreds of hours of my time and hundreds of dollars of my money to add new content, maintain, and update. A small amount of money from REI affiliate sales and banners help offset my hard costs like website hosting. The content on this site will always be free for everyone to enjoy.
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Read More A quick note. These directions are meant as a guide for the hike, and not a definitive source. Conditions change, and the information here can be different based on time of day, weather, season, etc. There can be small side trails that you might see but I missed. I have made every effort to include all the information you need to complete the hike successfully. I recommend using this guide in conjunction with a map, GPX file, common sense, and call to the ranger station or park office. If you do the hike and notice something has changed, please contact me and I will update the guide.
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