The easy Hagen Canyon Trail hike takes you through a colorful geographic landscape that was once all 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. At one point it was a tourist attraction run by the Hagen family, today it’s a state park. The hike is short and shouldn’t take you more than an hour.
Getting To Hagen Canyon Trail
The trailhead address is: Abbott Dr, Cantil, CA, 93519, USA. If you’re driving to the Eastern Sierras and Mt Whitney, or Death Valley, Hagan Canyon is a nice place for a stop.
Everything on my gear list is battle tested on the trails, and should work well for you too.
What To Know For 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.
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.
You’ll get the standard Mojave Desert wildlife cast of characters here. Lizards, snakes, and desert hares. A ranger told me that desert tortoises are active here too.
Many people also print out this web page for the turn-by-turn images. And if you really want to get tricky, YouTube Premium lets you download videos for offline use, so you can download the hike video and save it.
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