Hagen Canyon Trail Hike

Hagen Canyon Trail Hike (California)

In This Guide
  • Turn by Turn Hike Directions & Video
  • Maps For the Hike
  • How to Get to Hagen Canyon Trail
Distance1.2 miles (1.9 km)
Hike Time30 Minutes (Total)
Total Ascent (?)120 feet (37m)
Highest Elevation2,508 feet (764m)
Fees & PermitsFree
Dog FriendlyNo
Park ContactRed Rock Canyon State Park
Park Phone661-946-6092

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.

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When you pull off of Rt 14 onto Abbot Drive, the trailhead is immediately to the left.

There are bathrooms nearby at the Visitor Center and at Red Cliffs Natural Area (another great hike). There’s also a primitive campsite up the road by the Visitor Center if you want to spend the night.

Gear for the Hagen Canyon Trail

This is a short hike and you don’t need any special hiking gear. However you’re in the Mojave Desert, it can get hot. It’s a short hike but you should bring water.

Here’s the gear that I personally use, have tested, and recommend for this hike*.

La Sportiva Spire

La Sportiva Spire GTX

Good for light and more hardcore hikes. Feels like a sneaker but protects like a hiking boot.

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Rei Flash 22

REI Flash 22 Pack

This is a super-light and comfortable backpack that can hold everything you need on a hike, including a hydration bladder. It also works great as a general backpack or carry-on.

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Joby On Triee

Joby Smartphone Tripod

Make your photos stand out by using this lightweight, do-anything tripod. The Joby attaches your smartphone to trees, rocks, whatever you can find on the trail. Folds down compactly too.

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* No company pays me to promote or push a product, all the gear you see here is gear I use and recommend. If you click an REI link and buy gear, I get a small commission that helps offset website expenses. There is no cost to you.

What To Know For the Hike

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Keep your eyes open for lizards sunning themselves on the rocks. Photo by Dylan Duvergé.

Hagen Canyon Trail Maps

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Here’s what I use to navigate my hikes. I recommend a combination of paper and electronic options with backups.


Gaia GPS

Gaia GPS is a planning and navigation tool that you can use on your phone, tablet, and the web. I use it on my phone when I need to interact with the map and know where my position is on it. I use it at home on the computer to plan routes. You can overlay maps such as public lands to find out free places to camp. It’s a powerful tool.

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Fenix Nav

Garmin Fenix Watch

This thing does everything: maps, GPX tracks, compass, barometer, altitude, heart rate, blood oxygen, fitness tracking, sleep tracking, and the list goes on. I keep a GPX route on the watch so I can quickly glance down and make sure I’m in the right place.

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Topo Map

Topo Maps & Guide Books

Don’t be caught out if your batteries die. Take a topo map with you on the trail. Some people also print my guides out for use on the hike.

I also highly recommend taking a map and compass navigation course. It’s a few hours, it’s fun, and it could save your life.

Map and Compass Navigation Basics Classes

Don’t just rely on a cell phone, especially if you are hiking in the backcountry.

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The Hagen Canyon Trail is a loop below the colorful cliffs. There small side trails off the loop if you wan to explore.

Hagen Canyon Hike Directions

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Turn By Turn Hike Directions

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There’s a small parking area at the trailhead and plenty of signage and info on the hike.
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When you start on the trail, it’s well marked with stones on the sides.
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Throughout the hike there are also small trail post signs, keep your eyes open for them.
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At the first split, hike to the right.
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There’s a nice bench here to soak it all in.
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The bench has nice views of the surrounding geological formations.
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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.
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At the next junction, hike to the right.
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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.
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The trail is marked with rocks as it goes up to the cliff.
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Explore the rock formations with care, then turn around and head back down the main trail.
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When you get back to the main trail, make the right to continue.
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Keep your eyes open and hike across the wash.
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In areas where the rocks marking the trail are sparse, there’s usually a trail marker.
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The trail starts to wind around to the left along the cliff base. You’re starting the loop back.
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The trail is well defined in this section
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Cross the large wash to continue on the trail.
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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.
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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.
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Keep your eyes open for this formation, which is called camel rock.
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When you get back to the trail, continue across the wash to find the trail on the other side.
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The rocks marking the trail can be sparse, in which case look for the little trail markers on the ground.
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At this point, the scheme changes and you follow the wash. The bigger trail to the right kind of peters out.
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You’ll see a trail marker in the wash, which confirms you’re on the trail.
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Shortly after, the trail heads out of the wash to the left.
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The trail again heads left, and you’ll see the trail marker.
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Footprints and a trail marker confirm you’re in the right place.
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As you approach the end of the loop, the trail becomes well marked with stones again.
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One last big wash to cross.
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When you come back to the end of the loop, just continue straight back to the parking lot.

Did something change on this hike? If so, please contact me and let me know. I'll update the guide.