hiking Steinbeck Canyon, Baja

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles

Steinbeck Canyon is the name locals in Loreto use for the most popular hike in the area.

I started at the Puerto Escondido marina. With a bike.

Rick - Puerto Escondido, Baja - cycling and hiking to Steinbeck Canyon

You ride (or walk) from the marina out to main highway #1. There’s the arroyo (watercourse) in the distance just right of the exit road.

Puerto Escondido, Baja - cycling and hiking to Steinbeck Canyon

The turnoff to the trailhead is unmarked but easy to find. Simply cross directly over Highway #1 and follow the dirt road on the other side.

It’s impressive right from the get go.

It’s actually more of a bouldering scramble than a hike. You’ll be using your hands clambering up, over and under smooth river rocks.

Puerto Escondido, Baja - hiking to Steinbeck Canyon

What people like most is the explosion of insect, bird and plant life.

Puerto Escondido, Baja - hiking to Steinbeck Canyon

Some of the pools were so clean, when I was there, that I was tempted to swim.

Puerto Escondido, Baja - hiking to Steinbeck Canyon

Steinbeck Canyon is one of the best hikes in the Baja. Highly recommended.

See all my photos from a March 2010 scramble.

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