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Hiking The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail in Red Rock Canyon State Park

The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail is a 1.2 mile hike located in the beautiful Red Rock Canyon State Park of California. This guide provides a detailed hike description with photos, maps, driving directions, and a historical background on Red Rock Canyon.

The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail is a 1.2 mile hike located in the beautiful Red Rock Canyon State Park of California. The Red Rock Canyon area was underwater and the bottom of a lake 10 million years ago. Sediment flowed down from the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains and was deposited in layers. The workings of time and pressure turned that sediment into layers of rock, and the shifting pressures of plate tectonics eventually led to the dying up of the lake as these layers were pushed upward. Over time, wind and water have eroded the surface of these sedimentary layers to reveal the beautiful surfaces we see today.

Hiking The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail in Red Rock Canyon State Park


Directions And GPS Tracks:

  • The trailhead for the Hagen Canyon Nature Trail is located right off of HWY 14, 25 miles northeast of Mojave, CA. There is no exit ramp here, just turn onto Abbot Dr. and you’ll quickly see the parking lot. See on Google Maps.
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Hiking The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail in Red Rock Canyon State Park


Key Points:

  • Distance: 1.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 94 ft
  • Minimum Elevation: 2463 ft
  • Maximum Elevation: 2520 ft
  • Time: .5 hours
  • Difficulty: (1/5)
  • Dog Friendly: Yes
  • Permit Required: No
  • Parking: Free parking located in a lot at the trailhead
  • Weather: This is the desert and it can be extremely hot and dry. Be extremely vigilant for flash floods as well.
  • Trail Condition: Wide, smooth, and sandy
  • Cell Phone Reception: Spotty

Make sure to hike with the right gear. See my current hiking gear list. 


Hike Map And Elevation Profile:

Hiking The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail in Red Rock Canyon State Park Hiking The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail in Red Rock Canyon State Park


Hike Description:

Rudolph Hagen was an immigrant that came to the United States from Germany. He acquired the land now known as Red Rock Canyon State Park by purchasing mining claims in the area. He operated Red Rock Canyon as a private park complete with a bar, lodging, and post office. After his death, ownership of the land transferred to his family before becoming a California State Park in 1969. The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail is named in Rudolph Hagen’s honor.

0.0 Miles- The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail starts right from the parking area. This is a lollipop loop hike that goes counterclockwise. You will see a fork early on the trail, where you will want to stay to the right.

Hiking The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail in Red Rock Canyon State Park
The starting point of the the Hagen Canyon Trail
Hiking The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail in Red Rock Canyon State Park
Stay to the right at the forks

After passing the fork, you’ll continue on the sandy trail. You’ll have some really amazing views of the stratified red rock layers to your right.

Hiking The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail in Red Rock Canyon State Park

0.2 Miles- You’ll reach a fork that allows for an out and back detour to get a close-up of the Red Rocks. Take the right hand of the fork to head out to the Red Rocks, then return and take the left fork to continue on your loop.

Hiking The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail in Red Rock Canyon State Park
Taking the fork up to the Red Rocks
Hiking The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail in Red Rock Canyon State Park
A close up view

The close-up views of the Red Rock Canyon walls are simply amazing. Much like the Grand Canyon, you’ll get to journey back millions of years without a time machine. You’ll also get to see the peculiar shapes and structures created by the eroding power of wind and water over time.

Hiking The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail in Red Rock Canyon State Park

Hiking The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail in Red Rock Canyon State Park

As you return back to the fork in the trail, continue making your way southwest. You’ll see a large dome up ahead that signifies the turning point where you’ll begin heading back towards the trailhead. I saw quite a few people climbing up to the summit of this dome. I was a little short on time, but will definitely be making my way up there on my next visit. This is also the stretch of trail where it starts to get really sandy.

Hiking The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail in Red Rock Canyon State Park
The turning point
Hiking The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail in Red Rock Canyon State Park
It gets sandy

The first half of this hike packs in all of the best views, as you’re walking right alongside the walls of Red Rock Canyon. The return leg is pleasant, but you’re really just seeing the same things from a little further away. Continuing hiking northeast until you reach the trailhead and parking area to complete this hike.

Hiking The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail in Red Rock Canyon State Park

Hiking The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail in Red Rock Canyon State Park


 

I’m Drew, creator of Trail to Peak. Trail to Peak brings content to life on the web through breath-taking photography and captivating video. I launched Trail to Peak in 2014 with a goal to inspire readers to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. I have traveled to 19 countries, walked Camino de Santiago, hiked the John Muir Trail, trekked through the Andes of Peru, and am constantly seeking new adventures in my home state of California. Joining me on my weekly adventures is my partner, Julia, our son, Owen, and our two goldendoodles, Isla and Lilly.

4 comments on “Hiking The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail in Red Rock Canyon State Park

  1. Little one is getting big.

  2. What a pretty little trail; the colours are beautiful. Looks like you have Owen in training.

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