Directions: Hellhole Canyon is located off of Paradise Mountain Rd. It appears that there are many different ways to get there but we entered from Calle de Encinas Ct. I have provided photos as an attempt to give step by step directions on how to get there. It is not easy though. Check the GoogleMaps too!
Personal Experience: First off, they don't call it Hellhole Canyon for nothing. This place is hot (I don't recommend going in the summer) it's filled with ticks, brush which rattlesnakes like to hide in, poison oak and the hike is rather bland. Don't go unless you're really interested in finding these homes because the hike is not that fun! And please come prepared with a lot of water, food (in case you get lost) and all other proper safety gear for hikes that can go bad. With that said, this literally appears to be an abandoned commune. There are children's rooms with drawings on the walls, kitchens with pots, pans and canned food, letters, a well, work station and SO much more! I am dying to know the history of this area but after speaking to the people who run the Hellhole Canyon website and the Valley Center historians, nobody seems to know!
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We parked above this house on Calle de Encinas Ct. You can park wherever you choose to. There is no indication that you cannot park here. It is above at a dead end and right at the trail head:
First landmark on your left:
Go down past the avocado grove:
Second landmark on your right. Go straight for a moment more and then it curves downward:
This means you're going the right way:
The homes will eventually be on your right:
Does this artwork explain what work was done here?
I think this was a vulture. It had a red head which you can't tell from this photo