A very pleasant and quite moderate hike. The descent into the Pushawalla Palms area can be tricky (lots of loose rocks) for a few yards... but then the oasis is awesome. If you don't wish to do the whole loop because the second half (southern portion) is not as scenic as the canyon itself, you can go back the same way when you reach the metal fence at the mouth of the canyon. Very pleasant and easy to reach trails system!
It's a good hike to do in the area - right on the San Andres Fault - pretty cool unless the big one comes while your there. The main attractions are walking along the elevated fin (don't venture into most of the canyons along side - more dull there). However, make sure to go to the Pushwalla Canyon at the end of the hike to see the palms, and the valley at the end. It should be mostly an out and back. Don't go anywhere close to summer, way to hot (except where the Palms are). No dogs, even on leash.
My First time at Keys View, It’s true what other have said that this is one of the best panoramic views in Joshua Tree National Park. The view towards Salton Sea specially was outstanding. You don't want to come to this location too early, explore the other sites and do some hiking and come here to observe the Sunset is really what everybody should experience.
This hike looks like a lot if fun but I wasn't able to do it.. Definitely not dog friendly, even though it's listed as dog friendly. Super bummed, but I'll return some other time to properly experience it and review it without my pup. Also, directions took me to an off-road area that my car wouldn't make it through, but when I went to the visitors center, the start of it was there. Just a heads up(:
If you want to get away from the crowds at Keys View this is perfect. The trail isn't marked anymore but you can find it pretty easily as it is well worn. Look towards the end of the parking lot (where the view is) on the opposite side that everyone walks up. You hike to the top of the hill, go down a saddle, and the next hill you climb is Inspiration Peak. It should be marked with some stacked rocks. You should have the peak to yourself.
It's one of the hidden gems in Coachella Valley. What's surprising and exciting when you're approximately 200 feet away and you get a glimpse of the Palm Trees, don't be surprised to see some hikers start to jog or run from excitement . Finally when you're actually in the Canyon surrounded in a jungle of Palm Trees, you'll astonished if anything. It's a jaw dropping experience for some. The start of the trail appears deceiving because its a typical desert landscape and endless rolling hills that looks disappointing, don't let that discourage you because the journey awaits, when you arrive at the Oasis, it's a total blast your reward. You'll be glad you persevered and took your chances anyway. The parking lot to this trail is tricky to find for first timers. It's approximately a quarter away south of the Coachella Valley Preserve. You'll see a dirt parking turn out on the east side of the road.
Note: There's no cost to park or hike. No trashcans, benches, restrooms or drinking fountains.
This was a good hike. Amazing start with great views from the ridge. We followed the signs marking the trail all the way to the palms. Then we were told to follow the stream to the wash where the old car wreck is. Found it. Then follow the wash out and around to the start. This didn't happen. Somehow we ended up in Indio Hills about 7 miles away from the start. Strange as there was only one was to follow. Anyway, good hike and a learning experience.