Palm Canyon Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Parker, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
off road driving
This trail can be accessed via a dirt road to the east of US95 near mile marker 85 (about 1/3 distance between Quartzile,AZ and Yuma,AZ. Its about 10 miles from the highway.
From the official trail brochure, available at the trailhead: "The narrow canyon ahead of the parking lot is Palm Canyon. A half-mile foot trail starts at the upper end of the parking area. The trail is easy to follow, but is rough most of the way due to large rocks and has some steep sections. Allow an hour to make the round trip." We found all this to be accurate.
Although AllTrails has the length at 1.6 miles, it's actually just 1 mile round trip to the slightly elevated area near the middle of the canyon from where you can see the native palm trees growing in a side canyon on the north side. We didn't continue up the canyon (another .3 miles of steep climbing) from there. Note that there is no water or restrooms at the trailhead.
More like a strenuous walk than a hike, but great destination. The palm trees are pretty outrageous, and you can nearly climb up to them (off-trail) to increase the difficulty. Dog-friendly. Nice way to spend an afternoon.
Nice trail to hike. At the end of the trail look up in the ridge of the mountain side and you will see the last of the palm trees native to Arizona. Dog friendly. Trail is usually empty. Bring water.
Easy off-road drive on a well maintained dirt road. Nice hike up in the canyon.
Nice drive, smooth dirt road with good parking lot. Good hike but not an easy one.
Rocky. Some parts hard to find. Bouldering!
The hike gets interesting AFTER the Palms sign. Quite a bit of bouldering and an pretty good view!