Palm Canyon Trail

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Palm Canyon Trail is a 1.3 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.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
501 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

rock climbing

walking

views

scramble

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.

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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.

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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.

off road driving
Friday, May 29, 2015

Easy off-road drive on a well maintained dirt road. Nice hike up in the canyon.

hiking
Thursday, November 27, 2014

hiking
Saturday, September 06, 2014

hiking
Friday, February 28, 2014

off road driving
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Nice drive, smooth dirt road with good parking lot. Good hike but not an easy one.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Rocky. Some parts hard to find. Bouldering!

hiking
Sunday, December 11, 2011

The hike gets interesting AFTER the Palms sign. Quite a bit of bouldering and an pretty good view!