Cahuilla Canyon Trail is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Springs, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
823 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

washed out

off trail

no shade

no dogs

This is one of those undefined trail where the trail is the wash. Relatively flat trail with a gradual incline as you go through the Canyon. The environment becomes incredible as you continue further in. The panoramic views of the mountains are breathtaking on the West.

hiking
15 days ago

This was such a surprise. First had to pretend not to see the private property sign at the beginning, then as you get further up the canyon you get more views and more plant variety. As others mentioned, when you get to the end, keep scrambling. The trail reveals more and more beauty until you get to the end of the canyon and face to face with a 50' waterfall (which was dry when we went)

trail running
4 months ago

Easy trail - can be run except towards the top when it turns into rock climbing - worth going all the way to the end it's truly a spring with palms

hiking
8 months ago

You can definitely blaze your own trail. Great rocks and beautiful little oasis at the end.

10 months ago

One of my favorite local hikes -- in Spring there are wildflowers everywhere.

hiking
11 months ago

I liked how gradual the climb was. Lots of rocks maybe boots would have been better. I lost the trail at the end

hiking
Saturday, May 06, 2017

This trail starts on the other side of the waterway where South Lykken Trail also starts. Agree with other posts to keep looking for trail - you'll find it. It does get more difficult and requires boulder scrambling when close to falls/end. Do this hike in winter or spring when there is water to make it worth scrambling to actual waterfall. Feels like Shangri-La with palm trees, small streams, frogs, tadpoles, and dragonflies near "falls".

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

At the start it is a little difficult to find the trail but just keep walking towards the canyon. If you loss sight of the trail climb up a big rock and you will find it again. I kept thinking the trail ended but was told there was a waterfall at the end so kept finding a small trail and kept going. Follow any footprints you see or seeing dirt on rocks will keep you moving forward. It is well worth the effort.

hiking
Friday, February 27, 2015

The mix of well-marked trails and rock scrambles makes this short trail a great half-day adventure.

hiking
Monday, February 02, 2015

Due to a serious fire in the canyon, the fabled Fig Tree is now a few sprouts from the rock face at the falls. Almost all vegetation in the upper canyon must have been scorched by the fire that occurred last fall.

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1 month ago

recorded Cahuilla Canyon Trail

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recorded

Saturday, February 14, 2015