Cahuilla Canyon Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews

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, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

3.3 miles
823 feet
Out & Back



nature trips





wild flowers



old growth

over grown



washed out

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.

7 months ago

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".

10 months ago

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.

Friday, February 27, 2015

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

Saturday, February 14, 2015

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.