Carrizo Canyon

MODERATE 11 reviews
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Carrizo Canyon is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Desert, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from October until December.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
413 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

no shade

no dogs

Carrizo Canyon shows off some of the most interesting and diverse geologic history in the Coachella Valley.  Note: This trail is accessible October 1-December 31.

hiking
1 month ago

Hike only accessible when gate is open between October 1-December 31.
Easy hike in soft sand up to first palm tree.
Moderate hike up to waterfalls and outlook.
Hard hike if you are adventurous enough to scale waterfalls. I have heard path past waterfall on the left path at the Y doesn’t go far. But if you can get past waterfall with big rock on the right path at the Y it goes further into an oasis. Oasis can be seen from the outlook at top of left hand path.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked from Alternate Parking; beyond the almost worn off trail sign there is no trail per se for the first mile or so as you head towards the mountains. I simply followed all the footprints through the sand and scrub. The fun begins when you finally get to the canyon because it rises at a fairly gentle rate for most of the trek interspersed with many rocks including a half dozen 5-7 foot mini rock climbs that require some agility. The largest one (10-12 feet) comes just before the overlook. Easier to climb over than it was to get down. There were several other hikers and I noticed that some required assistance climbing down but it's definitely doable if you can handle modest climbing. The reward is the overlook which provides views up and down the waterfall area (of course,dry at this time of year). It was my first canyon hike and with he mountainsides looming next to you on both sides it made a totally difference experience than my typical trailside hikes.

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