Magnesia Springs Canyon is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rancho Mirage, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from October until December.

Length3.7 miElevation gain449 ftRoute typeOut & back
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SEASONAL CLOSURE: This area is subject to seasonal closure due to weather conditions. For more information, please visit: https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/california/santa-rosa-and-san-jacinto-mountains-national-monument

on the dirt parking area off the pavement 100 feet before the hiking cross bridge.

From northbound Hwy 111, turn left on Mirage Rd before passing the library.

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Nancy Weller
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Dead ends right at the end of golf course. Sign says no entry January - September for wildlife protection.

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LORI HAMILTON
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Hiking

It’s a really good trail once you get over the dam and back into the canyon area. there you will find a plethora of just gorgeous geological activity and a variety of rocks and plants and some really great rocks scrambling. 

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Andrea Havlin
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Andrea Havlin
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Kristen Kilroy Thiry
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Walking along the road the whole way and when you finally get to the canyon part it’s blocked off. The lower portion is blocked by barbed wire and large rocks you’d have to scale if you made it past the wire. If you take the path you’ll eventually come to a cliff that is also a dead end.

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Andrea Havlin
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Alexander Burck
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Hiking

Great fun, but I lost my phone yesterday in the canyon and had to come back today to retrieve it. Yea, I found it!

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Albert Cohen
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HikingNo shade

Not worth it, particularly on a sunny day. The walk is along a roadway most of the way which is not very scenic. Then you have to climb up and over a dam. Only at the very end do you get to the canyon but unless you can scale a rock wall you can’t go any further. I wouldn’t recommend it.

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Scott Ten Broeck
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Debra Gilstrap
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Hiking

Easy walk to the watering hole then rock scaling. Didn’t make it to the end.

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Andrea Havlin
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Erica Nicolay
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HikingGreat!

The beginning of the hike was a little disappointing, it’s right along a road and construction is going on; however right when we entered the canyon we say a group of big horn. All female. We were able to watch them for several minutes from a safe distance as they scaled the mountain. Very fun, we were out there at about 8:30 AM

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David Peel
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Nice canyon interesting rock formations with dry falls that can be challenging to get up and over. You can choose to go 2,3,4,5, miles into the canyon it eventually connects to the Art Smith trail. A great hike.

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Mel Robertson
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Gorgeous! Before the big fall there is a cairn before you turn the corner on the right to take the switchbacks up and around the fall.

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Alexander Burck
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Hiking

Beautiful canyon with many dry falls to climb. Be prepared! I went about 2 miles into the canyon until I came to Magnesia Falls, about 50 feet high, too much for me. There is a trail to the ridge that starts in a mesquite thicket , but I couldn’t find it.

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Paul Ross
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Hiking

Fun short and challenging. Decent parking near the school at the bottom, trail map was easy to follow and find our way. Couple Big Horn Sheep at the watering hole were cool to see.

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Scott Luman
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Beautiful around sunrise. Unfortunately some bees were busy at the canyon entrance. I didn’t feel like disturbing them and risking being attacked by so many bees so I turned around.

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Ann Wride
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only open a few months a year. walk thru the gate, head to mountains, walk through the flood control the straight & left. u will c a lone palm. scramble up behind it, follow the main channel or side trails, explore, have fun & watch 4 sheep. it's an adventure requiring some scrambling.

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Leontine Atkins
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Enter through steel gates by school Turn left immediately and go up hill/along the wash. Ignore other signs of trails. Once up at water barrier climb up and down. Enter a large valley and head through - top left is canyon entrance and small watering hole (man made). Choose to stop there or scramble through into canyon. Not long or arduous but hike to and from water barrier is along a residential area.

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Mike West
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Our guide failed to read the description that the trail was closed. My bad...

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Molly Raaymakers
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Takes a bit to get back into the canyon area but it’s a fun route once you’re there. Decent grips for climbing up the dry fall beds, great rock colorations and some fragrant plant surroundings.

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Kelly Groves
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The trail is all but closed. Only a tiny winding portion remains with lots of improvements and stone benches and irrigated landscaping. My guess is that Porcupine Creek has a lot to do with it. Sad...

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Chris Kelly
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The mountains here are quite scenic, but lots of scrambling required to get deep into the canyon. Limited access most of the year.

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Tracey Loftus
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DO NOT BOTHER. I hiked around the whole area - in fact, 5.3 miles, to never be able to access this trail. Thankfully I started early & was able to watch the sunrise! The only good thing about this hike!

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Carla Wray
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I believe this hike is suppose to be only accessible between September 30 and January 1 to preserve the habitat. It looked like there were fresh tracks from a person and a dog but we didn't want to risk it. Only a three month window which is unfortunate. You have to enter the gate to the mountain park follow the wash not the trail and walk past all the warning signs. You will get to a huge cement platform at the start of the wash. This is just over a mile from the parking lot. Walk down the steep cement face and up the cemented rock face on the other side. Will be putting this hike on my list to do next fall.

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Julie Rodin
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I suppose this trail is better suited for those with local knowledge. We attempted it, but couldn't discern the proper trail. Signs all over the place said "Park Boundary, no trespassing." We bailed out after :45 of trying to find the route!

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Myron Avila
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After a boring start (from where you park, behind RM Elementary) to right after passing the wide basin, the canyon is spectacular. Right at the watering hole that's been built for the wild sheep, there is one climb after another but all easily doable if you bring the right shoes and free hands to grab onto the rocks. There are many palm groves all along and in the summer, during an early morning hike, there is plenty of shade, thanks to how deep the canyon runs in many parts. A few signs posted warn hikers to keep out... but people hike undisturbed all the same. Definitely worth trying!

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Ali Schlameus
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Brandon Toepfer
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Dylan Toepfer
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