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 trail running and is best used from October until December.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 449 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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wildlife

bugs

rocky

no dogs

Note: This trail is only accessible between September 30th and January 1.

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3 months ago

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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5 months ago

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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Wed Mar 06 2019

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

Fri Jan 11 2019

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.

Fri Feb 09 2018

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

Fri Jul 14 2017

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!

Wed Jan 25 2017

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.

Tue Sep 06 2016

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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Mon Jul 25 2016

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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