Murray Canyon Trail to Seven Falls

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Murray Canyon Trail to Seven Falls is a 3.7 mile heavily 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 horses and is best used from October until March. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 600 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

fee

no dogs

$9.00 per adult for entry (you can buy a half-year pass ($60) or an annual pass ($90). Hours: Oct 1 - July 4: Open daily 8am-5pm July 5 - Sept 30: Open Fri, Sat, Sun 8am-5pm During Winter and Spring there is lots of water, so be prepared to get wet. Lots of shade after first desert section.

3 days ago

This is really beautiful. The first half mile is direct sun and sandy not a lot of wow but after that you criss cross the stream amongst the giant palms. It's magical in there! Lizards, hummingbirds, and flowers blooming at the moment. Be prepared to cross over the stream many times using logs or rocks. Wear non slip shoes. What appears to be (unmarked) the end of the trail is a small cave with a waterfall inside. For the very nimble you can cross over to the left, up and over the cave and continue a trail for about a third or half mile. It's all rock scrambling from there. There is a sign for trail end. Round trip is 4.5 miles from the parking lot if you go the extra bit. I would personally not take kids past the cave area as it's steep with drop offs.

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rocky
6 days ago

This is a great trail def some easy parts in the beginning but becomes moderate in other. It is kid friendly for older kids. There is a entrance fee as this is on the Agua Caliente Reservation. Several stream crossings walking across rocks but an express pair of socks in the back pack or Towel never hurt. When water is higher there are several pools that are fun to take a dip in and sit beside and picnic this is a LITERAL oasis. As this is the desert an early start is best especially as the first half a mile is NO SHADE. Waterfall at the end dependent on water flow so best time of year to visit is Dec-Feb IMO.

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rocky
7 days ago

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10 days ago

No shade the first half a mile or so. Good hike

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rocky
1 month ago

What a great hike. Moderate for sure. Lots of rocks on the trail. Desert trail starts the hike that leads to a water hike. Plenty of rocks and logs to cross so your feet stay dry. At the end there wasn’t any signage to show you to the falls but we found a nice place by one water fall to stop for lunch. Could of gone further but no sign or path showing the way. It was a bit confusing. All and all a beautiful hike.

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rocky
1 month ago

this trail is an absolute must today. I did it today with 3 kids (8, 10, 17) and a baby on my back. you cross the water at least 7 times. the kids loved that. kinda disappointed to can't actually see the waterfall. but still well worth it

Fantastic hike with beautiful views! Its not too strenuous and no real dangerous spirs either. There are several water crossings but their are rocks and/or logs to walk on as well. Its great to stop at the end for a light snack and soak your feet in the water. The water is crystal clear too! We will definitely be back!!!

rocky
1 month ago

Easy hike with two athletic kids aged 7 and 10 years old. First bit was rocky and dusty in the open, but then winds down into a shaded path over a stream. The path continues to go through the canyon that is shaded by beautiful palms. You are surrounded by rocks, and the serene sound of the stream for the entire hike. Very peaceful and beautiful. The water crossing is shallow water (ankle deep) and can be done without getting your feet wet. There are logs and large boulders to balance across. I am a little unbalanced and managed just fine with my hiking pole. When you first pull into the parking lot follow the signs left for Murray Canyon to the smaller and less busy/known parking lot just for Murray Canyon. Signage gets fewer and fewer as you get closer to the end but the worn down path is easy to pick up. Very small waterfall right now.

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1 month ago

Très beau, on y croise beaucoup de randonnées à cheval. Faisable avec des enfants à partir d’environ 6 ans.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Wonderful hike! Many creek crossings, so be stable on your feet. But wonderful views. Remember: Entry to the reserve $9 for adults. Limited parking available. Be there early!

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1 month ago

This was a great trail! It was challenging but not too challenging. The views were amazing and it’s super serene. You don’t have to get wet if you don’t want to, as they have wood and rocks set up across each off the creeks. I would agree, though, that if you have balance issues it may be best to bring your hiking sticks. This was my first time on this trail but it definitely won’t be the last.

1 month ago

This is a very pretty hike. The beginning is over relatively open, moderately flat land, the end is steeper and follows a stream and requires numerous stream crossings. The waterfall was not much of a waterfall, but the view at the end was still worth it. There were many horses on the trail which required picking our way around LOTS of fresh manure ( - a top conversational topic of many hikers.) It was relatively quick and could easily be done with one of the other trails in the park.

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1 month ago

Awesome! This trail has a little bit of everything. Saw lots of people unprepared - make sure you’ve got solid footwear and poles if you’re a bit unsteady. Loads of water crossings but no need to get wet. Would definitely come back and do it again!

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1 month ago

Great hike with many water crossings. If you have balance issues, don’t forget to bring your walking poles! Also, if you’re looking to buy a 6-month or an annual pass, you cannot buy them at the entrance. You have to buy them at the Palm Springs visitors’ center.

4.2 miles of beauty! One of the best trails around. It has a little of everything. Start early because the sun can be brutal. Luckily there’s enough shade and water throughout to cool down and keep trekking.

Went to seven sisters falls, it was dried up but the canyon is still beautiful and worth the trip!

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4 months ago

This is a nice morning hike with lots of shade. Considering Indian Canyons doesn't open until 8am it's good that it has shade. There is a point at which you need to shimmy up a rock face, which is not bad but easy to lose the trail there. There was some water running but didn't see any waterfalls, the trail just suddenly ends. But overall with plenty of palm trees to shade it's a nice hike and not very difficult .

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4 months ago

scenic, beautiful, challenging

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8 months ago

Nice hike. Turned around a bit before end because it was really hot and I had my 10 year old. She did great though and enjoyed all the creek crossings.

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8 months ago

Beautiful - some desert views, lots of green, nice and cool by the stream/waterfall. Fun hike, often crossing the stream on logs and stepping stones. We were out early and saw a rattlesnake a few feet off the path.

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9 months ago

Great trail. 4.2 miles total in and out. Beautiful stream, waterfalls, and palm trees. This trail is very scenic with shade at times. You will be crossing the stream often and climbing on rocks. Pretty easy hike with very little elevation. Take the trail to the end. It’s worth it.

Very windy. Bring sunglasses, a hat, and light jacket. 4 mi round trip from front parking lot. There is more parking closer to the trailhead. Bring Keens so you can hike through the river and into the waterfall.

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rocky
9 months ago

great hike! take advantage of the shade while you have it.

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