Palm Canyon Trail

EASY 27 reviews

Palm Canyon Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Springs, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from November until July.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
354 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

river

views

no dogs

One of the great places to see in Southern California with a breathtaking Oasis that provides picnicking areas near the creek. This trail is shaded with a mile of Palm Tree along both sides with a stream running parallel through the middle. Midway a must see incredible rock formations. One of the best hiking trails in the valley.

Steep decent down in the sun. Of course younhave to climb it on the way back. The oasis however is maintained beautifully. Tree droppings are removed, the sand had been raked recently to get up the animal dropping (although watch step because the animals were busy adding waste), picnic tables in the shade and porta potties and trash cans. Nice place to sit and enjoy the scenery and the relaxing feeling. The trail goes following the creek so there's a lot more palms. We walked it until it started another steep assent to what I believe would have taken us to the stone pool but then turned around. I have some back troubles and it was just too much for me. Couple that with it was later in the afternoon and that part was all sun-it was just too hot. We walked back the way we came in the shade! The trail did connect with several other trails if you wanted to explore further.
The top of the trail starts at the Trading Post which sells cold water and cans of Coke for $1. They also had various snacks and items like hot dogs. There's a short film playing on a loop at goes over the park history that you can watch while you eat your snack. A couple of humming bird feeders that had frequent visitors. A ranger sits at the head of the trail to answer questions. Friendly and willing to chat about the history of answer questions. No bathrooms with running water but porta potties at the top as well. They had hand sanitizer and outside there is a small station with soap and a foot pump gets enough water to rinse. $9 a person to get in. Past the potties there's a very short hike to a waterfall. I could see small portions of it but couldn't get a good luck because it was hidden by rocks and trees. Must be back at car by 4:30 and gone by 5.

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1 month ago

Love this trail. The stream chills you out. My kids love it too!

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2 months ago

We got out to the Oasis, then tried to return via the Alternate path - which we missed some turn and lost the trail. Overall, a very interesting and easy hike.

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3 months ago

Fun very unique trail with the California Palm Oasis. Looped back on the victor trail for a total of 2.9 miles.

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3 months ago

A great trail and well worth the entrance fee, which covers all three Indian canyons (Palm, Andreas, Murray). You could do at least part of the best trails in each canyon in a day but you will need more time if you want to spend more time on the available trails.

The canyon itself is fabulous. It is a natural oasis ... and the largest grouping of California Palms in the world. The temperature drops as you descend into the canyon thanks to the shade provided by the trees and the cool water running through the stream bed.

The full Palm Canyon trail is quite long, and our time was limited, so we planned to do Palm Canyon Trail to Victor Trail and loop back to the parking lot. However, thanks to the generous rains the area received this year, the junction of the two trails was washed out and we could not proceed as planned. We went back the way we came and counted ourselves lucky to see the great oasis again.

However, even a primitive stone crossing might have helped us continue our trek, but there was no way we could cross without getting soaked.

A word to the wise: rain may restrict the amount of hiking you can do but the fee is constant regardless of your ability to access the trails you want. Wait until flooding has subsided before you try to hike these trails.

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11 months ago

A magical place

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11 months ago

The walk was very pretty, the size of the palms was unbelievable. I liked the Oasis too

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Friday, April 22, 2016