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: 295 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.

hiking
20 days ago

I loved this trail and esp when it switches to the Victor Trail at the end of the Palm Canyon Trail. The Victor Trail winds up into the hills with the most amazing vistas of the canyons. This hike is not to be missed!!

hiking
2 months ago

Kind of a rushed visit but it was great! Worth the entrance fee to see this beautiful land. Took a side hike up a trail to get a higher view and promise of spring wildflowers and was not disappointed. Glad I wore boots, the trail down into the canyon was a bit steep. Will head back and explore more trails in this area

3 months ago

Beautiful trail. Includes flat land, rocks, the creek, ultimately the oasis and breathtaking views. Not crowded for a Saturday morning :) take your time, take water, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and a little snack to have at the oasis. We started from the visitors center, walked up to the oasis and coming back, took the alternate route. The alternate route is more rocky with some inclines. Overall took about 2.5 hours for the total distance of 8k.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful day for a beautiful hike. Surprisingly NOT crowded on a Saturday. HIGHLY recommended!

Great hike through palms and streams. Beautiful. It was sandy at times which was sometimes harder to hike through.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike along side stream and babbling water cascading down the hillside. If you link up with Victor trail it becomes 3.6 mile hike of moderate difficulty.

hiking
closed
4 months ago

Currently closed due to storm damage in February. Check before you go.

recorded Palm Canyon Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Stone Pools. Great destination! Lotsa water running today.

hiking
5 months ago

$9 per person admission. Porto potty’s pretty bad for that price. Other than that the place is beautiful. It is worth the price of admission.

5 months ago

A surprise hike. Palms and ridges. About 4 miles with the Victor Trail loop. We loved it. Saw two mountain sheep.

walking
5 months ago

Very easy walk or run and quite busy but so so beautiful! Its a must see in the area.

7 months ago

Great trail, awesome views

11 months ago

LOVE this trail. Super easy and very very scenic. Had a little picnic here halfway through with the kids. Definitely recommend.

hiking
Monday, June 04, 2018

This trail is fantastic. Beautiful majestic mountains surrounding groves of palm trees that create the sensation of being on the set of a Jurassic Park movie. The trail down to the grove has a moderate slope but is doable even with some physical limitations. Reccomend going during the fall or winter as it can get extremely hot during the summer. There is a cost to enter the park, but it is half price in the summer if you are ok with 100 plus temp. Some birds and plenty of lizards came to visit as well.

hiking
Sunday, April 01, 2018

The weather was perfect in Palm Springs. Not too hot and cloudy, so off we went for a 3.1 mile hike to Palm Canyon and Victor Canyon. It was amazing. Palm Canyon is a beautiful easy hike through a mile of Palm Trees that follow a small creek which at times I am sure is a river. We hiked on Easter Sunday and saw beautiful spring flower blooms. Once we reached a mile, we read the signs and decided to take the 2 mile hike back to the Trading Post via Victor Trail. It gave us beautiful views of rock and cactus formations, mountains and city views of Palm Springs. I highly recommend hiking the addition 2 miles instead of back tracking on the same trail you hiked in on. Bring at least 2 liters of water, good hiking shoes, sun block and snacks. Keep an eye out for rattle snakes. We saw one snake on the trail. Lastly, when you complete your hike, stop at the trading post and have something cool to drink or a popsicle. Enjoy!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Take it to Victor Trail such a fun 3 miles.

hiking
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Nice, easy trail. Mostly walking through a sandy wash after you pass the oasis. Oasis was cool, it was neat to hear and see all the activity (birds, frogs, lizards) and have the shade and water there in the hot desert. It is $9 per person to get in, we arrived at 8:30am and there weren't too many people there. By the time we left at 11:30am, the parking lot was full and there was a line of about 10 cars waiting in line to get in. There are quite a few porta-potties on site, with sanitizer and TP, which was nice. The Trading Post sells just about anything you might need. We came back on the Victor trail and it was HOT even in early Feb. Like another reviewer stated, next time we will do it in reverse so we can enjoy the shade at the end of the trail instead of the beginning. We will come back here to explore some more for sure.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Nice trail with pretty palms, quite a lot of shade.....good hike for a hot day.

Friday, January 05, 2018

This is a real gem. The oasis is beautiful. We did Palm Canyon then returned on Victor Trail. But If I did it again I would do it in reverse. Walk down the sharp decline at the Trading Post but instead of walking straight ahead at the bottom; turn left and get on to victor trail. Then return through Palm Canyon. The shade and water would be even more welcoming as the last part of the hike rather than the first.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Great easy hike through massive palm groves following the canyon creek bed.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Nice shady walk through a desert oasis with palms, springs and some running water even in December.

hiking
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Looping back via the Victor Trail added great variety to the hike - the canyon oasis combined with climbing and views of Victor.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Nice hike! Make sure keep going until you get to the tall palm trees at the end. It’s well worth it!

Friday, December 01, 2017

A great hike. Beautiful groves of palm trees. There is an entrance fee $9.00 per person but well worth it. Go early as it got hot after 10am (November 25). We did the victor trail back to the trading post - about 3 miles.

hiking
Monday, November 06, 2017

We included the Victor Loop to the Palm trail which gave us a 3 miles hike. Very nice. Make sure you have enough water, there is no shade on Victor trail.

hiking
Saturday, November 04, 2017

Very nice

mountain biking
Monday, June 12, 2017

I would like to help get more people up to the top of this and others like it so they too can enjoy the fun down hill ride, maybe even a few times in one day. please help me. go to my link below thank you https://www.gofundme.com/helpmiszzydothis

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

We did The Palm Canyon/Victor Loop Trail on the advice of one of the rangers based on the 108' forecasted high. The first like of the hike was green and scenic. and the last two miles in full sun and rockier. It's an easy hike, just make sure to have plenty of water and good hiking shoes. Great views of the canyons in several spots. Just be prepared in the hot weather.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Not too sunny and beautiful for Palm Springs hike!

Friday, May 12, 2017

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.

Load More

Featured Trails