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Google maps originally suggested parking on hwy 95 and walking 7 miles to the trail head, don't do that. Drive on the dirt road till the very end. The trail itself is mostly loose rocks and not entirely clearly marked. It was fun to climb and explore a bit. The views are beautiful. A good easy hike if you need to get out of the car for a little.
From the official trail brochure, available at the trailhead: "The narrow canyon ahead of the parking lot is Palm Canyon. A half-mile foot trail starts at the upper end of the parking area. The trail is easy to follow, but is rough most of the way due to large rocks and has some steep sections. Allow an hour to make the round trip." We found all this to be accurate.
Although AllTrails has the length at 1.6 miles, it's actually just 1 mile round trip to the slightly elevated area near the middle of the canyon from where you can see the native palm trees growing in a side canyon on the north side. We didn't continue up the canyon (another .3 miles of steep climbing) from there. Note that there is no water or restrooms at the trailhead.
David T. on Palm Canyon Trail
Easy off-road drive on a well maintained dirt road. Nice hike up in the canyon.