Nature & parks in Palm Springs

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Nature & Parks in Palm Springs

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  • J P
    9 contributions
    This was by far one of the coolest hikes I'd ever done!

    However, I was disappointed to learn that they didn't open until 8 am. It gets very hot in Palm Springs so I tried to get there at 7 am to beat the heat of the day, but was turned away.
    Despite having to start a bit later in the day, it was a great experience! The photos on here just can't do the trails justice.

    I started at the Victor Trail at Palm Canyon and then did Andreas Canyon where there is some water falls. Both of the parking lots are very close to some of the most scenic areas of the hikes so if you can't walk far you can still enjoy the scenery!

    Pack lots of water! And fair warning- you will see a ton of lizards, but they leave you alone.
    Written July 25, 2022
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  • Joe M
    5 contributions
    We took the rotating tram to the top of San Jacinto. There are amazing views both on the ride up and at the top of the mountain. And the big bonus is how much cooler it is at the top of the mountain! In addition to views, we did a small 1.5 mile hike enjoying the sound of the wind blowing through the Pines and birds chirping. It’s completely different world than being on the valley floor. We’ll come back again.
    Written May 27, 2022
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  • Hongkon
    Lions Bay, Canada263 contributions
    Short hiking trails through this small Preserve are offering a spectacular close look at these giants. The Ranger station, when staffed, is providing detailed info. The visit is absolutely worth it and free of charge.
    Written June 19, 2022
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  • bparr8
    St. Petersburg, FL19 contributions
    This is an excellent hike. We went in July and getting to the water was fabulous. The water was a great way to cool off for the hike down. Dress in quick dry clothes or a bathing suit. Also bring water shoes if your not comfortable being barefoot for the water. You will see bighorn sheep. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the area.
    Written July 4, 2022
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  • Colin F
    Toronto, Canada878 contributions
    I always do this trail when am in PS. There's something about the palms and the little canyon that's totally unique. You get to see their orange dragonflies too. The rangers are awesome too.
    Written July 12, 2022
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  • FjordFan
    Milwaukee124 contributions
    My wife and I spent a day hiking in Joshua Tree and two days hiking around Palm Springs (including Indian Canyons, Tahquitz Canyon and taking the aerial tram up to Desert View Trail). They were all great but our favorite hike of the entire trip was the Ladder Canyon / Painted Canyon loop. It's like three different hikes all in one-- first you climb your way through and out of Ladder Canyon (a great slot canyon), next you walk around the canyon rim with panoramic views in every direction, then you loop back down through the beautiful Painted Canyon. The 5 mile loop took us 2 1/2 hours at at leisurely pace. Overall a very unique experience, lots of great pictures. Highly recommend. FYI we did have a 4WD SUV so had no problems navigating the gravel road to get to the trailhead. Saw quite a few 2WD cars there too even though there are signs along the road that say 4WD only.
    Written March 7, 2022
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  • joopca
    burbank, CA74 contributions
    A great family-friendly hike with picnic areas, tons of palms and boulders galore. We were there in high-traffic holiday time but still had a fun time.
    Written December 30, 2021
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  • Beckysmom31
    San Francisco, CA55 contributions
    We enjoyed this garden very much. It is small but a nice change of pace from the surrounding city. It's like a little park with labeled plants. You can smell the greenery as you walk among the cacti and succulents. We happened to come on a day when they offered a docent-led tour of the garden. This is a new feature, and I highly recommend the one-hour tour.
    The desert tortoises had just come out of hibernation that day and were out in their enclosure. We learned that the desert tortoise is endangered partially due to the population explosion (1000%) of ravens who eat the juvenile tortoises in the Mojave desert.
    The garden has a nice plant store.
    Written March 12, 2022
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  • John B
    San Diego, CA53 contributions
    Palm Canyon is one of the largest collection of Fan Palms in the world. It is an easy hike but very beautiful. Our young grand daughters had no problem hiking the canyon. The cost is under $10 per person.
    Written April 30, 2022
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  • JPollock311
    San Ramon, CA259 contributions
    Great morning hike, you can park near Palm Canyon and walk up to the trail head. There are picnic tables about 1.8 miles up, it is also where I ran into a family of mountain goats
    Written February 12, 2022
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  • Larryray
    Saint Louis, MO104 contributions
    This is a great trail that's relatively easy and offers palms, huge boulders, a clear running stream and great views. It's about 4 miles to end of canyon and back. You do have to cross the stream frequently and that's pretty easy (although a walking stick might help) unless the water is up which means you might get your feet wet. There's a slight elevation gain but generally easy going. As you get near the end of the canyon, there are a few places where you have to scramble that might be a little challenging for some. But generally this is a great "starter hike" if you're new to the area or have inexperienced hikers. If you're ready for a significant challenge, try the South Lykan which is outside the Indian property.
    Written March 15, 2022
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  • Stacy S
    4 contributions
    The museum feels more like a gallery because of it's small size. The exhibition was high quality and well organized. I took off one star because it was crowded when I went and I had to weave around to different spots in order to get around folks standing in front of one or two pieces for too long. Totally broke up the flow of the exhibition, but that's not really the museum's fault. Just something to be aware of when planning the time of day you go. Otherwise, very nice experience.
    Written April 5, 2022
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  • zumbajunkie
    Fayetteville, GA41 contributions
    This was my first attempt at the Palm Springs Museum Trail. I was not prepared for a hike. I had on tennis shoes. I didn't feel safe and only made it to a little over a third of the way up.

    The trail is very steep and rocky. The rocks are also loose. I felt that if I went up, I would have a very hard time trying to make it back down. I chickened out and turned around.

    My daughter and grandson continued and made it to the top.
    My daughter wore her hicking boots, but my 13 yr old grandson had on Crocs.

    There is a pull up bar at the top of the trail where some of the hickers (the brave ones) do pull ups. My grandson did several once he reached the top. They took pictures and videos and made it back down the trail safely.

    I would recommend anyone hicking the trail to please wear hicking boots and use any other type of hicking gear. The rocks are loose.
    Written April 17, 2021
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  • Richard S
    Los Angeles, CA346 contributions
    Located across the street and in front of the art museum. Not as large as I thought it would be, but plenty of seating area to sit and relax and watch the people.
    Written December 5, 2021
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  • Daugman
    Seattle169 contributions
    Hike starts at Cielo, and my choice was to go up to Tachevah Falls. My weather was 70-- i would not go when its too much hotter because the rocks really soak up and kick back the heat. But on my day it was very nice and the falls had water running (barely)....falls generally Dry. I only saw 2 other people. Views are great. Trail when you first ascend out of the parking is rough, but once up the 100 foot incline...rest of trail is in very great shape. My round trip to base of falls was 3.8 miles and 2 hrs 5 min.
    Written January 27, 2022
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