Hiking Trails in Palm Springs

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Hiking Trails in Palm Springs

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • AKKris
    Juneau, AK146 contributions
    This trail is easy with a slight incline. Was about 2.75 miles round trip. Great views. This is a good trail for those that don't hike often.
    Written April 21, 2020
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  • Greg B
    Glen Ellen, CA2 contributions
    I decided to check this trail out after hiking elsewhere for awhile. We just moved to the area, and I'm still trying to find the right place for my hikes. I got about .5 miles into the hike when I heard a slight noise to my left. Almost instinctively I looked over - it really was softer than I expected. It was, of course, a fully coiled rattler about a foot and a half from me, just about to strike. I quickly sprinted away but wow. In 60+ years of outdoor life, that was the closest I have come. I'm curious what the snake timing is here. When do they hibernate? I'll keep hiking there (it was promising) but more alert next time...
    Written October 8, 2020
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  • Chicagonative_7
    Chicago992 contributions
    This loop is a nice 2-3 hour hike with nice views but less exposure than the Museum or North Lykken trails with a similar gain in altitude, about 1000 feet. Following the wash you then ascend and not only see Bob Hope’s old house but much of the Valley. It hits a plateau which allows you to choose between finishing the loop, joining the Bogert Trail or head up the Murray Peak.

    Not nearly as busy as most trails it’s one to return to......
    Written March 17, 2020
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  • vellachi8
    San Jose, CA24 contributions
    It's one of the brutal hikes I have even done.
    We started the night at 12:30 am and finished it an evening at 6:30 pm.
    Written July 1, 2021
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  • Nick_AluxuryLimo
    Sandefjord, Norway23 contributions
    Short little hike to a beautiful and relatively big palm tree oasis. Great views of the desert and mountains. There are many scorpions here after dark so you may want to bring a UV light
    Written August 21, 2021
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