Most first-time visitors to the Indian Canyons choose to skip secluded Murray Canyon in favor of the more easily accessible Palm and Andreas Canyons. Murray Canyon, however, has a wonderfuil personality all its own. It feels narrow and secret and climbs deeper into the mountains through a bright oasis of fan palms that grows beside a beautifil stream. Less crowded than the other canyons, it is a great place for viewing wildflowers and wildlife, and the waterfalls at the top of the canyon are the perfect picture of a serene desert oasis. It is a moderate hike, but with surprises -- after a brief patch of raw desert, the trail crosses the stream nany times on stepping stones and clambers over giant rocks that afford sweeping views of the canyon and the rugged Santa Rosa mountains. Definitely one of the best day-hikes in the Palm Springs area.
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