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Tahquitz Canyon
Ranked #7 of 120 things to do in Palm Springs
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

Take your pick - Legends or Resort Course. Two 18 hole beautiful courses. The staff is wonderful. The driving range is off of grass. And the view from the restaurant is stunning.

Thank Bob H
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

OK, let me explain something about the desert. It is not always hot. When my wife and I left for our hike in Tahquitz Canyon recently, the temperature was 67 degrees. When we got back 3 hours later, it was 77. The afternoon high was expected to reach 93. It was a beautiful morning for a hike. And if you are at all into hiking, don't miss going up Tahquitz Canyon! OK, it's not handicapped-accessible. There is quite a bit of climbing up and down rock steps and walking shoes are an absolute necessity. You won't be permitted to go on the trail if you are wearing flip-flops, heels, etc. That said, give it your best shot.

Walking sticks are available for you to borrow, and if you have any difficulty at all with rough terrain, get one. (Hint: The correct length for a walking stick is shoulder-height, and you grasp it by holding your hand out at a 90-degree angle from your body. If you can't get one long enough, remember the words of that great American philosopher, Pee Wee Herman -- "Anything is better than nothing.")

Another hint: Put a pinch of salt in your water bottle. That will give you a little extra electrolyte. I like the pink Himalayan salt because of its variety of minerals.

The best time of year to visit Tahquitz Canyon is in the spring, when the waterfall is going strong from the snowmelt on Mount San Jacinto. And the best time of day is in the morning, when the temperatures are cool.

Ranger-guided tours are scheduled at 8 and 10 a,m,, noon and 2 p.m., California time. Which means they may start out a bit late. Get there a little early and watch the short video about the canyon and its history. There is no extra charge for the guided tour, and you will get a whole lot more out of it that way. He will explain how the Indians used the native plants for food and for medicine, and many other interesting facts about the canyon and Indian life. Without the Ranger's commentary, all you get is a nice hike but you miss the educational experience.

The fee to go up the trail is $12.50 per person, but you can get a $2.50 per-person discount coupon at many local hotels. The money pays for the rangers who clean up after hikers who can't bother to carry their empty water bottles or other trash back to civilization and for general maintenance of the area.

What I didn't like was the fact that the parking area is somewhat removed from the Visitors Center and it is a bit of a hike uphill just to get there. That's supposed to be your warmup hike, I guess. But outside of that, do go, experience nature and get some exercise. Next time I hope to remember to bring my camera!

2  Thank Glen K
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

The waterfall at the end is beautiful. It costs $12 each for self-guided hike.

Thank supersidecut
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

Awesome waterfall at the top of the hike, and the water is so refreshing

Thank Andrew Z
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

Definately worth doing when in Palm Springs. This is a pretty easy hike but do it not for the exercise but for the experience. Having said that - there is some scrambling over rocks so not for the those with too limited mobility but they do offer free loan of hiking sticks - take one... Taking the ranger led hike slows the pace down for those not in great shape but the best part of going with a ranger is the fascinating information about the canyon, it's history, It's flora &fauna. When you look up at those mountains from the valley it's hard to imagine the 60 ft waterfall surrounded by lush greenery hidden up there....get out of the valley folks & discover the real greenery of Palm Springs - not the 'man made landscaping'!

Thank fjsVancouver_Canada
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