The Andreas Canyon Trail is an easy trail that takes the hiker up the right side of the canyon, following a stream that wanders through groves of California fan palms. During warm weather the stream is a welcome sight to hikers and provides some relief from the desert heat.
The canyon is a stark contrast to the usual desert hiking trail due to the abundant vegetation that grows along the stream. One almost feels like they are in a “jungle” environment, instead of desert. If you look closely, you will also see many different birds and other animals, along with countless insects. After hiking about one mile, the hiker comes to a wire fence that signals the end of the trail. At this point you can cross the stream and return via the other side of the canyon, or you can return the way you came. The left side of the canyon gives the hiker a view of the canyon from above it a little, and is very much worth the effort.
During times of mountain runoff, the stream can become a little treacherous to cross. Be careful of slippery rocks, and always use common sense when hiking. During the warmer months of the year there is always the chance of coming across Rattlesnakes, so be alert and watch your step.
Length: About 2 miles if you only hike Andreas Canyon, about 4.5 miles if you hike Andreas and part of Murray Canyon (see map below).
Directions: To get to the Palm Springs Indian Canyons, take South Palm Canyon from Highway 111 and drive about two miles to the Indian Canyons tollgate. There are signs posted to help you find your way.After entering the Indian Canyons take the road to the right up to the parking area. After parking, follow the signs to the trailhead.