palmcanyon4wDifficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Beginning Elevation 760′

Elevation Gain: 460′

Length: 10 miles actual length of Fern Canyon is 4 miles, but you have to hike on either the Palm Canyon Trail or the Wildhorse Trail to reach it… )

If you are ready to experience some of the most beautiful hiking the Palm Springs area has to offer, grab your CamelBak, other Hydration Pack or Hydroflask and get out on the trail!

To reach this trail, follow the directions for the Garstin Trail (or you can reach it from the Palm Canyon Trail in the Indian Canyons near the Trading Post …). Once on the Garstin, proceed up the Garstin Trail for about 2 miles and follow the sign for the Wildhorse/Berns/Shannon trails. Shortly you will come to a Y in the trail, keep right until you reach the trailhead sign for the Fern Canyon/Vandeventer/Hahn-Buena Vista/Palm Canyon trails. Just keep following the trailhead signs until you reach the Fern Canyon Trail.

The trail will lead you to a beautiful plateau, which is noted for beautiful wildflowers in the spring time. Follow the trail towards Palm Canyon, and you will be rewarded with a lush palm oasis at the foot of a giant boulder, covered with dripping water and gorgeous ferns. From here you can either backtrack the way you came, or continue into Palm Canyon and the Indian trading post.

To start the hike from the Indian Canyons, drive to the Trading Post where the Palm Canyon Trail begins, and simple descend into the canyon to the left and find the signs pointing to Fern Canyon.

Fern Canyon Loop from Trading Post at the Indian Canyons

A loop hike starting at the Trading Post near where Palm Canyon starts.