The Murray Canyon trail is a moderately difficult hike that gives the hiker more of a challenge than Andreas Canyon. It will take you further and higher into the San Jacinto mountains than the Andreas Canyon Trail, and it is abundant in California fan palms and other desert vegetation which makes it a nice change from so many of the other Palm Springs area hikes. The trail wanders through the canyon and along the stream for a lot of the journey, so be extra careful when ever there is strong or high runoff as the rocks can be very slippery.
If you take your time on the hike and look around, you will see many different assorted cacti, desert willows, and cottonwood trees. There is also abundant wildlife, including countless species of insects, birds, lizards, and also some snakes. During warm weather be advised that there are rattlesnakes in the area, so watch your step and stay on the trail.
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 head out to the Palm Springs Indian Canyons.
Be sure to bring plenty of water, and hike safely by following these hiking tips.
Length: 2 to 6 miles (depending on how far you want to go…
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.