manip_ouchDifficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Elevation Gain: about 300′

Length: 3 miles roundtrip (actual length of the Victor Trail is about 1.5 miles, but you have to hike on the Palm Canyon Trail to reach it… )

This trail loop combination (Victor Trail/Palm Canyon Trail) offers some fantastic views of the Indian Canyons. You will see lot of rough steep canyons, cactus, lush-green palm-treed oases, and the ever beautiful San Jacinto Mountains as you make your way along the trail. The trail is rugged very rugged along the way, (especially the Victor Trail), and it has the usual loose rocky feel of the trails in the area.

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!

Be sure you are wearing sturdy boots, a hat, sunscreen, and bring lots and lots of water, because temperatures can be in the 80-90 degree range even in the Fall, Winter and spring months. Also, in years when the Coachella Valley and the San Jacinto mountains have had a lot of rainfall, water levels in the canyon can get high, and there are two stream crossings to negotiate, so you might get a little wet. However, like any of the Indian Canyon trails, or any of the other Coachella Valley trails it provides the hiker with fantastic views of plant and wild life, and of the mountains and Coachella Valley.

To get to the trailhead, 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., then continue along the main road until reaching its end at two large parking lots near the Palm Canyon Indian Trading Post. To reach the trailhead, walk east from the Trading Post to end of the “overflow” parking lot, continue north where the trail is evident, cross the stream, and continue to the confluence of washes-the Victor Trail sign is located south and up the slope.