Directions: After entering the Indian Canyons (for directions to the Indian Canyons CLICK HERE) continue on the main road about 2 1/2 miles to the Trading Post. Park in the spaces provided and follow the signs down the canyon to the trailhead.
After walking down the paved trail that leads from the Trading Post, continue to the right up into the canyon. You will be treated to abundant groves of Palm Trees and other desert vegetation, as well as many different types of desert wildlife. Continue hiking upstream for about 1/2 mile where you will cross over the streambed and head up the left side of the canyon. After about another 1/4 of a mile you will come to an intersection. To continue further up the Palm Canyon Trail turn right and cross over the creek. Here you will begin to climb above the oasis. If you are prepared and willing, you can continue up this trail for 15 miles where it intersects Highway 74 south of Pinon Pines. However, don't try this unless you are in extremely good shape and have proper provisions. If you are not into hiking the full 15 miles to Pinon Pines, Palm Canyon offers many other trails that will give the hiker beautiful views of the oasis, waterfalls, and the beautiful rugged San Jacinto mountains, and the Santa Rosa mountains in the distance. Some of the favorite destinations in Palm Canyon include " Lost Paradise ", and "Bullseye Rock".
Palm Springs Indian Canyons Photo Gallery
During warm weather be advised that there are rattlesnakes in the area ( especially in Palm Canyon because of the abundant water and food supply, see photo below ... ), so watch your step and stay on the trail. Be sure to bring plenty of water, and hike safely ( check out the water and hiking tips below ).
Look Out For Rattlesnakes
I don't want to scare anyone, but I have seen several rattlesnakes after descending down into Palm Canyon from the trading post. Remember, they don't want to mess with you any more than you want to mess with them. Leave them alone, don't go walking through areas where you cannot see where you are stepping, and you really have nothing to worry about. Just be aware, and be smart!!
Hiking Books For Palm Springs
Philip Ferranti's books on hiking in Palm Springs, the Coachella Valley and surrounding areas are a must have if you are planning on hiking in the area. Amazon.com also has several other books that will make your hiking adventure a great one, including books on hiking and rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park.
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