Guide to Palm Springs hiking trails.

Cactus in bloom on the way to the dry falls.

Palm Springs is a great destination for hiking enthusiasts, with a variety of trails offering stunning views and challenging terrain. Here is a guide to some of the best hiking trails in Palm Springs:

  1. Indian Canyons: Located on the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation, the Indian Canyons offer several hiking trails that wind through lush palm oases and rocky canyons. The most popular trails are the Andreas Canyon Trail and the Palm Canyon Trail, which offer scenic views and opportunities to see desert wildlife.

  2. Tahquitz Canyon: Tahquitz Canyon is a popular hiking destination just a few miles from downtown Palm Springs. The trail offers stunning views of the canyon and waterfall, and visitors can learn about the history and culture of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians at the visitor center.

  3. Murray Canyon Trail: The Murray Canyon Trail is a moderate hike that offers stunning views of the desert landscape and the San Jacinto Mountains. The trail is known for its diverse wildlife, including bighorn sheep and golden eagles.

  4. Mount San Jacinto: For more experienced hikers, Mount San Jacinto offers several challenging trails that lead to the summit of the mountain. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway can take visitors to the trailhead, where they can choose from several routes of varying difficulty.

  5. South Lykken Trail: The South Lykken Trail is a popular hiking trail that offers stunning views of the Coachella Valley and the San Jacinto Mountains. The trail is a moderate hike, and visitors can choose from several different routes depending on their skill level.

No matter which trail you choose, be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and appropriate footwear. Always stay on designated trails and be respectful of the natural environment. Happy hiking!

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