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Hiking in Palm Springs Will Give You The Most Amazing Views

Published on July 10, 2018 by

There are dozens of hiking trails all around Palm Springs, most of them just a few minutes away from town.

A good moderate hike with wonderful views is Tahquitz Canyon in Palm Springs. The entry is at the end of Mesquite towards the mountain off of S. Palm Canyon. There is an admission fee of $12.50 adults/$6 children under 12, and there are guides if you like. You can also watch a short film on the Legend of Tahquitz, a Cahuilla Indian shaman who is said to be seen as a ball of green light.

Another great place to hike and explore is Indian Canyons in south Palm Springs. There is an admission fee of $9/$5. One of my favorite hikes is the Murray Canyon Trail just after you enter the admission gate. It starts off flat and open, then winds through a beautiful canyon to the “seven sisters” falls which run in the spring and early summer. If you take the main road all the way back, there is a trading post and many hikes through an oasis and along the creek.


Good (and free) local hikes can be found in the book “140 Hikes in and near Palm Springs” by Philip Ferranti. Most popular are the various segments of the Lykken Trail, the Skyline Trail, Oswit Canyon, and the many trails available at the top of the Palm Springs Tram.

Recommendation: Hiking in Palm Springs can be deceptively dangerous in warmer weather. If you are planning to hike in the warmer months, read this safety guide before you go: Hiking Safely in Palm Springs


Meet The Author
I was raised in Los Angeles where I worked in music marketing, and then as a massage therapist. In 2005, I moved to Palm Springs, drawn by sunshine, great hiking, and the dream of less traffic. I love music and movies, and I love to travel. Most of my travel involves exploring local culture and a bit of good eating. I’ve found that taking a cooking class while traveling gives me an inside view to how locals really live, and a chance to meet some like-mined fellow tourists. At home I enjoy relaxing with my partner Mark, and I am a slave to my Australian Cattle Dog, Bixby, who never tires of chasing a ball. In 2005, I purchased the condo that would become “Colin’s Palm Springs Getaway”. I spent many months renovating and decorating, and making it the kind of place I would want to stay. It’s truly “rental by owner”, and the only rental I manage, so I am able to keep it nice, offer reasonable rates, and make it a special place for my guests to enjoy their Palm Springs vacation.
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