Palm Canyon Traverse Topo Map

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This trip, best done as an overnight backpack, descends the length of Palm Canyon from Ribbonwood on the Palms to Pines Scenic Byway to Hermits Bench, 15 mostly downhill miles. Besides some spectacular canyon scenery, another highlight is the rich and varied desert flora. You start down through Upper Sonoran vegetation—slopes dense with red shank, mesquite, sage, yucca, and scattered junipers and pinyon pines. As you descend, Lower Sonoran flora becomes pre-dominant—cholla, hedgehog cacti, agave, ocotillo, goat nut, ephedra, and scores of other arid-zone plants. Then, alongside the creek, you meet the startling contrast of lush greenery—California fan palm, of course, supplemented by scattered cottonwoods, rushes, ferns, and grasses. It’s a different world from the San Jacinto high country just a few miles above. A car shuttle is required for this one-way trip, made more complicated by the fact that you cannot leave your car at Hermits Bench or anywhere inside the toll gate (property of the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians) overnight. Unless someone picks you up at the end, plan on hiking an extra 2.5 miles to the south edge of Palm Springs. But the rewards of this venture are so great that it is worth the extra complications.
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Pinyon Pines, California

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