Fern Canyon Loop

Palm Springs, California 92292

Fern Canyon Loop

Fern Canyon Loop Professional Review and Guide

"Fern Canyon is noted for its vertical wall dripping with moisture that supports hanging ferns in the midst of the arid desert. This trip explores the canyon and also tours the cactus-studded slopes above, and it offers a great view into the oasis of Palm Canyon.

The Fern Canyon and Vandeventer Trails are well maintained and well marked. From the Trading Post at Hermits Bench, head east and down through the parking lot. Go to the gated lower parking lot, around the hill, left to the trailhead (at the north end of the lower lot). Follow the signs for the Fern Canyon Trail down to the stream crossing and up into the mouth of the canyon. In a quarter mile, pass the junction of the Alexander and Victor Trails. Follow the Fern Canyon Trail east into the hills, up a steep incline, and then back into Fern Canyon to view the hanging ferns in 1 mile."

More Fern Canyon Loop Professional Reviews and Guides

"Fern Canyon is named for a wall where seeping water once supported a vertical garden of maidenhair ferns. In this drier time, there are fewer ferns, but the canyon is still home to a pleasant oasis. This loop hike is a good way to see many of Palm Canyon’s most notable attractions with only a moderate amount of hiking. In addition to the sandy wash and oasis of Fern Canyon, this trip features views down into the huge Palm Canyon oasis and a ridge hike through fields of barrel and teddy bear cholla cacti."

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Trail Information

Palm Springs
Nearby City
1,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
The canyon is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. From July 8 to October 1, it is open only Friday–Sunday. Call 760-323-6018 for current information.
Local Contacts
Palm View Peak (7.5-minute), Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
Local Maps

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Nov 2018