Lower Palm Canyon

Palm Springs, California 92292

Lower Palm Canyon

Lower Palm Canyon Professional Guide

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"Palm Canyon contains the world’s largest California palm oasis and is the ancestral home of the Atcitcem Clan of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, who have lived here for countless centuries. The oasis is one of the most spectacular sights in the Palm Springs vicinity. If you can only see only one of the many oases described in this book, choose Palm Canyon. The tribe charges a modest admission fee, which supports rangers and trail maintenance. Palm Canyon extends 15 miles all the way up to Highway 74 high in the Santa Rosa Mountains, but the first mile has many of the best sights. This loop starts at the road’s end on Hermits Bench, follows the floor of the canyon south for 1 mile through the palms, and then returns via the Victor Trail along a ridge overlooking the canyon."

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100 Hikes in Southern California: San Bernardino Mountain Trails (Wilderness Press)
John W. Robinson with David Money Harris
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"The splendid palm canyons at the desert foot of the San Jacintos and Santa Rosas are a delight to behold. Thousands of California fan palms, their bright green fronds swaying in the breeze, crowd the canyon bottoms, seeking the life-giving water that tumbles down all-year streams. Rushes and other verdant water plants grow dense alongside limpid pools, completing the oasis effect that is all the more striking because the adjacent slopes are bone-dry and drab. This trip follows a well-traveled trail that leads up Palm Canyon from the roadhead on Hermits Bench. It is a streamside walk through lush greenery, with arid canyon walls close on both sides. You have the option of extending the trip by wandering up some of the palm-?lled tributary canyons. Do it in leisurely fashion to fully appreciate nature’s unique contribution to the desert side of the mountains." Read more

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Trail Information

Palm Springs
Nearby City
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours

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Dec 2018