Murray Canyon

Palm Springs, California

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Murray Canyon is named for the Scottish rancher, Welwood Murray, who founded the Palm Springs Hotel in 1887 and brought attention to the area as a spa and resort. The canyon cuts a groove down the rugged eastern slope of the Desert Divide. The trail ends at the Seven Sisters, a series of stone pools with a 12-foot waterfall. Murray Creek runs through the winter and spring. The trail crosses the creek a dozen times and the rocks can be slippery so a trekking pole is helpful; this trip is not recommended for those unsure of their balance. Murray Canyon is one of our favorite hikes of its length in the area. The falls are a great destination for a picnic, but don’t expect to find solitude on this popular trail.

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"Murray Canyon is named for the Scottish rancher, Welwood Murray, who founded the Palm Springs Hotel in 1887 and brought attention to the area as a spa and resort. The canyon cuts a groove down the rugged eastern slope of the Desert Divide. The trail ends at the Seven Sisters, a series of stone pools with a 12-foot waterfall. Murray Creek runs through the winter and spring. The trail crosses the creek a dozen times and the rocks can be slippery so a trekking pole is helpful; this trip is not recommended for those unsure of their balance. Murray Canyon is one of our favorite hikes of its length in the area. The falls are a great destination for a picnic, but don’t expect to find solitude on this popular trail."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Palm Springs
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: October-May
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Kid-friendly

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Jun 2018