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Five-Star Trails Palm Springs
by Laura Randall (Menasha Ridge Press)
Framed by the San Jacinto Mountains to the west, this figure-eight hike follows Tahquitz Creek on a gradual ascent past ancient rocks and plants to a 60-foot-high waterfall. The admission fee seems a bit steep when there are so many good hikes in the area, but keep in mind that it goes to a good cause: maintaining the canyon’s current pristine condition after years of abuse.
Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire
by David & Jennifer Money Harris (Wilderness Press)
The trail starts behind the Tahquitz Canyon Visitor Center and makes a figure-eight pattern up the canyon. On the guided hike rangers point out many native plants along the way that were used for food or medicine, including barrel and cholla cactus, creosote bush and brittlebush, mesquite, and cat’s claw acacia. A stream flows for most of the year in the upper portion of the canyon. The creek plunges over Tahquitz Falls at the top of the trail into a deep pool, 1 mile uphill from the visitor center. The Cahuilla people believe that this is a place of power that rejuvenates and energizes. After enjoying the waterfall, continue back along the loop trail.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Palm Springs and Coachella Valley
by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)
This easy loop in lower Tahquitz Canyon takes you past interesting historical and natural features on the way to Tahquitz Falls.
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