Tahquitz Canyon Trail

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, California

Elevation Gain108ft
Trailhead Elevation580ft
Elevation Min/Max578/649ft
Elevation Start/End580/580ft

Tahquitz Canyon Trail

Tahquitz Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Palm Springs, California. It is within Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 580 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 108 feet. Along the trail there is a cliff. The trail ends near the Tahquitz Canyon Visitors Centre attraction.

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Five-Star Trails Palm Springs (Menasha Ridge Press)
Laura Randall
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"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." Read more
Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press)
David & Jennifer Money Harris
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"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." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Palm Springs and Coachella Valley (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
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"This easy loop in lower Tahquitz Canyon takes you past interesting historical and natural features on the way to Tahquitz Falls." Read more

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Trail Information

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
Nearby City
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
714-323-6018, tahquitzcanyon.com
Local Contacts
Detailed maps are available at the visitor center.
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Dec 2018