Tahquitz Canyon Trail

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, California

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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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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.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
Distance: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 108 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 580 feet
Top Elevation: 649 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Tahquitz Canyon Trail
Parks: Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
Elevation Min/Max: 578/649 ft
Elevation Start/End: 580/580 ft
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Five-Star Trails Palm Springs

Five-Star Trails Palm Springs

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.

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Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire

Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire

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.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Palm Springs and Coachella Valley

Best Easy Day Hikes: Palm Springs and Coachella Valley

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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May 2018