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    6.9 km
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    Fern Canyon Trail


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    The Fern Canyon Trail in Palm Springs, California, follows along a beautiful sandy wash, creating a beach-like vibe. Enjoy a lovely walk along the wash before surmounting a moderate incline to stunning views! Unfortunately, you’ll have to leave your dog home for this adventure.

    Route Description for Fern Canyon Trail

    Fern Canyon Trail is one of Palm Springs’ secret gems, thanks to unreal panoramic views and a trail flanked by cacti, which leads you to a haven of greenery, most notably palms and ferns! You’ll reach a moderate incline along the way, but it’s not too intense. After exploring the canyon adorned with palms and ferns, you can continue along the wash towards other paths looping back. Or, stick to the route outlined here, turn around, and head back the way you came after the canyon.

    Remember to bring water, a hat, and sunscreen on this hike. It’s best to hit the trail early in the morning if you’re going in the summer!

    Getting to the Fern Canyon Trail Trailhead

    To get to Fern Canyon Trail in Palm Springs, California, head to the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation. You’ll have to pay a fee to enter. Find more information here.

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      Out and back

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