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    Palm Canyon Trail

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    Palm Canyon Trail

    Bring your kids, a picnic, and prepare for an inspiring adventure through a palm tree oasis on the Palm Canyon Trail. This out-and-back adventure fuses tropical vibes with a rustic experience, creating the ultimate short but rewarding excursion for all ages. Unfortunately, while you can bring your kids, you’ll have to leave your pup at home!

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    Route Description for Palm Canyon Trail

    Looking for a quick but rewarding outdoor adventure? The Palm Canyon Trail in Palm Springs makes for an ideal excursion option. However, before you go, there are some things to note! Firstly, rattlesnakes love dry, desert environments, so brush up on your rattlesnake awareness before hiking.

    It’s also best to avoid hiking this trail during the summer heat, as the temperatures can be striking and potentially life-threatening. Hikers will also need to dish out $12 per adult and $6 for kids between 6-12. Sadly, dog owners will have to keep their fur babies at home as they are not allowed on this trail.

    However, the Palm Canyon Trail is well worth the entrance fee. There’s nothing like standing amid towering green palm trees set against a more rustic background. If you’re in the mood to hike more and make the most out of the entrance fee, consider heading out early in the morning to explore the surrounding trails. You can also spend time enjoying a picnic or walking along the stream.

    Setting out from the Palm Canyon Trail trailhead, you’ll follow the straightforward Palm Canyon Trail until you reach a junction with the Victor Trail. Along the trail, enjoy meandering below the shade of the lofty palm trees while a stream runs adjacent to the path. Choose a picnic spot along the creek if you wish!

    When you reach the junction with Victor Trail, turn around and head back the way you came. However, you can also wander along the Victor Trail if you want to extend your adventure.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How much does it cost to hike the Palm Canyon Trail?

    It costs $12 per adult and $6 for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Students can hike for $7 if they provide their student ID. Buy your tickets at the tollgate: 38520 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. Find more entrance fee information here.

    Can dogs hike the Palm Canyon Trail?

    Dogs are not allowed on the Palm Canyon Trail, unfortunately.

    What time of year can I hike the Palm Springs Canyon Trail?

    The park is open year-round, but it’s recommended to hike between October 1st and July 4th. You can walk between 8am-5pm daily! The gate is also open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8am to 5pm between July 5th and September 30th.

    Insider Hints for Palm Canyon Trail

    • Go early in the morning before temperatures increase and crowds form—you might have to wait your turn to go in if it’s too busy.
    • The last vehicle can enter the park at 4pm.
    • Bring water and a hat as the trail swerves from the shade of the trees every so often.
    • You can get basic, kid-friendly food at the Trading Post!

    Getting to the Palm Canyon Trail Trailhead

    To get to Palm Canyon Trail from Palm Springs, head to S Palm Canyon Drive, and eventually, you’ll reach the parking lot on your left.

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