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    Tahquitz Canyon Loop Trail

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    Tahquitz Canyon Loop Trail

    Looking for a quick, rewarding hike? The Tahquitz Canyon Loop Trail in Palm Springs is your go-to speedy adventure. Explore a trail bordered by boulders and enjoy a remarkable view from the highest point. Just before the highest point, you'll reach a waterfall that roars more intensely from October to May but tends to dry up in the summer months.

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    Route Description for Tahquitz Canyon Loop Trail

    Tahquitz Canyon Loop Trail makes for an ideal, quick, family-friendly outing. It may be short and relatively relaxed in terms of difficulty, but it will increase your heart rate—you're ascending, after all. You might be able to bring your family along on this meander, but you'll have to leave your dog at home. Another thing to note is that it will cost you $15 per person (and $7 per child between the ages of 6-12) to complete this hike, but it's worth the cost—trust us. Lastly, exploring this incredible hike in Palm Springs between May and October is best. The desert environment sucks the water out of the waterfall during summer.

    The Tahquitz Canyon Loop Trail packs a punch for a short hike. The short distance fused with a 18 m waterfall, sprawling view at the highest point, and flanking boulders add up to a worthwhile exploration.

    Setting out from your car parked in the car park along W. Mesquite Ave, you'll follow the road toward the Tahquitz Canyon Visitors Center. When you reach a fork in the trail, go right to follow the Tahquitz Canyon Trail pathway. Soon, the path will take you closer to the edge of Tahquitz Creek before reaching another fork in the trail. Keep right to continue meandering through boulders and shrubbery. Just before the highest point, you'll reach a 18 m waterfall—if you've opted to explore outside of summer. Take a moment to bask in the view before continuing to the scenic overlook.

    The path veers around, taking you to the creek's opposite side. Keep right at all subsequent forks to make your way back to the Visitors Center and car park.

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    Tahquitz Canyon Seasonal Waterfall

    You'll find the Tahquitz Canyon seasonal waterfall roaring from October to May—unless it's an unusually sizzling summer. But then, the 18 m waterfall makes the $15 entry fee worth the cost!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I bring my dog on the Tahquitz Canyon Loop Trail?

    Unfortunately, you cannot take your dog on the Tahquitz Canyon Loop Trail.

    Should I bother completing the Tahquitz Canyon Loop Trail in the summer?

    The bang-for-your-buck Tahquitz Trail is still worth doing during the summer. Just don't go on the hike expecting to see a 18 m waterfall.

    Insider Hints for Tahquitz Canyon Loop Trail

    • This hike may be short, but pack a lot of water while traversing in the desert.
    • Dogs are not allowed on this hike.
    • Feel free to bring your family along!
    • Be rattlesnake-aware along the trail.
    • Find more information on the entry fees here.

    Getting to the Tahquitz Canyon Loop Trail Trailhead

    The Tahquitz Canyon Loop Trail begins from the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation in Palm Springs, California. After driving by the four-way intersection at E. Palm Canyon Drive, you'll station your car on W. Mesquite Ave, along the parking lot on the right side.

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