THE PALM SPRINGS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
ASKS THE HIKING AUTHOR LINDA PYLE
WHERE IS THE BEST HIKING IN PALM SPRINGS?
Top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
The 11.5 mile round trip to the top of Mount San Jacinto is for experienced
hikers. Easier Desert View Loop Trail has little elevation gain and great views.
The Valley Station is located in north Palm Springs. From Highway 111 turn up
Tramway Road and proceed 3.5 miles to the station. Be prepared for 40-degree
temperature change from the Valley floor. Tram Information: 325-1391
The Museum Trail
Moderately difficult 2-mile round trip hike that starts at the far
corner of the north parking lot for the Palm Springs Desert Museum off Museum
Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way. This trail intersects with the North Lykken
Trail. Picnic tables and spectacular views.
North Lykken Trail
Starts at the west end of Ramon Road. The entire North Lykken Trail is 5.5 miles
one-way. It is 2 miles to the intersection with the Museum Trail. At the
beginning of the trail, the left fork seems easier to follow, the right fork
meanders around and it is possible to get confused but it does have more views
of the city.
South Lykken Trail
There is a trailhead on both north and south ends. The north end starts at the
parking lot at the west end of Mesquite Road and South Palm Canyon Drive. (near
car dealership) The south end is on
South Palm Canyon Drive just past the intersection of Murray Canyon Drive and
South Palm Canyon Drive. Follow the dike to the trailhead. About 25 minutes up
the South end will bring you to the Simonetta Kennett Vista Point. Picnic
tables. Great hike at sunrise.
The new visitor center is at the west end of Mesquite, off South Palm Canyon
Drive. Hike to the spectacular
60-foot waterfall. Hikers need to be in reasonably good shape. The
guided tour with a ranger takes about 2 hours and is well worth the fee.
Reservations required. Information:
Excerpts from Peaks, Palms and
Picnics: Day Journeys in the Mountains & Deserts of Palm Springs and the
Coachella Valley ISBN
0-916251-57-8 ęCopyright 1999, 2002 by Linda
McMillin Pyle All rights reserved Sunbelt Publications 1-800-626-6579
Murray Canyon and Andreas Canyon Trails
The Murray Canyon hike to the 7 sisters waterfalls is
miles round trip with a 300-foot elevation gain. If you have a few hours and
have time for only one hike this is it! The Indian Canyons are 3 miles south on
S. Palm Canyon Drive from the intersection with E. Palm Canyon Dr. Enter Aqua
Caliente Reservation through toll gate and follow sign to the right for
Andreas/Murray Canyon. Picnic tables and shaded palapa near parking area.
The Andreas Canyon hike is an easy 1 mile round trip-fun for kids.
Palm Canyon Trail
Follow the above directions to the toll gate and proceed straight ahead to the
Trading Post parking area. This trail is 15 miles
one-way but it is an easy descent to the fanpalm oasis. There are many other
shorter trail options here. Maps are available at the Trading Post.
Garstin, Berns and Araby Trails
Follow Palm Canyon Drive South past Murray Canyon Drive and turn left on
Bogart Trail. The trailhead is near the east end of the Bogart Bridge. These 3
trails connect. The Garstin Trail is 1.5 miles. The Berns Trail is 1 mile and
the 1.6-mile long Araby Trail drops down to Highway 111 at the entrance to the
Rim Crest and Southridge development. This hike may be done out and back or
one-way with a shuttle.
Palms/Coachella Valley Preserve
Springs take Ramon Road east to Thousand Palms Road. Go north and watch for
signs to the
Preserve on left. One of my favorite hikes is to the McCallum Grove.
Hiking author, Linda McMillin Pyle,
is happy to share her favorite desert trails with you. For more than 20 years
she has been hiking the mountains and deserts of southern California. For more
desert trails check her website www.trailwisdom.com
Peaks, Palms and Picnics: Day
Journeys in the Mountains & Deserts of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley
ęCopyright 1999, 2002 by Linda McMillin Pyle
All rights reserved Sunbelt Publications 1-800-626-6579
Peaks, Palms & Picnics is available at the following Palm
Mosaic 155 South Palm
Canyon Drive 322-3485
Palm Springs Desert Museum Store 101 Museum Dr.
Aqua Caliente Cultural Museum 219 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Mount San Jacinto Natural History Shop
North Palm Canyon Drive 320-6575
Palm Springs Visitors Center 2781 North Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism 777 North Palm Canyon Drive