Indian Canyons offers a number of hiking trails for you to enjoy during your time in Palm Springs. If you’re interested in going outside and into nature, exploring, and even getting a bit of exercise, find the Indian Canyons hiking trail for you!
Palm Canyon Trail
The Palm Canyon trail is a three-mile loop that takes about 90 minutes. It descends into a creek bed before sloping back up to a high ridge. For those seeking a longer hike, you can follow the same trail for up to 15 miles to where it intersects with Highway 74 south of Pinon Pines.
Andreas Canyon Trail
This trail is very easy at 1.2 miles with 200 feet in elevation gain. The Andreas Canyon is the world’s second largest California Fan Palm oasis. At the entrance, you’ll be greeted by ancient rock mortars, created by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians who used to live in these canyons. Mortars were used to grind up food ingredients.
The Indian Canyon hiking trail starts at the rail Information Board located just north of the bridge.
Murray Canyon Trail
This trail is 4.7 miles long with 450 feet in elevation gain and is considered moderate. It ends at the spectacular Seven Sisters Waterfall. You can make a loop by taking a right at the Coffman Trail junction. Or you can go back north on the Murray Canyon Trail and bring you back to the Andreas Canyon parking area.
This trail is a three-mile loop with 365 feet in elevation gain that will bring you back to the Trading Post gift store. It is highly exposed to the sun, as it takes you to the ridge line that overlooks Palm Canyon.
East Fork Trail
This trail is 7 miles long with 850 feet in elevation gain and is rated as moderate. It follows the narrow East Fork of Palm Canyon Creek through huge patches of Teddybear Cholla and agave plants.
Dry Wash Trail
This Indian Canyon trail is 6.6 miles long and gains 870 feet in elevation and is rated moderate. It connects the Palm Canyon Trail and Dunn Road.
West Fork Trail
Be prepared for a hefty climb with amazing views. After gaining 2,000 feet of elevation, this trail gives you views of the Indian Canyonss at an elevation of 2,600 feet. It is recommended visitors do it as an 8.7-mile by connecting the West Fork, West Fork North, Coffman, Murray Canyon, and Alexander Trails.
Indian Potrero Trail
At 8.9 miles with 1,260 feet in elevation gain, this trail is rated as strenuous. Stone pools, rock formations and pastures in the middle of the desert reward the willing hiker. This Indian Canyon trail connects with the Palm Canyon Trail at the end of the pasture area.
Hahn Buena Vista Trail
At 12.3 miles with 1,915 feet in elevation gain, this strenuous trail is arguably the most scenic in the area with 360 views of nearby cities and of the Santa Rosa Mountains.
How to Get to Indian Canyon Trail
Take South Palm Canyon from Highway 111 and follow the signs for about two miles to the Indian Canyons tollgate. After you enter the canyons, continue on the main road about 2.5 miles to the Trading Post gift shop and pay your admission to the park. Follow the signs to your trails.