Palm Canyon Trail 4E01

Area Status: Open
Palm Canyon is the world's largest fan palm oasis and the Palm Canyon Trail traverses its length.

This scenic but strenuous hike begins off of Hwy 74 near the 4,000 foot level. The Palm Canyon Trails begins by hiking in Chaparral, then traverses through Sonoran Desert ecosystems, and ends in the largest Palm Oasis in North America. The trail descends nearly 3,200 feet along a 16 miles path into the Indian Canyons Area in South Palm Springs. The trail follows along the washes, and may be difficult to follow in some locations. Be sure to carry plenty of water, sun screen, and other standard hiking safety equipment. This trail is best in the winter and spring months. Please note that bicycles and pets are not allowed within the Indian Canyons Area, and through hikers should check in at the Trading Post to pay entry fees.


Agua Caliente Cahuilla IndiansPlease visit Indian Canyons and Palm Canyon ( for additional information.

Location: The turn-off to the Palm Canyon Trailhead is located 18 miles south/west of Highway 111 or 6 miles east of the Hwy 371 intersection on Hwy 74. Turn north on Pine View Drive. Do not turn north on Palm Canyon Drive, as this will not lead you to this trailhead.

Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument website

For more information: Trails and Trailhead Locations at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

At a Glance

Information Center:
Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
51500 Highway 74
Palm Desert, CA 92260

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