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Hiking Trails of Palm Springs Reveal an Entire New Side of the Desert

Written by Jeff Shotwell
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Offering a wide variety of hiking trails, the Palm Springs area has something to offer every brand of nature lover and while most trails are best traversed during the winter months, the higher elevations offer both challenge and summer time fun.

Tahquitz Canyon

Take a leisurely hike down the 1.7 mile Tahquitz Canyon Loop Trail. This trail offers an easy, kid-friendly jaunt with only 291 feet elevation gain. Best used from March through October, the trail offers plenty of shade in the morning and a beautiful waterfall during snow melt conditions. There is a $12.50 to access the trail which helps keep it well-maintained. Stop to read the historical notes along the way of this beautiful canyon. The trail begins at the end of Mesquite Ave before heading on to the Tahquitz Canyon Trailhead.

Murray Canyon Trail

For those looking for a more moderate trek, the Murray Canyon Trail to Seven Falls is a great place to start. This in and out 3.9 mile hike has lots of water during the winter and spring so be prepared to get wet. The trail is weekends only after the fourth of July but optimal conditions exist between October and March. Horses are also able to use this trail so step lightly. After the initial desert stretch the trail offers plenty of shade and consists of 593 feet elevation gain. Entry is $9.00 per adult or you can purchase a half-year pass  for $60) and a full annual pass for $90.

Cactus to Clouds

For the truly ambitious, The Cactus to Clouds Trail from Palm Springs to San Jacinto Peak offers the greatest elevation gain of any trail in the United States! Ascending a total of 10,804 feet over its 17.4 miles, this challenging trail is also known as the Skyline Trail. The first 12 miles will have you climbs more than 8,000 feet up from the desert floor up to Long Valley before meshing with the main trail to gain another 2,600 feet to the summit.

Much of the trail is in dry desert conditions and it is very long and arduous so ample water is a must. Use extreme caution and do not take this challenge lightly. While rewarding, Cactus to Clouds is a very difficult hike meant only for experienced hikers in proper physical condition to face such a challenge. And perhaps the best rewards is that once you reach the summit, you can take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway back down the mountain. There is a fee for using the tram, but after accomplishing such a feat you will especially enjoy the easy ride down.

Rest Easy

No matter what type of trail calls to you, Palm Springs has one to fit your needs. With dozens of top notch trails in the area you can get out and enjoy nature no matter your skill level. And at the end of the day you can kick your feet up and relax inside your Mod Mansions Luxury Vacation Rental.

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