PS - Hike Indian Canyons: Palm and Andreas Canyons

  • Tue, March 14, 2023
  • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Indian Canyons 38500 S Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs CA



Palm Canyon/Victor and Andreas Canyon Trails

Indian Canyons includes some of the ancestral lands of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla (pronounced Kaw-we-ah) Indians.  This leisurely hike will be through scenic areas of colorful, rocky canyons and unmatched palm groves.

1. Palm Canyon.  We will begin with a moderate hike on the Palm Canyon Trail through the world’s largest Washingtonia palm grove then up and above the canyon looping back on the Victor Trail with views of the canyon and South Palm Springs.

2. Trading Post.  Lunch break will be at the Trading Post with snacks and refreshments, art and artifacts, books, jewelry, pottery, baskets, weavings, and a short walk on the West Fork waterfall trail.

3. Andreas Canyon.  Next we will drive down to the Andreas Canyon loop hike with remnants of Cahuilla settlements, the world’s second largest grove of Washingtonia palms, a babbling brook and views of a hidden private club.

  • Meet Location:  Palm Canyon Trailhead/Trading Post parking lot. MAP 
  • Meet Time: 8:30 am 
  • Trail Length: 2.7 miles Palm Canyon/Victor trails loop; 1.0 mile Andreas Canyon loop. 
  • Total Elevation Gain: 393 ft in the 2.7-mile Palm Canyon/Victor Trail loop. 173 ft in the 1.0-mile Andreas Canyon loop.
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy/Moderate  (gradual ascent/descent, mostly easy but with some moderate sections). (approx. 3.5 hr. duration)
  • Type: Well-trodden and marked trails.
  • Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 liters recommended), lunch and snacks. Hat, sunscreen and layered clothing are recommended.
  • Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).
  • Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.

Co-leaders Bill Bates: EMAIL and Pat Miyamoto: EMAIL

Each participant must pay the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation entry fee ($12 per person, $7 for seniors 62+, Free military/first responder) at the Indian Canyons tollgate, just past the south end of South Palm Canyon Drive.

For speed and ease of entry participants are encouraged to pay online, print out the confirmation and hand it to the gate agent. Or, pay at the gate.  See “Purchase Tickets”

Drivers should proceed to the Palm Canyon Trailhead/Trading Post parking lot at the far end of the canyon road.  Carpooling is encouraged because cars may be lined up at the tollgate and parking can be limited. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation or ride share. 

Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels 


Special COVID Related Requirements

This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated 

Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 

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