ElevationAscent: 316' 96 m
Descent: -316' -96 m
High: 881' 269 m
Low: 592' 180 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“Enjoy a peaceful 1.8 mile loop through a dramatic desert canyon.”— Eric Ashley
Family Friendly This is a fairly short hike that shouldn't overly tire out kids. There are also lots of rocks alongside the trail to carefully scramble on.
Hikers will work around plenty of scattered boulders and start to get a nice framed view of Palm Springs back down the canyon. All the while the towering walls provide a dramatic backdrop of stone and shrubs. You may encounter visitors traveling the other direction, which can make for slightly awkward passing, especially higher up as the trail nears the waterfall.
You'll know you're getting close when the narrow trail starts passing beneath low trees. If you're lucky enough to catch it when it's flowing, the waterfall sets a lovely scene as it runs down a weathered rock wall to drop in a shallow pool of water. Across another low bridge, the singletrack continues climbing up the other side of the canyon before dropping down on the return. About 0.3 miles later it connects back to itself. Head right to the next junction where a short hike on Tahquitz Canyon Alternate concludes back at the visitor center.
Land Manager: Cahuilla Indians Reservation - Tahquitz Canyon