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Fern Canyon Trail

Intermediate
 5.0 (1)

A great trail off of Palm Canyon Trail that alternates between rolling singletrack and wide gravel washes.


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2.5

Miles

4.1

KM

Point to Point

1,449' 442 m

High

756' 230 m

Low

122' 37 m

Up

739' 225 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Geological Significance · Historical Significance

Indian Canyons is a natural area managed by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and requires a small fee for access.

Need to Know

The Indian Canyon area is managed by the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians, who charge an entrance fee (currently $9) that contributes to the management of the trail area and is well worth the spend. Parking can get tight on weekends and holidays, but there are multiple overflow lots a short hike from the main trailhead.

Description

When combined with Vandeventer Trail, this is a beautiful loop. Start at the Indian Canyon trading post heading south on the Palm Canyon Trail, then head up and east on the Vandeventer Trail onto well-maintained, rolling singletrack through a desert plateau that turns north and back west to descend through the dry Fern Canyon wash and several small palm groves back to the trading post. The start and end of the trail feature 500 feet apiece of moderate climb and descent.

Flora & Fauna

Cactus, sage, and other desert plants abound. Watch for cactus encroaching on the trail — ouch! Saw lots of desert birds but none of the elusive resident mountain lions, coyotes, or bighorn sheep.

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Shared By:

Matthew Irwin

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#208

in California

#1,741

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