Palm Canyon Trail

Palm Canyon Trail

Trail Distance: 3 Miles
Best time to hike:All Year
Directions:Head to the end of Palm Canyon Drive where the ranger station is then go all the way to the end.
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Palm Canyon Trail

This trail winds a-long a small river that varies in depth with the rainfall. Sometimes it is mostly dry. The trail starts flat and gets steeper as you continue into the canyon. Further into the canyon there is more and more huge boulders and it becomes steeper. Depending on how much water is in the river there are waterfalls and pools with frogs and wildlife all along the trail. Last time I was there I met some people who had seen bighorn sheep just a few minutes earlier and showed me the pictures. There is plenty of wildlife to see. This trail is popular and can get kinda crowded sometimes. In the spring the desert flowers are in bloom, so that is an added bonus. At the end is an odd stand of 40 ft palm trees that is where the canyon gets it’s name. The palm stand is interesting to see as it is out of place and a welcome shady rest point.
Maria G.

“I’m not sure why the apparent difference in pricing from the previous review, but I was there in late December 2014, and the cost to park in the campgrounds at the Palm Canyon trailhead, was $8.00 for the car, not per person. The trail is fairly easy until you get close to the palm oasis, where you’ll start scrambling over rocks and boulders. The thing that can make this hike special, is the possibility of seeing Bighorn Sheep. About two thirds of the way back down the trail, a group of about 6 of the sheep darted right across the trail behind me and then scampered up the adjoining mountain. This was purely a matter of being in the right place at the right time.”

AdamSan Diego ,Ca

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Great beginner hike in the desert
Summer heat is the only thing I'd avoid on this one. I've been hiking here since I was 3, when the walk to the palm oasis seemed like an oddysey. Now its barely a warm up. More advanced hikers can scramble past the oasis and explore upcanyon too. Really advanced hikers can try for IndianHead peak, which makes it more of a mountaineering/navigation thing. This is a wonderful place for wildflowers in spring, solitude in fall, and even backpacking (far past the palm oasis).
September 12, 2013, 4:46 pm
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David Hay

by David Hay

An Aussie transplant living in San Diego. I've chosen to live in this fair city for the past seven years because I truly believe it's one of the best in the world; there's no better city to enjoy sunshine and the outdoors.