Thursday, January 06, 2011

Hiking Andreas & Murray Canyon Trail - Palm Springs, CA

This Thursday, we hiked the Andreas and Murray Canyon Trails at the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation. This is the first time Gordie and I hiked at the Indian Canyons in Palm Springs. There was an admission fee of $7 per person to get in, however, it was well worth it!

The Andreas Canyon was our first trail we hiked. It was an easy one mile round trip that felt more like a nature walk then an actual hike. We enjoyed the unique rock formations, the lush palm groves and the stream running alongside the trail. It's a beautiful oasis and perfect for taking pictures!

After the Andreas Canyon Trail we hiked the Murray Canyon. This hike was an easy 4 1/2 mile round trip. It was just as beautiful as the Andreas Canyon Trail. There was only one concern however, crossing the stream without slipping on the wet rocks. We gingerly crossed the fast flowing stream 14 times then had to do it again going back! Jim mentioned the only exercise he got out of this hike was the adrenaline rush! LOL!

One of the Seven Sister waterfalls. Click on above image to view more pictures.

The trail weaves in and out of a stream lined with palms to reach a series of seasonal waterfalls known as the Seven Sisters. To get to the end of the trail, it took a lot of rock scrambling to cross the stream 14 times.

 A map of our trek from one of Gordie's iPhone apps.
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Murray Canyon was just as beautiful as the Andreas Canyon Trail. Both hikes totaled 5.5 miles and took us 3 hours to finish. Watch the above video and see the beautiful scenery. We are definitely going back for more hikes at the Indian Canyons. We loved the hike!


Jennifer said...

HAve you all ever done letterboxing or geocaching when you are out on your hikes? If you don't know what they are, they are little boxes hidden in random places all over the world and you follow clues to find them. There are quite a few in the Palm Springs area. It's like a treasure hunt. There are lots of them located on some of the various trail you all have hiked.

Desertnut said...

I'm familiar with geocaching, my stepson and daughter-in-law love it. They tried to get hubby and me to try it. We got as far as installing a geocaching App on our iPhone, but we haven't tried it yet. I never heard of the letterboxing though. I know once we try it, we will get hooked. It sounds like a lot of fun.