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“Very hot hike, but worth it”
Review of Tahquitz Canyon

Tahquitz Canyon
Ranked #11 of 93 things to do in Palm Springs
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

This is not a difficult hike at all. It’s only about a two mile round trip loop, with maybe 200 feet of elevation change (mostly just very tall steps). However, if you start this hike in the afternoon, it will be extremely hot; signs in the visitor center actually REQUIRE every person taking the hike to carry at least one bottle of water. It may just be a way for them to sell more bottles of water, but it’s also a good idea. A sun hat and a trekking pole are helpful as well.

At the end of the hike, you are rewarded with a pretty little waterfall dropping into a pool of water. Every new arrival has to take his or her shoes off and go wading- the water is icy cold, and feels wonderful after the hike. Definitely worth it.

Be sure to pick up a coupon at the Visitor Center for $2.50 off of the normal $12.50 entrance fee. Also, bring a towel so you can dry your feet, or wear water sandals.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

We took this hike in the afternoon as it was not a very hot day. Otherwise, you should start in the morning as this hike is moderately difficulty and you don't want to be doing this when it is too hot. It takes about 1 1/2 hours to finish it if you put in some time for picture taking and rest at the waterfall. There were lots of stone steps to climb as you are going up to the top. The waterfall was very beautiful and there is great scenery along the way. We also saw a family of mountain goats grazing on the mountain. It is definitively a great thing to do when visiting this area.

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank Kathy A
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

Again we had visitors that like to hike so we planned to go to Indian Canyons but our time was limited and the park guide suggested we try this hike. Be sure to get there before 3:30 so you can walk the entire way. You will be rewarded with a beautiful waterfall (in season) and a great place to just sit and enjoy nature. The climb can be challenging with many steps so be sure you hike with those that can climb easily. I think this is a must see but be sure you go in the winter/spring to enjoy the falls.

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank babtek
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Had the chance to hike this well beaten path up to a waterfall. Sort of explains why people thought they could survive out in the desert. Great views of Palm Springs and a nice little waterfall to cool off with at the top.

The trail is on either side of the ‘creek’ so it’s basically a loop. The admission is steep for a family of 7 ($55 USD) but it’s private indigenous land so you get the drill.

Allow a couple hours for the full experience. Water and sunscreen are sold on site but it’s a rip off so make sure you bring your own. You’re in a desert so you should always have it but I witnessed multitudes of simpletons purchasing overpriced mini tubes of banana Boat. Good for the vendor I suppose.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

Stop at the Palm Springs Visitor's to get $2.00 off the $12.50 entrance fee. The person at the visitor's center almost scared us off by saying this was a moderately difficult hike. Maybe because we are older, she wanted to warn us. My husband and I are both 73 and in fairly good condition and had no problems at all. It took us about and hour and a half at most. There are lots of stone steps, but nothing very steep or difficult and if you watch your step and don't get careless, you'll enjoy it. It's a beautiful circle loop hike to a pretty waterfall. The trail at the top of Mt. San Jacinto was much harder because of the altitude and the steep switchback concrete walk down to the trails and then back up to the parking lot. We plan to do both again next year, God willing.

Date of experience: February 2018
5  Thank terrio3
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