Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Andreas Canyon Oasis

Indian Canyons, Palm Springs
Riverside Co, California

Total Time: 0:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 1.0 miles
Level of Difficulty: Very easy
Level of Recommendation: Highly Recommended
Points of Interest: Lush Desert Oasis
Pros: Amazing scenery and views
Cons: Trail is too short, but there are other longer trails here

Hiking Trails:
Andreas Canyon Trail

This is more of a nature walk then a hike. Although there are some longer real hikes in the area, we were short on time and just had a few minutes to spend here, so this was the perfect-sized walk to see the area and explore the natural oasis.

Located just minutes from Palm Springs, the Indian Canyons feature several streams flowing down from the mountains into the desert with a lush setting in the otherwise barren desert. The most prominent of all plant life along the stream in the California Fan Palm, which snakes along the canyon as the stream goes by.

Andreas Canyon is one of the shorter loop hikes in the area, and it snakes along the stream before turning around going through the desert scrub back to the parking area.

Map of the Route

Palm Trees Contrasting the Barren Rocks

Palm Trees in the Desert

California Fan Palms

Rocky Desert Formation with Oasis to the Left

Barren Desert Hills Behind the Oasis

Barren Desert 

Me in the Oasis

Me with a Large Barrel Cactus

Interesting Rock Formation Backdropping the Palm Trees

Majestic California Fan Palms in the Desert Oasis

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