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
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
|Rocky Desert Formation with Oasis to the Left
|Barren Desert Hills Behind the Oasis
|Me in the Oasis
|Me with a Large Barrel Cactus
|Interesting Rock Formation Backdropping the Palm Trees