Palm Canyon Alternate Trail
ElevationAscent: 303' 92 m
Descent: -47' -14 m
High: 1,138' 347 m
Low: 847' 258 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“An alternative route to the middle section (Palm Canyon Loop parking area to stream crossing) of the Palm Canyon Trail.”— Joan Pendleton
Palm Canyon Alternate Trail is a rock strewn, sandy trail, with a brush covered steep hillside (canyon "wall") rising to the left of the trail. The canyon is wide here, and the area to the right of the trail is relatively flat. One can look back down the canyon, and see the desert plains far into the distance. Here, the desert is covered with low vegetation - a lot of yellow flowered brittlebush and orange-tipped ocotillos in the spring. Green flowering cholla cacti, magenta flowering beavertail cacti, and barrel cacti are also sprinkled around.
After a little over a mile, Palm Canyon Alternate Trail ends at the Palm Canyon Trail.
Land Manager: California State Parks - Colorado Desert District