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blue Palm Canyon Alternate Trail

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1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer point to point
88% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 303' 92 m
Descent: -47' -14 m
High: 1,138' 347 m
Low: 847' 258 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by Joan Pendleton

An alternative route to the middle section (Palm Canyon Loop parking area to stream crossing) of the Palm Canyon Trail.

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Description

The Palm Canyon Alternate Trail starts at a parking area at the end of the Palm Canyon Campground. The Palm Canyon Alternate Trail trailhead can be found at the southwest corner of this parking area.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Brittlebush (yellow flowers), Parish's poppies (yellow), desert dandelions (light yellow), ocotillos, creosote (yellow flowers), common phacelia (little blue flowers), and other flowering plants. Cholla cacti (green blooms), beavertail cacti (magenta blooms), and barrel cacti (dark yellow bloom).

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