After my 4 hours to kill in Palm Springs day, which I might add turned into a pleasant few hours, the next day was our last hours before we flew back to Australia. We decided we would spend this time stretching our legs on one of the hiking trails.
Tahquitz Canyon Trail Visitors Centre
Tahquitz Canyon hiking trail was the best choice for the day, access from Tahquitz Canyon Visitor Centre 500 W Mesquite Palm Springs. After paying the entry fee we were off, I do recommend you sit down for a few minutes and read the guide we didn’t and after returning to our accommodation we discovered we had actually missed some interesting ‘locations of interest’ however it was a last minute decision and this was the end result.
The air was cool and the canyon was in deep shadow looking up on our left we could see the overhanging boulders where we took photos a few days earlier at Josie Johnston Vista Park. This place has a mystic feel about it and according to the walking guide the entrance to the Tahquitz Canyon was named more than 3,000 years ago by Evonganet “Great Chief” of the Cahuilla. The legend associated with this location is quite fascinating and one worth researching before the hike.
If only these rocks could talk…
When walking along this trail you have an over whelming feeling that every rock and boulder could tell their own story. If only these rocks could talk what stories they could tell.
And they do! One in particular along the trail stood out, ‘The Foxes Dress’ the legend tells of a young maiden who had the power to turn herself into the rock that bears her name.
If I had taken the time to read the information before I started the walk I could have immersed myself in its contours and thought of the story about this young maiden, who she was and why she would want to transform herself into a large boulder.
Tahquitz Falls (water falling down)
The highlight of this walking trail is the Tahquitz Falls a beautiful location which probably hasn’t changed for thousands of years. If the Tahquitz Falls could talk what stories they could tell past and present. Everyone is eager to take photos at this site and we weren’t any different.
Hold onto your reading glasses not the camera- good travel advice
If anyone asks you to take a photo of them anywhere… and you wear glasses make sure you wear one of those ‘stringy thingy’ around you neck to stop you losing them.
This happened to my boss, someone asked if he would take their photo while they stood in front of the Tahquitz Falls, he took hold of the camera looked down at the lens settings and his glasses headed south into the fast flowing water never to be seen again.
It was quite a sight to behold, hikers searching down stream for a pair of reading glasses and Gary with his hands and arms in the cold water hoping by some miracle these weren’t the new designer glasses that are lighter than air and they were at the bottom. But alas they had gone forever.
Best advice for the Tahquitz Canyon trail
My best advice if you are visiting the Tahquitz Canyon Visitors Center and you are walking the trail please take note of the following;
- Take a moment to read the information brochure and familiarize yourself with the ‘locations of interests’ and then take the trail, looking for these sites will only enrich your experience and appreciation on the day.
- Ranger-led interpretive hike is also a great option, guided tours are usually much more interesting and interactive and so rich in additional information and stories that are never documented in official literature and I am sure this will be the case!
I just loved Palm Springs.. hope to come back for a visit soon.