Eagle Canyon has quickly become my favorite place to hike in Palm Springs.
How to get there: 111 (Palm Canyon) to just past Gene Autry Trail (past the VONs supermarket); first right turn after the supermarket. There is ample parking. Walk up the obvious jeep path, walk around the gate, and just keep going up. The first part is pretty steep, then it opens up to take your pick of lots of different "goat trail" (single tracks for the mt bikers) - go up to Murray Peak, or down to the wash and palm oasis. It can be as long as day as you want. Take lots of water.
First time out, my buddy Diane Sherman was leading the hike. I paid no attention since she was in charge. We had a great time. Her doggie, Elliot, was the star of the day, and actually ran back and nipped at our heels if we were slowing down.
First time around, we started down to the wash with this sign as our guide --- Clara Burgess would lead to Murray Peak, Jane's Hoffbrau leads down to the wash and palm oasis.
I have been back 2 more times.I have never seen this sign again. Our group got down into the wash but didn't remember how far to go or how we got in or out the first time, so we basically hiked in, walked around, and retraced our steps sort of, and got back up to the main trail.
The third time, today, with 2 of my Mission Hills buddies Suzan and Jackie, we found a good trail down to the Jane's Hoffbrau sign and Palm Oasis. When we got to the bottom, we looked around for a little shade and found this outstanding crevice and rocks to climb (see photo below). I hadn't seen this on either prior hike. Then we walked through the wash until we came to more of a boulder field than we wanted to tackle in the heat of the day. Suzan was feeling the vortex, so Jackie and I tried our best to be silent and let Suzan meditate and feel the energy. Then, we turned around, found our reentry to the Palm Oasis having made note of the obvious angled palm tree (otherwise the route is not too obvious), and followed the same path up to the main trail. We were going to so some of the higher goat trails that wind around and upwards but we had already been out close to 3 hours and heading out for breakfast seemed a better choice.
Here is a photo journal of today's hike (2/15).
This is the well marked cut off to the left off the main trail. It winds down to the wash and Jane's Hoffbrau (and horse tie up area).
Jackie and Suzan get to the wash.
We turned right and there was this awesome rock pile and crevices. We spent quite a while exploring and climbing the rocks.
Then we headed out in the wash. The horse hook up lines are right in this area of the palm oasis.
After walking the wash for maybe 10 minutes, we hopped up onto this platform to get a better view and it was magical. Look at the variety of rock formations in these 2 shots. This was Suzan's vortex, so we hung here for awhile. We were pondering continuing a little more through the wash but if you look at the second shot here you'll see that boulder field. We decided to skip that adventure and head back.
We had taken note of this angled palm trunk, and also placed some rocks on the flat rocks to mark our exit from the wash.
And, there you have it.
This is Jackie, Suzan, and me -- and will you look at that - I am the TALL ONE!!
If you're still reading, here are a few extra shots of the textures and life of the canyon.