Murray Canyon

Murray Canyon is one of a number of spring-fed, oases-filled canyons in the Indian Canyon area south of Palm Springs. This region of shallow, narrow gorges is fed by springs from high up on the Desert Divide, which supports lush, cool micro-ecosystems. Distance: 6 Miles Elevation Gained: 500' Difficulty: Easy Time: 2:15 Critters: Rabbits, lizards …

Relict Species: California Fan Palm

Relict, n: a remnant or survivor.Species, n: a distinct sort or kindWashingtonia filifera               While you wouldn’t know it based on urban development together with beautifully manicured and shady trees throughout the city and suburbs, Los Angeles and San Diego were once largely treeless. The wide, rolling coastal plains were covered by grasses and …

Mountain Palm Springs

Not to be confused with the far more fabulous Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley, this series of palm-studded oasis features a moderate meandering through several California fan palm groves, a campground, and a rare grove of the bizarre elephant tree, also known as "torote" in Spanish.Distance: 2.5 MilesElevation Gained: 500'Difficulty: EasyTime: 1:30Critters: All kinds …