TRAIL DESCRIPTION

The Tahquitz Canyon Trail is a two mile loop trail which leads to Tahquitz Falls and back. From the Visitor Center to the falls you will be gaining 350 feet in elevation. The trail is steep and rocky with many rock steps to climb. You must have good balance and be able to climb up and down rock steps that may be as high as 12 - 15 inches.


Hiking Tips

This canyon has very little shade, no restroom facilities, and no water fountains. Hikers must dress appropriately for the weather conditions, protect themselves from the sun, carry water, and wear hiking boots or sneakers. Those with leather sole shoes, high heels, or flip flops may not be allowed on the trail.


Canyon Regulations

Tahquitz Canyon is open for you to enjoy its power and serenity. For your safety and the enjoyment of all visitors, please abide by the following regulations:

  • No Hiking off trail.
    Stay on designated trails only.
  • No climbing above falls.
  • No swimming.
  • No Alcoholic beverages.
  • No smoking.
  • Commercial photography by permit only.
  • No climbing rocks.
  • No loud noise or music.
  • No fires.
  • No littering.
  • No pets.
  • No firearms, explosives, or fireworks.
  • Do not disturb, mutilate, deface, or remove any plants, natural or cultural objects.
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LOCATIONS OF INTEREST DESCRIPTION
  1. Kak wa wit (Mouth of the Canyon) Entrance to Tahquitz Canyon. Named over 3000 years ago by Evonganet "Great Chief" of the Cahuilla people.

  2. Mi as kalet (A Grey Top) A large, white-tipped rock standing in the middle at the mouth of Tahquitz Canyon. Named by Ca wis ke on ca, leader of the Fox Tribe, who first settled here.

  3. Sacred Rock One of the oldest Cahuilla village sites. Rock art, bedrock mortars mark this sacred place. Artifacts found here date back 1000-1600 years ago.

  4. Cow is ic ela (The Fox's Dress) A large rock sits on a huge boulder. Legend tells of many a young maiden who had the power to turn herself into that rock that bears her name.

  5. Tong wen neval (Place of Wasted Mescal) Remnants of the Lebacho - Tahquitz Creek Ditch mark this area. Originally built in 1830 by the Cahuilla to bring water from the canyon to the village for drinking and irrigation.

  6. U.S. Geological Survey Gaging Station Built in 1947 by the USGS is still being monitored today.

  7. Tahquitz Falls (Water Falling Down) Originally named Pal hani kalet by Ca wis ke on ca, leader of the Fox Tribe who first settled here over 2,000 years ago. This is a place of power. When you enter you are tired and weak, when you leave you are rejuvenated and energized.

  8. Lookout Rock of Kak wa wit (Sound of Boiling Water) This overlooks the village of Sek hi.

  9. Cock wo wit (Piled Boulders) An ancient rock shelter where the oldest artifacts were found dating over 2000 years ago.
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