7.4 Mile Round-Trip Hike In Chino Canyon Palm Springs

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palm springs aerial tramway vintage car

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palm springs aerial tramway oasis

Early this morning I took a hike from the Palm Springs Visitor Center, on Palm Canyon Drive, to the Aerial Tram Valley Station, located in Chino Canyon.

The hike is approximately 3.7 miles and very steep and strenuous. The Tram station, where the tram cars depart, is 2,643 feet above the desert floor.

Along the way, I passed about a dozen walkers, hikers, joggers and bicycle riders, either on the way up or on the way down, ranging in age from their 20s to their 80s. The hike is along a paved pedestrian lane, next to the two lane Tram Way road. It took me about 1-1/2 hours going up and about 1 hour coming down. The entire trip was a little over 2-1/2 hours, plus a 15 minute break at the Tram Station.

My grandparents lived in Chino Canyon, and as a kid I used to hike to the Tram Station with my grandfather. Only we didn’t take the paved road. We hiked over rocks and sand and boulders, and through the oasis, to reach our destination.

If you love the mountains and walking and hiking, like I do, you won’t find a better place to live and keep fit than Chino Canyon, Palm Springs. Above are a few photos I took during my hike.