Murray Canyon Trail to Seven Falls

EASY
#14 of 114 trails in San Bernardino National Forest
Murray Canyon Trail to Seven Falls is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Palm Springs, CA that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible from October until March. Horses are also able to use this trail.

4.0 miles 541 feet Out & Back
kid friendly hiking horseback riding views no dogs
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Betty Mailhiot
2 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

It was a beautiful hike, hot day, so nice to hear running creeks. Quite a few hikers.
Would do it again. Very picturesque!

Marisol Marisol Veny
2 months ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

Marisol Marisol Veny
2 months ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

Jeffrey Sinder
3 months ago

41 Completed9 Reviews

Nicole Nordenstrom
3 months ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

Hike was good, moderate workout. But a little over populated.

Dana Altier
4 months ago

7 Completed8 Reviews

Scenic trail in the desert. The first part of the trail is very exposed. However, once you reach the canyon, you are surrounded by palms trees and towering boulders. You follow along a stream, crossing it repeatedly on slippery rocks. The falls at the end offer a great picture spot.

Stuart Z
5 months ago

62 Completed44 Reviews

Gorgeous hike along a running river, surrounded by colorful canyons and palm trees. Really mesmerized by the esoteric feeling this canyon brings. $9 to enter the reservation. Worth it.

R D.
6 months ago

R D.
6 months ago

Fantastic hike! Very scenic and not too steep.

Cheryl O.
1 year ago

Very nice moderate hike through the canyon. I love the towering palms surrounding the stream, the boulders and the bushes. There is small waterfalls at the end. Beautiful!

Michael Sipes
1 year ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

This is a scenic easy trail in true desert oasis. Many Palm and wonderful creek. Great rocks and vistas. Our 2nd time was just as enjoyable as first. You do an entrance fee to get into the Indian reservation. $9.00 per.

Giselle O'Reilly
2 years ago

15 Completed16 Reviews

I absolutely loved this trail. The stream was higher than normal due to recent rains, and it was impossible to make the 16 crossings each way without getting my feet wet (or my shins!) but that joust made the hike super-fun. I would not want to do this hike if it is warmer that 85F. The waterfall at the end was the perfect spot for some pictures. Hiking poles are definitely recommended!

Ah Poozi
2 years ago

184 Completed56 Reviews

This is a beautiful place. A true oasis in the desert.

Carlos Abrille
2 years ago

1117 Completed427 Reviews

Weather forecast for today being June 29 was expected at 117 degrees!! This is serious if not dangerous, Arrived early when the place opened at 8am but unfortunately was already over 90 outside. With a struck of luck the clouds covered the sky for a duration of 3 hours, ended up hiking more trails and by noon completed three trails and was out of there. Come 2pm it was 119 degrees, sure am glad was not hiking that late. Note that the first 3/4 mile hike on this trail, you're sure to broil in the sun like a potato. So as always! never under estimate the Desert, bring more than enough water, use sunscreen and a hat...Lol

Stephanie Magnien Rockwell
3 years ago

19 Completed9 Reviews

Really nice hike. For the first half mile you hike in the open desert before getting into the canyon where you spend the rest of the hike. The entire canyon is a beautiful palm oasis; a small waterfall greets you at the end. The hike has very little elevation gain. I recommend getting here right at 8am when the park opens to beat the heat. It's too bad it doesn't open earlier.

Emily Bonham
3 years ago

50 Completed14 Reviews

Gorgeous hike and worth the $$ if you are not from the area. Probably wasn't the best idea to do this at noon on a 90 degree plus day when my pale skin has not seen the light of day since last August (I live in salt lake city), but the palms and jurasic park like scenery was astoundingly beautiful. Oodles of colorful and multi sized lizards!!

Phil Clark
3 years ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

First thing to know there is a FEE to get into the hiking area - $9 per adult. This was the only negative we discovered on our outing.

It had rained the day before so the day was broken clouds, about 70 degrees, and an excellent day for a hike.

Trails were well marked, easy to follow, and a lovely mix of desert and lush, sand and water.

If it wasn't for the fee I wold be back here hiking every weekend as there are many trails to explore and lots of places for a wonderful picnic and bottle of wine.

John Kershaw III
3 years ago

22 Completed16 Reviews

My girlfriend and I did this hike today with another couple. There was lots of water, and the threat of rain throughout the day, but never came. The canyon is very beautiful, well marked and free of any trash. I particularly liked the way the trail crossed over the river many times up to the water falls. This is my favorite hike in the Indian Canyons.

Ashley Dunphy
4 years ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Murray Canyon is a stunning hike, but not easy, and I think it is actually about 6 miles round trip. You first must walk through the desert for about a mile or so before you enter into the canyon, so be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat! Once you're in te canyon though, it is pretty shaded. Many dead palm fronds litter the canyon floor, but the trail is clear and the water is beautiful. Not as many people are ever on this trail.
There isn't much room at the end of the trail to sit with a large group of people or to have a picnic. But there are picnic benches at the trail head.
Many of the palms do show burn marks, but this is due to a few reasons: there probably was a fire back there a while ago, but also the Native Agua Caliente, Cahuilla people once used fire to manage the land and help with regrowth and the dead underbrush.

Melissa T
4 years ago

29 Completed7 Reviews

Really nice trail. A few crossings over the stream back and forth. The pool at the base of the waterfall was nice and cool, though not very large or deep. Deep enough to cool off in before heading back :) Not much room at the waterfall either, so not ideal to have a picnic lunch there when you reach it. I noticed a lot of the palm trees were burnt along the way. I remember reading somewhere that there was a fire in the canyon caused by some kids. Aside from some of the palm trees being burnt, the canyon is still full of life. You are in the shade half of the time which makes it nice because it gets really hot out there in spring and summer! Bring lots of water.