Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
610.00 ft (185.93 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
3.75 mi (6.04 km)
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The Murray Canyon hike lies within the Agua Caliente Indian Canyons tribal area, covering a 3.75 mile round trip distance from the exposed hillside into the palm-lined canyon before ending at Seven Sisters Falls inside the canyon.

The trail reaches the canyon after about two-thirds of a mile, at which point there will be a little bit of shade and possibly a cool breeze depending on the time of day. While the first portion of the trail follows gradually rolling terrain and is pretty easy, once the trail enters the canyon it begins to trace a rocky contour along the creek, with lots of climbing and dropping and numerous creek crossings, making it more strenuous. 

The creek flow depends on seasonal conditions. With moderate flow that might require leaping across rocks or balancing on makeshift log bridges to cross earlier in the year, to being nearly completely dry with no pools or flow whatsoever later in the summer.

The destination is Seven Sisters Falls, which aren't accessible, but can be viewed from a short distance. The falls cascade down a series of stone faces into calm pools, some with palms growing from them, at a steep narrows in the canyon.

To reach the trailhead, drive into the Andreas Canyon parking area, follow the dirt road left as it passes through the picnic area and ends in a dirt parking lot beside a trailhead sign.

Hikers entering this trail are required by tribal rules to carry 48 ounces of water with them.

The area is susceptible to flash flooding, make sure to check weather conditions before attempting this hike.

All hikers are subject to Indian Canyons tribal rules, including admission fees and open hours (8am-5pm daily September-June, 8am-5pm July-August).

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Winter
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Day use parking fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Desert landscape.

Cons

Hot. Limited hours. Dry.

Trailhead Elevation

800.00 ft (243.84 m)

Highest point

1,145.00 ft (349.00 m)

Features

Vault toilet
Near lake or river
Waterfalls
Horseback riding
Big vistas

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Horseback

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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