This Secret Swimming Hole In California's Coachella Valley Is The Ultimate Desert Oasis
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the jungle!
Everybody knows about Coachella the festival, but what about Coachella’s secret swimming hole? This gorgeous oasis isn’t what you’d expect to find in the middle of the desert. The Seven Sisters Waterfall hike is the ultimate hidden gem!
This scenic trail will lead you through a thick grove of shaggy palm trees. You’ll have to walk over stepping stones and cross trickling streams near beautiful little waterfalls.
Entry to the trail costs $9 per person. Since the falls are seasonal, the best time to go is mid-winter through spring when there's snow runoff from the nearby mountains. Don’t worry - it will still be hot in Palm Springs. Depending on your pace, you can reach the falls in an hour to an hour and a half.
This desert oasis is located in the Murray Canyon Trail near Palm Springs. To get there, you'll drive south past downtown Palm Springs on Palm Canyon Drive. Pass Moorten Botanical Garden and keep your eyes open for a toll booth. You'll turn right there.
The hike to the falls is 4.2 miles roundtrip. You’ll start out on a flat sand trail that leads you uphill through a shaded grove and lots of rocks. The area is hot and windy, so make sure to bring sunglasses and a light jacket to wear.
Even though there's an oasis, this is a desert hike. Make sure to pack plenty of water, snacks, and wear sunscreen. Stay cool out there!
Make sure to pack your swimsuit and camera too. Chances are, you'll want to take plenty of pictures. Everything is gorgeous here!
At the end of the trail, you’ll reach your reward. This swimming hole has a waterfall cascading into it and you’ll be surrounded by lush, tall palm trees.
It’s the perfect spot to cool down after your long hike! You don’t have to wait till next summer to enjoy this hidden gem. The Seven Sisters Falls are a must-see for anyone visiting Palm Springs.
Seven Sisters Waterfalls: Murray Canyon Trail, Palm Springs
Location: Murray Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Price: $9 per adult
Hours: Spring-Summer 8 am to 6 pm, Fall and winter 8 am to 5 pm
Why you should go: The Seven Sisters Waterfalls are the perfect desert oasis! You can swim in a secret swimming hole surrounded by massive, shaggy palm trees.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.