Julie hiking Canyon View Trail Julie hiking Canyon View Trail

Julie and I explored more up valley to the north today, starting with the Canyon View Trail outside of Palm Springs.

The trail is part of the Whitewater Preserve, a small oasis in an otherwise desolate canyon.

Brittlebush flower Brittlebush flower

Desolate is probably too harsh a word as the west slopes and ridges were full of green with wildflowers emerging. Most abundant are the daisy like brittlebush flowers, with scatterings of California poppy.

PCT sign PCT sign

For a brief period the trail overlaps with the PCT. We found ourselves wondering if this is a likely time to see thru hikers working their way through Southern California.