Want to spend a day in Palm Springs with kids? This day trip will have you hiking, seeing art, wandering through a botanical garden, visiting a museum, and enjoying gluten-free dining along the way.
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It’s time for day 2 of our fabulous mini road trip to the Palm Springs area. You can read about day 1 here.
Once we were up and dressed, we headed to the Mission Hills Market & Cafe which is located at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa. It opens at 6am, but we didn’t get a start quite that early, it was more like 8am. We picked up a few fresh bakery items, coffee and drinks for the kids and made our way to Joshua Tree National Park for a breakfast picnic and hike at Cottonwood Springs.
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It's amazing that you can live in an area for a number of years and not know that a 15 minute drive from your house is a 4000 acre preserve and around 10 miles of hiking trails within that space.
One afternoon while trying to avoid freeway traffic, my husband suggested we take a back road that uses occasionally, which is not a route I had driven before, however we passed a sign and parking area to the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. As soon as we got home I researched the area, and then arranged to meet with our kids to do a 6 mile hike there that weekend.
I printed out a map from the San Diego Parks & Rec website and we with drinks and snacks in our backpacks set off. This is the route we took.
Map of route via Runkeeper
At the 3 mile mark (halfway through our hike) we arrived at the waterfall. If you are thinking side of a mountain water falling, that is not what you will find here, it's more large rapids and a small drop off as you will see from the photographs below that run through volcanic rock. Our hike took us along one side of the creek, we crossed over at the waterfall and then returned to the parking lot on the other side of the creek.
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