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Palm Springs

The Palm Canyon trail near Palm Springs is dotted with more than 2,500 palms, owned by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, and open to day hikers, who pay $6 each for adults. (Christopher Reynolds / LAT)
The trail’s dominant foliage is the California Fan Palm - a native to the area, unlike most of the other palms now found in California. (Christopher Reynolds / LAT)
The Palm Canyon Trail is 15 miles long, but most hikers stick to the first few miles, and most of the palms turn up within the first mile. (Christopher Reynolds / LAT)
From the palm-shaded canyons of the Coachella Valley, the Palm Canyon Trail climbs to higher, broader, drier ground. (Christopher Reynolds / LAT)