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miss from Los Angeles asked

What to do in palm springs in November?

Hi there...My husband and I will be spending 2 nights at the ritz carlton..

It seems like it just got too cold to spend the day at the pool....what other things do you recommend we do while there?

We are very active healthy young individuals, enjoy nice wine and food but we don't eat meat and shopping sprees  at the outlets are not a priority for us.

Thanks so much!

Palm Springs (California)

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answered by
Gary from San Diego

We have a Mid-Century vacation home in the heart of Palm Springs and we love to visit in the fall. The weather cools down and the streets and shops start to get the feeling of the holidays. It also means we can go hiking again! There are so many great trails, the mountains from north Palm Springs all the way down to slot canyon hikes near the Salton Sea. One of my favorite hikes is the South Lykken Trail I from either the end of Ramon Rd or starting at the Palm Springs Art Museum parking lot. It arches across the west ridge above the city with amazing views of the Coachella Valley. Look for chuckwalla lizards sunbathing along the way.

There's also a great slot canyon hike further south near Mecca Hills Wilderness that descends below the desert surface. Read more about it here.

To the east hike the McCallum Trail, a palm oasis that sits on the San Andreas fault. It's a short, but very unique hike into a natural palm canyon oasis, one of only a few in existence.

For more hiking ideas close to Rancho Mirage (near the Ritz) check out this book. It's full of many easy to challenging hikes. Pack a lunch or pick up some to-go picnic food from Trader Joe's or Whole Foods Market and make a day of it.

And who says you can't hike with with wine? Visit Total Wine & More or Jensen's Finest Foods for their wine tastings (Check the Saturday tasting schedule at Jensen's) and stock up on some hard to find bottles.

Cheers, and enjoy the autumn desert!

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The areal tram is great!  And plenty of hikes in the area.

Tahquitz Canyon Loop Trail. ...Andreas Canyon Trail. ...Indian Canyons Preserve – Murray Canyon Trail. ...Bear Creek Canyon Trail. ...Coachella Valley Preserve. ...Big Morongo Canyon Trail. ...

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answered by
Jake from Los Angeles

You might still get pool time, November can be 70s and 80s during the day though the temperature drops quickly after sunset.

A short walk from the The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage are the easy Chuckwalla Loop, Roadrunner and Jackrabbit trails. 

There are miles of rigorous hikes from Palm Springs to Palm Desert. The landscape between Mt San Jacinto and Cactus Spring is diverse, from desert oasis to desert chaparral and pine forests at higher elevations. 

Or just chill out at the hotel!

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