Pushawalla Palms Trail: Feb 2019

Updated: Mar 6

Hike Distance: 3.4 miles


Pushawalla Palms Trail is located in the Indio Hills of the 17,000 acre Coachella Valley Preserve Area, home to the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard and the spectacular Thousand Palm Oasis.

Hiking Pushawalla Palm trail during the 2019 Superbloom in Coachella Valley Preserve area

There is interesting geology in this area but the focus of today's hike was to be on the wild flowers in full bloom along the trail.

Palm tree along Pushawalla Palms trail in Coachella Valley Preserve area
Hiking along the ridge of Pushawalla Palm trail in Coachella Valley Preserve area
Pushawalla wash and Little San Berbardino Mountains along Pushawalla Palms trail in Coachella Valley Preserve area

Desert gold, also known as the desert sunflower, lined the entire trail. These desert annuals grow, flower, produce seeds and then die. The seeds lie dormant until winter and spring rains provide favorable conditions for growth.

Desert sunflower or desert gold wildflowers along Pushawalla Palms trail in Coachella Valley Preserve area

The desert dandelion, a member of the sunflower family, grows 6 to 14 inches high. It's amazing how back home in New England these weeds are pulled from yards but in the desert we appreciate their beauty.

Desert dandelions along Pushawalla Palms trail in Coachella Valley Preserve area
Desert dandelions along Pushawalla Palms trail in Coachella Valley Preserve area
Desert dandelions along Pushawalla Palms trail in Coachella Valley Preserve area

A few views of wild flowers growing along the trail.

The delicate pedals of the desert chicory are found throughout the southwestern deserts of the US. The edges of the petals look like combs.

Desert chicory along Pushawalla Palms trail in Coachella Valley Preserve area
Desert chicory and notch leaf scorpion weed  along Pushawalla Palms trail in Coachella Valley Preserve area

Desert sand verbena produce large, dense clumps of pink/purple flowers. The flowers appears as a mat that can grow up to 20 inches across after winter rain. Both stems and leaves of the desert sand verbena grow close to the ground and are often partly obscured by grass or sand.

Clumps of pink and purple desert sand verbena along Pushawalla Palms trail in Coachella Valley Preserve area
Clumps of pink and purple desert sand verbena along Pushawalla Palms trail in Coachella Valley Preserve area

Purple desert lupine lined many sections of the trail.

Desert lupine along Pushawalla Palms trail in Coachella Valley Preserve area

Delicate brown-eyed primrose grow in among other annuals in the sandy washes.

Delicate brown-eyed primrose along Pushawalla Palms trail in Coachella Valley Preserve area
Delicate brown-eyed primrose and desert dandelion along Pushawalla Palms trail in Coachella Valley Preserve area

It was a quick 3 mile hike but well worth it to see the beginning of the 2019 Superbloom.


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