I did several hikes in the Indian Canyons area during my four week stay in Palm Springs. It is quite close to downtown and easy to get to. You do have to pay an admission when entering the area. A map is provided. I hiked the easy Andreas Canyon loop, the longer Murray Canyon loop (One of my favorites!), the Palm Canyon/Victor loop, and about half the very steep Maynard Mine trail. As you will see from the map you will get, many of the trails intersect so you can create your own shorter or longer hike as you want.