On Friday the 19th, fellow local historian Phil Brigandi and I hiked Dead Indian Canyon just south of Palm Desert. This was one of the old Indian trails that led to the Santa Rosa Mountains. Discussed in Desert Magazine by Randall Henderson (April 1938), it has a palm oasis in it that is hard to get to but definitely scenic. The Seven-Level Hill switchbacks near it (the series of switchbacks on the Pines-to-Palms Highway) was created when the road was built in 1929-1932. Most of the accounts have the road going down either in or near Dead Indian Canyon. I'm sure it was supposed to be near it (as it is), since getting a paved road through here would have been challenging, to say the least!
The palm oasis in Dead Indian Canyon