I love it when branches form these little arches, very Hansel and Gretel. This is very nerdy, but I can see an illustration of the left image for a cover of a book. The second half of the hike higher in elevation so you had a pretty grand view of the mountains around you.
The loop takes you around this canyon and group of palms. There are more hikes in this area called Indian Canyon which is only 10 minutes from downtown. We hope to check them out next time.