One of my favorite hikes is up Millcreek Canyon. Make a right-hand turn at the Terraces picnic area and follow the steep, windy road up to the parking lot. The trail is mostly in the shade and crisscrosses a creek several times. I love this hike for its steady but not overly steep incline.
This morning on the trail we saw a young deer standing on the trail only 50 feet ahead of us. Unfortunately, I couldn't get my camera out fast enough to attempt to snap a shot. Later in the summer this trail will have tons of butterflies and dragonflies. It's quite delightful!
This photo above doesn't give you the right perspective but this spot is a lush, green (and quite deep) gully that you come across about 3 miles up the trail. It is hard to believe that you are in the desert because it looks much more like you've landed somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.