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Hikers fear land swap plan could limit access to trails

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A proposed land swap between the federal government and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians would put parts of some of the Palm Springs area's most popular mountain trails in tribal hands, a concern for local hikers. The federal Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments until Nov. 19 on a proposed land exchange with the Agua Caliente, in which the agency would turn about 5,800 acres over to the tribe in exchange for nearly 1,500 acres of tribal land.