Native California fan palms thrive in many locations but rarely in such numbers as in the canyons of the Indio Hills. Here, along a line where the San Andreas fault captures groundwater that nurtures the palms, is a wild parkland which is part of the adjacent Coachella Valley Preserve. The park contains some fine palm groves that include Hidden, Pushawalla, Briska, Macomber and Horseshoe palms. The nearest groves are relatively easy to reach from the trailhead and parking area 4-miles north of Indio.
Start at the Coachella Reserve parking lot. Start on the Macallum Trail, then Moon Country, keeping an eye out for the switchback trail to the left (to the south) at about 2 miles. Climb the switchbacks and you are on Herman Loop. Views are remarkable and rare for 360 degrees. Retrace your steps or carry on toward Willis and then the paved road. Drivers are basically texting idiots, so this is the only dangerous part of the trail.
A nice trail that connects to the Moon Country trail which, in turn, gives access to the Herman Hike Trail. I highly recommend finding the Herman Hike. It takes you up the nearby hill and reveals amazingly vistas of the incredibly eroded surrounding terrain.
The trail starts right before you arrive at the McCallum Pond at the Coachella Valley Preserve. This trail is the real desert in the natural setting. Talk about 360 degree shift, no Palm trees, shade or tall shrubs, it's a major transition. The landscape are low hills, no shade. It's a far hike to arrive at the canyons where it's really interesting but sadly enough where many ever sees because it's far. Best to hike this place between (November - March).
Note: There's no cost to park or hike. This trail has no trashcans, benches, restrooms or drinking fountains.
This is actually a pretty awesome trail. No need to do the complete loop. Just up to the Palms is the best part of this trail. Sadly enough majority of the Palms are burnt but still interesting to see. If you decide to continue to the loop trail, you'll only get disappointed, because there's no shade and it's just another typical view of the desert. Best to stay at the Palm tree area and soak up the environment. Since this is in the city of Thousand Palms. When you park your car, make sure to hide any valuables. Vehicles have been broken into at this trail. The same goes if you're going to Pushwalla Trail a mile away from here.