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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.

Easy but lovely!

hiking
9 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy, flat walk on sandy wash. Unusual because of the water. Lots of birds and people.

hiking
1 year ago

Place is rad, worth checking out, water/oasis in middle of desert is always amazing

hiking
2 years ago

I took my children along with a friend and her children hiking up the Mcallum Trail and it was beautiful and a moderate hike for the kids we will return to enjoy other trails soon!

hiking
3 years ago

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.

hiking
4 years ago

Very pretty takes you through the Oasis and McCallum Pond.

Very pretty, and fairly easy. We took the McCallum trail through the Thousand Palms Oasis and around McCallum pond then back to the Moon Country Trail. Take a stop from the trail to enjoy the view from atop Vista Point it is truly gorgeous.