Butler-Abrams Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rancho Mirage, CA that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A trail through Whitewater Wash. Open all year to all skill level. Starts at Michael Wolfson Park at Frank Sinatra Dr. An asphalt trail parallels the Whitewater Wash dipping down into and out of the wash and becomes divided on the other side into separate asphalt and dirt trails (for equestrians). As it continues between a residential area and Morningside Country Club, the trail ends at Country Club Drive (one block north of Highway 111). Fabulous views of the mountains and golf course are abundant on this quiet travel route which will get you from Frank Sinatra Drive to Country Club Drive.
The only thing that's nice about this hike is that it's within walking distance to where I live. Not very scenic or stimulating.
Butler-Abrams Trail is a boring trail because it’s a typical wash with horrible views. Ironically you'll see some people walking there of all the places to go for a walk. Why would anybody want to walk through that area of the wash? Just doesn’t make any sense. Not sure if people walking through there are walking there to go to the park at Frank Sinatra where this trail begins. If that's the case then that's a very good reason to be on this boring trail because somebody was on their way to the park. The park is indeed really worth checking out. It's a really small park, not the kind where you expect to walk around to do laps to get your mile walk. If you happen to park your car at the park then decided to walk this boring trail at the wash. Brace yourself and be prepared for a horrible view even after crossing the wash where the trail continues next to a Golf Course where your views are deprived by the chain link fencing.
After passing the Golf Course the trail takes on a completely new environment where you'll be walking through another boring urban landscape an alley, where the remainder of the trail are the views of chain link fencing on one side or both sides and finally ends at Country Club Drive. When you see Country Club Drive, cross your fingers and hope you were on a beach cruiser. If you weren't riding a bicycle, that's one hell of walk to return to the park.
If you initially started your week-end and parked your car at the park, stay at the park. If for some reason you feel adventurous and wanted to do some serious walking/hiking; do not, I repeat, do not hike Butler-Abrams Trail. If you really wanted to experience a Golf Course walk this Butler-Abrams is not the trail you want to be at: look up Tahquitz Creek Loop (do not hike the loop) instead go to Demuth Park. Take Dinah Shore Dr go west pass Gene Autry Trail, it transitions to Mesquite Ave. Demuth Park will be on your left hand side of the road. The first parking lot you see are the ones next to the Tennis Courts (don't park there), midway of the park (second stop sigh) another parking lot (do not park there). After the second stop sign is where Mesquite Ave will curve and eventually you will see "T" intersection, when you see that "T" intersection turn left and take that road all the way where it dead ends and park. Finally there's only one concrete sidewalk visible, take the sidewalk, walk all the way where it ends at the top of the levee, walk along the levee at either direction. Brace yourself for some jaw dropping experience walking there especially just before sunset.
Another trail worth exploring a notch up from Tahquitz Creek Loop would be the levee walk next to Murray Canyon Dr. To find this place, take Hwy 111 head to Palm Springs, left at Sunrise Way at the four way light intersection, continue on S. La Verne Way, passing Smoke Tree Shopping Center, left on Toledo Ave, take Toledo Ave all the way where it transitions to Murray Canyon Dr (90 degree right turn) then finally continue on Murray Canyon Dr all the way where it “T” intersects S. Palm Canyon Dr. Make a safe “U” turn to return to Murray Canyon Dr and park your car next to the curb. Hide valuables and secure your car and take the sidewalk to go to S. Palm Canyon Dr. left on S. Palm Canyon Dr. head south, you want to go to the levee. Note at the levee there will be a locked gate. Do not climb the gate; instead step over the guard rail at the bridge and hold on to the chain link fence to walk the edge of the levee to get to the other side of the locked Gate. When you’ve safely made it to the other side of that locked gate, then follow the levee east all way back to Toledo Ave to experience another jaw dropping views of a Golf Course. Return to Murray Canyon Dr and walk back to your car. After seeing these two Golf Courses, you’ll probably never go to Butler-Abrams Trail ever again?