Chuckwalla Loop is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Rancho Mirage, CA that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.
Loop trail through Roadrunner Trail open all year to all skill level. This section of the trail branches off of the Roadrunner Trail and loops toward Cathedral City and back around the Mirada Villas ending on the east side of Frank Sinatra Drive.
This is a hike a while back in Rancho Mirage. It’s an interesting hike because not too many people know about this trail. When you look it up in Google Earth the trail is named Jack Rabbit Trail. When you look at Rancho Mirage Hiking Trails this trail is named Chuckwalla Loop. When you do find the trailhead, the signage shows you the name of the trail as Chuckwalla Loop.
Anyway, parking near the trailhead is next to impossible, or taking a risk of getting a ticket by a police officer if you parked near the two water tanks where the trailhead is located just across the street on the north side of the road near the Palm Trees on the left side where you can see the trail going up the mountain. The best place to park if it’s accessible is at the second intersection to the humongous hotel on the left. At the intersection to that hotel entrance which goes left, turn right instead and park in the desert if again; it’s accessible if not! Then the best place where everybody are suppose to park! Is at the City Hall parking lot area on the west or east side.
If you wanted to do this right the parking lot at the City Hall would be the best option. After hiding valuables and securing your vehicle, then walk up Frank Sinatra Dr until you see the two water tanks. At the two water tanks you’ll want to cross the street to go to the north curb where you’ll want to descend pass that curb like 10 feet where you’ll see the trail going parallel in front of the Palm Trees between the street guard rails. It’s exactly at the access road to the two water tanks, at that intersection you just want to go across the street to the other side of the curb and walk on the north side of the street guard rails between the Palm Trees. That’s where the trailhead really starts.
Just follow that trail which will go west where you’ll see Cathedral City and the trail loops south which eventually returns to Frank Sinatra Dr. Once you’re back on Frank Sinatra Dr, then it’s a walk back down thru that road to the City Hall parking. If you weren’t aware that portion of Frank Sinatra Dr going back to the City Hall is actually a trail named Roadrunner Trail. Instead of taking Frank Sinatra Dr. (Roadrunner Trail) to return to the City Hall parking! You’re actually better off when you arrive back at the two water tanks to take the trail on the east called Jack Rabbit Trail and when you arrive at the “Y” intersection go left where it takes you to a shaded bench structure at the summit of the mountain and descend on the trail north of that shaded bench which descends down to the parking on the west side of City Hall. This would be more interesting. Why only do one trail when you can accomplish two!
If it’s your first time in Rancho Mirage area to do some hiking, the best trail around the City Hall is Chuckwalla Loop. The other trails doesn’t compare, the views around Chuckwalla Loop is better than Roadrunner Trail or Jack Rabbit Trail.