Clara Burgess Trail to Murray Hill is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Use Palm Canyon trailhead rather than the trailhead by the Vons near the Goat Trails, which are private property.
steep, great views and Windy ridges
Hiked on Black Friday and started from the dirt lot behind Von's on HWY 111. The description mentions that the trailhead near Vons is private property, but that memo is lost on the tons of people who park and launch here.
Lot of walkers and mountain bikers for the first two miles. There are a ton of mountain biking trails that break off of the main trails and I made the mistake of following one which took me way off course. Fortunately, the trail was close enough to civilization that I was able to easily navigate back to the main trail.
Once I got beyond that first 2 miles, the traffic died way down and it was a super peaceful walk. There are two significant ascents. The first is near the sign for Garstin which connects with the Wild Horse trail where you hike straight up the ridge a few hundred feet before reaching a summit. Then you drop down to the Clara Burgess trail which marks the beginning of the final ascent to Murray Peak. Along the way, from Wild Horse to Murray Peak, there are plenty of gorgeous views both of Palm Springs and of the San Jacinto mountains. The view from Murray Peak is great and at this point you've definitely earned whatever snacks, beverages or break you want to give yourself.
- Stay hydrated; there's no shade on this trail and it's just you under that big ball of fire.
- Use sunscreen and a hat.
- Stick to the main trails.
3 hours there and back worth the view!