Gabby Hayes Trail to Herb Jeffries Trail Loop is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Palm Desert, CA that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Hwy 74 go towards South, right on Pitahaya St., left on Edgehill Dr.
Hiked this trail a hike awhile back, if you’re looking to do a short hike? This trail is perfect. It’s shortest trail in Palm Desert. Trailhead is bit tricky to find because it’s inside Cahuilla Hills Park. The best route to take to go to the park would be to go south on Hwy 74 (Pine to Palms Hwy), left on Pitahaya St, left on Edgehill Dr; stay on Edgehill Dr all the way as it will curve right and go pass the bridge at the canal where it will transition to Tierra Del Oro. After passing the bridge Cahuilla Hills Park is only a 100 feet on the right side.
From the park the trailhead will become obvious when you see the signage; you will see the trail goes west towards the hills which is part of the Santa Rosa Mountains. According to the map they show Gabby Hayes connecting to Hopalong Cassidy Trail and Homestead and that’s the loop hike they would like everybody to do. Actually there’s another smaller loop that’s better than going though Homestead. Instead of going left on Hopalong Cassidy! Go right and then descend at connector trail then follow the canal southward to return to Cahuilla Hills Park. That would be a more pleasant hike because it’s roughly a half mile total distance.
What’s interesting if you look at AllTrails map the connector trail doesn’t show up. When you switch to Satellite you can see where it’s at. Taking this loop trail will be interesting because you’ll see to valleys the first one will be at Cahuilla Hills Park and the second when Gabby Hayes “T” intersects Hopalong Cassidy Trail. Note when you’re on Hopalong Cassidy, that area between Gabby Hayes and the Connector trail is not all that great. The best spot on Hopalong Cassidy is going to be when you’re a half mile away from Art Smith Trail. The hills around Gabby Hayes are typical and quite mundane. So hiking there really early in the morning or twilight might be the best time.
Cahuilla Hills Park provides doggy bag, trashcans a restroom and picnic tables. The shade you’ll discover will only be at the park. After the park will be total exposure from the sun, why hiking there really early in the morning you might catch some shading from the mountains and of course at twilight that whole area become perfect because it cooler, no sunlight but the problem now becomes completing your hike before it’s really dark. When hiking at twilight you should go ahead and bring a flashlight anyway just in case. Keep in mind it’s the desert also where rattle snakes, scorpions dwell. What you’ll encounter most of the time will be crows, chuckwalla lizard and road runners and if you’re really lucky you might see a Bighorn Sheep.