Gene Autry Bikeway Trail is a 12.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Springs, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
One of the Bike Routes in Palm Springs, open all year to all skill level. Route where you'll see residential areas, Knott's Soaks Water Park, Tahquitz Creek Golf Course, Airport,and commercial business.
Drove through here a couple years ago. When you look at the bike trails for Palm Springs, you’ll be surprised to discover that there are 8 trails and they are following:
1. Las Palmas Loop
2. Downtown Loop
3. Citywide Loop
4. Tahquitz Creek Loop
5. Deepwell Loop
6. Canyon Country Club Loop
7. Gene Autry Bikeway
8. Whitewater Trail
Gene Autry Bikeway is the sidewalk on the eastside, starts at the original Oasis Water Park now Knott’s Soak and goes all the way up to Via Escuala and ends there. That’s the entire length of this bike trail. Best to do a loop by going all the way to Farrell Dr. You'll want to do this in clockwise direction.
This review is written from a cyclist point of view.
One of the very few long routes out of urban Palm Springs, Gene Autrey/Palm Drive is an important route for cyclists who want a longer ride. It is notably safer than North Indian Canyon Drive and somewhat less safe than Date Palm Drive-Varner Road. From end to end, the way encompasses 13.3 miles, and it has these primary segments:
Hwy 111 to Vista Chino (3.8 mi)—heavy urban traffic, most with painted bike lanes.
Vista Chino to I-10 (2.5 mi)—heavy interurban traffic, most without painted bike lanes, and most with wide shoulder.
I-10 to Dillon Rd (3.1 mi)—heavy interurban traffic, most without painted bike lanes, and most with wide shoulder.
Dillon Rd to end (3.9 mi)—moderate to light urban traffic, some with painted bike lanes.
The automobile traffic flows at 40 to 60 mph, despite lower posted speed limits. Particularly at the I-10 interchange and the train overpass (south of I-10), extreme caution is needed and riding in the center lane is advised to avoid swipe-collisions with autos seeking the on-ramps. Some drivers are unfriendly, and a few are malicious. Expect high winds and blown sand in the mile south of I-10, even on relatively calm days.