Hidden Horseshoe and Pushwalla Palms Trail

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Hidden Horseshoe and Pushwalla Palms Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Thousand Palms, CA that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

5.6 miles 1087 feet Loop

kid friendly


trail running


horseback riding



old growth

over grown

no dogs

It is a 17,000 acre site that is home to the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard, which is found nowhere else in the world. It is also where the spectacular Pushawalla Trail is located which is fed by water seeping out of the San Andreas Fault. The Pushawalla Palms Trail is one of several well-maintained trails within the Coachella Valley Preserve, a 20,000-acre property that is home to sand dunes, groves of desert fan palms, and an array of wildlife that includes the rare fringe-toed lizard. It begins near the visitor center and follows the ridge of an uplifted earthquake fault past stunning views of the Coachella Valley down to a large palm grove, then returns via a scrub-covered wash. I like to do this hike in late afternoon, when the sinking sun casts dramatic shadows over the desert and the San Bernardino Mountains. This is an easy-to-moderate hike with an elevation gain of about 300 feet. Outstanding Features: palm groves, desert and mountain views, Mission Creek earthquake fault

4 months ago

A very pleasant and quite moderate hike. The descent into the Pushawalla Palms area can be tricky (lots of loose rocks) for a few yards... but then the oasis is awesome. If you don't wish to do the whole loop because the second half (southern portion) is not as scenic as the canyon itself, you can go back the same way when you reach the metal fence at the mouth of the canyon. Very pleasant and easy to reach trails system!

7 months ago

Overall a decent hike. Trail markings could have been better, especially when you get to Pushwalla Palms. The palms were awesome as was the river valley they are in

1 year ago

It's a good hike to do in the area - right on the San Andres Fault - pretty cool unless the big one comes while your there. The main attractions are walking along the elevated fin (don't venture into most of the canyons along side - more dull there). However, make sure to go to the Pushwalla Canyon at the end of the hike to see the palms, and the valley at the end. It should be mostly an out and back. Don't go anywhere close to summer, way to hot (except where the Palms are). No dogs, even on leash.

1 year ago

We hiked the Pushawalla Loop in late December. Great hike- about 4.5miles with 300ft elevation gain. Hiked down into palm tree forests that was very novel for us coming from Washington state! Expansive views of the valley as well.

2 years ago

This hike looks like a lot if fun but I wasn't able to do it.. Definitely not dog friendly, even though it's listed as dog friendly. Super bummed, but I'll return some other time to properly experience it and review it without my pup. Also, directions took me to an off-road area that my car wouldn't make it through, but when I went to the visitors center, the start of it was there. Just a heads up(:

4 years ago

This was a good hike. Amazing start with great views from the ridge. We followed the signs marking the trail all the way to the palms. Then we were told to follow the stream to the wash where the old car wreck is. Found it. Then follow the wash out and around to the start. This didn't happen. Somehow we ended up in Indio Hills about 7 miles away from the start. Strange as there was only one was to follow. Anyway, good hike and a learning experience.