Hopalong Cassidy Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Hopalong Cassidy Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palm Desert, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

8.2 miles 2027 feet Loop



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


old growth



no dogs

Hiking trail open year round, no dogs allowed. This is a moderate at the start for a quarter mile then it becomes demanding for a mile up the summit of Bump and Grind where it ends. This is and exercise trail, more demanding than Bump and Grid. When you complete Herb Jefferies. Make a loop by descending at Bump and Grind and Mike Schuler should take you back to where you parked your car. History: This trail is a tribute to the legendary Bronze Buckaroo, Herb Jeffries, a film star and recording artist who, in the era of popular western movies, created a cowboy hero for African Americans. Mr. Jeffries, a former Palm Desert resident, performed and spoke at the trail dedication on April 2, 2005.

trail running
10 months ago

I started at the Art Smith trailhead on hiway 74 at 1000 feet above sea level. I ran about 6 km then back to trailhead. Truly special and memorable couple of hours. This has lots of elevation change and some very challenging footing...... This trail is not easy or moderate.... This is difficult, but worth it! Despite the spectacular conditions I went about an hour without seeing another person.

Now that I have run the gorgeous southern 40% of Hopalong and also the northern 30%, it's time for me to arrange a shuttle and run the entirety, probably north to south.

This website should do a better job of "defining" the trails.

1 year ago

What a n amazing trail and close to the city! Beautiful views and pretty good workout! My family stumbled onto this trail and I'm soooo glad that we did!

1 year ago

Love this trail very nice scenery of Big Horn country club. You can continue to Cathedral Canyon and onto Palm Springs.

2 years ago

Love the Herb Jefferies Trail lower part, for my morning and evening walks. A nice little park along the way to freshen up a bit. The only down fall to this location are those who do not wish to follow the leash law. I have been rushed along this trail by a German Shepard not on a leash. Just this morning there we're several large dogs to include a doberman not on a leash. I do wish they would do something about this The signs are posted but the people refuse to acknowledge.

3 years ago

this trail is incredibly arid from mid April probably until end of September. Desolate, open and serene. need good sunscreen and plenty of water. Dusty and hot!

4 years ago

Great hike. Some steep switchbacks about half way in but not severe. As you hike along the golf course, the trail goes into an area under development, stay along the golf course fence and you will pick it up again in a few hundred feet.