Maynard Mine Trail is a 5.8 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.
First off, the trail is more like 2.75 to the "mine". My biggest recommendation is to stop at the peak and not try to make it to the "mine" which is really just a plaque on a rock.
The trail, while listed here as moderate, is almost 3 miles of uphill, narrow path, switchbacks which will have you saying "F**K gravity" within the first half hour. That being said, my gf and I thought that this trail was a beautiful workout, boasting amazing views of the Cochella Valley and are sure to go back. FYI, entrance fee is free with military ID, and discounted with a student ID. Parking is Free.
This was a great work out, beautiful rocks. My buddy and I are in good shape, went at a decent pace and stopped to have lunch at the peak on the way back. Finished in a little over 4 hours. The end of the trail is a little disappointing. You will reach the peak and then go down for about 10-15 minutes...see a plaque about who Jim Maynard is. The view (see photos) is between two mountains. I could have been happy stopping the at the peak (before the descend). Overall, quick gain, excellent workout...very quiet, nice hike.
PROS: Great work out. Beautiful rocks. Remember to look back as you ascend up the mountain. Trail is well maintained.
CONS: Park doesn't open until 8am, meaning a late start. Cost is $9 for each adult.
TIPS: Bring water, sunscreen. You will be exposed the entire time and descending at the hottest part of the day. Trekking poles would have been nice on the way down, especially if you have problematic knees. Some parts are pretty steep.
We started out discouraged because getting into Indian Canyons park was stupid expensive ($9/person, not by vehicle) and the map was bad, BUT we were so glad we went! Scenic views of Palm Springs, small canyons with creeks and palm trees, and some fun rocks to climb along the way. No one else was on the trail on the way up (it was a Sunday afternoon), and we passed a few groups on the way down. Bring enough water and a basic first aid kit in case of cactus sticks or slipping on rocks. All in all, worth it!