Maynard Mine Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Springs, CA 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.
This trail was a surprise because it caught me off guard, thought this was an easy trail, as it turned out this is really moderate to demanding and actually got strenuous midway. It's a steep ascend 3/4 and the remaining 1/4 is a descend to where the this trail ends. Off to the right around a hundred feet away is where you'll see the mine tunnel which requires a 50 feet descend to get to the opening of the shaft, but that 50 feet is extremely steep. The views at the end of the trail spot is magnificent 360 degrees. Not too far off to the right from the end of trail signage there's a boulder with a plaque that show a brief summary of who Maynard was. I'm not going to share Maynard's information on purpose. I'll leave that for you to discover on your next adventure, hopefully on this trail. Be aware this trail has no benches, trashcans or water. Not much shade either so be prepared, this is not a trail for beginners. The trashcans, benches and shade will be at the parking area of this trail. They do require a fee to hike and park at this place, since $9 is a bit steep, you want to get there early and hike as many trail as possible to get your money's worth. There's at least eight trails and if you did three, that's great!! :)
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!