Murray Peak is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cathedral City, CA that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible from September until May.
Use Palm Canyon trailhead rather than the trailhead by the Vons near the Goat Trails, which are private property.
Hiked on Black Friday and started from the dirt lot behind Von's on HWY 111. The description mentions that the trailhead near Vons is private property, but that memo is lost on the tons of people who park and launch here.
Lot of walkers and mountain bikers for the first two miles. There are a ton of mountain biking trails that break off of the main trails and I made the mistake of following one which took me way off course. Fortunately, the trail was close enough to civilization that I was able to easily navigate back to the main trail.
Once I got beyond that first 2 miles, the traffic died way down and it was a super peaceful walk. There are two significant ascents. The first is near the sign for Garstin which connects with the Wild Horse trail where you hike straight up the ridge a few hundred feet before reaching a summit. Then you drop down to the Clara Burgess trail which marks the beginning of the final ascent to Murray Peak. Along the way, from Wild Horse to Murray Peak, there are plenty of gorgeous views both of Palm Springs and of the San Jacinto mountains. The view from Murray Peak is great and at this point you've definitely earned whatever snacks, beverages or break you want to give yourself.
- Stay hydrated; there's no shade on this trail and it's just you under that big ball of fire.
- Use sunscreen and a hat.
- Stick to the main trails.
3 hours there and back worth the view!
Great trail, lots of wild flowers, fantastic views!
Murray Peak is a destination, not a trail.
Many people access the peak starting on Araby Trail (it goes past Bob Hope's house) or starting at Von's and using the Goat Trails.
I have done it 4 times in past 18 months, always parking on Bogert Trail and climbing up the steep Garstin Trail, then Wildhorse and Clara Burgess.
Views are wonderful, footing is varied but always good.
Bonus is that this peak is visible and recognizable from much of Northern Coachella Valley so you can point it out to your friends and family as one of your accomplishments!!!
The trail head for this hike is best taken at Von's off highway 111. As others have said there are lots of merging trails and it is easy to get lost if you do not study the routes. The climb is steep but the view and picnic table make it a great destination. 2,100 feet of assent as shown on my gps.
Pretty good trail.
starting elev. 450ft
highest evel. 2320