Pacific Crest Trail: Forbes Ranch to Combs Peak is a 36.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Mountain Center, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This was a nice surprise. After about half a mile the trail opens up to an open landscape of rolling hills, rock formations and high mountains in the distance. We had a perfect sunny day, and saw only 4 other hikers while we were out. There are lots of hiking options on this section of the PCT, but this is probably the most accessible from the Palm Springs area, and at 5000 feet, is one of the lower elevation options so you can hike it earlier in the season.