Randall Henderson Loop Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews
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Randall Henderson Loop Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palm Desert, CA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible from October until March.

2.5 miles 426 feet Loop

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

views

wildlife

no dogs

Desert loop hike close in to Palm Desert and the Coachella valley. This is a moderate hike with some nice views down into the valley. If you're lucky, you might see some bighorn sheep. Feel lucky?

hiking
19 days ago

Perhaps desert hiking is not my favorite hiking... But this was a well marked trail, heavy sand in the wash area, the ridge route was nice. Couldn't get a view of the valley, as the prohibited area protecting the Big Horn sheep prevented us from peeking over the ridge. I was a bit disappointed.

6 months ago

Very nice non-strenuous walk with 80 year old dad.

hiking
6 months ago

trail running
6 months ago

Lots of people on this trail. Easily accessible and a variety of plants to be seen. It's enjoyable walking or running up the wash.

This is a good introduction to hiking in the Coachella Valley.

hiking
7 months ago

Good morning hike in the desert. Nice views some up hill but not bad. Very close to the road but at times you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere

7 months ago

Starting to see color. Great

hiking
8 months ago

This was a nice little hike...more of a long walk. Trail is well maintained. Runners are fine. Was fun with the limited time we had available.

hiking
2 years ago

This was a nice little morning leg stretcher. There are nice views down into the valley and modest distance and elevation gain. Bering water and sun protection because this trail is very exposed. There were lots of folks out enjoying the trail today, and they were good company. Part of the trail is closed off the protect bighorn sheep. They didn't make an appearance though.

walking
2 years ago

For the seasoned hiker, this is a very pleasant low-level walk from the Santa Rosa Monument center off Hwy 74. You can pick up a pamphlet at the monument that provides an explanation for the dozen or more discretely marked items of interest along the trail. You can choose to take a shorter loop if you wish. My wife and I really enjoyed this walk and have done it several times. There's also the chance of seeing Big Horn sheep. The Art Smith Trail is just across the road.

hiking
3 years ago

This is a nice desert trail. Come early in the summer and park across the hwy at the Art Smith trailhead parking lot. 8AM is really too late to start in the heat of the summer.
The trail is well marked, but as I can attest it is possible to get off of it on a spur to nowhere.
Not at all strenuous, but still a nice walk. Bring water and a big brimmed hat, that is just about the only shade you are going to get.

hiking
3 years ago

The best part of this trail is the first quarter mile is outstanding, the rest becomes typical. It's a workout trail not strenuous but moderate. Perfect early morning exercise with satisfactory views of Big Horn. There's shade but not much, have plenty of water and if you have hiking stick will come handy at the return loop. Last but not least use sunscreen and/or wear a hat. This trail is open year round. There's no fee to hike or park. You can park at the ranger station or at Art Smith Trail 200 feet south of Hwy 74.