Roadrunner Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rancho Mirage, CA that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and road biking and is accessible year-round.
Begins just past the grassy area in front of the Mirada fountain that is located at the bottom of Frank Sinatra Dr. near Hwy 111. It moves off the street through a group of palm trees and continues parallel to the road. The trail crosses Frank Sinatra Drive and continues south up the mountain.
This was a hike a while back in Rancho Mirage. If you’ve ever noticed the water fountain near the City of Rancho Mirage on the side of the mountain across the street from City Hall. That’s where this trail starts.
You’ll want to park you vehicle at the City Hall close to Frank Sinatra Dr. That would mean west parking lot at the City Hall. Then walk to the midway point of the water fountain across the street. From the lawn start walking west on Frank Sinatra Dr for approximately 450 feet where you’ll pass Palm Trees on the right side and just passed those Palm Trees you’ll see Roadrunner Trail. This trail will descend back to the road level when you see the two water tanks. Stay on the right side of the curb and gutter and follow the road, you’ll see another set of Palm Trees and a car guardrail. Walk between the car guardrail and the Palm Tree and after pass the Palm Trees you’ll see another trail going up the mountain. Do not go on that trail (because that’s Chuckwalla Loop) stay near the right side of the curb and gutter and continue walking west next to the paved road for another 950 feet.
How you’ll determined the end of this trail is pretty easy, when you see the water tanks, you’ll notice on the right side of the road you’ll see a Sun Bus turn out, go pass that turn out and continue walking west. You’ll know you’ve reached the end of the trail when you see the second Sun Bus turn out which is approximately 900 feet away from the previous one. So the second Sun Bus turn out is where you’ll want to do your “U” turn and head back down to the City Hall.
You’ll discover hiking Roadrunner Trail it’s not all that great. In fact if you’ve see all the trails in Mirada Trail System. This Roadrunner Trail is probably the most typical compared to the other three. If you weren’t aware, there are four trails at Mirada Trail System. You’re actually better off hiking the other three because it’ll feel more like a real trail. Roadrunner trail if you hike it all the way where it ends you’ll feel like you’re hiking the street. Because that’s mostly what you’ll see hiking this trail, if possible avoid this trail and just concentrate on hiking the other three.