The Cross Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews

The Cross Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Desert, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.9 miles 951 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

old growth

One of the trails in Palm Desert. Open to all skill level. This trail Starts at the Homestead Link and connects to Hopalong Cassidy Trail where you'll pass the Cross hiking towards south.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful views but a little disappointed I expected it to be 3 miles like it says here but I clocked 2.36 with my Fitbit and I feel it's more easy than it is moderate. It's perfect if you want a quick, easy hike with great views but not if your looking to sweat and be a bit more challenged.

hiking
13 days ago

14 days ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike up to the cross with excellent views of the valley. Get there early as there is a lot of foot traffic and dogs that are not leashed.

6 months ago

short and sweet lots of foot traffic.
3 miles tops
not 3.9

6 months ago

Always a good hike, not over an hour and a decent workout to start your morning!

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

We had a great time, met many people on the way up and down.

8 months ago

Awesome hike. You defiantly worth it. The cross at the top is awesome as well as the "ying and yang"

8 months ago

11 months ago

Very short hike but cool to see the cross. Had to take lots of other trails to make a good hike out of it. Actually got on this trail by accident so it was my own fault for taking an easy trail.

hiking
1 year ago

Great hike from Cahuilla Hills Park - 45825 Edgehill Drive, Palm Desert. There's plenty of parking, a restroom, and an information kiosk that includes a map of the Trail System, Ect. Bring plenty of water and a good pair of hiking shoes. The trail is in good condition but can get steep and rocky in a few spots. Take your time and enjoy. ...

hiking
1 year ago

Great hike with nice views.

hiking
1 year ago

Takes about 15-20 minutes to get up to the Cross. Fun hike to do day or night. Some friends of mine and I brought our guitars up on the last full moon and hung out for a while. There's a bunch of guestbooks to sign and a cool yin/yang symbol on the way back down.

mountain biking
1 year ago

Started near some tennis courts. Man that was a tough climb up to the cross. Nice views. More habing on the toughest parts. The ride down was awesome. On the brakes the entire time. Or at least it felt like it. I only saw 4 other guys on bikes. Not overly crowded when I went but it does seem like a busy trail.

hiking
2 years ago

At day time it's a typical trail, but at night, it's entirely a different environment. It was just awesome if you've never hiked at Full Moon.

hiking
3 years ago

You won't see a burning bush, but you will see a Crucifix at the summit. What's really interesting about this trail, they provide an area with shaded tables and drinking fountain, and indeed pet friendly. The drinking fountain has spout near the ground for pooch. This trail is steep but no comparison to Museum Trail in Palm Springs or Bump & Grind in Palm Desert. Majority of hikers that do go there will have pets. As far as the environment goes, not really exciting. It's a typical desert landscape. Best to start early because the entire trail to the Cross has no shade. The mountain view to the west is not too bad. There's one noticeable home adjacent that some people rave about because of the massing. It's obvious those people have no clue what good Architecture is like or what defines an awesome house!

Note: There's no cost to park or hike this trail. No restrooms. They do have trashcans and drinking fountain at the trailhead. Pets are allowed on a leash.