The Cross Trail

EASY 66 reviews

The Cross Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Desert, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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.

2.6 miles 659 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
10 minutes ago

Nice trail. Not to long. Good incline and decline.

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11 days ago

This is a great hike to go with your friends, dogs or alone. Such a beautiful view once you get to the top to the cross you can write a prayer

14 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

I like this hike for short distance. I would recommend doing it when the cross is lit. Beautiful!

hiking
17 days ago

Being acrophobia and not having hiking shoes, I was pretty nervous going up. But except for two spots, which were slippery with no rocks to grip on, I was fine. holding my husband's hand helped! Got used to the height -yay- and enjoyed the view very much.

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walking
22 days ago

A bit steep in spots and lots of slippery rocks that can be harrowing on the way down, but definitely a good workout.

27 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

I wanted to go in an easy-moderate hike with my 2 y/o & this was a great hike. At some points it's a little steeper on the moderate side, but overall it was an easy hike & my boy made it walking the whole way to the top & back. I held his hand most of the way for safety & he wanted to go on his own when we were almost to the cross, & he ran a little & tripped, but was ok only a little scratch. I would definitely recommend keeping small children close & holding their hands, especially going down as it's easier for them to trip. I would also recommend bringing a water bottle, & first aid kit if you have small children... just in case. There are water fountains towards the beginning of the hike, which is nice, but none towards the top & it can get pretty hot even during winter.

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful trail. I prefer this one to the bump and grind. Pretty steep to be honest but anyone can do it with lots of water breaks!

1 month ago

Great trail to get some fresh air and take in the view. It's a nice trail to do alone or with a group. I went on a Saturday morning in the middle of tourist season and there was a decent amount of people, but no way bothersome. If you want to start hiking, this is a great beginners trail. There are a couple switch backs and several steep inclines, but also a lot of places where the trail levels out.

1 month ago

It's a very nice moderately-easy path for everyday, casual hiking. My only complaint is that people do not adhere to the rule that you must keep your dog on a leash. It is common courtesy. Also, even if your dog is comfortable off-leash, that does not necessarily mean other dogs are. Dogs that are on-leash feel very uncomfortable (and trapped) when loose dogs come running up being rambunctious. It's also annoying for non-dog people as the off-leash dogs cut you off and run around narrow paths.

People: Please, please keep your dog on a leash!

1 month ago

such a fun trail easy but on a Sunday afternoon it was pretty crowded amd lot's of dogs. The bump and grind trail is a no dog trail and a bit more of a challenge. This is nice if you don't want a tougher workout.