The Goat Trails [CLOSED]

MODERATE 21 reviews

The Goat Trails [CLOSED] is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palm Springs, CA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

3.3 miles 748 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

old growth

rocky

scramble

washed out

The Goat Trails take hikers through private land and are not recommended. The land owner has posted "No Trespassing" signs and intends to enforce their rights. The primary trailhead affords ample parking for as many as 35 vehicles, and an adjacent shopping center allows for spillover parking. The Goat Trails are surrounded by many adjacent and connecting trails, including Araby, Garstin, Berns, Wildhorse, Clara Burgess, and Dunn Road. The trails allow access to Bob Hope Overlook, Murray Peak, Cathedral Cove, and the Dunn Road route to Santa Rosa Mountain. The primary access is a fairly steep double-track ramp up about 700 feet, which broadly circles a pair of water supply tanks. At the water tanks, you can see the first of a large network of single-track trails; this first trail shortens the ramp through a steeper climb up the hill. At the top of this first hill the double-track splits to half-circuit First Accomplishment Hill (829 ft) and meet at the opposite side. From that meeting, the double-track ascends a hill that reaches Promontory #1, which overlooks most of the western Coachella Valley. About 2 miles southwest, the double-track reaches the Stone Man trail marker and a T-intersection. A double-track to the right heads toward Bob Hope Overlook and other trail systems. A double-track to the left heads toward Secret Palms Wash, the head to Clara Burgess Trail, and hills overlooking Cathedral Cove.

hiking
9 days ago

very challenging but wide trail hike great scenery when you reach higher elevation great views of the valley. it was not a marked trail head but its behind Vons gas station easy parking right at the gate. when you get to the end of the trail there are so many options to continue on. you can be there for days. this and bump and grind are my favorites.

hiking
4 months ago

We took a short hike up the trail above the water towers. Not sure why it says [closed], there was a steady stream of walkers, and no transients.

5 months ago

awesome Trail

hiking
8 months ago

Didn't enjoy The Goat Trails. Almost from the start of my hike there were multiple homeless tweekers milling around, high on meth, yelling and making inane comments to each other and the women hikers. I even was followed for awhile which really scared me because I'm an older female who hikes alone. I had heard that many homeless druggies hang around on this trail system and it proved to be true....at least it was the day I was there. And I just wasn't inspired by these trails. I didn't like the layout; the system from the start seemed disjointed to me. But it is a marginally popular trail system, so to each his or her own as they say.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Not for beginners, your either going up or down and we're talking up to 19 degrees inclines and declines..

hiking
10 months ago

So if you follow my track you will see that i went into an interesting canyon and then came out. The exit point of my hike was a problem, I had to jump a fence as this was on Indian land so I would recommend returning to the start point instead of trying my exit point. pictures are included in my track , good views of the valley. not a difficult hike.

mountain biking
1 year ago

I entered from Gene Autry and hwy 111. It's mostly uphill for the first mile or so. I found it to be to strenuous to pedal and found myself mostly pushing my bike. There are beautiful views however and the downhill single tracks are a lot of fun until you hit another steep incline.

My adventure ended up at Desert Regional Medical Center. A passing hiker saw I was unconscious and bleeding out. Be careful on the downhills!

1 year ago

awesome ride I recommend this if you have a good bike and it's in the cooler weather

hiking
1 year ago

Loop 3 is obviously better than Loop 2, just for your safety probably best to avoid loop 2 because where it descends, it appears to be a transient zone area. I’m sure they’re not there to cause any problems with any hikers but better to give them their space. Do Loop 3 because it gives them more privacy and as hikers you’re clearly outside their boundary space. Whats interesting are the sheds the transients have constructed around this hill. They’re all vacant on daytime. At night best to stay away from this trail because that’s probably when the transient occupy those sheds. Again it’s their personal space which they leave open to anybody on daytime. At night it’s only obvious that’s when they probably use them. Again for all hikers safety, only hike Loop 3 on daytime. Do not hike Loop 3 at night and the trails behind Rim Rock Shopping Center. There use to be no transients there, but now there’s probably around 10, you can clearly see two structures on the side of the hill and a RV. About this loop it’s okay, not the greatest, clearly noisy because it’s exposed to Hwy 111. This trail has no shade, no fee required to hike any of the Goat Trails including these two loops and free parking on Palm Hills Dr.

mountain biking
1 year ago

I went on this hike with a friend this morning. This hike is all up hill if you go straight back avoiding loops. It's not hard to get lost the trail is well marked. There is a cool man made out of rocks to see. The views are nice. Knocking down a star because you might see a nude guy hiking and he is not shy

hiking
1 year ago

This is one of those sunset type hikes, wanted to see how the photographs will turn out because there’s a saying, taking pictures near sunset look better. It’s true after comparing photographs taken around noon, big difference. This is a short hike around 1.5 miles, using AllTrails app which measured this loop at 1.74 miles. A nice walk, and a perfect workout where you’re not exhausted afterwards.

hiking
1 year ago

This is an exploration loop trail taking two new trails, the first one near the trailhead and the second at Jane Hoffbrau Trail. The idea behind this loop was to take the safe trail at Jane Hoffbrau, meaning away from the dry waterfalls. At the Dam there’s two route the upper and lower. Went to the upper this time. The whole idea was to do the loop going through the easiest route. To see if there was any surprises, only saw two at Jane Hoffbrau there was on spot where the rain water washed the trail, not serious because you can still make it through by stepping over it, it’s around a two feet step to continue on the trail. And the other one was at the Dam on the upper trail there was a dead end where the trail descends on the right which was kind of steep but nothing to worry about. Overall loop hike was pleasant.

hiking
1 year ago

This is a hike through one of the trail at the Goat Trails up to where Jane Hoffbrau starts. It was a nice hike this morning, wasn’t too warm or chilly actually wore shorts and a t-shirt. Surprisingly didn’t even drink any water even though I brought one just in case. It’s a very popular trail for mountain bikers.

mountain biking
1 year ago

The Goat Trails is a system of single-track spurs that lead off a fairly long double-track trail that rises from the Rimrock shopping center (Gene Autrey Trail at Highway 111). (The gate is always closed, but easily bypassed on foot or by bike.) A few other hiking trails rise to the Goat Trails from other locations, including near Southridge Drive and off Cherokee Way. The trails are popular with both hikers and cyclists. The trails are also connected to several other established hiking trails, including Araby, Garstin, Burgess, and (further) Dunn Road.

After several years of riding, several of the single-track are yet to be explored. Other bikers and the hikers, too, are friendly. For the most part, the area is well covered for cell phone use.

The Goat Trails are also the end section of the Palm Canyon Epic (http://www.mountainbikebill.com/PalmCanyon.htm).

For those who port their mountain bike to a location, there is ample parking at the east end of Rimrock Plaza. Though the parking is not patrolled, there is only very infrequent theft or vandalism.

hiking
2 years ago

After completing Jane Hoffbrau which takes you back to the Goat Trails. Parked my car at Barona Road, which means hiking the Goat Trails was going to be required and through Garstin Trail to return. It was extremely humid and hot today this afternoon. OMG! It was a horrible hiking the Goat Trails.

hiking
2 years ago

This trail could be a lot better if it did not have the homeless activity. They live all around the trail and leave trash. This trail seems not to be an official trail. It is not maintained by the city or any organization. I felt like I was trespassing. I did like hiking up the canyon.

hiking
2 years ago

First and foremost, this loop trail hike is for advance and intermediate hikers only, because there’s an area at the short cut dirt road that connects to Dunn Road that’s actually dangerous because the dirt road got washed away, there’s actually two ways to go around that wash, but the route I went to was dangerous.

This loop trail is mostly moderate and becomes demanding when that short cut dirt road to Dunn Road starts to really get steep. When you reach Schey Trail it’s pretty much downhill from there all the way to Clara Burgess and back to the Goat Trails.

This is a 5.4 miles loop, so make sure you have enough water and that you start early because it’s going to take around 4 hours to complete this loop.

hiking
2 years ago

This is an exploration walk about, it consist starting at the Goat Trailhead at the east side of Rimrock Shopping Center then going to Jane Hoffbrau Trailhead and hiking midway then south to a dirt road that originally connects to Dunn Road for a quarter mile which dead-ends at a canyon with a Palm Tree. Then continue behind that Palm Tree by scrambling on the right side of the canyon. There are two canyons behind that Palm Tree. Continue up the hill in the middle, once you're at the summit follow the ridge towards Clara Burgess. There are two loops to this trail, depending which trail you take once you arrive at Clara Burgess Trailhead to return to Jane Hoffbrau to close the loop.


This is a trail for intermediate hikers only and those who have hiked most of trials at the Goat Trials. If you have not hiked majority of the trails at the Goat Trails or Jane Hoffbrau, do not attempt this hike. You might get lost or worse get stuck and stranded. Review Google Earth very carefully before hiking there. Caution: going past the Palm Tree is actually quite dangerous. There’s one mile of undefined trail (cross country hiking) when you pass the Palm Tree. This is why you need to be familiar with that area.

hiking
3 years ago

This is a really wide trail, it's at least two car lane wide at the start. Very popular for mountain bikers. After a half mile it narrows to may be ten feet wide. The views are nice along this trial. If anybody hikes towards Murray Peak. You'll see at the valley on the left some Palm Tree Oasis. That's another Trail for your surprise it's called Jane's Hoffbrau Trail. Doesn't appear on any hiking trail maps. Truly worth exploring. There's many branches to Goat trail and don't be afraid to explore them, because the main trail is truly next to impossible to miss if you wonder off to those other trails.

hiking
3 years ago

Never found a trail only a gate!!