Explore the best trails near Palm Desert with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.





nature trips


trail running

kid friendly

wild flowers

no dogs

Palm Desert, California Map

Beautiful day for hiking, and this is a very nice trail. This trail is located on an Indian reservation, and there is a fee to enter the area. Also, during the high season on weekends, there can be a long line of cars to pay the fee and get through the gate. Nice, well maintained trails, the lower part through the palm oasis is easy and then uphill moderate hiking through rocks and desert brush after about 1 mile. Beautiful views on the upper trail, especially now after the rains. Very kid friendly, no dogs allowed. During the winter season after a rain, there are several streams and small waterfalls. A little out of the way for me, but very close to downtown Palm Springs and I will definitely make the trek again. Miles of interconnecting trails on the upper parts. Definitely one of the best hiking experiences I've had so far!

19 hours ago

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

20 hours ago

great cardio hike with a well cleared trail.

Should be rated as difficult especially the boulder field.

3 days ago

What a beautiful hike!

We went 4.75km to the triple oasis and then back

Fabulous topography; foliage and views. Fewer hikers than those closer to Palm Desert.

Certainly want to bring water.

We can feel our legs tonight!!

on The Cross Trail

3 days ago

4 days ago

Ran up to the switchback and then walked to the gate and beyond. Ran down the wide side.

Great workout.

Highly recommend going clockwise if you're intermediate. For a beginner or less intense hike go up and down the right side.

Fun in the right sports car

I'm a cyclist and can't believe riders were climbing it. No shoulder. Lots of blind spots. Lots of tourists love looking at the view. Not safe.

Great easy hike. Beautiful and safe.

If you're looking for a starter hike this is it

Such a beautiful trail! It offers a bit of everything, views of the desert, beautiful flowers, inclines and declines.