Pretty steep climb to start but worth it! The path is very well groomed and marked - OUTSTANDING views. The desert is in bloom, bursting with the smells and beauty of various yellow, white, purple & green. Even the odd Barrel Cactus has pretty flowers extended. HIGHLY recommended but take lots of water - shade is hard to find in the AM past noon.
We followed signs to Pushwalla Palms up along the mountain ridge. Not recommended for anybody scared of heights. Once we got down in the Pushwalla Palms Oasis we followed the river down towards Washington St. We ended up a little lost trying to get back up to the trails. My husband didn't really want to go uphill again but I think that's where we went wrong. If you follow my path I think we should have stayed on the outside of the hills and followed it around until we saw the Hidden Palms Oasis. Glad it was an overcast day since we didn't bring water and it ended up being longer then I thought. Lots of breathtaking scenery.
Not to be missed, even by non-hikers. There is a generous parking lot and a cement walkway that allows access to several viewpoints. I have been there when the air quality was so bad that the view into the valley was greatly restricted. But after the rain and winds that hit the park this week, the view was the clearest we've ever seen.
If you do nothing else, check out the San Andreas fault, which is easily seen in the valley from the viewing platforms on a clear day.