Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Indio Hills Palms with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful, easy desert hike.

1 month ago


1 month ago

loved this

Easy walk looks like Jurassic Park right when you start it. Highly recommend it(:

Closed until 6/22/18!

I did this trail to Herman’s Peak today. Started at 9:00 am and got back at 12:30 pm. Great hike although views are nice scenery is all the same. Bring plenty of water since only 5 minutes of shade in oasis. Temp hit 97 at 12:30 so better to start early.

5 months ago

Easy walk. Absolutely recommend! Minimal effort for a maximum reward! We went on a day where it was 104 degrees and the palm trees provided great shade.

6 months ago

Nice destination, easy to get to, plenty of parking. Basically two oases connected by a relatively flat trail. It was over 90 degrees and bright sun, but very comfortable inside the trees. Walking between is about half sand, which is a little annoying in the heat, but worth it. The fish & crayfish at the pond are fun to see, although the latter are the reason there are no frogs. Our 12-year old twins had no problem, even in the heat, although bring lots of water - no water fountains. There is a bathroom at the start. No dogs allowed. There is even a little visitor's center with some history -- and A/C!

The view from the summit is worth 5 stars but the 2.6 miles up there are some of the most monotonous in the entire area. The trailhead shows only the Willis Palms hike— the first and only marker for Herman’s hike comes about 2 miles up the path. Skip this one!

Good hike. Enjoyed it

8 months ago

It is a state nature preserve. So no dogs. This is a frequent miss on AllTrails. Should not show dog friendly or dogs on leash.

8 months ago

Contrary to the info provided, this area is NO DOGS ALLOWED!

9 months ago

Easy trail for single hiker or families. Sand but very manageable. The McCallum Grove and pond is cool looking and cool in temperature with so much shade. The pond holds the famous Desert Pup fish slithering around visible to even kids (in the shade). There are benches around the Grove for a rest and feeling the breeze. A sign describes the water life as you near, even mentioning the dreaded Crawfish that plays havoc on the ponds ecosystem.
Elevation change is nearly unnoticeable once away from the visitor center. The trail can even handle the three wheel strollers for little tikes. I went in January 2017 and the temperature was a slightly warm high 70's, except in the shade of the palms. It's free to hike, but the Preserve gladly takes donations. The beginning and end have an old cabin showing history of the Preserve and Oasis. Worth a walk and if it's too easy there are many other trails on the Preserve that are more challenging with great views.

9 months ago

Like walking on soft beach sand, volunteer lady not very welcoming, cool vista point

on McCallum Trail

9 months ago

Nice and easy. Rewarded by a pretty reflection pond and many palms at the end of the trail

Definitely not an easy trail and it is poorly marked.

Probably would just go there and back instead of the loop.

Need to stay out of creek bed, loose sand makes more difficult

Monday, October 09, 2017

This is a large family friendly hike. We have 5 children under 10, and we all enjoy the trail.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Absolutely Gorgeous with the wild flowers of March

Friday, March 31, 2017

Easy walk. Nice views.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Great change of scenery.

Don't get lost

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Great trail through amazing palm trees then easy walk to beautiful pond. Great hike for kids as well as adults

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

If you don't like walking in sand don't go here. Took the wrong path to start. Just followed footprints but obviously they ended up lost as well. When you get around the first hill on your right don't follow the main path to the right instead head straight towards the oasis. There are a few signs when you get to oasis. Hopefully you have better luck then us.

nice trail... good clime to it.. hard to follow though

Friday, February 10, 2017

This takes you to a beautiful oasis. Very easy.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The views get better and better as you go up. This is an easy hike, and great for those who like a gradual climb, and with temps in the 60's and sunny, it makes this hike truly enjoyable.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

NO dogs allowed. you can take them to any restaurant you want but don't you dare take them for a walk in the desert

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Beautiful Oasis...

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