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This is a very solid yet confusing hike, and 5 miles to boot - my Track of March 2018. This takes in the best of the "boggy" desert area, higher desert with views, and little repetition. Canyon trail is a good addition to make it longer, but much of there lower Canyon trail is not worth any extra trekking.

3 months ago

excellently maintained. superior views of valley. can be quite windy though. many alternate trails in a network.

trail running
3 months ago

Beautiful Canyon views. Trail is very well marked and maintained. As expected in the desert, there’s no shade so wear a hat and bring some water. It’s short and easy. A fun way to get some exercise and experience the terrain in Desert Hot Springs.

4 months ago

We parked a car at the bottom trail end then car pooled to the Big Morengo Canyon trail head. It was all down hill mostly a gradual slope, moderate hike. We left early in the am so the canyons were in the shadows, the last 30 mins was in full sun along the dirt road.

This is basically a choose your own adventure hike. As another reviewer stated, there are lots of trails to choose from. I hiked up to the cross and followed the timeline to the peak, beautiful views! It’s unclear if this is private property, but there were several hikers out when I went. There at several areas with broken glass, so be mindful of you’re bringing your dog

4 months ago

Don’t be put off by the start and the ‘no trespassing’ signs - once you get up into the canyon it’s lovely. Short, although it seems like it goes on a lot further than the given little map here

on Swiss Canyon Trail

4 months ago

I input 10540 Verbena Drive in Google maps, and it took me to within 30 feet of the trailhead. I didn’t walk through the canyons much. I hiked to the cross/shrine and followed the trail further up the hills and looped back around. That was only 1.35 miles, but it was pretty steep and gave me a good workout. I slid a lot on the way down, so I’m not sure I’d recommend that.

To get to the cross, walk up the main dirt road just to the right of the small stone bridge on Verbena. Pass the 2 chained areas and go through the railroad tie entrance. After that you will take a trail to the left that leads you up the hill. The trail gives you a great view of Desert Hot Springs, the windmills and the valley. I walked in December, so the landscape was brown. It’s a great place to walk for exercise, but it doesn’t have the prettiest landscape.

I will say it’s one of the best maintained trails I’ve ever walked. It’s amazing how much work must have gone into marking the trails with all of the little rocks. Thank you, volunteers, for all of that hard work.

6 months ago

Paths veer off to the left and right all along the trail - just pick a direction and see where it leads. Great views at the top of the canyon. Plenty of ridge lines to walk along. Loose sediment makes it feel like a proper desert hike

I’ve lived in the desert for two years now and this is my favorite trail yet. In a way, it gives you a more vast scope of the where you are in the Coachella Valley than being at the top of the mighty Mt San Jacinto. Some brutal parts you must climb that almost seem off trail, but the best thing about BC is the options of so many offshoots in case you decide you don’t want to do the whole thing

Saturday, April 15, 2017

View was spectacular! Trail is nicely marked and kept up

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Love this trail, haven't been there in years. Want to go back soon.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Nice, easy, well maintained trail. Slow grade. Ends when you reach the 'shrine'.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Such a beautiful place!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I think we're right between wildflowers. Orchids aren't out yet, and shrubs are finished blooming. Very friendly jays and thrashers, wanted to pose. Lots of butterflies. Very pleasant walk!

Friday, January 27, 2017

This is a good workout hike. The views are beautiful.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The trail around the marsh area is great for bird watching and butterflies/flowers after spring rains. We did the 11 mile round trip on a Wednesday. Quiet and peaceful. But the trail had no water running when we went and the end of the trail where you have to turn around the view of the windmills was nice but it is adjacent to private property and there is a bunch of dumped trash & tires there. If i go back it would only be to walk the 2 mile loop, but I won't drive and hour out here to do a 2 mile hike. What I did like was on the loop they did have most the plants along it marked so you knew what it was.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

This is definitely one of my favorite desert trails in the area. The place is truly fascinating. The rock walls are just beautiful and the trail changes with every advance. There's your plain old desert at the bottom, then you work your way up past these great rock formations and cuts in the earth. You eventually run into a huge gray rock wall at least 12 feet high and you think it's done, but nope. You can go around on the right and all the way up to a shrine. This is one of the most peaceful trails I've ever walked. It's so quiet out there, the silence hurts my ears sometimes. As for the difficulty, I find the elevation change to be a bit hard on me with my asthma, but it's really not anything bad. Walking back down is the best. Great views and extremely easy. The trip down is my time to really look around and explore.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

I'm a local and had never heard of this trail until finding here on AllTrails. This is a VERY nice, well maintained trail located just off of Verbena Drive. It can be easy to miss if you don't look in the right direction and get spooked by the "No Trespassing" signs. The trail begins just beyond those signs and just slightly to the south on a road that is located behind some houses. Keep going and you'll see it. There's several small rock walls that people have built, but that is to keep the off-roaders out, not hikers. If you keep going you will have to do a bit of rock climbing, but nothing too difficult. Someone had decorated a couple of bushes like Xmas trees when we went about halfway up. It's a steady ascend, but there's really some great views. Will hike this again.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Ok. My first time using AllTrails for a hike. Got to the point on the map. However, the trail was NOT clearly marked. At least three do not pass signs posted by forestry service. Hard for a novice hiker to work out where the trail started. We did walk and accidentally find the trail on our way back.
Wonderful vistas! Would do again.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

it was amazing. pretty hard but worth it.
take enough water people

Friday, May 06, 2016

Love these trails Brice canyon turns into Lewis canyon then way up back it continues to Meadow trail. Great trails very beautiful. I've made it all the way up to the Virgen De Guadalupe Shrine. Where someone planted real roses up there. Most definitely hiking there again soon.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

good app

Friday, March 20, 2015

Read on --
Morongo Valley has this hike as a main (and only?) attraction. The upper highly maintained loops and board walks are scenic and fun and excellent, however, the out and back extension that makes this a 9 mile hike is rather average (I wouldn't do that part again since there are better ways to spend your time, like Whitewater loop). Definitely explore the touristy beginning part near the parking lot - it's great. There's actually a marshy area there complete with board walks and thickets! Pretty cool for the desert. Note -- no dogs even on leash - how rude!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The out-and-back canyon trail (Swiss Canyon trail, Brice Canyon trail, or Mike Lewis Trail; it has a lot of names) is INSANELY well maintained by folks who live near it. I met one of the guys a couple years back. They hauled a lot of the trash out of the area and have set up impressive lines of rocks on each side of the trail---very aesthetically pleasing.

People make messages along the trail with rocks and by scratching words into the dirt, which makes the walk feel even more personalized by the neighborhood. While the trail is described as flat by Laura Randal in her book "Day and Overnight Hikes: Palm Springs", it does steadily incline as one goes.

The hilly trail nearby, which features steps carved into the dirt in some areas, its good for a workout or to get a vista of desert (especially impressive at night), but is less personalized by folks nearby. I've even run into a few people on the trail, them going up while I walk down towards home, which is surprising because it can feel sometimes like I'm the only one who hikes it. Always fun to see other folks out there :)

Friday, January 17, 2014

We did this hike today, didn't see any big horn sheep this time but we have in the past. We parked one car at the trail end and started at the preserve. To find the trail end, look for the gas pipeline markers about 1/4 mi or so east of Rt 62 on Indian Canyon. There's some equipment with a chain link fence by the road there. It's probably not allowed to park along this road but it's not posted keep out. The road is very rough so use a high clearance vehicle. Be careful not to leave valuables in your car here. My GPS said it was almost 6.5 miles from the preserve to Indian Canyon Rd. This is an easy hike with very little grade change. Lots of different birds at the beginning.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

I've been coming to this park for 20 years and I've seen a lot of changes. There are marked walks/hikes from easy to moderate and some are actually wooden walkways. If you're in the area it's pretty cool to peep it. I noticed a lot of birds, a deer, and all sorts of vegetation. There are Mountain Lion warnings but I wouldn't let that stop you. There's a story of Willy Boy, one of the last outlaws hunted by a riding posse. They made a movie.

Monday, December 23, 2013

This is a very nice trail. I followed Brice canton trail, which doesn't climb any of
The hills but stays in a canyon that circles between several hills, kind of generally circling to left up canyon. All trails here are lined with two rows of rocks, easy to follow although the Brice canyon one seems to be the only named one. Anyways, I went
Up canyon for an hour, very pretty.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Was nice .. My 7 year old was able to do the whole thing ..give it a try just not in the summer :/

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Went back and did the Canyon Trail which is a 9 mile out and back. The hike was fairly easy but the trail had been washed out from recent rainstorms. Check weather reports before you do this hike as it is in a wash 90% of the way and flash floods are frequent. We saw Big Horn Sheep and snakes. Lots of birds.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Very first thing I noticed was the warning sign about mountain lions!! There are several trails here. I took the trail left to the Yucca Ridge and went the outer loop to hit all the trails. If you do this it is appox 3 miles. You can take the Canyon trail once you get to the fence but it was a very humid day and that trail alone is a 9 mile out and back trail. Ill do that another day. As for the trails, they are VERY well marked. You will notice all the signs informing you of the various types of bushes tree and cacti. There was a huge storm a few days before I went and a few spots of the trail was damaged but it was still easy to figure out. Another thing that didnt go unnoticed was the landscape is still damaged from a brush fire several years ago. There was only one small steep climb but other than that these trails are relatively easy. Once I got into the brush and trees the temp dropped about 10-15 degrees. Beautiful landscapes and tons of birds. It's absolutely amazing to see this in the middle of the desert. A definite must do.

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