Looking for a great trail in Sand to Snow National Monument, California? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Sand to Snow National Monument ranging from 0.7 to 11.3 miles and from 1,351 to 2,634 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
1 month ago

This is my second time trying to do this trail. It’s easy to get off course as there are a lot of ancillary trails. I got to the cross by keeping to the left at start. Then, went down the hill and I to the right. I did hike into a canyon. It was not Swiss Canyon. The views of the valley were gorgeous at sunrise. There were a few coyotes and a lot of rubbish dumped on the trail.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Really nice hike in town, when you get there you will be welcomed by "No trespassing" signs and some barking dogs behind fences. Don't be intimidated just keep walking straight and you will find the start of the trail. Once you do there will several other trails leading into different directions. I chose the trail that led to the cross and back down.

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy relaxing trail

on Mesquite Trail Loop

4 months ago

Beautiful hike but it’s still a bit cold so not much green growing stuff yet. In a month or 6 weeks from now this place should be phenomenal. Lots of bird activity and keep an eye out for the local accipiter (probably a sharp-shinned). Although called West Canyon Trail on AllTrails explore what the preserve calls the Yucca Ridge trail that runs along the mountain ridge and offers beautiful overviews of the preserve!

no shade
private property
4 months ago

Several paths lead up. Very confusing. “Directions” does not put you on correct trailhead. May be good for a trail runner workout but not much of a hike. And there is fencing across several paths.

Always a favorite- great for birding. There is something for everyone, a short stroll along the deck planks or hike out on many trail options. Always see many birds and usually mule deer as well

4 months ago

Nice little canyon trail close in. Interesting geology. Combine with DHS loop trail for a more rigorous workout

hiking
6 months ago

Great views, not spectacular until you reach the top. But worth it! We may have lost an iPhone on the trail on 12/27. Black case. Reward for return in any condition. Please contact 703.403.1285.

hiking
7 months ago

Ugh! Only positive are the wonderful views from on top. But the area is a web of OHV trails, trash, and dog poop. Nothing interesting plant-wise. As reviewers said, some trails (even the OHV roads) are so steep that you need to climb on all fours. Once you do the steep climb to the ridge, the trail is nothing but steep ups and downs. Unless this is your workout, it's too tedious for a hike - a lot of effort but nothing to gain by it. There are far, far better hikes.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike! (I went clockwise.) Not too easy and somewhat challenging if you take all the hills. There are a couple of times I need to climb with my hands. Great view!

A really interesting series of trails that intertwine over the aqueduct. Obvious signs of a previous life as a redneck playground, lots of bike trails, broken bottles, shotgun shells, and and remnants of an exploded nail bomb or two. It’s a quiet place now and the canyon is well protected from the winds. You will also get great views over looking CV and Mt San Jacinto at times. Some of the trails have steep slopes since they were dirt bike tracks, but you can easily find ways around them.

hiking
Friday, March 16, 2018

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.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

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

trail running
Thursday, February 01, 2018

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.

hiking
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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

walking
Friday, December 29, 2017

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

walking
Thursday, December 28, 2017

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.

hiking
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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

Thursday, November 02, 2017

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

hiking
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'.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

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