Explore the most popular wild flowers trails in Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I loved the variety of this trail. Inclines were not difficult but the soft sand was a little rough for my knee (old injury). Pleasant views but didn't see any sheep, which I was kind of bummed about. I'd do this hike again!

Amazing views. You get to experience lots of variety. You go through three oasis. Not a difficult hike, only ascent is at the beginning of the hike. Difficulty is in the distance. If you plan to do the whole 21km one-way you have to start really early since it gets really hot.

I was visiting Palm Desert and wanted to gain some elevation for a view. This was a fun hike with terrific views, glad I chose it.

Great trail. Nice scenery and views. Got to the 6.1 mile mark that indicated the end of the trail, but it seemed to go on at least a mile more to the horizon. Only reason for not getting 5 stars was that there were extremely irritating eye gnats for several hours of this hike.

7 days ago

Great incline!! Stunning views!!

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7 days ago

My son & I did the loop this morning in about an hour starting about 8:30. Definitely ascend clockwise as the trail is quite craggy. There are many switchbacks to the top but none are too vertical. Completing the loop on the descent the trail is generally wider with fewer rocky steps so it's an easy run to the end. I'm 72 and he is 35. We both agree that on a scale of 1-10 this hike is a 6 for difficulty and a 9 for fun.

Easy trail with great views.

Just when you think how easy this is it takes you on a roller coaster ride around and around. Lots of fun and good workout. Ended up on wrong trail going down and disembarked two miles from my car.

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12 days ago

This trail should be rated moderate to strenuous if hiked in a clock-wise direction. The "Grind" portion is quite steep, however it's better to hike up the Grind than down. Good work out hike. Very popular and crowded.

Just enough challenge to get your heart beating. Beautiful vistas Trails are single file.

Easy Hike. Saw 4 rattlesnakes. The waterfall is absolutely gorgeous!!! Beautiful views and scenery. Need to do this hike early as it was in the mid-90's by 11:30am.

Great view from the top and hike past Bob Hope’s house.

Great trail, love it.

I just love this local trail,

This trail should absolutely be done in the early spring and fall! Even may be nice during the winter. Temps are so so hot down here, bring plenty of water for everyone and snacks for breaks during the hike! Wear good shoes. The beginning Part is straight up and then it gets a little rocky before being leveling out. Nice views the whole way and an excellent workout!

Very good hiking trail for me, a beginner at 77 years.

on Araby Trail

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21 days ago

Views are fantastic. I would say All Trails has it rated appropriately as moderate. A recent reviewer said it was easy, but as a reasonably fit man, I would not rate it that way. There was never a need to use my hands to climb or steady myself, but it was still tiring on the way up.

Overall an excellent experience today!

Short ,but sweet some stair climbing and worth the waterfall!

Very interesting hike.... lots of water for sure, start early in the morning since it’s hot in the summer... I’ll do it again!!

I’m new to hiking and looking forward to many more adventures like this trail.

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24 days ago

Notes on North trailhead: the trailhead on W Cielo Drive is accurately described, but the map shows the trail ending at a completely different place, on W Crescent Dr between N Patencio Rd and N Via Monte Vista.
From Cielo Drive trailhead, trail climbs very steeply in short switchbacks up the side of the ridge between Chino Canyon and Tachevah Canyon. At the crest are two picnic tables and extensive views. From the ridge the trail descends sharply then traverses the headwall above Old Las Palmas.,

Gorgeous waterfall. Easy and short hike. Take water. Apply sunscreen.

Wonderful Easter morning hike. We just hiked to the peak and back about 2.2 miles.

Great hike! Great view at the summit!

Great trail for all levels of hikers. Terrific view at the summit

Easy and short hike. Really cool waterfall at the end of the hike. We arrived around 10:30 and there was a good amount of parking. Took about an hour from start to finish.

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28 days ago

Though rated “moderate,” trail certainly has its climbing moments. Sweeping views of the valley and, in the spring, beautiful wild flowers. Like most desert hikes, best to start early in the day as it can get HOT as there is no shade whatsoever. Also this was about the limit for my 12yr old — though admittedly he’s been going thru his tween phase.

Many different views of the valley.

great trail, plan for a long hike. pack snacks and water. great views at top.

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30 days ago

Picnic tables midway make for a nice rest with a beautiful view of Palm Springs and beyond.

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