Actually a really nice trail. I’d give it four stars except for one thing: you have to pay admission to the Living Desert to gain access to this trail. Otherwise great trail, moderately challenging. Did the 5 Miles in about 1.5 hours. Little to no shade so wear sunscreen, a hat, and bring water. Some scrambling up small boulders, but not too difficult. Fantastic views of the Coachella valley from the top. Also good view of the San Andreas fault. Best hiked in the morning hours to avoid the afternoon sun and heat.

Perfect mid 80’s day for this hike. Will return in January and bring our friends as we also are members of the Living Desert.

I would like to help get more people up to the top of this and others like it so they too can enjoy the fun down hill ride, maybe even a few times in one day. please help me. go to my link below thank you

Great views of Coachella Valley with rest spots along the way. Note there is an admission charge to access the trailhead from the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, but then you get the added bonus of visiting and learning about desert gardens and animals.

great hike. was a cool 73. canyon side boulders aren't bad. ridge was super windy. great views of the mountains and Palm desert.

Should be rated as difficult especially the boulder field.

This is a fantastic trail! The views from every turn are gorgeous!

Wonderful hiking experience, which had the best of both worlds. It had the vistas without feeling like you were just climbing up a giant barren rock, and it had windy/rocky trails that made it feel like you were in the wilderness while still seeing the vastness of the valley. When you hit the top you have a great view of the snow-capped mountains and the city sprawl - a great place to pack a lunch, eat and relaxxxxxx.

A few cons: the price for admission is steep. However, since it is costly, the trail has less traffic (huge pro, imo). Second con is that you don't go to the summit. You're soooo close that you just want to keep hiking to the very top!!! - but you're prohibited.

Lastly, the actual Living Desert is AWESOME ;) So go ahead and check it out while you're there.

Nice hike with a lunch spot at the top. If you want a serious workout, this is probably not going to do it. It's lovely to share the hike with a good friend then enjoy the animals after:)

Loved this hike. It was so pretty. Go up the left side trail if you don't want to do the entire hike. It is a good out and back. Will do this often!

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