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!

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Completed this trail on October 17th.
I can understand the reluctance in paying an entry fee just to hike this. But the Living Desert is a special place so I would recommend making a day of it and visit the various animals and exhibits in addition to the hike. The food in the Watutu Village is actually pretty good so have lunch there (along with a post hike cold beer). Then feed a giraffe or ride a camel or the old carousel.
We took the long loop and my Apple Watch measured it at 4.8 miles round trip. Sign in at the trailhead so they know if anyone got stranded out there. As already noted there is very little shade on this trail. So it goes without saying to pack plenty of water or Gatorade type drinks. The boulder field at the beginning had some standing water in a few spots and a large falling rock caught our attention pretty quickly. It climbs pretty steadily in spots and eventually tops out with a little covered picnic table. Great views from there and an easy descent from there. I would rate this as more moderate than "easy". But of of course these ratings are also based on weather and each person's overall physical condition. It was low 80's on the day of our hike.