Clara Burgess Trail to Murray Hill

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Clara Burgess Trail to Murray Hill is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

7.1 miles
2076 feet
Out & Back



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers

no dogs

Use Palm Canyon trailhead rather than the trailhead by the Vons near the Goat Trails, which are private property.

1 month ago

Probably would be considered a bit above " moderate", but was a great hike, awesome views. To the top little less than two hours taking it easy. I started from Goat Trail. Says private but everyone hikes it.

1 month ago

This is a fun hike but in my experience the trail is not maintained very well. Be prepared and pay attention to your surroundings. It’s a very enjoyable and challenging hike!

2 months ago

No sheer drop offs which allows for a safe adventure. I also like that you can walk to your ability and turn back. We did 5 miles and felt right. Look forward to returning and going further. The climb was steep and kept us breathing to a liking.

4 months ago

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Great hike! Took time for photos and to enjoy view at the top. Great exercise!!

Friday, January 06, 2017

steep, great views and Windy ridges

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Hiked on Black Friday and started from the dirt lot behind Von's on HWY 111. The description mentions that the trailhead near Vons is private property, but that memo is lost on the tons of people who park and launch here.

Lot of walkers and mountain bikers for the first two miles. There are a ton of mountain biking trails that break off of the main trails and I made the mistake of following one which took me way off course. Fortunately, the trail was close enough to civilization that I was able to easily navigate back to the main trail.

Once I got beyond that first 2 miles, the traffic died way down and it was a super peaceful walk. There are two significant ascents. The first is near the sign for Garstin which connects with the Wild Horse trail where you hike straight up the ridge a few hundred feet before reaching a summit. Then you drop down to the Clara Burgess trail which marks the beginning of the final ascent to Murray Peak. Along the way, from Wild Horse to Murray Peak, there are plenty of gorgeous views both of Palm Springs and of the San Jacinto mountains. The view from Murray Peak is great and at this point you've definitely earned whatever snacks, beverages or break you want to give yourself.

- Stay hydrated; there's no shade on this trail and it's just you under that big ball of fire.
- Use sunscreen and a hat.
- Stick to the main trails.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

3 hours there and back worth the view!

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Beautiful views.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Great trail, lots of wild flowers, fantastic views!

trail running
Thursday, March 03, 2016

Murray Peak is a destination, not a trail.

Many people access the peak starting on Araby Trail (it goes past Bob Hope's house) or starting at Von's and using the Goat Trails.

I have done it 4 times in past 18 months, always parking on Bogert Trail and climbing up the steep Garstin Trail, then Wildhorse and Clara Burgess.

Views are wonderful, footing is varied but always good.

Bonus is that this peak is visible and recognizable from much of Northern Coachella Valley so you can point it out to your friends and family as one of your accomplishments!!!

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

This trail is difficult to find but if you go to the Garstin trail then to The wild horse trail you will find the Clara burgess trail. Not shade, fairly clear path. I was able to run over half of the trail. This trail is really good for all levels.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Hot (early Sept) but well worth it. Went to the top then kept going down the other side to my hotel. If you do this, stay up above the wash as long as possible. I came across several 10ft+ drops that required rope, which I was glad to have with me.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The trail head for this hike is best taken at Von's off highway 111. As others have said there are lots of merging trails and it is easy to get lost if you do not study the routes. The climb is steep but the view and picnic table make it a great destination. 2,100 feet of assent as shown on my gps.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Pretty good trail.

starting elev. 450ft
highest evel. 2320

mountain biking
Thursday, October 13, 2011

sweet trails

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