Clara Burgess Trail to Murray Hill

MODERATE 85 reviews

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.

Distance: 7.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,076 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

no dogs

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

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

easy hike up Shannon, down to Wildhorse, and then briefly vertical up the ridge to a long circular traverse to Murray. Figure on 4 to 5 hours round trip. 2 bottles enough water.

3 months ago

love this climb, have done it 3 times in the past two weeks along with other local trails, but this one is greatet for building your endurance for future hikes.

muddy
no shade
3 months ago

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

I did this hike starting at Garstin Trail via Clara Burgess trail then Wildhorse trail to the top. We then descended via the trail at the other side of the peak which leads down to Vons (goat trails). It’s a wonderful hike. It was an overcast day and not too hot so very pleasant temperatures. If it’s forecast to be hot and sunny, get an early start and take lots of water as there is no shade. It took us about 5hours hiking with about 20 minutes at the top to have a snack and enjoy the panoramic views.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail if you want a hike with good elevation! You can stop at any point and head back, but in this case, we hiked from Garstin to Wild Horse and took Clara Burgess to Murray. Although the hike got strenuous, the views were gorgeous and we only saw a handful of people. We set out at about 7:30, and made it back around 12, while going at a good pace. It was about 7.5 miles. There’s picnic tables at the top of Murray if you want to bring a lunch! We followed the All Trails guide to get to the starting point and had no trouble finding the path (just look up!)

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

Difficult at times. Take plenty of water and snack.

5 months ago

love it

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike and great views especially between Wild Horse and Murray Peak

Beautiful trails with lots of elevation changes and different views. Take Garstin up to Burgess if you want to get to highest peak

hiking
6 months ago

excellent trail - took about 90 minutes to the top at a pretty fast pace and maybe 10 minutes less down. I was trying to make it back before the sun set though so I'd budget 4 hours or so to be able to take in all the views. Only saw 2 other hikers the whole time.

6 months ago

very tough, great hike

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Yes use Garstin Trail to begin this trail...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

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!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

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.

hiking
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

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

hiking
Friday, January 06, 2017

steep, great views and Windy ridges

hiking
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. Recommendations: - 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.

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