Desert View Trail

EASY 19 reviews

Desert View Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mountain Center, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
971 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

no dogs

A 1.5 mile (2 km) loop trail leads to a number of scenic overlooks and forest views. Short climbs, moderately strenuous. One of the handful of trails you can hike after getting off the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in Mt. San Jacinto State Park near Palm Springs.

hiking
16 days ago

Spectacular views for a million (or so) miles. Notch 2 & 3 are amazing. It was a Saturday, in June, so there were a LOT of people. This is NOT a hike for solitude, but well worth the views. It is beyond easy. Many people were in flip-flops although I would not walk this trail in those. I'm going back for sure to explore the rest of Round Valley. There was a bear spotted in the meadow, but was not threatening. Probably used to this many people in his/her neighborhood.

hiking
16 days ago

Great, easy hike with amazing views! There are 5 notches, and notch 3 was by far our favorite spot! Great views of the Coachella Valley and scenic mountain views! I would love to go back and explore more of this beautiful state Park!

18 days ago

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1 month ago

Great views, easy and absolutely OK if you have kids.

1 month ago

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2 months ago

This is a fairly easy hike yet the views at each of the 5 notches were amazing. We did many hikes in and around Palm Springs and everyone in the family said this was their favorite.

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7 months ago

Very pretty.

hiking
Friday, June 03, 2016

This is a really easy hike, with impressive views of the valley below. Great place to retreat from the summer heat.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

I hike this trail 3 or 4 times per week. It's a loop trail which I go around 3 times. I recommend hiking it counter-clockwise as it's a better workout, especially as you move from notch 5 to 4. Beautiful views at each notch and the trail feels safe to me. I never get tired of it.

hiking
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Easy hike, spectacular views of the valley below (Palm Springs area). Very fresh during the summer, a great way to escape the summer heat.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Had a blast hiking this trail w my family on Mother's Day. Weather was perfect and not too crowded. Could be better marked but other than that no complaints

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Great trail for kids. Some very scenic views of the valley.