Desert View Trail

EASY 59 reviews

Desert View Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palm Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
311 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

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.

2 days ago

Excellent signage and awesome views.

hiking
23 days ago

Excellent, easy hike with great views.

snowshoeing
29 days ago

I had only hiked here in summer, so I decided to try this trail during the winter for my first snowshoeing adventure. Rentals are available at the Winter Adventure Center, located not far from the bottom of the tram path. Many people were attempting to hike without snowshoes and were postholing down to their knees and thighs. As a result, most didn't make it very far and I had the trail nearly all to myself. Obviously, the "trail" was a little harder to follow but you get the general idea, and in most places there were previous tracks to follow. It was so beautiful to see such a familiar place blanketed in snow! So if you're looking for something new and different, this is highly recommended for snowshoeing. As always, be aware of the weather forecast, be prepared for quickly changing conditions, and dress in layers. Conditions were beautiful along the lower portion of the trail but the wind was gusting pretty hard at the notches and it was significantly colder.

29 days ago

Easy loop with great views of the Coachella Valley, San Jacinto & Santa Rosa Mtns, and more. Very accessible for visitors and beginners.

hiking
1 month ago

Neat little hike if you're not into being too adventurous. Beautiful views that overlook the Coachella Valley. Great hike for kids that they can enjoy exploring!

2 months ago

Nice views from top. Added this trail after I did the valley loop the same day. Enjoying the view for lunch was great.

trail running
3 months ago

I said YES on this trail Christmas Eve 2016 when my beautiful wife asked me to marry her!!!

4 months ago

pretty easy, but great views of the valley

5 months ago

went here in the snow and it was fantastic!

walking
5 months ago

Pretty but really freaking crowded with people who know zilch about trail etiquette.

6 months ago

View point three was beautiful! Easy hike, fun for the family. Take your time and enjoy the view.

hiking
7 months ago

Great short trail for the person who just wants to do a little walking around the mountain when taking the tram up. Great views and fairly flat as well!

hiking
7 months ago

Great views of the city of Palm Spring and the valley below.

hiking
11 months ago

Amazing vistas, but fairly easy hike. Totally worth the tramway ride up the mountain.

11 months ago

a trail for the whole family. we had a blast and the kids love the views

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

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
Monday, June 12, 2017

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!

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, April 27, 2017

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.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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

hiking
Thursday, April 23, 2015

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

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