Desert View Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily 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: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 311 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

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. Tram is $25.

hiking
2 months ago

Views are breathtaking.

hiking
flooded
icy
muddy
snow
3 months ago

icy
muddy
snow
3 months ago

Short but really cool hike

icy
off trail
snow
5 months ago

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
5 months ago

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
5 months ago

A foot of packed snow at most. Snow shoes were overkill. Yak trax or even nothing perhaps would suffice. Beautiful but too quick.

6 months ago

Could be better marked but not too hard to figure out. absolutely worth doing! Some amazing views at the notches. at notch 3 climb up the hill to the right. worth it for the view!

hiking
6 months ago

Easy short walk for families who ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tram to Mount San Jacinto State Park.

hiking
7 months ago

Well maintained and great views. The altitude knocked us out pretty badly though, made 2 miles feel like 10!

hiking
8 months ago

Lovely hike after taking tram to top. Be prepared for significant temperature changes. Incredible views

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Nice fun hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked this on 5/13/19. Fun ride up on Aerial tram. Temp in the high 50's range once at Mountain station (temps down in Palm Desert were high 80's). Nice easy hike. Stop at Notches 1-5 for big views & photo ops. Lunched at one of the picnic tables then took the tram back down. Nice way to spend a couple hours. Would take the tram again & do some of the other trails from Mountain station.

hiking
Wed May 29 2019

Loved this trail.. you can make it easy or hard depending upon how much climbing you want to do at each of the scenic notches. Was a bit overcast and so conditions perfect for climbing. Beautiful views.

hiking
snow
Sat Feb 02 2019

great views! snow added some extra difficulty, we probably should have gotten snowshoes. Trail wasn't very clearly marked due to the snow. Families with small kids or beginner hikers may want to wait until snow thaws. would love to come again in spring or summer.

recorded Desert View Trail

hiking
Mon Jan 28 2019

Was the only trail open due to the snow. Short trail with great views of the valley below. Glad we went up on tram, winter just isn’t the time to get any good hiking in.

hiking
Wed Nov 28 2018

Great easy hike, beautiful views!

Sat Nov 10 2018

great short hike while visiting PS. the Tram ride was a delight

Sun Oct 28 2018

Nice easy hike with small kids. Great way to get out of the heat of the valley.

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