Desert View Trail

EASY 119 reviews

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

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

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
rocky
13 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice fun hike.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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
5 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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
7 months ago

Great easy hike, beautiful views!

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

XX

hiking
11 months ago

Great refreshing hike. Escape the heat of the desert with a fun tram ride experience.

hiking
Friday, July 06, 2018

Easy but beautiful hike at the aerial tramway.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Excellent signage and awesome views.

hiking
Saturday, June 02, 2018

Excellent, easy hike with great views.

snowshoeing
Sunday, May 27, 2018

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.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

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

hiking
Thursday, April 26, 2018

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!

Monday, April 23, 2018

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
Saturday, February 24, 2018

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

Monday, January 29, 2018

pretty easy, but great views of the valley

Monday, January 15, 2018

went here in the snow and it was fantastic!

walking
Monday, January 15, 2018

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

Thursday, November 30, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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
Monday, November 13, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

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

Sunday, July 09, 2017

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.

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