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Dunn Road is a 15.3 mile point-to-point trail located near Palm Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 15.3 mi Elevation gain 1,332 ft Route type Point to Point

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Peter Laska
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Alexandra Ward
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I forgot to mention I forgot to stop recording before we started to drive. So the last block or so was not part of the hike. Also if you access as we did, you will come to a locked gate on Dunn Road at the ranch. Follow the fence to the right until it becomes a 3- strand barbed wire fence. Look for where the middle strand is tie up. Enter there and follow the watercourse down until you see the road on your left. Cross the wash and access the road. It’s all road from there.

Alexandra Ward
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This trip is hard/very strenuous. Started at the Pinyon Crest end thinking we would hike over a ridge to a valley and then have a fairly level walk until the picnic tables. No ma’am! It was up and down the whole way, in the foothills. Sometimes gentle slopes, mostly steep slopes, and some really steep. Took longer than expected and probably involved total elevation gains of at least 3000’ and maybe more. The scenery is beautiful though. We”Dunn” Dunn Road. And it was both a blessing and a curse.

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Vicki Leimback
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One of my favorite hikes in this area. The history of Dunn Road Captivates me.

Roy Boy
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Hiking

We start at the cathedral city cove and hike up, the views are breathtaking and pictures don't do it justice, it feels like the Wild West up there on cool and cloudy days is when I'd recommend taking this trail as it will be amazing experience. Starting from the cove is honestly hard as rain has washed out half the trail and your walking mostly on bare rock of the mountain so it's not really a beginner trail, very steep parts on the way up but getting to the top is 100% worth it. Many beautiful views really capture the beauty of the Coachella valley desert and about 3-4 miles up you'll find the earth moving vehicles Mike Dunn abandoned while trying to make the road. Highly recommend and please take a lot of water as 1.5 liters wasn't enough for me and we only hike it on cloudy days.

Miszzy Larson
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Mountain biking

I would like to help get more people up to the top of this and others like it so they too can enjoy the fun down hill ride, maybe even a few times in one day. please help me. go to my link below thank you https://www.gofundme.com/helpmiszzydothis

Carla Wray
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Hiking

This hike is quite steep and very little shade so keep that in mind when getting ready. We stopped when we saw big horn sheep close to the road and didn't want to disturb them. Parking on the street is available with no restrictions. Very quiet only saw two other people.

Tony Fernandez
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Mountain biking

Dunn road trail starts like most trails here in and around Cathedral City, with a mile hike up a 17 percent incline. After your spent from the climb whatever energy you have left is used for the awesome trails in poster card scenery. after the ascent and a quarter mile past that we found (Palm Canyon Trail?) a trail running across Dunn road and decided to ride it towards west, IT WAS FREAKN AWESOME!!! I really hated the climb on foot but totally worth it!

Steve Mutkoski
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Mountain biking

A great ride with a pretty interesting story behind it. Mike Dunn tried for a decade to carve a road out connecting the mountain valleys with Palm Springs. After litigation stopped him, he left some tractors and heavy equipment and his partially completed road behind. It's one of the best, but very challenging, rides I've done. We road up 4 miles and about 2600 feet, through washed out portions of a road that was probably too steep to really work for anything but hardy 4x4s. The climb is tough, but you are rewarded with incredible views, empty trails and a very different environment than what you see down in the valley. At the 4 miles mark, there is a massive earth moving device and some picnic tables. This is a great place to break for some air, but also marks the start of some nice singletrack which cuts off to the west/NW and loops back around to a point about 2 miles back down Dunn Road. Dunn Road is a real mix, a wide hardpack road base up above about 3 miles, to a partially washed out narrow dirt road for the first 2 miles. Again, the reward is up above, both the views and the stellar single track up in the heights where things get a lot less steep. We saw only 2 other mountain bikers our entire time up there. But luckily one of them was a local who agreed to stick with us and give us a tour! Later in the week, I drove up around Highway 74 and found the "top" of Dunn Road, it would be a killer 12+ miles downhill ride with a drop off.

Michael Connors
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Zachary Sturms
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Phil Sklar
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Patty Jacobson
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Patty Jacobson
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Kirstan Jones
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Jared Hemming
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Shelly Callender
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Eric Losee
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Donna Turley
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Tyler Crounse
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