Dunn Road

MODERATE 10 reviews

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.

15.3 miles
1,332 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash


mountain biking

trail running


wild flowers


9 months ago

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.

mountain biking
Monday, June 12, 2017

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


Monday, February 13, 2017

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.

mountain biking
Monday, December 28, 2015

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!

mountain biking
Saturday, January 12, 2013

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.

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