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Earl Henderson Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Palm Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 377 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Washed out

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Frank Aguilar
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Hiking

Hike ended early due to rattle snake.

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Frank Aguilar
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Hiking

I hated this trail. Probably the worst we’ve done. Completely pointless.

Jenny Santana
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Hiking

Great trail, if you go in the morning you have shade most of the way. You can see we’re the fires where and wild birds.

John Doe
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Hiking

WARNING! Trail from hell. The beginning section is a deep sand wash and you will be covered in sand half way through it. As soon as you begin heading up into the hills, the trail is lined with hay grass that gets into your dogs fur. My dog began whimpering because he was completely covered in hay needles. It was very painful for him. Worst trail in the valley.

Ashley Busenius Coy
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Hiking

Nice for a jaunt with the pup. Mostly shaded in the early morning. The first quarter is all incline and then it’s all downhill/ flat from there. If doing the loop, make sure to wear socks! Lots of potential for sand in the shoes while walking in the wash.

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Oskar Winqvist
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Jim Scott
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Hiking

I was going to hike this trail yesterday, but when I arrived at the trailhead, the people at a car in the lot said their car had just got broken into, in broad daylight. I decided it was not a safe area so I went elsewhere.

Brooke Lloyd
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Hiking

Great trail for trail running and easy hike. The walk back in the wash is not recommended- I would suggest doing an out and back versus the full loop. Trailhead is easy to find, but make sure to follow the Henderson post signs as there is one tricky turn at the beginning. Good elevation, Nice for an easy after hike.

Jeff Soladay
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Hiking

Not well marked as other reviewers have said. Great at the start, but we shortly realized we were off of it down in the sandy wash. Needs more blazes/signposts to point you the right way. Nice views on the mountainside half of the loop, for as close to Palm Springs as it is.

Alyssa Pugh
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HikingNo shade

If you're in Palm Springs (with your dog) and looking for a convenient, short hike with mountain views, this is a good option. Only downside is that since it's so convenient, there's roadway noise and the Palm Springs sprawl is in the views.

Lilith Martirosyan
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Adam Reinsma
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HikingNo shade

A little confused about the second half as you come around the loop to head back to the start, as we ended up walking through just straight sand for most of the way back. Not sure if we took a wrong turn or what, but we couldn’t seem to find a path that went all the way back. Regardless, the hike was nice, great view all the way up. There’s the option to take Shannon trail to the top of the mountain. We went about halfway up then turned back and finished the Earl Henderson trail.

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Greg Davis
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Hiking

Path is not well marked at first and then becomes more visible as you go up the hill. Walk the wash at first to get to the trail.

Natalie S
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No shade

Dog friendly but TONS of foxtails coming back out so my dog was not happy at all. Luckily he's small so I was able to carry him some of the way back (now I have welts and am itching). Loop mapped here takes you slightly off trail through the sandy wash heading in. Note that you cannot continue onto Shannon Trail with a dog due to bighorn sheep. UPDATE: It took me over an hour to carefully comb and pull out all the foxtails from my dog's hair and skin. These can be VERY hazardous to a dog's health, so use caution if taking yours on this trail.

Lauren Christiansen
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Hiking

Had no trouble finding trail as others indicated. We watched for cars and used the All Trails map for location. First half of loop was great as we went upward. We chose to follow loop and next time we will take the Shannon trail, as the 2nd half of the trail is in the sandy wash. Glad we tried Earl Henderson trail.

Clark Gunness
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Hiking

good easy trail for oldsters!

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Chris Kelly
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Pretty and easy hike.

Kerstin Brunckhorst
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What a great easy to moderate hike. We missed the trailhead so we walked along the wash / sandy trail until we picked it up for the return. Beautiful spot. My 77 year old mother did it with me.

Bob Story
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You totally do not walk through a "dusty river bed". The previous person clearly chose the wrong trail. Furthermore there is no dusty river bed. It is a WASH. Quite different. Give this trail a try. It is well worth it. It is best to stay to the right when choosing a trail. Stay on an upward trajectory. This will keep you out of the WASH.

Mariana Frechel
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Hiking

It’s a good hike but it’s definitely not well marked and you have to walk through a dusty river bed to get to the good part! I think I rather stick with Lykken Trail it’s more challenging and less dusty!

Susan Dakuzaku
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Hiking

Easy and full of wildlife.

Eddie Anderson
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Hiking

One of the easier trails to do. It doesn't climb too high. The beginning is a little confusing and not well marked as it gets washed out. it crosses the road before heading up the hill.

Aaron Tutwiler
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Hiking

Trail was difficult to find because no signs at all from the road. Finally had to use the map and park on side of road next to what looked like a trail. Despite being surrounded by private property, the path took us up to the trail. We ended up peeling off to the Shannon trail that took us up to the top with some great views. I recommend the trail but give yourself extra time to find it.

Larry S.
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Cross Country Skiing

Trail was poorly marked.

Marcus Kowal
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Hiking
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