Gabby Hayes Trail to Herb Jeffries Trail Loop

MODERATE 28 reviews

Gabby Hayes Trail to Herb Jeffries Trail Loop is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Palm Desert, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round.

2.0 miles
354 feet

kid friendly


trail running



over grown


washed out

no shade

no dogs

Hwy 74 go towards South, right on Pitahaya St., left on Edgehill Dr.

16 days ago

Fairly easy short hike except for moderate climb at start and descent near end. Took me an hour. Good hike if you are short on time or new to the area. Impressive views of the mountains, valley, and geology of the hillside. People on the trail are very friendly. I enjoyed it and plan to hike it again on our next visit. Smooth walking surface. Go early on a weekday to avoid traffic, heat, and crowds. Parking areas on popular trails fill up fast. Trailhead at Cahuilla Hills Park is easy to find and has a restroom and maps.

I took off a star because signage was confusing. I looked for Herb Jeffries Trail to start but did not find it - partially my fault. I began on the Gabby Hays part of the loop. But that trail name appeared only near the start. From there the trail name Hopalong Cassidy Trail was on the signs. It took me a while to figure out that the Hopalong Cassidy and Gabby Hays Trails share the same path. I had to ask someone to verify that and locate the point where the trail diverges to the Herb Jeffries Trail which completes the loop. The sign for the Herb Jeffries Trail at the parking area is too small and easy to miss. If you want to start on the Herb Jeffries Trail, walk toward the tennis courts to find the trail connector and follow the signs (this part is very well marked).

Enjoy this and many other trails in Palm Desert and Palm Springs area. There is a great variety of trails, scenery, and degree of difficulty.

22 days ago

Nice inclines, not too brutal. Trying to rehab my knee so this was perfect. Trails are a little narrow and kinda rocky in spots, so watch your ankles! I don't know why this trail says "no dogs" because they have poop bags available and I seen many furbabies on the trail. Next time I will bring mine. :)

1 month ago

Nice trail. beginning and end big inclines.

3 months ago

Fun, easy, quick trail. Little to no shade. A couple of steep climbs and decents but nothing difficult.

5 months ago

Easy to moderate difficulty. Well marked trails with great vistas of the valley.

5 months ago

Well marked moderate trail with several off-shoots for additional options. Parking & restroom available. Very little shade (typical of the area) but very pleasant in the morning.

10 months ago

very good track for a beginner wanting moderate difficulty. beautiful views. flowers in the spring.

11 months ago

Great for trail running near palm desert or Indian wells.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The trail is fine but it is NOT dog friendly. The first section is and then there is a dogs prohibited sign.

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