Gabby Hayes Trail to Herb Jeffries Trail Loop

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Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

Gabby Hayes Trail to Herb Jeffries Trail Loop is a 1.9 mile moderately 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 running and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 347 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

walking

running

views

over grown

rocky

washed out

no shade

no dogs

Dogs may be permitted in the beginning of this route, but are prohibited at a certain point.

hiking
off trail
rocky
2 months ago

Gabby Hayes to hopalong Cassidy to unmark trail behind Stone Eagle.

hiking
no shade
rocky
washed out
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Quick, fun trail with great views of the mountains and city. There are some points that split in the trail which don’t have signs, but it’s pretty easy to navigate if you’re paying attention.

Awesome trail with options for hikers of beginner to intermediate skill. We had a group ranging in ages 7 - 41 and everyone had a great time!

hiking
no shade
rocky
5 months ago

This is a great low-moderate trail with light traffic of hikers and bikers. I would recommend heading south straight in toward the hills to start as this gives you a more gradual and Incremental climb to the higher points. You can easily extend your hike at the mid point by adding another 0.3 mile loop from the Bump and Grind trail though it is a bit steeper than the Gabby Hayes.

Did this shortly after 8 am. This allows for shade on the trail in some sections. We missed the trail turn-off to do the original loop planned, so we made our own plan to walk back to the parking lot. This worked out well, there is a table/gazebo and water fountain where the rain drop icon is on the trail. Thumbs up!

hiking
10 months ago

nice trail to run. never too steep.

hiking
no shade
rocky
Sun May 26 2019

hiking
Mon Apr 22 2019

Decent light hike ... while there prefer the cross trail

hiking
Sun Mar 10 2019

Herbert Jeffries trail. Very nice view not as vigorous as the Cross loop.

hiking
Thu Mar 08 2018

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.

Thu Mar 01 2018

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. :)

Tue Feb 06 2018

Nice trail. beginning and end big inclines.

hiking
Tue Dec 19 2017

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

hiking
Sat Oct 07 2017

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

hiking
Tue Oct 03 2017

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.

hiking
Thu Apr 27 2017

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

Sat Apr 01 2017

Great for trail running near palm desert or Indian wells.

hiking
Sat Jan 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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