Herman's Hike Trail

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Herman's Hike Trail is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Desert Hot Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,423 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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I-10 exit Ramon Road go East, left turn on Thousand Palms Canyon Road for a quarter mile away to Willis Trailhead parking on the left side.

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8 months ago

Great trail to get acclimated to the desert air and heat...did this in 2 hrs and had great views of the valley and further out into the Thousand Palms Canyon Range...not difficult just Bri g plenty of water!

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Thu May 09 2019

May 9, 2019 hike date. My wife and I are in our 50’s. Did the Herman’s Hike Trail. We started at the trailhead along Thousand Palms Canyon Road. Terrain is sandy with small rocks to start. When you make the right turn on the trail near the edge of the Willis Point Palms, the terrain and wide trail becomes very sandy, like walking in deep, dry sand at a beach. Can get annoying after a while. Luckily, that’s when you begin your ascent into the hills. Trail eventually narrows to a small path. Very easy to follow. There are waypoints randomly. I wore hiking boots while my wife wore an old pair of running type sneakers. Small rocks maybe slightly annoying if wearing tennis shoes. YMMV. We started at around 9:30 AM and got back around 12:30. Was high 80’s, low 90’s when we got back. Can feel very hot. Bring plenty of water. I wore a camelback, my wife drank bottled water which we had three bottles of in her backpack. My camelback holds 2 bottles. All in all - we went through 2-1/2 bottles of water each. Trail and views are very desert looking - mainly brown at time of year we went. Some low, greenery along the way. Mostly grasshoppers and small lizards were seen. Saw one horned toad. 3/4 the way up there is a spectacular view of very jagged sides of the two hills (mountains?). Nice breeze there. Actually mostly breezy all the way up which was nice. Just heavier breeze between the two jagged sides of the hills. At the summit, you can elect to keep going as All Trails map shows; however, you will need to turn around and come back up the hill the way you came as the bottom side is closed, so you have to go back. We found this out from a guide along the way, so we stopped at the summit. On the way down, we elected to take the Willis Palms Loop route (there is a clearly marked cross trail waypoint signpost there). Probably would not do this again as you are basically walking down a gradual dry river bed type terrain. More of that sandy soil. No breeze. It got hot down there. You come out near the the Willis Palms Oasis and from there take the trail back to the trailhead. Overall a nice 3-hour hike.

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rocky
Thu Mar 21 2019

good exercise hike with great views. less Sandy than other nearby hikes in the park. goes up and down a mountain of sorts.

Wed Jun 06 2018

I did this trail to Herman’s Peak today. Started at 9:00 am and got back at 12:30 pm. Great hike although views are nice scenery is all the same. Bring plenty of water since only 5 minutes of shade in oasis. Temp hit 97 at 12:30 so better to start early.

Mon Mar 26 2018

The view from the summit is worth 5 stars but the 2.6 miles up there are some of the most monotonous in the entire area. The trailhead shows only the Willis Palms hike— the first and only marker for Herman’s hike comes about 2 miles up the path. Skip this one!

Sun May 28 2017

Absolutely Gorgeous with the wild flowers of March

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Thu Jan 26 2017

The views get better and better as you go up. This is an easy hike, and great for those who like a gradual climb, and with temps in the 60's and sunny, it makes this hike truly enjoyable.

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Thu Mar 03 2016

Start at the Coachella Reserve parking lot. Start on the Macallum Trail, then Moon Country, keeping an eye out for the switchback trail to the left (to the south) at about 2 miles. Climb the switchbacks and you are on Herman Loop. Views are remarkable and rare for 360 degrees. Retrace your steps or carry on toward Willis and then the paved road. Drivers are basically texting idiots, so this is the only dangerous part of the trail.

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