Hidden Horseshoe and Pushwalla Palms Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Thousand Palms, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
It is a 17,000 acre site that is home to the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard, which is found nowhere else in the world. It is also where the spectacular Pushawalla Trail is located which is fed by water seeping out of the San Andreas Fault. The Pushawalla Palms Trail is one of several well-maintained trails within the Coachella Valley Preserve, a 20,000-acre property that is home to sand dunes, groves of desert fan palms, and an array of wildlife that includes the rare fringe-toed lizard. It begins near the visitor center and follows the ridge of an uplifted earthquake fault past stunning views of the Coachella Valley down to a large palm grove, then returns via a scrub-covered wash. I like to do this hike in late afternoon, when the sinking sun casts dramatic shadows over the desert and the San Bernardino Mountains. This is an easy-to-moderate hike with an elevation gain of about 300 feet. Outstanding Features: palm groves, desert and mountain views, Mission Creek earthquake fault
Fun hike. Moderate w a bit of incline. Tons of beautiful wildflowers out!
Pretty steep climb to start but worth it! The path is very well groomed and marked - OUTSTANDING views. The desert is in bloom, bursting with the smells and beauty of various yellow, white, purple & green. Even the odd Barrel Cactus has pretty flowers extended. HIGHLY recommended but take lots of water - shade is hard to find in the AM past noon.
Great weather when we went and we went through so many different sections of different flowers. It was even fun to off-road it and not have to worry about getting too lost. Would definitely do it again!
We started hiking at 6:30am and reached the Palm Oasis at a perfect time in great soft morning light. It was so quiet and we enjoyed listening to the chirping of the birds.
Great hike. Awesome views. We were the only ones on a Saturday morning. My 8yr old and 11yr old had no problem with this hike and we enjoyed it very much.
We followed signs to Pushwalla Palms up along the mountain ridge. Not recommended for anybody scared of heights. Once we got down in the Pushwalla Palms Oasis we followed the river down towards Washington St. We ended up a little lost trying to get back up to the trails. My husband didn't really want to go uphill again but I think that's where we went wrong. If you follow my path I think we should have stayed on the outside of the hills and followed it around until we saw the Hidden Palms Oasis. Glad it was an overcast day since we didn't bring water and it ended up being longer then I thought. Lots of breathtaking scenery.
great hike here today. We got a late start -almost 2:45pm but were back at the car by 5:15. Starts to get cold with out the sun and the ridge was blocking it on the backside of the loop.