Hidden Horseshoe and Pushwalla Palms Trail

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Coachella Valley Preserve

Hidden Horseshoe and Pushwalla Palms Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Desert Hot Springs, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from September until April.

Length4.4 miElevation gain570 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsRunningRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeOver grownNo shadeNo dogs
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Coachella Valley Preserve is closed Monday and Tuesday. For more information, please see https://coachellavalleypreserve.org/ This 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.

Dirt parking adjacent to Thousand Palms Canyon Road. No water, or benches on this trail, When you arrive at the Palm Trees there's a metal table for picnic.

Email: gshort@cnlm.org Phone: 760.343.1234 Visitor Center Address: Ginny Short, Preserve Manager 29200 1000 Palms Canyon Road Thousand Palms, California 92201

Take Ramon Road go East pass I-10 bridge you'll see Agua Caliente Resort Casino on the right side (marker). continue going east on Ramon Rd. and you'll eventually see Thousand Palms Canyon Road, turn left and drive for a couple minutes and you'll see a turn out on the right side similar to a viewing turnout where you can park and you'll see a signage to Pushwalla.Trail.

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Zachary Richardson
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The trails are well maintained with good sinage. Plenty of good spots for photo ops as well. He hiked the loop counterclockwise and opted to go up the ridge instead of around it. I would highly recommend this as the views up there were spectacular! Would definitely do again.

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N L
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RunningGreat!No shadeRocky

Great elevation views. Worth the hike up. Trail markings a bit confusing as it seems many trails converge at the halfway point of the loop.

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Larry Hulbert
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mary carnevale
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Larry Hulbert
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Che Olson
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Cris Hazzard
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Hiking

Really beautiful hike, highly recommend. The routing on this version is okay, but I have a better route IMO that's slightly different. Search for HikingGuy com Pushawalla for the video and details.

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Anthony Guaydacan
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Joseph Mierzejewski
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HikingGreat!

Scenic hike to Pushwalla Palms and Canyon. The southern section of the Pushwalla Trail is elevated and offers better views than does the northern trail which is in the wash. It’s easy to get off trail but with the AllTrails app you can easily find your way.

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Pedro Castaneda
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HikingGreat!Off trailRocky

Enjoyed the trail. However, sometime along the trail, it splits in to other directions that connects to other trails. Either way, most trails will take you to the palms. It's just a little confusing when you arrive at the canyon were Pushawalla is in. You will see why..... Other than that, had a great time. Nice place to hangout. If you get lost, Don't worry. Follow any trail back out of the canyon.

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Ross Davisson
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Great views of Coachella Valley. Enjoyed the hike but the path indicated on the map doesn’t exist for a part of it. We had to bushwhack through the basin to get back on the trail. Seems that the updated trail cuts across the basin further east than it used to.

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Miriam Baranov
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HikingNo shadeScramble

Cute hike! loved the palms in the desert. Many trails so not the easiest to follow but also easy to find your way back. The weather now is perfect, make sure to bring water and a hat as there is no shade.

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Trenton Chavez
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HikingNo shade

No shade throughout the trail. Plan accordingly. Lots of steep areas that are sandy and slippery. Paths at times was hard to follow due to multiple paths connecting (we started on Pushwalla, then Hidden Palms, then Horseshoe).

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Krista Frelinger
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Great hike with desert views. Top of the mountain was insanely windy so opted to take the horseshoe loop instead. Hot, sunny and moderately intense.

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Travis Spitnale
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The rattlesnake sign kinda scared us then no more than a quarter mile in to it we almost walked over one on the trail. I know it's rare for them to bite but we were walking on eggshells at that point and just had to leave.

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nancy alexander
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Fun to try a different trail that’s easy to get to. We parked on side of road and hiked to Hidden Horseshoe Trail. LOTS of wildflowers. Desert dandelions, lupine, brittle brush, CA poppies. We spent extra time in the oasis area. Fun to see water. Good place for a picnic. Bring hiking sticks if you have them as trail uneven & rocky trail as you descend into the canyon. Worth the time & effort. Palms were beautiful. Not many people either. Was very windy today, but it kept us cool.

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Jeff Mcalary
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Running

Very nice trail. It is marked but a little hard to tell which trail you are on because there are so many crossing trails. I definitely don't recommend following the alltrails recorded map. It lead me of the official trail, turned into 7 miles instead of 5.6 and got me lost for awhile.

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Jean Kruthaupt
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Hiked this trail counterclockwise on 02/28/20. Encountered a little bit of everything: 1) ridge trail provided beautiful views of the surrounding area, 2) scrambled down/up rocky & loose gravel areas, 3) enjoyed the flat, shaded oasis area which had a variety of palm trees & a small stream of water...good place to stop for a rest/snack, 4) walk back was mainly flat in sand & dirt trail. Recommend adequate water, wear hat, sunscreen & hiking boots. Great hike!

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John John Chase
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This is an interesting hike. Expansive views from the ridge at the beginning and a nice walk through a palm valley about the halfway point. Please note: The trail map on this app shows a side trail that one would think takes you into the valley but it stops at a ridge overlooking the valley. We had to scramble down a ravine to get to the valley floor, which, it turns out, was unnecessary because the main trail comes around and eventually descends into the palm valley as you turn back South. So to shorten the hike you needn't take the side route in and out. As others have noted, signage could be improved at the end of the sandy wash as you may miss the hairpin turn back up the hill towards the North. Following the track provided here is highly recommended.

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Nic Mountford
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I wouldn't follow this particular recording again Stick to the basic Pushwalla Palms trail, it's only a mile less and you won't miss anything.

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Racquel Paragua
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Jp O’Connell
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Hiking

You definitely need to use the app once you get down to the wash, because the trail is not clearly marked. I also came across 4 snakes on one hike (crazy I know), one of which was a rattler with the others unknown to me

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Phil Koops
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We hiked this trail clockwise which was opposite of all other hikers while we were there. It was a very windy morning, which added some excitement to hiking the ridge. It was our first time hiking this trail and it seemed the recent rains had taken a toll on the sandstone with a number of washouts. There is a out-n-back 1.8 miles into the hike that was closed which appeared to be due to a washout. The Pushwalla palm grove was cool. The AllTrails map was very helpful (almost necessary) once you get into the wash since its not well marked and the trail is not clear. Overall, a great hike.

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James R Wilson
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Have done this trail now maybe 6 times, and is one of the very strong hikes in the "desert area". What I have noticed over the past 6 years is there are more and more interested hikers. We got to the parking area at 0830, and could not get a parking space in the smallish lot, but there's parking on the side of the road. When we returned at 1pm, there were 16 cars parked behind us on the side of the road. The visitor's center lot nearby was completely full, and maybe 30-40 cars were parked on the roadside just outside that lot. The trail is in fine shape in spite of the recent storms. We did the ridge trail, Pushwalla canyon "overlook area", and Pushwalla canyon itself (as well as the "northern wash canyon"). The wildflowers are definitely the best I've seen there. None of our trails were closed. There is one of the trails at the visitors center that was closed however (that was the only trail closed at the conservancy though). The snow in the high mountain areas was impressive. I always love my adventures there each year. The conservancy is called 1000 Palms Oasis conservancy. There is no fee.

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