DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,204 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
4 months ago

Abundance of colors, clearly marked trail, very pleasant hike. There are a few heart pumping stretches but for the most part, a nice steady hike on gravelly surfaces, with plenty of plant life and rewarding vistas. The sign for Horse Thief Creek seems to have been removed, but I followed signage for the Cactus Springs signs trail and just stopped at the Creek. There weren’t many birds or flowers early March, even at the Creek. The drive up and back down from Palm Desert offers stunning view of the valley and distant mountains.