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McCallum Trail is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Thousand Palms, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from October until May.

Length 1.7 mi Elevation gain 91 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

No dogs

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Getting There

NOTE: McCallum Grove and Simone Pond will be closed until October 2020. Please check here for updates: http://coachellavalleypreserve.org/ Thus easy trail is enjoyable for all ages. Along the way, you will pass through Thousand Palms Oasis and walk out to McCallum Pond.

$5.00 Donation

Coachella Valley Preserve Website

Take Ramon to Thousand palms canyon and turn left, it is in the Coachella Valley Preserve on the left. Or take Dillon to Thousand Palms Canyon and turn right.

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Ed Kurtz
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Hiking

Pond at the McCallen grove closed till Oct 2020. Otherwise the hike is nice.

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Rana Bartee
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Hiking

The whole thing was beautiful! Unfortunately the pond area is closed until Sept. 2020. Pro-tip: don’t go when they’re closed (That would be Mon & Tues)

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James Mayfield
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crowded and once you get out of the grove pretty average.

Peter Druschke
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Hiking

This trail is open up until the McCallum oasis/pond, as is the connection to Moon Country Canyon. The only thing closed is access to the pond, which is undergoing restoration for desert pupfish until mid next year. You can approach close enough for a good view of McCallum Oasis from outside, but you cant enter and see the pond.

Joy Shaffer
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Hiking

closed for restoration after the boardwalk. all you can do is loop back to the parking lot.

Miguel Escobedo
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Hiking

Not good

Quantae Shayzon
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If you are looking for a quick little nature walk then this trail is awesome! It’s really easy and friendly for most ages.

Steve Miller
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Hiking

Beautiful and great for a short family hike.

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michael b.
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wonderful oasis to relax by. easy hike

Scott Harthorne
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Hiking

I love the variety of this hike. You start out in the shade of the palm trees and then make your way up into the foothills with a lot of wildflowers. Make sure you take the loop. Lots of people backtracked because they didn’t see signage to help guide them along the trail back along the wash. Not at all rigorous, but a little elevation to keep it interesting.

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Floyd B.
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Hiking

Recommended for viewing of palms up close and the pond. Quick, fun and a must do once trail.

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Robert E.
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Very nice flat walk. After rain it was very lush

David Lee
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Hiking

The pond is great!

Stan Price
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Easy hike very sandy trail. Not too steep but some nice views and the prehistoric looking palms trees were really different.

laura shovlowsky
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Very easy but beautiful trail. Good for all ages and ability.

Ted Egbert
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Hiking

An easy stroll on a beautiful morning. Amazing pond and oases with spring fed water.

Catherine M.
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Hiking

Best desert oasis I’ve seen in SoCal

Shirly Weinstein
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Hiking

Easy trail with beautiful scenery of the authentic palm trees. I never know palm trees looked that way without trim. Very cool. The desert oasis was also beautiful.

Lee Ann Fox
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Beautiful, easy desert hike.

Allie Diamond
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Easy walk looks like Jurassic Park right when you start it. Highly recommend it(:

Kaytee Matlack
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Closed until 6/22/18!

Julia Lopez
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Easy walk. Absolutely recommend! Minimal effort for a maximum reward! We went on a day where it was 104 degrees and the palm trees provided great shade.

Tom Canty
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Hiking

Nice destination, easy to get to, plenty of parking. Basically two oases connected by a relatively flat trail. It was over 90 degrees and bright sun, but very comfortable inside the trees. Walking between is about half sand, which is a little annoying in the heat, but worth it. The fish & crayfish at the pond are fun to see, although the latter are the reason there are no frogs. Our 12-year old twins had no problem, even in the heat, although bring lots of water - no water fountains. There is a bathroom at the start. No dogs allowed. There is even a little visitor's center with some history -- and A/C!

Tom Gleeson
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Easy trail for single hiker or families. Sand but very manageable. The McCallum Grove and pond is cool looking and cool in temperature with so much shade. The pond holds the famous Desert Pup fish slithering around visible to even kids (in the shade). There are benches around the Grove for a rest and feeling the breeze. A sign describes the water life as you near, even mentioning the dreaded Crawfish that plays havoc on the ponds ecosystem. Elevation change is nearly unnoticeable once away from the visitor center. The trail can even handle the three wheel strollers for little tikes. I went in January 2017 and the temperature was a slightly warm high 70's, except in the shade of the palms. It's free to hike, but the Preserve gladly takes donations. The beginning and end have an old cabin showing history of the Preserve and Oasis. Worth a walk and if it's too easy there are many other trails on the Preserve that are more challenging with great views.

Michelle Fieseler
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Walking

Like walking on soft beach sand, volunteer lady not very welcoming, cool vista point

Zhou (Joe) Y.
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Hiking

Nice and easy. Rewarded by a pretty reflection pond and many palms at the end of the trail

Hailey White
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This is a large family friendly hike. We have 5 children under 10, and we all enjoy the trail.

Murray S.
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Easy walk. Nice views.

Lyle Vust
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Hiking

Great change of scenery.

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