McCallum Trail

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McCallum Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Thousand Palms, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

1.7 miles
91 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips





no dogs

Easy and enjoyable for all ages. Takes you through the Thousand Palms Oasis and out to McCallum Pond.

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

4 months ago

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

10 months ago

Easy walk. Nice views.

10 months ago

Great change of scenery.

11 months ago

Great trail through amazing palm trees then easy walk to beautiful pond. Great hike for kids as well as adults

Friday, February 10, 2017

This takes you to a beautiful oasis. Very easy.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

NO dogs allowed. you can take them to any restaurant you want but don't you dare take them for a walk in the desert

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Easy but lovely!

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Easy, flat walk on sandy wash. Unusual because of the water. Lots of birds and people.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Place is rad, worth checking out, water/oasis in middle of desert is always amazing

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I took my children along with a friend and her children hiking up the Mcallum Trail and it was beautiful and a moderate hike for the kids we will return to enjoy other trails soon!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A nice trail that connects to the Moon Country trail which, in turn, gives access to the Herman Hike Trail. I highly recommend finding the Herman Hike. It takes you up the nearby hill and reveals amazingly vistas of the incredibly eroded surrounding terrain.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Very pretty takes you through the Oasis and McCallum Pond.

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