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.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
91 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

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

2 days ago

Closed until 6/22/18!

1 month ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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!

5 months 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.

walking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

Friday, March 31, 2017

Easy walk. Nice views.

hiking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Great change of scenery.

hiking
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

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

walking
Friday, February 10, 2017

This takes you to a beautiful oasis. Very easy.

hiking
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!

hiking
Thursday, March 03, 2016

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

hiking
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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

hiking
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!

hiking
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.

hiking
Saturday, January 14, 2012

Very pretty takes you through the Oasis and McCallum Pond.

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