McCallum Trail is a 2.7 kilometer 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.

Distance: 2.7 km Elevation Gain: 28 m Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips




wild flowers



no dogs

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

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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)

5 months ago

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

6 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

Not good

private property
Fri Apr 05 2019

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

Wed Mar 20 2019

Beautiful and great for a short family hike.

Sun Mar 17 2019

wonderful oasis to relax by. easy hike

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.

recorded McCallum Trail

Wed Feb 06 2019

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

Mon Feb 04 2019

Very nice flat walk. After rain it was very lush

Thu Jan 17 2019

The pond is great!

Fri Jan 11 2019

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

Fri Dec 28 2018

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

Sat Dec 08 2018

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

Sun Dec 02 2018

Best desert oasis I’ve seen in SoCal

Sun Nov 25 2018

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.

Thu Oct 04 2018

Beautiful, easy desert hike.

Tue Aug 14 2018

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

Mon Jun 18 2018

Closed until 6/22/18!

Thu Apr 26 2018

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.

Sun Apr 01 2018

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!

Tue Jan 16 2018

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.

Tue Jan 09 2018

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

Wed Jan 03 2018

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

Mon Oct 09 2017

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

Fri Mar 31 2017

Easy walk. Nice views.

Tue Mar 28 2017

Great change of scenery.

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