Mountain Palm Springs Loop Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews

Mountain Palm Springs Loop Trail is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Julian, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

5.6 miles
698 feet

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


no dogs

1 month ago

I’m actually not ready to rate trail yet (I haven’t hiked it til tomorrow), BUT, I have to say that it is not what most people would consider near Julian, CA (despite this listing saying it is).

Sure, it’s 25 miles straight line as the crow flies, but it’s about 43 miles and 1 hour drive through the mountains to get there from Julian.

3 months ago

Interesting trail loop winds up through several palm canyons from the Mtn Palm Springs campground. Camping there amongst the cholla is an adventure by itself, with roaming packs of coyotes and so many cacti you’re bound to get prickly. Heading up the southern side of the trail is the preferred route as coming down the north side is steep and boulder ridden. Climbing up the north loop woul be challenging. Found a beautiful chert point at top of the hike, geolocated it and left it there. Never take any artifacts that you find, they are sacred objects to the native people. Leave them for others to find and appreciate.

11 months ago

Parked at the Mountain Palm Springs campgrounds and hiked the loop up the wash to a palm grove and spring. There is a bathroom at the trail head.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

just over an hour from San Diego any car can get to the trailhead. the trailhead is a campsite with a bathroom no running water the hike is moderate at best there is a primitive camp at palm bowl underneath the palm trees if you are itching for a quick overnight backpacking trip I recommend this spot. definitely Boulder up the peak that is behind the palm bowl to catch the sunset to the west and the Salton Sea to the east.

Friday, March 03, 2017

great day to hike this trail 75 degrees. After a snack at the palm grove we did encounter a rattlesnake so be careful. Flowers just starting to come out

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Started from the south trailhead at Bow Willow Campground. The first signpost was hard to find, so be sure to study the map before you hit the trail and maintain a good sense of direction. Signposts led all the way to the Palm Bowl. Pictures do not do the beauty of this oasis justice. We spent quite a lot of time hanging out among the tall palm trees there.

Didn't see any more sign posts leading to the Mountain Palm Springs primitive camp so we just headed in that general direction through a canyon. Eventually found it, headed back south and decided to head over the mountain to work in some elevation gain. The scrambles were fun! The forests of ocotillo and cholla cacti are beautiful. Saw a couple of jack rabbits, too.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Wonderful Palm Oasis's to get in the shade on a hot day! Beautiful views of the desert floor too! Do it!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday, November 07, 2016