Mountain Palm Springs Loop Trail is a 5.8 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.
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.
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
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.
Wonderful Palm Oasis's to get in the shade on a hot day! Beautiful views of the desert floor too! Do it!