Murray Hill From Palm Hills Drive is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Springs, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, rock climbing, and nature trips.

Length6.3 miElevation gain2,217 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsRock climbingRunningRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyNo shadeNo dogs
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This is the direct and far lesser traveled route to Murray Hill. Park east of Vons at the road up to the Goat Trails, walk up about 1.5 miles to the palm wash trail on the south side of the road and back up to the steel trail sign. From here its a fantastic climb up the east side of Murray Hill on a sandy track.

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Hike along the main trail until you pass a large (12-foot) stone heart formation that someone made. About 30 yards further take the small trail to your left. This trail leads directly into the canyon and to the oasis. On the way you'll also come across a metal sign "Jane's Hoffbrau" but, unfortunately, you won't find any beer there.

The easiest and fastest way to get there is to park behind Vons off 111 near Gene Autry Trail and walk up the dirt road. There are lots of trails that connect to this so you can also get there from Araby Trail, Murray Canyon trails, Goat Trails and others.

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4oza t
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great trail, it's actually closer to 9 miles to reach the peak from where the directions tell you to park. the last mile was the toughest. great views

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Chet Sheehan
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Great hike. Nice challenge especially the last qtr mile! Love you can bring your dog most of the way. Great practice hike for cactus to clouds

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Kimberly Lopez
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Start early and bring plenty of water! Not crowded, but there is very little shade. The last slog up to the top is a BEAST but totally worth it! I had cell service the entire way, but always download the map as trail markings are few to nonexistent... just follow that little blue dot. Loved this one!

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Bonnie Long
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Definitely bring at least a liter of water per person (I don’t usually drink much on trail). This trail took us about 2:45, but we weren’t going for speed and had a pretty relaxed pace. What was a surprise was that it ends with a legitimate summit once you turn onto the Clara Burgess trail. Definitely recommend, but I would assume a slower pace for your first time here navigating turns offs and whatnot

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Robert Heckert
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David McCaul
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Ron Dvorak
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Saurabh Agarwal
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Run...decent views...no climbing

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Jerrold Ross
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Lynn & Kevin Annison
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A solid hike. Good views at the top.

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Eddie Cortez
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Hector Copado
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Brent McCullough
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Luis Sosa
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it was a great hike. very challenging. make sure you take enough water because there isn't much shade throughout the trail. Great views of all of palms springs and other cities in the valley.

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Kevin B
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This was a pretty basic hike, normal trail the entire way (which I didn't expect because there wasn't trail shown on the map) and not super strenuous by any means. Views decent from the summit, but doing half the hike on a dirt road makes it pretty boring

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Billy Cordell
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great hike and beautiful views

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Joe Migliore
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Did some cross countryBetween major parts of the trail

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Vic Hanson
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Alex M
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Eric Duran
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Lotsa fun challenging trail

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Ron Ward
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thomas thomas elemy
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Molly Colman
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Alexandra Vasquez
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Very hard trail but you’ll feel amazing once you complete it :).

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Chaleen Abely
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Awesome!

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Chaleen Abely
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So today was faster up (2 hours) and down was even faster! morning is definitely better!

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Eric Duran
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Easy trail with a good climb

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Oscar N Barbara Zamudio
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Nice little challenging hike with great views at the top. There is a little shortcut back down go left at the small heart and you meet back up at the road by the tanks.

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Loren Schwartz
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One of my new favorite trails in Palm Springs...challenging but great views!

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Robert Hone
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this is the direct and far lesser traveled route to Murray Hill. park east of Vons at the road up to the Goat Trails, walk up about 1.5 miles to the palm wash trail on the south side of the road and back up to the steel trail sign. from here its a fantastic climb up the east side of Murray Hill on a sandy track. time from car to peak about 1 hour 45 minutes.

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