Murray Hill Loop is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palm Springs, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Length7.9 miElevation gain2,506 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsBird watchingViewsNo dogs
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Samantha Jill
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Great trail & elevation gain. Great to hike or trail run. Bring water!

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Conrad Gainski
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Hiking

Great trail, really good workout! Would 100% recommend downloading the map on all trails prior to starting. The trail has many forks in the road and not enough clear signs. With the map downloaded AND GPS though, we were successful. Would recommend going counterclockwise once you get to the loop (unless you want a really tough workout) because it was easier running down the steeper side. I would say that this hike is closer to a 4 hour total hike rather than 3.5. We stopped for about 20 minutes at the top and were closer to 4 hours. We are both young and in good shape. Highly recommend this hike!

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Joel Friedman
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it's a workout

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Hadley Pierce
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Hiking

Steep but great views of whole PS area

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Jomi Krobb
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Hiking

Great scenic hike with spectacular views of city, Indian Canyon and Mt San Jacinto. Loads of different options to extend route. Tons of single tracks for MTB, most of the trail is suitable to MTB. Longhorn sheep on the way down...

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Katie Little
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Hiking

Good workout. I lost the trail a few times. Make sure you’re checking in with the app because losing the trail is super easy to do.

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Mitzi German
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great workout, went clockwise and it honestly wasnt that bad but I do workout quite often so expertise lvl is accurately described. I was getting confused with the trails so I started recording my route about a mile+ in took 3 and a half hours including a 30 min break at the top parking is street parking, free. theres great signal all throughout the trail

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Joel Brettingen
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Went counterclockwise. Clockwise or the hike to the Murray Hill summit from The Ramp are much harder. Still a great workout!

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Mike Reedy
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My GPS said 8.46 miles

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Mary Miller
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Nice strenuous hike, but very doable. I finished in about 4 hours including a lunch break at the peak. I took Clara Burgess trail up and back. Heard the other way is much steeper.

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Mike Reedy
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Hiking

Fine hike in March. Coming down from Murray Hill is a bit steep . But not unsafe. At the base of Murray hill ( on the descent ) look for a cairn,that’s the best place to cross the dry stream bed

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Liam Botterill
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Great trail. Anticlockwise. Great views throughout. Quiet. Picnic tables at the peak are a great touch. Up and down with lunch in 3.5 hours.

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John W. Tyler
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Kim Rehberg
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good hike. went counterclockwise. trail easy to follow, did have to check with the alltrails map a few times on the last part of the loop coming back. took about 5 hours. FYI had our car window smashed and several bags stolen at the trailhead, which is in a culdesac in a neighborhood. super disappointing to see after returning from a good hike. did not expect that in Palm Springs.

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William Daniels
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Hiking

This was a solid hike. Took the route counter-clockwise. Got lost. Found the trail. Got slayed. Feet are sore, but it was fun.

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Janice Cannon-Kyte
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Great training hike! Took us just over 6 hours.

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David Carp
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Hiking

Nice trail. Good views. Picnic table at top Other reviewer said bridge out. There is no bridge

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Nathanial Trienens
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James Swanger
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Hiking

Did this with bailey and Lisa!

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Ty Nasief
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Hiking

Great views and easy to moderate hike. Easy to follow and most trails are visible and connect to each other so hard to get lost.

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Chris Miller
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We started 6:30am today just before sunrise and did the loop in the counterclockwise direction. Definitely less grueling than going up the front side of the mountain. Beautiful day and cool for most of the climb up but did start to get warm on the way back. We walked from our home which is close to the start and our mile meter said 11 miles at the finish so not sure what is the accurate actual mileage. This is a fairly tough loop but beautiful views throughout. Recommend leaving early and avoid as much of the heat of the day as possible. We each went through a full camelback bag of water and could have used a bit more. Took us 2 hours to peak with some stops and a bit more back, lost the trail for a short time on the way down, just about the same location as the previous review of this trail, but thankfully had the all trails map on our phone. Highly recommend but should be in good shape.

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Alan Levin
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Hiking

beautiful hike. went counter close wise. all trails saved me from going off trail!

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Luke Salisbury
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Murray Hill Loop| May 19, 2019. This trail is rated as “hard” on #alltrails and I would agree. The way up the mountain is about 3.5 miles and just over 2,000 feet of elevation gain. It took us about 1 hour and 45 minutes to get to the peak with stopping to take pictures. The view at the top is amazing and there is a bench to relax on. We wondered how they were able to carry up the bench?? It was the way down that was more challenging. As seen on the all trails elevation map there is a very steep grade on the way down. It actually goes all the way down to a dry river bed and then climbs again. We accidentally wandered off the trail at the river bed because it is not well marked. Luckily I had service and used maps to get back on the trail but it added a mile. We brought 70 oz. of water and used every drop. Overall a great trail and it ended up being a good workout. I do wish it was marked better but the views were worth it! Check out some pictures and videos on Instagram @adventures_4_three

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Tanya Duckworth
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March 23. Desert flowers were gorgeous. Tons of lizards. Great hike! Picnic tables at the summit. Strenuous for the unfit hiker. Would recommend poles and hiking shoes for the down hill bits if you have wobbly knees. Bring lots of water. Be mindful of rattlers.

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Lance Sitzmann
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Hiking

Was a very safe trail for us, with great views and a great workout. My wife and I was able to do it in 4 1/2 hours the entire loop. Had good hiking boots and we do not use polls and had two good size bottles of water each, which was just right for us.

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Debbie Codemo
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My husband and I are in our 60’s and we found the Murry hill trail to be very rewarding but can be pretty tough going the last half mile. It took us about six hours round trip. I would recommend bringing 8 ounces of water each and some protein. Absolutely love hiking in beautiful Palm Springs!!

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Leah Carbonneau
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Beautiful, a lot of inclines and declines, as well as flat parts so you can recover. I did about 8 miles from Bogart to Murray Peak, and returned the same route. Best work out and amazing views!

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Nancy Loos
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Hiking

Hard I bugged out early

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rob hone
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this isn't a hard hike, and is very easy to navigate since you can see the city below at all times

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Shannon Saechao
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Loved it! Love the challenge! Six of us ladies came from Bay Area to hike this trail. I’m the least experienced hiker among us but my friends were awesome. They waited for me and now we have great memories of our trip!

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