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Randall Henderson Loop Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Palm Desert, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and mountain biking and is best used from October until March.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 426 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Running

Views

Wildlife

No dogs

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Getting There

NOTE: As of June 2020, the Visitor Center is still closed. Desert loop hike close in to Palm Desert and the Coachella valley. This is a moderate hike with some nice views down into the valley. If you're lucky, you might see some bighorn sheep.

Park at the national monument visitors center off hwy 74

From the Hike Palm Desert map obtained from the Palm Desert Visitor Center: Turn South from Hwy. 111 onto Hwy. 74. After approximately 3.5 miles, turn left into the Santa Rosa San Jacinto National Monument Visitor Center. The trail head is located adjacent to the Visitor Center.

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Reviews (285)
Photos (98)
Recordings (328)
Completed (342)
Robert Heckert
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HikingNo shade

There are three easy loops.Visitor center is still closed at the time of this post.

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Bonnie Adkins
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HikingNo shade
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John Phelps
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Hiking

Decent trail. Visitor Center is currently closed. My understanding is that this is one of the few trails in the Coachella Valley where you might be lucky enough to see a Desert Tortoise. I’ve hiked it 4 times and yet to see one

valerie ..
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Hiking

very beautiful trail, spotted bighorn around 100 yards away !

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Kenneth Joseph
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Hiking

Went up the left side, came down the right. Kept bearing left. Moderate. Good views. Quiet. Extremely well marked. Lots of lizards. Did all three loops - Wash, Cholla and Canyon.

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Stephanie B
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Hiking

Love the hike! Saw some wonderful flowers!

Linda G.
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Hiking

Great hike, will definitely return. Even saw two Desert Tortoises!

Dan Lipa
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Running

Did a 5k here. Conditions were great in the early morning, though running was a bit tough with a very sandy trail for the first mile or so. The visitor center allows for a respite from the sun and heat. The vertical climb isn't bad for the total elevation change and levels out toward the top with a gradual slope back down.

Al Ballon
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Hiking

Extremely recommend this trail for a light walk with several species of flowers and cacti. Roughly 2.5 miles. Great visitors center.

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Jean Kruthaupt
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Easy to moderate hike. Very limited shade. Take plenty of water, wear sunscreen & hiking boots. Very nice views. Saw a few wildflowers.

Steve Smith
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Running

Today, I had my first run on this trail as I’m getting ready for a trail race. This is a fantastic trail run that has a little bit of everything. There are flats that are hard packed in some areas and sandy in others. There’s just enough climb to get your HR up but it’s followed by long stretches of single track that traverses up and down the landscape. The “steps” were cool but I opted for a steep path next to the steps as I was breaking in a new set of trekking poles. The steps were man made with large rail road ties to get up/down this steep embankment but you can run the trail next to it. You will get a whole trail experience from this one. When you get done, cross over Hwy 74 to the Art Smith Trail, another awesome trail. I highly recommend these trails for runners, hikers, or trekkers.

Jessica Cameron
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Hiking

Great hike with kids. Visitor center is nice too!

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Mike Swize
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Hiking

A great Sunday morning hike. We saw several reptiles and beautiful cacti. Lots of friendly people on the trail. One slightly disconcerting issue was that the parking lot had broken glass in a few parking spots, which looked like car windows had been broken. I hate to speculate about something that negative, but there were also several signs reminding you to not leave valuables in your vehicles. Hopefully thieves are not taking advantage of hikers enjoying this lovely desert hike.

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Melanie VanderWal Papp
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HikingNo shade

Well maintained beautiful loop trail. Great for an easy hike. Trail follows close to highway and heavily trafficked. Bright purple iridescent chested hummingbirds swarm the Chuparosa. Teddy Bear cacti scatter the landscape.

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Joel Pearson
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HikingNo shade

Nice loop trail through the desert on a cool day. The trail is well maintained and well marked. Not too challenging, but a pleasant walk.

Heather Pike
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Hiking

Great hike, on the easy side of moderate. Very well marked and up kept trail. I arrived just after sunrise and did the first two miles in complete shade.

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Jennifer Larson
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Hiking

This is such a great trail for beginners, familes with small kids, and anyone who needs a good recovery hike that's easier and less incline. Beautiful views at sunrise!

David O'Brien
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Running

This is my favorite running trail because it is so close to my house and it is not too difficult and just the right distance for exercise. Due to the heat you should not run this trail in the summer unless it’s done early in the morning. I once saw a desert tortoise while on the trail. This trail is fun to hike after rain has caused the desert plants to bloom.

weR1 @inspiredbysinecera
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Hiking

Great loop trail for the family. Neat visitors center. Bring water. No shade.

David Alias
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Hiking

quick recovery trail when you just want to put in a few easy miles. slope is gentle enough to run most or all of it.

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Katie Morton
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Hiking

Nice hike near town. Visiting from out of town so we can’t really compare it to anything. Great cacti and possible mountain lion tracks...or a dog with large paws and long claws!

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Cathy W.
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Hiking

2 chockwallA 2 desert iguana Several side blotch At visitor center Zebra tail Desert spiny

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Charles Bemis
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HikingNo shade
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Matt Wilson
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Hiking

My wife and I hiked this one yesterday with a couple of friends. It was a nice, easy to moderate, trail. I think last month there were more wildflowers but it was a nice desert landscape.

Jessica Jones
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HikingNo shadeRocky
John Wagenaar
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Hiking

Nice short loop. Great for families

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Cassie Hagemann
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Hiking

Get there early to beat the heat and the people. I got there just after sunrise and met people going in on my way out. Awesome trail in early April for flowers and birds.

Laurent Lenert
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Hiking

Nice and easy trail compare to other moderate trail we have done. Nice views.

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Amy H
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Hiking

Great family hike. The previous reviews were spot on. Great trail and beautiful flowers.

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