The Cross Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Desert, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 643 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

This trail Starts at the Homestead Link and connects to Hopalong Cassidy Trail where you'll pass the Cross hiking towards south.

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rocky
7 days ago

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13 days ago

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bugs
27 days ago

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1 month ago

Great trail for bigginers took me about 10mins to complete the 2.6mile.Best time to go early in the a.m.

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2 months ago

I have never understood the popularity of this trail. It’s good for a work out (modest). But the scenery is nothing to write home about. More important right now is the fact that it’s the most overpopulated trail in the valley and impossible to keep social distancing protocols in place. Stay away if you value your life.

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blowdown
snow
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

Nice trail but had more incline than I had anticipated. Being that I’m trying to get back in shape, this one challenged me a bit! Nice views and lots of switchbacks going up to the cross. I think it’s best to simply go back the way you came in as it keeps you off of private property (driveway) to continue the loop.

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washed out
2 months ago

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2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

As many people have pointed out, this is a steep trail. we arrived at about 8 AM and completed it by 930 at a moderate pace. The views from the top are very nice for such a quick climb. Many dogs were not leashed, but we didn't have any issues with them.

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rocky
3 months ago

Nice trail but first part is pretty steep. Did not see much flowering vegetation along the way. Was worth getting to the cross though.

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rocky
3 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

Great hike. Slightly challenging but still doable for novices.

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rocky
3 months ago

Great hike. Slightly challenging but still doable for novices.

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rocky
3 months ago

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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

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4 months ago

Great views, nice trail and watch your footing on the way down.

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no shade
4 months ago

great. only recorded half, part coming down

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4 months ago

Easy hike Great views

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rocky
5 months ago

5 months ago

Great multi use trail but dogs off leash are taking over.

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