The Cross Trail

EASY 203 reviews

The Cross Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Desert, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

old growth

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

1 month ago

Easy trail with great views.

1 month ago

This trail should absolutely be done in the early spring and fall! Even may be nice during the winter. Temps are so so hot down here, bring plenty of water for everyone and snacks for breaks during the hike! Wear good shoes. The beginning Part is straight up and then it gets a little rocky before being leveling out. Nice views the whole way and an excellent workout!

hiking
2 months ago

Should be rated ‘Moderate’

hiking
2 months ago

An enjoyable hike. Very popular, and an inviting ‘starter hike’ for those new to desert hiking around Palm Springs and area.

hiking
2 months ago

Should be rated as moderate because of the first half mile.

3 months ago

A few thoughts on this trail:
It's well marked, easy to find, easy to follow. Seemed to be good for trail running or even mountain biking or a less intense hike. It wasn't particularly technical in terms of foot placement or terrain type: most of it was a nice even sand-like path. Other reviewers are right though, the incline was aggressive for the first 1/2 mile. Not much to look at though compared to other trails in the area, and there was a fair amount of people. A good workout, but didn't do it for me overall.

hiking
3 months ago

A fun trail as described, but the trail is far from easy (should be classified as moderate). It is very steep for the first 150 yards, and then is a serious 1.3 mile, uphill climb to the cross. Also, the directions show a left turn to parking at the end; however, a right turn at the end will also take you to parking and is in the direction of the trailhead.

hiking
3 months ago

We followed directions on Google maps but couldn't find the Cross Trail trailhead. Instead there is a sign for the Homestead trail. We expected "easy" to mean "flat." Instead, the trail starts with a steep grade uphill.

hiking
4 months ago

I try to hike this every morning when I'm in town. Takes me about an hour total. I like that it's dog friendly and everyone on the trail is always kind.

4 months ago

A fun trail. Good for children. Water fountain was functional on 12/30/17.

hiking
4 months ago

Great late afternoon hike, earn your dinner.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail for most skill levels. There is a rest point, water fountain (didn't use it so not 100% sure they work) and plenty of parking. Hiking to the cross and back takes about 1.5hrs. Stunning views at the top. Very worth it!

hiking
5 months ago

This is a free trail for hiking. Nice hike.

hiking
5 months ago

My boyfriend and I enjoyed this trail, along with Hopalong Cassidy and Gabby Hayes, today. Amazing views and so glad we did it! The inclines along the way were balanced by the frequent windy paths along the way to the Cross. We highly recommend it!

hiking
5 months ago

We arrived on an in season Saturday late morning and there was plenty of parking in the lot. The first part of trail had a somewhat steep incline, but after that it was a winding incline to the cross. The trail had moderate hiking traffic with lots of friendly, but unleashed dogs. The trail is an up and back trail with beautiful views and ofcourse the Cross at the top! I would recommend and rate this as an easy to moderate trail due to the footing and incline. Happy hiking!

hiking
5 months ago

A good incline to start and steady to the cross.

hiking
5 months ago

Good hike, took the kids. We all had fun.

hiking
5 months ago

....a little harder than the easy rating! Great views.

5 months ago

Great hiking!

6 months ago

Did this hike on Thanksgiving with my sister-n-law
The views are amazing and people were so friendly! It’s an easy hike but it’s a constant incline.

hiking
6 months ago

short, moderate, dog friendly trail with great views, great company, and spiritual significance

walking
6 months ago

A lot of foot traffic and dogs

hiking
7 months ago

A little steeper than easy, quick hike!

7 months ago

A must-do every time I return to the L desert. Great intro for first-time visitors, with a 'payday' in the form of the Cross.

7 months ago

Love this trail! Always our favorite at the desert. Well travelled, with lots of dogs!

7 months ago

This is a great hike to do when you have a short amount of time and want to get your exercise in. This trail is well used with lots of traffic and dogs. No one leashes their dog on this trail. Runners are not very courteous as we have encountered many who run right up behind you without saying anything expecting you to move over immediately. Otherwise we love this trail!

8 months ago

I've hiked this trail a few times with my wife. The trails are open from dusk till dawn. You definitely want to get there early morning or evening as the sun is unrelenting and there's no shade. It takes us about 30 minutes to get to the top, but it could be done much more quickly. I bring a bottle of water 17 oz, which is plenty for me. The view looking over Palm Desert with the cross in the background is pretty interesting.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail gave me trouble on my first try, not because of its difficulty but because I got totally overheated. This trail is well populated and folks of all ages use it. It is a nice hike to start your day, but I would caution about the heat on hot days, if you are sensitive to heat. My second time I did well, but there was a nice breeze. Early morning or evening is best during late spring and summer.

9 months ago

It's not an easy trail for beginners. It's a climb but worth the struggle. It took me two tries before I could finally reach the top. Now I hike it the times a week and I love it! I suggest hiking it at night with a flash light, so much fun.

hiking
9 months ago

*****not easy, it is moderate****** BEAUTIFUL Trail with wonderful views. We took my 84 year old great uncle who used to be a runner on it thinking it would be an easy low incline trail. Easy is definitely not the right word to describe it. It is moderate even for someone in shape. It is steep and rocky, sometimes hard to find footing(especially for someone in their 80s) recommend for a beautiful view and nice walk just wanted to make sure people know it is not a super easy trail! Would definitely go back.

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