The Living Desert Wilderness Loop Trail

MODERATE 40 reviews

The Living Desert Wilderness Loop Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop 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 best used from September until May.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
898 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

no dogs

After paying $17 for admission into The Living Desert (a local zoo), you can hike into natural wash then trek up to Eisenhower mountain. Beautiful views of coachella valley! This loop includes a relatively brief section (approximately 0.5 miles) on very rocky ground.

mountain biking
2 months ago

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3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great views of Coachella Valley with rest spots along the way. Note there is an admission charge to access the trailhead from the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, but then you get the added bonus of visiting and learning about desert gardens and animals.

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5 months ago

great hike. was a cool 73. canyon side boulders aren't bad. ridge was super windy. great views of the mountains and Palm desert.

hiking
5 months ago

Should be rated as difficult especially the boulder field.

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

This is a fantastic trail! The views from every turn are gorgeous!

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Wonderful hiking experience, which had the best of both worlds. It had the vistas without feeling like you were just climbing up a giant barren rock, and it had windy/rocky trails that made it feel like you were in the wilderness while still seeing the vastness of the valley. When you hit the top you have a great view of the snow-capped mountains and the city sprawl - a great place to pack a lunch, eat and relaxxxxxx.

A few cons: the price for admission is steep. However, since it is costly, the trail has less traffic (huge pro, imo). Second con is that you don't go to the summit. You're soooo close that you just want to keep hiking to the very top!!! - but you're prohibited.

Lastly, the actual Living Desert is AWESOME ;) So go ahead and check it out while you're there.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike with a lunch spot at the top. If you want a serious workout, this is probably not going to do it. It's lovely to share the hike with a good friend then enjoy the animals after:)

7 months ago

Loved this hike. It was so pretty. Go up the left side trail if you don't want to do the entire hike. It is a good out and back. Will do this often!

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