Willis Palms and West Mesa Trail

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Indio Hills Palms

Willis Palms and West Mesa Trail is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Thousand Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until March.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 232 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

hiking
no shade
10 days ago

nature trips
1 month ago

It was burned in 2010 and hasn’t fully recovered yet. It was still a cute hike with a 4yo.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

This is a beautiful desert trail that is much less popular than the preserve trail on the other side. In the spring, the wildflowers are amazing. BUT BEWARE! Don’t leave ANY valuables in your car. We didn’t pay enough attention to the broken glass in the parking lot. It turns out this is a common target for smash-and-grab thieves. Our car window was broken and we lost a lot of valuables from our car. This is a risk at any trailhead, but this one seems particularly bad.

hiking
2 months ago

Wonderful hike, clearly marked. Walking through the sand for some of the hike is a great workout and not difficult at all. Beautiful wildflowers of all kinds, the mesquite is almost in bloom. Loved seeing a chuckwalla sunning itself. There are a lot of palms.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is difficult to hike due to loose sand. It is well marked until after the palms. Once you turned to the right the markers stop. It is much longer than stated. One trail may blend into another but there is no marker with any information. It isn’t safe if you don’t know how it returns to the lot. We didn’t and turned around. It is what it is and taught us to stay away from underdeveloped trails. Ratings on all trails are not real accurate but the reviews tell the story.

4 months ago

A quick and easy hike, has springs and spottted many birds.

hiking
4 months ago

The palm stand at the base of the hill is all burnt out from a recent fire. The trails are not marked well and we ended up following a river bed and then improvising our way to the top of the hill. Decent desert mountain views at the top but lots of garbage along the way. The parking lot felt very unsafe. It’s right beside a busy highway and there was evidence of at least three broken windshields in the lot. Easy hike on sand otherwise but mostly mediocre views for the rest. Don’t recommend.

hiking
4 months ago

This hike was hot and dry in January. The wash is very long. The views are great!

hiking
muddy
rocky
5 months ago

Great vistas, ash covered trails part way, slippery under the palms. Fun low intensity hike in the Indio Hills area.

hiking
no shade
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
Wed Feb 20 2019

trail was hard to find, washed out in some areas. we did some exploring due to being off trail which was fun.

Not well marked going clockwise. Too sandy for long periods.

Thu Jan 24 2019

nice slow trail

Mon Oct 29 2018

The trail can be hard to follow due to recent rain and erosion, but I enjoyed the view and the palms. Just make sure you use your map to stay on the trail.

hiking
Fri Dec 22 2017

Definitely not an easy trail and it is poorly marked.

hiking
Wed Nov 08 2017

Need to stay out of creek bed, loose sand makes more difficult

Thu Mar 23 2017

Don't get lost

Tue Feb 14 2017

If you don't like walking in sand don't go here. Took the wrong path to start. Just followed footprints but obviously they ended up lost as well. When you get around the first hill on your right don't follow the main path to the right instead head straight towards the oasis. There are a few signs when you get to oasis. Hopefully you have better luck then us.

Mon Feb 13 2017

nice trail... good clime to it.. hard to follow though

hiking
Sat Dec 17 2016

Beautiful Oasis...

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