Explore the most popular walking trails near Desert Hot Springs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This trail is fairly attractive with lots of interesting desert wash scenery, but it has absolutely no shade at all except at the Stone House. There's also not a lot of information in the Stone House itself, and the Mission Creek Trail doesn't seem to be well marked out. As of 7/29/2018 the restrooms are out of order, with a sign saying "No running water," and the small spigot behind the restrooms is dry. The trail at this point doesn't seem to be well marked, as my girlfriend and I followed trail signs but ended up going toward the Pacific Coast trail to the southwest of the Stone House, instead of going north up the actual Mission Creek trail.

I think this trail would be much better in more mild weather, but in the summer I would only do this trail on cooler days or after a rain storm, and definitely have a good trail map on hand.

I did this trail to Herman’s Peak today. Started at 9:00 am and got back at 12:30 pm. Great hike although views are nice scenery is all the same. Bring plenty of water since only 5 minutes of shade in oasis. Temp hit 97 at 12:30 so better to start early.

The view from the summit is worth 5 stars but the 2.6 miles up there are some of the most monotonous in the entire area. The trailhead shows only the Willis Palms hike— the first and only marker for Herman’s hike comes about 2 miles up the path. Skip this one!

5 months ago

excellently maintained. superior views of valley. can be quite windy though. many alternate trails in a network.

Pretty walk from gate to Stonehouse.

trail running
6 months ago

Beautiful Canyon views. Trail is very well marked and maintained. As expected in the desert, there’s no shade so wear a hat and bring some water. It’s short and easy. A fun way to get some exercise and experience the terrain in Desert Hot Springs.

This is basically a choose your own adventure hike. As another reviewer stated, there are lots of trails to choose from. I hiked up to the cross and followed the timeline to the peak, beautiful views! It’s unclear if this is private property, but there were several hikers out when I went. There at several areas with broken glass, so be mindful of you’re bringing your dog

7 months ago

Jan 11, 2018. Mission creek to pct north. Took pct north til it dropped down into an adjoining canyon where the water was. Followed the water back to mission creek junction at the stone house. Nice weather, nice hiking. Didn’t see anyone else, but still an awesome day!

7 months ago

Don’t be put off by the start and the ‘no trespassing’ signs - once you get up into the canyon it’s lovely. Short, although it seems like it goes on a lot further than the given little map here

on Swiss Canyon Trail

7 months ago

I input 10540 Verbena Drive in Google maps, and it took me to within 30 feet of the trailhead. I didn’t walk through the canyons much. I hiked to the cross/shrine and followed the trail further up the hills and looped back around. That was only 1.35 miles, but it was pretty steep and gave me a good workout. I slid a lot on the way down, so I’m not sure I’d recommend that.

To get to the cross, walk up the main dirt road just to the right of the small stone bridge on Verbena. Pass the 2 chained areas and go through the railroad tie entrance. After that you will take a trail to the left that leads you up the hill. The trail gives you a great view of Desert Hot Springs, the windmills and the valley. I walked in December, so the landscape was brown. It’s a great place to walk for exercise, but it doesn’t have the prettiest landscape.

I will say it’s one of the best maintained trails I’ve ever walked. It’s amazing how much work must have gone into marking the trails with all of the little rocks. Thank you, volunteers, for all of that hard work.

8 months ago

Paths veer off to the left and right all along the trail - just pick a direction and see where it leads. Great views at the top of the canyon. Plenty of ridge lines to walk along. Loose sediment makes it feel like a proper desert hike

I’ve lived in the desert for two years now and this is my favorite trail yet. In a way, it gives you a more vast scope of the where you are in the Coachella Valley than being at the top of the mighty Mt San Jacinto. Some brutal parts you must climb that almost seem off trail, but the best thing about BC is the options of so many offshoots in case you decide you don’t want to do the whole thing

The Mission Creek Preserve itself is fantastic.

I am giving one star because the default map on this app is incorrect. For some reason, the All Trails map shows this trailhead west of Highway 62. When I select “Directions,” the All Trails app switched to Google maps which took me to a location in front of a private home in the middle of the city of Desert Hot Springs. If your map does the same, it is wrong.

The trailhead starts east of Highway 62. Some of the user maps are correct.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Absolutely Gorgeous with the wild flowers of March

Sunday, April 16, 2017

We had an amazing time. The weather was perfect for the hike.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

View was spectacular! Trail is nicely marked and kept up

Friday, March 31, 2017

Nice, easy, well maintained trail. Slow grade. Ends when you reach the 'shrine'.

So beautiful right now with all the flowers. The creek is running and the birds are singing. Great easy trail but long enough to feel your heart beat. FYI The directions on the map here are wrong. It's only a few miles inches on 29 nine palms heading towards Joshua tree. You'll need to make a left on Mission Creek And follow the road down and park at the gate.

Friday, January 27, 2017

This is a good workout hike. The views are beautiful.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The views get better and better as you go up. This is an easy hike, and great for those who like a gradual climb, and with temps in the 60's and sunny, it makes this hike truly enjoyable.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

This is definitely one of my favorite desert trails in the area. The place is truly fascinating. The rock walls are just beautiful and the trail changes with every advance. There's your plain old desert at the bottom, then you work your way up past these great rock formations and cuts in the earth. You eventually run into a huge gray rock wall at least 12 feet high and you think it's done, but nope. You can go around on the right and all the way up to a shrine. This is one of the most peaceful trails I've ever walked. It's so quiet out there, the silence hurts my ears sometimes. As for the difficulty, I find the elevation change to be a bit hard on me with my asthma, but it's really not anything bad. Walking back down is the best. Great views and extremely easy. The trip down is my time to really look around and explore.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

I'm a local and had never heard of this trail until finding here on AllTrails. This is a VERY nice, well maintained trail located just off of Verbena Drive. It can be easy to miss if you don't look in the right direction and get spooked by the "No Trespassing" signs. The trail begins just beyond those signs and just slightly to the south on a road that is located behind some houses. Keep going and you'll see it. There's several small rock walls that people have built, but that is to keep the off-roaders out, not hikers. If you keep going you will have to do a bit of rock climbing, but nothing too difficult. Someone had decorated a couple of bushes like Xmas trees when we went about halfway up. It's a steady ascend, but there's really some great views. Will hike this again.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Ok. My first time using AllTrails for a hike. Got to the point on the map. However, the trail was NOT clearly marked. At least three do not pass signs posted by forestry service. Hard for a novice hiker to work out where the trail started. We did walk and accidentally find the trail on our way back.
Wonderful vistas! Would do again.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

it was amazing. pretty hard but worth it.
take enough water people

Sunday, May 08, 2016

One of the best trails in the Coachella Valley. It's best to have a permit so you can park behind the gate. In winter it's lush, the creek is flowing, wildflowers are abundant and birds are everywhere. The payoff is at the end where you can overlook Whitewater Canyon.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Love these trails Brice canyon turns into Lewis canyon then way up back it continues to Meadow trail. Great trails very beautiful. I've made it all the way up to the Virgen De Guadalupe Shrine. Where someone planted real roses up there. Most definitely hiking there again soon.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

good app

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Start at the Coachella Reserve parking lot. Start on the Macallum Trail, then Moon Country, keeping an eye out for the switchback trail to the left (to the south) at about 2 miles. Climb the switchbacks and you are on Herman Loop. Views are remarkable and rare for 360 degrees. Retrace your steps or carry on toward Willis and then the paved road. Drivers are basically texting idiots, so this is the only dangerous part of the trail.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The out-and-back canyon trail (Swiss Canyon trail, Brice Canyon trail, or Mike Lewis Trail; it has a lot of names) is INSANELY well maintained by folks who live near it. I met one of the guys a couple years back. They hauled a lot of the trash out of the area and have set up impressive lines of rocks on each side of the trail---very aesthetically pleasing.

People make messages along the trail with rocks and by scratching words into the dirt, which makes the walk feel even more personalized by the neighborhood. While the trail is described as flat by Laura Randal in her book "Day and Overnight Hikes: Palm Springs", it does steadily incline as one goes.

The hilly trail nearby, which features steps carved into the dirt in some areas, its good for a workout or to get a vista of desert (especially impressive at night), but is less personalized by folks nearby. I've even run into a few people on the trail, them going up while I walk down towards home, which is surprising because it can feel sometimes like I'm the only one who hikes it. Always fun to see other folks out there :)

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Very short but one of my absolute favorite places to go. It's not really a trail, more like a road, but it's a beautiful hike. Park at the gate, and follow the road 1.6 miles to the stonehouse. You will pass a wetlands area with hundreds of birds chirping, and the creek running. The stonehouse is an awesome spot to sit and relax and just enjoy the beautiful views and maybe picnic.

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