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10 hours ago

This is a great everyday hike. It is also a nice night hike. It is heavily frequented and the trail is clearly marked. The views can be quit beautiful but it is not isolated from the surrounding city.

I always go clockwise but this is the steep way to go up. It’s a loop so anyway you go is good and you won’t get lost. I would highly recommend it to others.

I loved the actual hike part of this trail. The ONLY reason I didn't give it five stars was because the first and last miles are flat sand up to the canyon-- a bit uneventful physically and visually. However the rest of the hike was great. Loved the boulder/rock scrabbling part and some of the terrain. Well marked trail.

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 tithed trails in the area, and there was a fair amount of people.

friendly people. nice hike nice views. pretty easy hike.

Great views. A bit more ledges then I prefer. Very brisk walk and everyone along the way has a friendly hello. Everyone along the way is enjoying nature at its best.

Great local hike. Lots of people, views are great. Must do!

Great trail for all ages and levels.

hiking
4 days 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
5 days 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.

Easy access, and way too many people. Local hiking hotspot. Some asshole was trying to mountain bike it with tons of people on it. Be smarter than that, wait til summer when all the snowbirds/geriatric crowd is gone.very steep on the south side, with a more moderate incline from the north. Good hike that will make you sweat

hiking
10 days ago

Close to town but not as scenic as Joshua Tree.

Endure the first half of the hike ascending the mountain, because you receive a bonus when you reach the summit: awesome views! The descent along the ridge is spectacular as you overlook the Coachella Valley below.

One of the best hikes we've done in the area.

Had a great time on the trail this morning. Loved the views and scrambling over boulders!

A great trail for training to do C2C hike

Nice trail. beginning and end big inclines.

We hiked 5 miles - in/out. Didn’t take the loop. Moderate hike and beautiful vista. Very busy - but it’s February and a Sunday. Bike, running and hiking. Very pet friendly. Bring water and start the hike by at least 8a.

We did this trail from about 9-11 am. It was hot but not unbearable and seemed to have more cool shady spots than the Bump and Grind. We enjoyed the pitch and the overall hike far more than the Bump and Grind. It was busy and narrow in many sections and we had to get over to let folks pass but it was a fun, flowing trail. Next time I would bring my hiking poles just to keep my balance a bit more sure on the narrow ledge trail spots. Lots of dogs on this trail. We went from the Bump and Grind behind the Target store, branched off onto Hop Along Cassidy, and then up to the Cross trail and back down the Hop Along Cassidy. The last bit after the Cross trail was very quiet and no dogs. It did get fairly steep at times, but manageable. The trail for us finished up near the private golf course, Stone Eagle, and we had to walk out of the security controlled area to meet our ride. (a short walk down towards Hwy 74). We really enjoyed this trail and I would do it again before I would do the Bump and Grind again. There are a few spots where you can get off and do a shorter version of the trail such as the Gabby Hayes branch.

hiking
19 days ago

This hike is right in the city. It is a very good workout, but it's a bit of a slog. Fair amount of foot and bike traffic on the trail so you have to be watching out for traffic coming in the opposite direction and traffic coming behind you. Lots of folks run this trail as well. It is narrow in sections and doesn't help that it's often steep in these same spots and and the ground can be loose. We were quite hot on this hike which we did from about 8:30-10:30 am. We did it clockwise, but the signage is a bit confusing where the Hop along Cassidy trail branches off. Do not take the Hop along branch to the left if you only want to do the Bump and Grind. Yep, it's a good workout with good views of the city. My hiking mate felt it was difficult not moderate.

Did half of it. Loved the hike

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