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my favorite trail to hike.

on The Cross Trail

hiking
6 days ago

A little steeper than easy, quick hike!

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6 days ago

Fun sunrise hike

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9 days ago

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9 days ago

Will do it again!

Easy to moderate difficulty. Well marked trails with great vistas of the valley.

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.

Well marked moderate trail with several off-shoots for additional options. Parking & restroom available. Very little shade (typical of the area) but very pleasant in the morning.

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

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!

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.