This is my favorite to showcase Indian Wells and Palm Desert. Begin by ascending up the dry creek bed to the crest at 1000 feet. You'll experience the "bonus" when you arrive at the "half-way" shelter. Take a breather at the picnic table under the shelter, but make sure you walk a few extra paces to peer over the edge of the cliff at a 180 degree view of central Coachella Valley. You'll enjoy wonderful views all along the second half of the 4.8 mile trek.