Looking for a great trail near Palm Desert, California? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Joshua Tree National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation or Whitewater Preserve. Ready for some activity? There are 11 moderate trails in Palm Desert ranging from 1.6 to 7.4 miles and from 223 to 1,430 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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This is usually a good trail for a quick hour of cardio, but I would recommend you stay clear. I have renamed it the Germ Hwy. Unfortunately today's Virus has driven the bored, with no respect for nature, out to the trail. With this.. comes traffic, trash and a trail of selfie taking people who have no trail etiquette. Many more trails to enjoy! Stay safe

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8 days ago

Really a great desert hiking trail! Information on All Trails is not complete. This trail is 8.2 miles one way. It begins at the 74 highway as noted, but it continues all the way to the Dunn Road trail.. 8.2 miles out to Dunn Rd trail. Then 8.2 miles back. You can easily continue on the Dunn road trail for another 4 miles, and end this 12 mile hike in Cathedral Canyon in Cat City. Not a difficult hike as described. I will say a moderate hike

hiking
9 days ago

very beautiful trail, spotted bighorn around 100 yards away !

Crowded but good for a quick run

Went up the left side, came down the right. Kept bearing left. Moderate. Good views. Quiet. Extremely well marked. Lots of lizards. Did all three loops - Wash, Cholla and Canyon.

hiking
10 days ago

Enjoyed the trail. Nice views of the city and moderately strenuous

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no shade
11 days ago

Great trail for bigginers took me about 10mins to complete the 2.6mile.Best time to go early in the a.m.

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rocky
12 days ago

Fantastic views from The Valley. Moderate uphill climbs at place with roller coaster effect which makes it a bit more fun. There’s an oasis roughly 2 miles into this trail. Once you reach it, it is a good turnaround spot for 3.5 mile hike. Strongly recommend this trail which typically has moderate to heavy traffic. Arrive early !

hiking
12 days ago

Left the trail-head at Hwy 74 at 8.30 am and arrived at Cathedral Cove at 12.30 pm. Very nice 4 hour hike. For nearly all of this trail you are in pure nature, away from any civilization. You can meet other hikers at the beginning and the end otherwise it is very quiet. After the third oasis, you climb over a ridge to fantastic views of the valley. A little later you see spectacular views of Mt San Jacinto and San Gorgonio. When you arrive at the bulldozer at Dunn Rd (about the 8 mile mark) take a rest at the picnic tables. When leaving, go about 50 yards back the way you came when you arrived at the bulldozer and then take the Art Smith trail to the left, This avoids taking Dunn Rd and is a much nicer hike. Wouldn't have found this trail without talking to a couple of mountain bikers sitting at the picnic tables.

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no shade
13 days ago

I have never understood the popularity of this trail. It’s good for a work out (modest). But the scenery is nothing to write home about. More important right now is the fact that it’s the most overpopulated trail in the valley and impossible to keep social distancing protocols in place. Stay away if you value your life.

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13 days ago

Windy and cold

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blowdown
snow
14 days ago

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bugs
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15 days ago

I know I know. Shouldn’t be hiking a closed trail, but was super respectful and stayed where I should. Very mellow and minimal elevation variance. Went a little off on a separate “groomed” trail at the end, and it was shaded at 5:30 with a great canyon breeze.

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rocky
16 days ago

Gabby Hayes to hopalong Cassidy to unmark trail behind Stone Eagle.

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no shade
rocky
washed out
16 days ago

on Art Smith Trail

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rocky
17 days ago

Unmark trail behind Stone Eagle

on Art Smith Trail

hiking
17 days ago

Trail head in housing development adjacent to Highway 74. Closest trail head to the cross.

Start on the left for more of a workout. Fun to see the bighorn sheep. Very crowded (not my fav) around noonish. Maybe earlier is better?

hiking
20 days ago

Good hike, just crowded and looks out over a bunch of shopping buildings.

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off trail
22 days ago

I was in Cathedral Canyon, got lost and ended up here! At first it was quite breathtaking but somehow I got badly lost. I honestly thought I was following a trail and ended in a Palm Grove, crossing hills and over boulders. It was quite exciting NOW that I’m safe and sound and made it back to my car, 15 miles later lol If you have a good GPS and plenty of battery on your phone, along with hydration and trail mix, it’s a great hike!

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rocky
22 days ago

Nice trail but had more incline than I had anticipated. Being that I’m trying to get back in shape, this one challenged me a bit! Nice views and lots of switchbacks going up to the cross. I think it’s best to simply go back the way you came in as it keeps you off of private property (driveway) to continue the loop.

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bugs
rocky
22 days ago

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washed out
24 days ago

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