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

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8 days ago

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12 days ago

Great trail! Harder then expected but definitely worth it!

hiking
14 days ago

2 chockwallA 2 desert iguana Several side blotch At visitor center Zebra tail Desert spiny

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14 days ago

My wife and I hiked this one yesterday with a couple of friends. It was a nice, easy to moderate, trail. I think last month there were more wildflowers but it was a nice desert landscape.

nature trips
18 days ago

We actually did not go on the trail but walked around near the parking lot at night with UV flashlights looking at scorpions and it was wonderful, part of night adventures sponsored by friends of the Desert

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rocky
20 days ago

We went up clockwise as others suggested. Great views on that side, and def a good workout. Coming down was brutal for me with all the rocky terrain. I would consider that much tougher than going up. Keep your eyes on the trail so you don’t sprain and ankle! Took us 2.5 hrs from zoo entrance to exit.

on The Cross Trail

25 days ago

Lovely trail which ends with a beautiful cross!

hiking
29 days ago

Love this trail. Did it many times. Nice thing is has connections to other trails

hiking
29 days ago

First time trail running the Art Smith trail. Fairly tight and technical for running, but beautifully laid out trail through the spectacular desert mountain flora and fauna. Steep uphill start but some reprieve from the heat due to the elevation, still start early and bring water. Beyond the first oasis puts you on top of a plateau which was breezy and cooler and ambled through the large rocks and gorgeous springtime blooms. View of valley and the opulent golf courses abounded. Enjoy and be sure to record your hike on All Trails!

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rocky
1 month ago

Decent light hike ... while there prefer the cross trail

hiking
1 month ago

The cross trail is amazing .... once you hit the cross and turn around I think I would have preferred just going out the way I came in the bottom part of the “ loop “ was uneventful at best

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail with steep inclines off the trail ... didn’t realize there was a large “ cross “ at the end of the cross trail lol ... was enjoying the hike so continued onto hopalong Cassidy trail past the cross

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail, dog friendly and pretty super blooms still! Great view from the top of the valley.

Great hike for a solid workout. Made it to top in 50 mins and down in 30. Beautiful 360 views toward the top!

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rocky
1 month ago

We saw a lot of large lizards, big horn sheep, cacti and flowers. Zero shade so dress appropriately. There are a lot of large rocks so be sure to wear the correct shoes. Pretty trail, cut it short because the view was very repetitive and would prefer a little variation.

hiking
1 month ago

Took some friends for a trail run. Some steep parts but lots of up and down. Great views and flowering cacti.

Nice short loop. Great for families

hiking
1 month ago

Great day for a hike. Tempertature in the 70s. Not that busy considering the pleasant day. Trail and switchbacks have some narrow spots with steep drop-off, but people were all very courteous in maintaining single-file and letting others pass as needed. Beautiful views of the valley! Agree with the moderate rating. Elevation made it a decent workout. Nice hike!

Get there early to beat the heat and the people. I got there just after sunrise and met people going in on my way out. Awesome trail in early April for flowers and birds.

Way too many people. Arrived at 620am and there were already upwards of 30 people. That said, good hike purely for exercise, views are mainly of the town. Hiked up and ran down in 55 min.

This trail took me about an hour and a half to hike. There is A LOT of spiders on this trail, but the views are magnificent!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful bloom this time of the year!!! Very often I see chuckwallas or other lizards along the trail. Great views, big variety of desert flowers and palm oasis are the rewards for the uphill climb. Happy Trails to everyone!

Nice and easy trail compare to other moderate trail we have done. Nice views.

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no shade
1 month ago

Hard to moderate. Strenuous uphill climb at first but worth the effort. Time only allowed us to hike to the Hopalong Cassidy trail junction (about 1.5 miles in) but well worth the effort. Lots of flowers in full bloom. Eight Bighorn sheep standing proud on a bluff 50 yards above the trail. Beautiful! Best to start early and take plenty of water. Wish we could have gone further.

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rocky
1 month ago

Loved this trail. We did It clockwise from the north side and definitely recommend that way. We got to see all the views going up but going down the south we had our heads down watching the rocks we were walking over. Did it in 2.5 hours in good shape. Loved the views and still some wildflowers in the south part of the loop. No wildlife, except one quail, between 10:30 and our end time.

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Such a great trail. Hiked 3.5 miles back and the flowers were spectacular today!

To be clear...this is a 16 mile hike. The turn around point is at Dunn Road. this is probably the best hike in the Coachella valley, but it is tough. love this hike.

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