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

This is a strenuous hike but well worth the effort. I’d suggest an early start as there is little shelte anywhere on the trail. The descent into the mine is well worth the extra effort. Despite what some people has written on this site, there is indeed a mine entrance situated a few feet below the plaque. You can enter the mine itself, but do so with caution. The views from the descent to the mine are magnificent. While the main ascent has magnificent city and valley views, the descent to the mine gives unparalleled views of San Jacinto, sky and wilderness. The descent is a quad-killer but the whole experience makes this an unparalleled hike. Highly recommended.

Lush vegetation in the desert, two water falls and
Well maintained trails as well. Take your time and enjoy the surrounding area.

Exhausting but so worth it!

Cardio on the way up to great views of the city!

It's between easy and moderate. Beautiful! Saw 10 peninsular big horn sheep too.

Probably would be considered a bit above " moderate", but was a great hike, awesome views. To the top little less than two hours taking it easy. I started from Goat Trail. Says private but everyone hikes it.

Amazing hike and picturesque as well. The trail are
Rough with many tripping hazards and one should watch your step, specially when descending. done it twice and were very fulfilling.

3 days ago

As a Palm Springs residence this one of the best trails in the area and one my favorites. Great scenes and if you’re lucky, you may see mountain
Sheep as well. Please don’t take dogs beyond the posted signs, since we did encounter a person taking a dog.

5 days ago

You can definitely blaze your own trail. Great rocks and beautiful little oasis at the end.

Great hike! Lots of cool rocks for kids to climb on and under.

6 days ago

A challenge at times but lots of places to sit and enjoy the views of Bob Hope’s former house.

Skyline park was open did not attempt to summit

This was a great little hike. More toward moderate at there where a lot of stairs but not to bad. The south part of the loop is a bit more strenuous then the north part of the loop. But manageable. The falls were beautiful. We arrived at 9am and there were only a few people. However one the way out, approximately 10am it was heavily trafficked. Definitely get there early.

Nice hike. Hard but not difficult. Steep climbs but good trail and footing. Would do it again. Nice desert views.

Recommend GPS and enough battery as multiple trails interconnect and can get off route.

Even though visibility was maybe 100ft at the top, this was still a fun and challenging hike. It took my brother and I 2.5 hours to get up to the top. Hiking poles or microspikes would be recommended this time of year even though it was fairly warm in the beginning (I only had a t-shirt on until Wellman Divide). There was a sprinkling of rain from Wellman Divide to the top which then turned to snow.

A great hike!

13 days ago

Great loop trail at the top of the tram. Took us exactly 2 hours. Views are spectacular. We went counter clockwise going up through the trees and down with the overlook views. This was recommended by the rangers and was terrific. A bi of squishy snow in places.

Highly recommended

Great trail with wonderful views.

Did the trail counter clockwise and the climb up was great. Somewhat challenging, hard to go up at a cardio pace because I kept stopping to take in how amazingly beautiful the views were.

Surprised no one has yet to mention how much HORSE POOP is on the trail. The entire lower portion of the trail, the Henderson, is also an equestrian trail and there’s horse poop everywhere. Which was annoying because it takes up the whole width of the trail!

If I do this trail again, I’ll start counter clockwise again, do the Berns loop at the top and come down the way I came and skip the lower portion of the “horse poop loop.”

Not that hard. Nice afternoon hike. It was very windy at the top but a fun hike. I’m not hugely in shape but this was very doable. Recommended Trail with nice views

most popular hike in Palm Springs. slightly touristic. bring money for admission ($12.50). very beautiful. easy. fine valley views. must read canyon history in old newspapers at visitor center.

Nice challenging hike. Not worth going to see the mine. It’s just a plaque

Great hike. Took me 2.5 hours, which was a pretty good workout. Beautiful views. Totally worth it. The app was great to keep me on the right path

trail running
27 days ago

I said YES on this trail Christmas Eve 2016 when my beautiful wife asked me to marry her!!!

Saw many Ovis canadensis and a few Canine domesticus (scoff laws).

Beautiful views over the valley. Dogs are no problem from South trailhead. No dogs allowed at TC trailhead. Only met a few other hikers. Very nice hike.

First weekend on November with clear skies. Christine and I started sharp at 1 am from the museum. Took us 16.5 hrs to reach the summit and back down to take Tram. Took a lunch break and refill water at ranger station. The trees and sign at summit had frost, but prefer that that hike up in 3-digit temperature. Long hikes like this one, I always try to do it on full moon (less stress on my vision to find path and avoiding rocks). Like many people mentioned, last part will test you mentally and physically. Moved some rocks and branches to mark trail were trail was not very clear. If possible, do the same to avoid getting people lost and the sake of local rescue personnel.


Did this hike for the first time this week and went counter clock wise. It started out steep and leveled out before declining. The trail seems well maintained and beautiful, sweeping, desert views. Will for sure be returning :)

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