Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

Yes use Garstin Trail to begin this trail...

Great cardio workout for the first mile then it levels down to enjoy the beautiful view of Palm Springs and is golf course. Surely will do it again.

Very nice, moderate difficulty for my beginner level in trail running. No shade at all (no pb at the end of March, but could be later in the season), very open view. Met some horn sheeps.

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.

Steep beginning with lots of views. Enjoyable evening or morning hike to get the blood pumping!

Loved this hike, first mile in was steep but doable, views were amazing and met some great hikers along the way willing to share their experiences. Can’t wait to do it again! PS: love that its dog friendly

First time hiking this trail and really enjoyed it.. The first mile is a little steep then it levels off. Great views of Palm Springs, and trail is really pretty, lots of red barrel cactus and some brittle bush blooming. Perfect weather today.

This is a fun hike but in my experience the trail is not maintained very well. Be prepared and pay attention to your surroundings. It’s a very enjoyable and challenging hike!

No sheer drop offs which allows for a safe adventure. I also like that you can walk to your ability and turn back. We did 5 miles and felt right. Look forward to returning and going further. The climb was steep and kept us breathing to a liking.

Steep climb at the start, then beautiful views along the way. We saw lots of red tailed hawks. Bring lots of water. Definitely want to come back to this one.

I was really Lykken this trail to run on, until I tripped, shattered my iPhone 6s and scraped up my hands, knees, and shoulder. I don’t run trails that often and was just wearing regular running shoes, so I’ll chalk some of it up to that. But take it easy if you go for a run!

Done this several times though usually do car or bike shuttle. With shuttle the length is 4.5 mi. December and especially January look for bighorn sheep. I’ve seen them 3 times (out of 9 hikes) at the 2 mi. mark hiking from the south. Have also seen white tailed antelope ground squirrels, a Palm Springs pocket mouse, and lots of birds and reptiles.

Great hike, small free parking lot. Very steep climb at first, and little to no shade most of the hike.

8 months ago

We start at the cathedral city cove and hike up, the views are breathtaking and pictures don't do it justice, it feels like the Wild West up there on cool and cloudy days is when I'd recommend taking this trail as it will be amazing experience. Starting from the cove is honestly hard as rain has washed out half the trail and your walking mostly on bare rock of the mountain so it's not really a beginner trail, very steep parts on the way up but getting to the top is 100% worth it. Many beautiful views really capture the beauty of the Coachella valley desert and about 3-4 miles up you'll find the earth moving vehicles Mike Dunn abandoned while trying to make the road. Highly recommend and please take a lot of water as 1.5 liters wasn't enough for me and we only hike it on cloudy days.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

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Great views. Full exposure so bring plenty of water. I agree with previous post as to direction. It's nice to end at the oasis.

Great views with a variety of terrain including washes, switch-backs, cacti, palm trees and very easy water crossing. The 5.7 mile can be done easily in 3.5 hours but very little shade and water is a must.

Beautiful views, make sure to check weather conditions before you go, after you leave the water and shade of the palms its all dessert to the pools and it gets hot with no shade at all!

Great hike! Took time for photos and to enjoy view at the top. Great exercise!!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Beautiful day for hiking, and this is a very nice trail. This trail is located on an Indian reservation, and there is a fee to enter the area. Also, during the high season on weekends, there can be a long line of cars to pay the fee and get through the gate. Nice, well maintained trails, the lower part through the palm oasis is easy and then uphill moderate hiking through rocks and desert brush after about 1 mile. Beautiful views on the upper trail, especially now after the rains. Very kid friendly, no dogs allowed. During the winter season after a rain, there are several streams and small waterfalls. A little out of the way for me, but very close to downtown Palm Springs and I will definitely make the trek again. Miles of interconnecting trails on the upper parts. Definitely one of the best hiking experiences I've had so far!

Can be done in 3 hours. Nice to do it this way: fern canyon - vandeventer - palm canyon. At the end, to to the palm canyon, you should follow the lower trail and not the upper one (victor trail).
Beautiful hike, not too strenuous, and a lot of landscapes/nature variation.

Monday, February 13, 2017

This hike is quite steep and very little shade so keep that in mind when getting ready. We stopped when we saw big horn sheep close to the road and didn't want to disturb them. Parking on the street is available with no restrictions. Very quiet only saw two other people.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Excellent trail. We saw Big Horn sheep. It was amazing.

Friday, January 06, 2017

steep, great views and Windy ridges

Thursday, December 29, 2016

One of my new favorite trails. Pass by beautiful homes in way to trailhead. Starts out steep but great view and can picnic at top before proceeding. Meanders through valley and rock formations. Slow ascent towards end overlooking Old Las Palmas. Not sure where waterfall is. Instead of turning back or continuing along Museum trail, we took the climb down to street and walked through the mid century neighborhoods back to our bikes at trailhead. It was a wonderful terrain and urban hike.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Hiked on Black Friday and started from the dirt lot behind Von's on HWY 111. The description mentions that the trailhead near Vons is private property, but that memo is lost on the tons of people who park and launch here.

Lot of walkers and mountain bikers for the first two miles. There are a ton of mountain biking trails that break off of the main trails and I made the mistake of following one which took me way off course. Fortunately, the trail was close enough to civilization that I was able to easily navigate back to the main trail.

Once I got beyond that first 2 miles, the traffic died way down and it was a super peaceful walk. There are two significant ascents. The first is near the sign for Garstin which connects with the Wild Horse trail where you hike straight up the ridge a few hundred feet before reaching a summit. Then you drop down to the Clara Burgess trail which marks the beginning of the final ascent to Murray Peak. Along the way, from Wild Horse to Murray Peak, there are plenty of gorgeous views both of Palm Springs and of the San Jacinto mountains. The view from Murray Peak is great and at this point you've definitely earned whatever snacks, beverages or break you want to give yourself.

- Stay hydrated; there's no shade on this trail and it's just you under that big ball of fire.
- Use sunscreen and a hat.
- Stick to the main trails.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

3 hours there and back worth the view!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The park closes at 5 to allow for the wildlife to take over, so we were only able to get about 5 miles in, but the trail was beautiful with a nice mix of mountain and desert views. I give it a 10 on the Lenny Pepperbottom "neature" scale.
Take the warning about rattlesnakes serious - about the time we let down our guard we made a new friend crossing our path within a few steps.

Really pretty, with a decent amount of shade

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