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From Seattle, dogsitting in the area and decided to take the three pups on this route early in the morning. Most of the reviews lead you to believe you're just circling a Wal-Mart parking lot or something. But, all in all, it was a really pleasant mellow stroll! Mountains on one side, golf course on the other... and the trail begins on a nice grassy lawn. The dogs loved it, parking was easy, and it didn't cost a penny! I will definitely be referring the dog owners to this little city spot!

I enjoy looping trails that offer great views of the valley. Birds playing in the wind currents and airplanes on final approaches provided interesting activities.

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5 months ago

Watch the planes fly by while lined up with the KPSP runway

The mountains here are quite scenic, but lots of scrambling required to get deep into the canyon. Limited access most of the year.

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6 months ago

I parked behind Rancho Mirage City Hall and started on the Bighorn Overlook Trail. I then crossed the road and took the trail to the left where the Chuckwalla and Road Runner Trail head began. The Chuckwalla is a narrow scenic trail that was well marked. The end of the trail has you walking back down on the street where I again caught the Bighorn Overlook Trail to the parking lot.

Friday, July 14, 2017

DO NOT BOTHER. I hiked around the whole area - in fact, 5.3 miles, to never be able to access this trail. Thankfully I started early & was able to watch the sunrise! The only good thing about this hike!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Decent, very pretty walk, but parking is far from trail entrance. Also, the loop includes the road :/.

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Monday, April 03, 2017

No parking at trailhead. not much of a scenery except views of a few luxury homes and a hotel. no shade. best to go in the morning and late in the day.

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Sunday, April 02, 2017

No parking, have to park at bottom of the road and walk up on the road. When you finish at the top. You walk all the way down on the road.
It ok but not great.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Easy walk w great views.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Good hike. Beautiful views. Moderate difficulty.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I believe this hike is suppose to be only accessible between September 30 and January 1 to preserve the habitat. It looked like there were fresh tracks from a person and a dog but we didn't want to risk it. Only a three month window which is unfortunate. You have to enter the gate to the mountain park follow the wash not the trail and walk past all the warning signs. You will get to a huge cement platform at the start of the wash. This is just over a mile from the parking lot. Walk down the steep cement face and up the cemented rock face on the other side.
Will be putting this hike on my list to do next fall.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Trail is primarily for guests at the Ritz Carlton (across the street). To use the trail you must park at the hotel via the valet service (which at least is free). I'm a moderate hiker and found this trail to be pretty easy overall. It's short (only 2 miles) has a mild up and down incline, and is well marked except for the end. Views are good - mountains, birds and some developments. The only annoying part is that a brief stint of maybe 0.4 miles walking on the road is required to complete the loop. The rest is a dirt and rock trail through scrubby hills. It was a good option for an easy yet visually stimulating stroll.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

It's true...the signage is confusing. You will need a sense of adventure and some willingness to take risk on this one. It is worth it!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

I suppose this trail is better suited for those with local knowledge. We attempted it, but couldn't discern the proper trail. Signs all over the place said "Park Boundary, no trespassing." We bailed out after :45 of trying to find the route!

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Monday, July 25, 2016

After a boring start (from where you park, behind RM Elementary) to right after passing the wide basin, the canyon is spectacular. Right at the watering hole that's been built for the wild sheep, there is one climb after another but all easily doable if you bring the right shoes and free hands to grab onto the rocks. There are many palm groves all along and in the summer, during an early morning hike, there is plenty of shade, thanks to how deep the canyon runs in many parts. A few signs posted warn hikers to keep out... but people hike undisturbed all the same. Definitely worth trying!

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Friday, March 25, 2016

The only thing that's nice about this hike is that it's within walking distance to where I live. Not very scenic or stimulating.

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on Chuckwalla Trail Loop

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