Trails

Overview

Trails

Our desert is surrounded by breathtaking mountains and plenty of terrain that’s excellent for exercise and leisure. This list offers trails locations based on physical exertion from easy to moderate to hard. 

DISCLAIMER: Please use caution & safety when visiting trails. Carry water, nutrient-dense snack, apply sunscreen, and stay on the trail. Always consult your physician before beginning any vigorous activity. 

Easy

Painted Canyon Trail, Mecca
Mecca

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Great for all skills levels, Painted Canyon offers scenic views, bird watching, and dog friendly. The easy trail runs just over 4 miles long.

DISTANCE: 4.2 miles      ELEVATION GAIN: 767 feet      ROUTE TYPE: Out & Back

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  • dog friendly
  • kid friendly
  • hiking
  • nature trips
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • views
Easy

Roadrunner Trail, Rancho Mirage
Rancho Mirage

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Roadrunner Trail is an easy 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rancho Mirage that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and road biking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE: 3.8 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 692 feet  ROUTE TYPE: Out & Back

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  • Kid Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Road Biking
  • Walking
  • Running
  • Views
  • Bugs
  • No Dogs
Easy

Squaw Hill Trail, Thousand Palms
Thousand Palms

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Squaw Hill is an easy 0.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Thousand Palms that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from October until May.

DISTANCE: 0.6 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 72 feet  ROUTE TYPE: Loop

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  • Kid Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Nature Trips
  • Walking
  • Views
  • Wild Flowers
  • Wildlife
  • No Shade
  • No Dogs
Moderate

Bump and Grind
Palm Desert

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Located in Palm Desert, the Bump and Grind Trail is a 4 mile moderate loop that is very popular with hikers and bicyclists.

DISTANCE: 4.0 miles      ELEVATION GAIN: 1,105 feet      ROUTE TYPE: Loop

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  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • nature trips
  • skiing
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • running
  • views
  • wild flowers
  • wildlife
  • no shade
  • no dogs
Moderate

Carrizo Canyon Trail
Palm Desert

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Carrizo Canyon [CLOSED] is a moderate 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Desert that features a waterfall and is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Note: This trail is accessible October 1-December 31.

DISTANCE: 2.7 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 413 feet  ROUTE TYPE: Out & Back

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  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Running
  • Views
  • Waterfall
  • Wildlife
  • Rocky
  • Closed
  • No Shade
  • No Dogs
Moderate

Chuckwalla Trail Loop, Rancho Mirage
Rancho Mirage

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Chuckwalla Trail Loop is a moderate 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Rancho Mirage, that offers scenic views and is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE: 2.1 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 403 feet  ROUTE TYPE: Loop

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  • Hiking
  • Running
  • Views
  • Scramble
  • No Dogs
Moderate

Dead Indian Canyon Trail, Palm Desert
Palm Desert

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Dead Indian Canyon is a moderate 2.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Desert that offers the chance to see wildlife and is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips.

DISTANCE: 2.3 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 288 feet  ROUTE TYPE: Out & Back

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  • Hiking
  • Nature Trips
  • Running
  • Views
  • Wildlife
  • Rocky
  • No Shade
  • No Dogs
Moderate

Gabby Hayes Trail, Palm Desert
Palm Desert

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Gabby Hayes Trail is a moderate 1.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Palm Desert, California. The scenic view trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE: 1.9 Miles ELEVATION GAIN: 347 feet ROUTE TYPE: Loop

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  • Kid Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Running
  • Views
  • Rocky
  • No Shade
  • Dogs Limited
Moderate

Herman’s Hike Trail, Thousand Palms
Thousand Palms

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Herman’s Hike Trail is a moderate 6.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Thousand Palms that is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE: 6.6 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 1,423 feet  ROUTE GAIN: Out & Back

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  • Hiking
  • Nature Trips
  • Walking
  • Bird Watching
  • Views
  • Wild Flowers
  • Wildlife
  • Bugs
  • Rocky
  • Scramble
  • No Shade
  • No Dogs
Moderate

Hidden Palms Loop, Thousand Palms
Thousand Palms

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Hidden Palms Loop is a moderate 1.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Thousand Palms that features beautiful wild flowers and is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from October until May.

DISTANCE: 1.9 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 259 feet  ROUTE TYPE: Loop

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  • Hiking
  • Nature Trips
  • Walking
  • Bird Watching
  • Views
  • Wild Flowers
  • Wildlife
  • Rocky
  • No Shade
  • No Dogs
Moderate

Hopalong Cassidy Trail, Palm Desert
Palm Desert

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Hopalong Cassidy Trail is a moderate 7.4 mile moderately loop trail located near Palm Desert that features beautiful wild flowers and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE: 7.4 miles ELEVATION GAIN: 1,725 feet ROUTE TYPE: Loop

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  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trips
  • Bird Watching
  • Running
  • Views
  • Wild Flowers
  • Wildlife
  • Rocky
  • Scramble
  • No Dogs
Moderate

Indian Palms Trail, Thousand Palms
Thousand Palms

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Indian Palms Trail is a moderate 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Thousand Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from October until May.

DISTANCE: 1.2 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 111 feet  ROUTE TYPE: Out & Back

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  • Kid Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Nature Trips
  • Walking
  • Views
  • Wild Flowers
  • Wildlife
  • No Shade
  • No Dogs
Moderate

Jack Rabbit Trail, Rancho Mirage
Rancho Mirage

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Jack Rabbit Trail is a moderate 1.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rancho Mirage that features beautiful wild flowers and offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE: 1.4 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 190 feet  ROUTE TYPE: Out & Back

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  • Kid Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Nature Trips
  • Walking
  • Bird Watching
  • Running
  • Forest
  • Views
  • Wild Flowers
  • Wildlife
  • Bugs
  • Rocky
  • No Dogs
Moderate

La Quinta Cove to Lake Cahuilla Trail, La Quinta
La Quinta

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La Quinta Cove to Lake Cahillla is a moderate 6.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near La Quinta that features beautiful wild flowers, goes through the golf course, and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE: 6.6 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 915 feet  ROUTE TYPE: Out & Back

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  • Hiling
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trips
  • Walking
  • Bird Watching
  • Running
  • Views
  • Wild Flowers
  • Wildlife
  • Bugs
  • Over Grown
  • No Dogs
Moderate

Magnesia Springs Canyon Trail, Rancho Mirage
Rancho Mirage

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Magnesia Springs Canyon is a moderate 3.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rancho Mirage that offers the chance to see wildlife and is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from October until December.

DISTANCE: 3.7 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 449 feet  ROUTE TYPE: Out & Back

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  • Hiking
  • Running
  • Views
  • Wildlife
  • Bugs
  • Rocky
  • No Dogs
Moderate

Martinez Canyon Trail, Mecca
Mecca

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Martinez Canyon Trail is a moderate 14.4 mile out and back trail located near Mecca that offers scenic views and is primarily used for hiking, horses, and backpacking. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE: 14.4 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 2,080 feet  ROUTE TYPE: Out & Back

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  • Backpacking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Views
Moderate

Mike Schuler Trail, Palm Desert
Palm Desert

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Mike Schuler Trail is a moderate 1.6 mile trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Desert that offers scenic views and is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE: 1.6 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 272 feet  ROUTE TYPE: Out & Back

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  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Views
  • Bugs
  • No Dogs
Moderate

Moon Country Trail, Thousand Palms
Thousand Palms

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Moon Country Loop via McCallum Trail is a moderate 4.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Thousand Palms that is primarily used for hiking and is best used from October until May. Mondays and Tuesday closed. Take the McCallum Trail and follow the signs.

DISTANCE: 4.1 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 311 feet  ROUTE TYPE: Loop

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  • Kid Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Views
  • Wild Flowers
  • Wildlife
  • Rocky
  • No Shade
  • No Dogs
Moderate

Pushwalla Palms Loop, Thousand Palms
Thousand Palms

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Pushawalla Palms Loop is a moderate 4.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Thousand Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from September until April.

DISTANCE: 4.4 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 705 feet  ROUTE TYPE: Loop

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  • Hiking
  • Nature Trips
  • Walking
  • Running
  • Views
  • Wild Flowers
  • Wildlife
  • No Shade
  • No Dogs
Moderate

Randall Henderson Loop Trail, Rancho Mirage
Rancho Mirage

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Randall Henderson Loop Trail is a moderate 2.7 mile trafficked loop trail located near Palm Desert that offers the chance to see wildlife and is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is best used from October until March.

DISTANCE: 2.7 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 426 feet  ROUTE TYPE: Loop

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  • Kid Friendly 
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Running
  • Views
  • Wildlife
  • No Dogs
Moderate

Willis Palms Loop, Thousand Palms
Thousand Palms

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Willis Palm Loop is a moderate 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Thousand Palms that features beautiful wild flowers and is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE: 4.1 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 531 feet  ROUTE TYPE: Loop

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  • Hiking
  • Nature Trips
  • Walking
  • Bird Watching
  • Views
  • Wild Flowers
  • Rocky
  • No Shade
  • No Dogs
Hard

Art Smith Trail, Palm Desert
Palm Desert

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Art Smith Trail is a difficult 12.2 mile heavily trafficked trail located near Palm Desert, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is best used from September until May.

DISTANCE: 12.2 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 2,641 feet  ROUTE TYPE: Out & Back

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  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Nature Trips
  • Bird Watching
  • Running
  • Forest
  • Views
  • Wild Flowers
  • Wildlife
  • No Dogs
Hard

Bear Creek Canyon Trail, La Quinta
La Quinta

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Bear Creek Canyon Trail is difficult a 8.3 mile trafficked out and back trail located near La Quinta that features beautiful wild flowers and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE: 8.3 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 2,319 feet  ROUTE TYPE: Out & Back

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  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trips
  • Bird Watching
  • Running
  • Forest
  • Views
  • Wild Flowers
  • Wildlife
  • Bugs
  • Over Grown
  • No Dogs
Hard

Boo Hoff Trail
La Quinta

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Experienced hikers will enjoy this near 13 mile trail in La Quinta known as Boo Hoff. Great for bird watching, running, hiking, and more.

DISTANCE: 12.8 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 2,290 feet  ROUTE TYPE: Loop

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  • hiking
  • nature trips
  • bird watching
  • running
  • views
  • wild flowers
  • wild life
  • no dogs
OHV

Meccacopia OHV Trail, Mecca
Mecca

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Meccacopia OHV Trail is a moderate 15.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Mecca. The Off-Highway Vehicle trail is great for off-road driving, mountain biking, and more. Best used from October until May.

DISTANCE: 15.3 miles  ELEVATION GAIN: 741 feet  ROUTE TYPE: Point to Point

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  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trips
  • OHV / Off-Road Driving
  • Views
  • Bugs
  • Rocky
  • Washed Out
  • No Dogs