“We all know that spending time outdoors in a natural setting is proven to help one’s physical and mental health. I mean, who doesn’t feel better after seeing breathtaking views and wild animals, all while getting a workout? Greater Palm Springs has over a hundred hiking trails to choose from. We’ve selected three must-try trails to explore and conquer. So come on, take a hike!…”

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Other trails to check out around the valley:

Palm Springs:

  • Andreas Canyon
    1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail, features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from October until May.
  • Araby Trail 
    4.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail, features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until April.
  • Clara Burgess Trail
    7.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail, features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
  • Indian Canyon West Fork Trail
    5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail, features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from October until June.
  • Murray Canyon Trail
    3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail, features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from October until March. Horses are also able to use this trail.
  • Murray Hill Loop
    7.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail, offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.
  • Museum Trail
    1.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near the Palm Springs Art Museum, offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
  • South Lykken Trail
    8.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail, features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching.
  • Tahquitz Canyon
    1.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail, features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from October until May.

Palm Desert:

  • Art Smith Trail
    16.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail, features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May.
  • The Bump and Grind Trail
    4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail, features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until May.
  • The Cross Trail
    2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail, features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
  • Hopalong Cassidy Trail
    7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail, features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
  • Randall Henderson Loop Trail
    2.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail, offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and mountain biking and is best used from October until March. 

La Quinta:

  • Bear Creek Oasis Trail
    8.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail, features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
  • Boo Hoff Trail
    12.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail, features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May.
  • La Quinta Cove to Lake Cahillla
    6.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail, features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Other:

  • Joshua Tree National Park
    69 moderate trails in Joshua Tree National Park ranging from 0.8 to 25.8 miles and from 1,476 to 5,813 feet above sea level.
  • Big Morongo Canyon Trail – Morongo Valley
    11.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail, features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
  • Ladder Canyon and Painted Canyon Trail in Mecca
    4.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail, features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until April.
  • Mecca Hills Wilderness
    8 moderate trails in Mecca Hills Wilderness ranging from 2.1 to 7.5 miles and from 426 to 1,374 feet above sea level.
  • Coachella Valley Preserve in Thousand Palms
    8 moderate trails in Coachella Valley Preserve ranging from 1.9 to 6.1 miles and from 377 to 1,302 feet above sea level.
  • Mission Creek Preserve Trail – Desert Hot Springs
    3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail, features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
  • Amboy Crater
    4.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Amboy, California and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from September until February. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.