Palm Desert, CA Trails and Parks

Palm Desert has 19 trails in the vicinity, including 14 hiking trails and 9 for mountain biking. These trails range from 1.7 to 67 miles in length. The most popular trails are San Jacinto Loop (Backpacking), Art Smith Trail and Palm Canyon. Trails.com member Jeff S. recently completed Bear Creek Oasis.
  • Art Smith TrailView Trail Details

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    Palm Desert, CA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  16.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This ride is located north of Palm Desert in the Santa Rosa Mountains National Scenic Area. From its origin in Dead Indian Canyon, this 16.7-mile ...

  • Randall Henderson LoopView Trail Details

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    Palm Desert, CA

    •  1 hour
    •  1.7 miles
    •  Guide

    A short but interesting loop through the desert foothills near the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center.

  • San Jacinto Loop (Backpacking)View Trail Details

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    Palm Desert, CA

    •  2-3 days
    •  17.6 miles
    •  Guide

    At 10,804 feet, San Jacinto Peak is one of the three tallest major summits ringing the Los Angeles Basin. This loop from Humber Park in Idyllwild ...

  • Homme- Adams Park to Cahuilla Hills ParkView Trail Details

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    Palm Desert, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  2 hours
    •  3.6 miles
    •  Guide

    What’s not to love about a hike that begins with a designated off-leash patch of desert sand in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument ...

  • Bear Creek OasisView Trail Details

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    Palm Desert, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  5 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    Nestled among the canyons of the parched Santa Rosa Mountains, lush oases form where underground water is forced to the surface. The Bear Creek ...

  • Living Desert Zoo and GardensView Trail Details

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    Palm Desert, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  2.5 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Living Desert is a combination zoo and botanical garden in Palm Desert. Besides the zoo and garden, hikers will enjoy the wilderness trail ...

  • Randall Henderson LoopView Trail Details

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    Palm Desert, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Randall Henderson Loop explores the valley above the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center. It is convenient ...

  • Art Smith TrailView Trail Details

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    Palm Desert, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  8 hours
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    The Art Smith Trail, named in 1977 for the late long-time Trail Boss of the Desert Riders who was responsible for the development of numerous ...

  • Cactus Spring TrailView Trail Details

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    Palm Desert, CA

    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This scenic trail winds through a mix of pinyon pine, juniper, and chaparral past an abandoned gypsum mine to Horsethief Canyon, a wilderness ...

  • Upper Palm CanyonView Trail Details

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    Palm Desert, CA

    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  3.4 miles
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    Palm Canyon is long, beginning in the pinyon-juniper woodland just north of CA 74, the Palms to Pines Highway. This hike follows a lightly used ...

  • Art Smith TrailView Trail Details

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    Palm Desert, CA

    •  3 hours
    •  4.4 miles
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    The Art Smith Trail connects CA 74, the Palms to Pines Highway, with Dunn Road, climbing the east slopes of the Santa Rosa Mountains. A palm ...

  • Palms to Pines Scenic BywayView Trail Details

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    Palm Desert, CA

    • Scenic Drives  
    •  67 miles
    •  Guide

    A 67-mile paved route from a desert oasis to the snow-capped, forested San Jacinto Mountains. The Palms to Pines Scenic Byway takes you through ...

  • Sawmill TrailView Trail Details

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    Palm Desert, CA

    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    The Sawmill Trail ascends the north face of the Santa Rosas. It provides excellent views of the northern Santa Rosas, San Jacinto, and the ...

  • Cactus Spring TrailView Trail Details

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    Palm Desert, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  18 miles
    •  Guide

    This trip follows the Cactus Spring Trail from near the Palms to Pines Scenic Byway down across Horsethief Creek, then up over miles of rolling ...

  • Horsethief CreekView Trail Details

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    Palm Desert, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This leisurely trip samples a small bit of this delightful high desert region. You follow the Cactus Spring Trail, an old Cahuilla pathway reworked ...

  • Alta Seca BenchView Trail Details

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    Palm Desert, CA

    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    This cross-country trip leaves Santa Rosa Mountain Road below Toro Peak and drops to Alta Seca Bench, then crosses it to a delightful pine ?at ...

  • Palm CanyonView Trail Details

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    Palm Desert, CA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  28.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail begins north of Palm Desert, and ends in Palm Springs just north of the border with Cathedral City. It's hard to imagine a ride that ...

  • Santa Rosa Mountain / Sawmill TrailView Trail Details

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    Palm Desert, CA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  25.6 miles
    •  Guide

    If you're ever in the Coachella Valley and think it's just too darn scorching to ride, think again. This 26.3-mile out-and-back is a surefire ...

  • Thomas Mountain Road / Ramona TrailView Trail Details

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    Palm Desert, CA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  17.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Completing this 23-mile loop requires strength and good conditioning. You begin with a long, moderate ascent of 7.7 miles. There are several ...