Palm Springs, CA Trails and Parks

Palm Springs has 79 trails in the vicinity, including 76 hiking trails and 11 for horseback riding. These trails range from 0 to 20.5 miles in length. The most popular trails are San Jacinto Peak (Backpacking), San Jacinto Peak and The Goat Trails. Trails.com member Ben F. recently completed Cactus-to-Clouds.
  • San Jacinto Peak: The Hard Way

    6 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    This hike, known as the Cactus-to-Clouds Hike by Palm Springs hiking enthusiasts, is an absolute hoot—if you survive. For three decades now, ever-increasing numbers of adventurers have set foot ...
    •  13 hours or more
    •  20 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike, known as the Cactus-to-Clouds Hike by Palm Springs hiking enthusiasts, is an absolute hoot—if you survive. For ...

  • Pines to Palms

    5 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    Palm Canyon should be on every serious Southern California hiker’s to-do list. The canyon separates the San Jacinto Mountains and Desert Divide on the west from the Santa Rosa Mountains on the ...
    •  7 hours
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    Palm Canyon should be on every serious Southern California hiker’s to-do list. The canyon separates the San Jacinto Mountains ...

  • San Jacinto Peak

    4 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    This rewarding trip surveys some of the best high-mountain country southern California has to offer and ends on a lofty summit that affords perhaps the finest vistas in the region. There are ...
    •  5 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    This rewarding trip surveys some of the best high-mountain country southern California has to offer and ends on a lofty summit ...

  • San Jacinto Peak (Backpacking)

    2 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    The north face of San Jacinto Peak, at one point soaring 9000 feet up in four horizontal miles, is one of the most imposing escarpments in the United States. Upon witnessing sunrise on the peak ...
    •  2 days
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    The north face of San Jacinto Peak, at one point soaring 9000 feet up in four horizontal miles, is one of the most imposing ...

  • Cactus-to-Clouds

    1 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    Cactus-to-Clouds, also known as the Skyline Trail, is a classic Southern California hike. It is the only trail in the United States to directly climb 8000 feet, scaling the sheer east ridge of ...
    •  9 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    Cactus-to-Clouds, also known as the Skyline Trail, is a classic Southern California hike. It is the only trail in the United ...

  • The Goat Trails

    1 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    Don't get meticulous and try to limit the Goat Trails to a single, definitive, carefully spelled out route. That's because the Goat Trails are only as logical and rational as the goats who created ...
    •  7.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Don't get meticulous and try to limit the Goat Trails to a single, definitive, carefully spelled out route. That's because ...

  • Santa Rosa Wilderness Trails

    1 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    Santa Rosa Wilderness lies on the eastern slope of the Santa Rosa Mountains, one of southern California’s Peninsula Ranges. Many geologists consider the Santa Rosas the southern continuation ...
    •  Guide

    Santa Rosa Wilderness lies on the eastern slope of the Santa Rosa Mountains, one of southern California’s Peninsula Ranges. ...

  • Garstin–Earl Henderson Loop

    1 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    This loop hike takes you over a small summit at the northwest end of the Santa Rosa Mountains. It features a fine walk along a ridge with views of the Santa Rosa Mountains and of Palm Springs, ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  3.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop hike takes you over a small summit at the northwest end of the Santa Rosa Mountains. It features a fine walk along ...

  • San Jacinto Peak: The Easy Way

    1 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    San Jacinto Peak is a close second after San Gorgonio Mountain on the roster of Southern California high points, but its more sharply defined and imposing bulk makes it instantly identifiable ...
    •  6 hours
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    San Jacinto Peak is a close second after San Gorgonio Mountain on the roster of Southern California high points, but its ...

  • Jo Pond Trail

    1 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    The Jo Pond Trail, completed in 1994, connects Palm Canyon to the Desert Divide, relentlessly climbing Garnet Ridge to Cedar Spring. It does not pass a lake; rather, it was named for Mr. Pond, ...
    •  9 hours
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    The Jo Pond Trail, completed in 1994, connects Palm Canyon to the Desert Divide, relentlessly climbing Garnet Ridge to Cedar ...

  • Dunn Road

    0 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    Located in the Santa Rosa Mountain Range above Palm Desert. Highlights: Mostly fast downhill with speeds approaching 40 miles per hour in sections. Good downhill training. Hazards: Fast dirt ...
    •  1.4 hours
    •  20.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in the Santa Rosa Mountain Range above Palm Desert. Highlights: Mostly fast downhill with speeds approaching 40 miles ...

  • Angel Canyon Trail

    0 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    Angel Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Palm Springs, California. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 811 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total ...
    •  0.2 miles

    Angel Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Palm Springs, California. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 811 ...

  • Big Morongo Canyon Trail, Morongo Valley

    0 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    This moderate balloon hike is a good introduction to Big Morongo Preserve, a 29,000-acre desert oasis of marshes, ridges, canyons, and one of the largest cottonwood and willow riparian habitats ...
    •  2-4 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    This moderate balloon hike is a good introduction to Big Morongo Preserve, a 29,000-acre desert oasis of marshes, ridges, ...

  • Bear Creek Canyon Oasis, La Quinta

    0 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    This popular hike follows a canyon wash, then switchbacks up a series of hillsides, giving way to expansive views of the city of La Quinta and the entire Coachella Valley. While you’re likely ...
    •  5.5-6 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    This popular hike follows a canyon wash, then switchbacks up a series of hillsides, giving way to expansive views of the ...

  • Art Smith Trail, Palm Desert

    0 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    Named after a local trail builder, this well-maintained trail is a longtime favorite of Palm Springs hikers and equestrians. It begins just off CA 74 in Palm Desert and switchbacks up a hillside ...
    •  3-4 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Named after a local trail builder, this well-maintained trail is a longtime favorite of Palm Springs hikers and equestrians. ...

  • South Lykken Trail

    0 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    The South Lykken Trail is the south half of the 9.5-mile Carl Lykken Trail, which weaves along a series of mountain ridges above downtown Palm Springs. The north and south trails are separated ...
    •  2-3 hours
    •  4.7 miles
    •  Guide

    The South Lykken Trail is the south half of the 9.5-mile Carl Lykken Trail, which weaves along a series of mountain ridges ...

  • Palm Springs Art Museum Trail

    0 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    This popular hike begins near downtown Palm Springs and crisscrosses the mountainside, gaining 850 feet in elevation in just 1 mile. It links with the North and South Lykken Trails, as well as ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    This popular hike begins near downtown Palm Springs and crisscrosses the mountainside, gaining 850 feet in elevation in just ...

  • North Lykken Trail

    0 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    The North Lykken Trail is the north half of the 9.5-mile Carl Lykken Trail, which weaves along a series of mountain ridges above downtown Palm Springs. This shuttle hike begins at the west end ...
    •  2.5- 3.5 hours
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The North Lykken Trail is the north half of the 9.5-mile Carl Lykken Trail, which weaves along a series of mountain ridges ...

  • Earl Henderson Trail

    0 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    Named for local equestrian Earl Henderson, this unassuming horse and hiking trail begins in a desert-wash landscape, then zigzags around a mountainside to connect with other trails in the Palm ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Named for local equestrian Earl Henderson, this unassuming horse and hiking trail begins in a desert-wash landscape, then ...

  • Clara Burgess Trail

    0 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    This hike within the Palm Springs trail system begins with a strenuous switchback climb, then levels for a mile or so of easy walking before returning to a final hardy climb to the top of Murray ...
    •  3.5-4 hours
    •  7.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike within the Palm Springs trail system begins with a strenuous switchback climb, then levels for a mile or so of ...

  • Araby Trail

    0 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    This hike begins outside an exclusive gated community that was once home to Bob Hope and Steve McQueen, and it turns into a strenuous ascent up shadeless switchbacks that come within a stone’s ...
    •  2-3 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike begins outside an exclusive gated community that was once home to Bob Hope and Steve McQueen, and it turns into ...

  • Tahquitz Canyon Trail

    0 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    Framed by the San Jacinto Mountains to the west, this figure-eight hike follows Tahquitz Creek on a gradual ascent past ancient rocks and plants to a 60-foot-high waterfall. The admission fee ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  1.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Framed by the San Jacinto Mountains to the west, this figure-eight hike follows Tahquitz Creek on a gradual ascent past ancient ...

  • Palm Canyon Trail to the Stone Pools

    0 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    This out-and-back hike begins with a flat streamside stroll through fan palms and ancient rock mortars, then climbs past cactus scrub to expansive views of the desert and San Jacinto Mountains. ...
    •  2.5- 3 hours
    •  5.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This out-and-back hike begins with a flat streamside stroll through fan palms and ancient rock mortars, then climbs past ...

  • Murray Canyon Trail

    0 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    Wear sturdy hiking shoes for this moderate but mostly flat hike in the Indian Canyons. After a brief dusty trek across sand and through desert scrub, the route weaves in and out of a stream lined ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Wear sturdy hiking shoes for this moderate but mostly flat hike in the Indian Canyons. After a brief dusty trek across sand ...

  • Maynard Mine Trail

    0 Reviews

    Palm Springs, CA

    The Maynard Mine Trail is one of the more challenging trails within the Indian Canyons trail system. It once served as the access route for a tungsten mine that operated during World War II. ...
    •  4-5 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Maynard Mine Trail is one of the more challenging trails within the Indian Canyons trail system. It once served as the ...