Jo Pond Trail

Palm Springs, California 92292

Jo Pond Trail

Jo Pond Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Jo Pond Trail is one of the highlights of the Coachella Valley. Starting in Palm Canyon, it ascends the Garnet Ridge to Cedar Spring, providing astounding views of the Coachella Valley, Salton Sea, and San Jacinto Mountains, especially when the peaks are cloaked in their snowy winter mantle. Parts of the hike are on shady north slopes that hold snow longer than the surrounding hills, so an ice axe and crampons may be necessary in midwinter. Despite what you might imagine, the Jo Pond Trail does not visit any standing bodies of water. Rather, it was named for a member of the Desert Riders who was a strong proponent of trails in the Coachella Valley.

A complication of this trip is that your vehicle must be out of the canyon by 5 p.m. when the gate closes. This is a long hike and you’ll be in hot water if you miss the closing time. Watch the time carefully, or park outside the toll gate."

More Jo Pond Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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, a member of the Desert Riders and a trail advocate in the Coachella Valley. Some consider it to be one of the most spectacular trails in the region."

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This trail is closed because of the recent fires closing portions of the PCT at Cedar Springs. It has also not been used in many years and could be difficult to navigate. It is also named after MRS. Jo Pond!!!

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Trail Information

Palm Springs
Nearby City
6,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
October–November, March–April.
At the time of this writing, the canyon is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. From July 8 to October 1, it is open only Friday–Sunday. Call 760-323-6018 for current information.
Local Contacts
Palm View Peak (7.5-minute), Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
Local Maps