Pushawalla Palms Loop

Palm Springs, California 92262

Pushawalla Palms Loop

Pushawalla Palms Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Pushawalla Palms Trail is one of several well-maintained trails within the Coachella Valley Preserve, a 20,000-acre property that is home to sand dunes, groves of desert fan palms, and an array of wildlife that includes the rare fringe-toed lizard.

It begins near the visitor center and follows the ridge of an uplifted earthquake fault, past stunning views of the Coachella Valley down to a large palm grove, then returns via a scrub-covered wash."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Palm Springs and Coachella Valley (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
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"This loop hike takes you along a scenic ridge in the Indio Hills and past three palm oases."
Hiking California's Desert Parks (Falcon Guides)
Bill & Polly Cunningham
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"This is an interesting hike with several side options into a remote and lightly used region of the park. All of the variations are out-and-back. They include going up "Pinyon Well" canyon to Pushwalla Pass with several side trip possibilities, continuing up to Pushwalla Plateau and dropping into the upper stretches of Pushwalla Canyon. A moderately strenuous day trip to Pushwalla Plateau in the Little San Bernadino Mountains, with an optional canyon hike and side trips to historic mining sites."
101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
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"The 17,000-acre Coachella Valley Preserve, located on the San Andreas Fault between Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park, was established in 1986 to protect the sand dune habitat of the endangered Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard. The crushed rock and clay in the fault zone is nearly impermeable to groundwater, forcing the water to the surface and creating a series of springs that support spectacular palm oases in the midst of the parched desert. This loop tour of the southeastern part of the preserve features three separate palm groves and expansive views from a narrow ridge."

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Trail was very rocky, lots of climbing with lots of rock stairs. Very windy, coming around east side of mountain wind died down, also very windy on top. Great topography with deep crevasse, rolling hills and high rocky cliffs.

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Trail Information

Palm Springs
Nearby City
450 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
2 hours
Coachella Valley Preserve, 760-343-2733, coachellavalleypreserve.org
Local Contacts
At visitor center or coachellavalleypreserve.org
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