Hiking In Palm Desert
Even in the deepest months of winter, visitors can still enjoy the outdoors in Palm Desert. The temperature rarely dips below 50 degrees, meaning you can still hike, bike, run and explore to your heart’s content (though we suggest wearing a jacket during the winter months).
Palm Desert offers great hiking opportunities for beginners and avid hikers alike. Hiking in Palm Desert can be a great family activity or a way to relax and refresh your mind if you are seeking some reflective time alone. No matter which trail you choose, make sure you bring your camera. You’re in for some beautiful views.
Here are some of our favorite hiking trails in Palm Desert:
Hopalong Cassidy Trail
Named after Palm Desert resident William Boyd who played movie and television icon Hopalong Cassidy, this trail is will provide a challenging workout, even for experienced hikers. At 8.3 miles long and with an elevation change of 1,345 feet, this trail isn’t for beginners.
Hikers will get breathtaking views as they pass through residential enclaves and the golf courses of Palm Desert. In other areas, the trail clings to the mountainside. This trail offers great views, but they must be earned. Get ready for a rollercoaster trail with big climbs and descents.
Don’t forget to bring plenty of water and a cell phone just in case you get lost.
Randall Henderson Trail
This easy 2.4-mile trail is named after Randal Henderson an author, desert explorer and visionary who was instrumental in the development of Palm Desert in the early and mid-1900s. The Randall Henderson Trail provides a simple and enjoyable hike that is perfect for beginning hikers, families or those who just want to get out for a quick jaunt into nature. The trail is a wide, easy-to-follow loop that starts and ends at the National Monument Visitor Center on Highway 74.
Those who are interested in the local fauna will want to be on the lookout for creosote bushes and cholla cactus, which adorn the trail.
Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
This 10.8-mile trail is part of the 1,210-mile route from Nogales, Arizona to San Francisco, California. The trail’s name commemorates the 1775-1776 expedition of 30 Spanish families who walked the trail and founded the Missions of San Francisco, Santa Clara and Pueblo of San Jose.
This is a beautiful trail for experienced hikers and travels through the San Bernardino National Forest. Make sure to bring plenty of water and a cell phone and to use sunscreen before heading out to the trail.
There are plenty of other trails in Palm Desert and throughout Coachella Valley that we’d love to tell you about if you want to incorporate hiking into your Palm Desert stay. Just give The Inn at Deep Canyon a call at (800) 253-0004 to speak to a helpful operator today.