What to do and see in Coachella Valley, California Desert: The Best Hiking Trails

September 28, 2021 Darwin Bolte

Discover the best top things to do in Coachella Valley, United States including Willis Palms Trail, Fred Wolff Bear Creek Nature Preserve, Murray Canyon Trail, Cactus to Clouds, Palm Canyon Trail, Bump and Grind Trail, Indian Canyons Hiking Trails, Palm Desert Cross Hiking Trail, Araby Trail, North Lykken Trail.

1. Willis Palms Trail

1000 Palms Canyon Road, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA +1 760-343-2733 http://coachellavalleypreserve.org
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5.0 based on 4 reviews

Willis Palms Trail

2. Fred Wolff Bear Creek Nature Preserve

52751-52999 Avenida, La Quinta, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92253 +1 760-777-7090 http://www.laquintaca.gov/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/24/971
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5.0 based on 2 reviews

Fred Wolff Bear Creek Nature Preserve

Reviewed By robbygc - Toronto, Canada

We loved the hike at the Fred Wolff Bear Creek Nature Preserve. It was for free. We saw bushes, palm trees, mpitains and lots of hiking. I like that. We even saw runroaders. It was worthwhile for the hike to enjoy the desert. A must see!

3. Murray Canyon Trail

Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92264
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4.5 based on 92 reviews

Murray Canyon Trail

Located in the Indian Canyons, this trail passes some uniquely amazing desert vegetation, such as the yellow creosote flowers.

Reviewed By robbygc - Toronto, Canada

We hiked. It was fun. There were also people coming with horses as well. We preferred hiking. Every time we passed an oasis, we had to cross the water. Sometimes it was quite funny. We cross at least several oasis. Later we had to climb a mountain and we didn't see the seven sisters. They were there. We had to go at the left side and we could see the waterfalls. P.S. We had to come back through the oasis. We had fun!

4. Cactus to Clouds

Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Cactus to Clouds

Rugged 22-mile hiking trail that starts from the Palm Springs desert floor and ascends to the summit of San Jacinto at 10,804 feet.

5. Palm Canyon Trail

Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA +1 760-323-6018 http://www.indian-canyons.com
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Palm Canyon Trail

This moderate-to-strenuous hiking trail has an elevation gain of 1,165 feet.

Reviewed By vagabond_dreams - Alberta, Canada

We hiked the Victor Loop, which consists of the Palm Canyon Trail in one direction and the Vector Trail back to the trailhead (or vice versa) - 4.5 km total. Of all the hiking we did over 2 days in Joshua Tree National Park and 2 days Palm Springs, this trail was one of our favourites. You pay to get in to the Indian Canyons, but it's well worth it. We arrived in the early afternoon and had time to do both this trail and the Andreas Canyon, a short 1.6 km loop which is also beautiful. Both trails are easy and also easily accessible from Palm Springs. Highly recommended.

6. Bump and Grind Trail

Painters Path, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA http://www.hiking-in-ps.com/the-palm-desert-bump-n-grind-trail
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4.5 based on 320 reviews

Bump and Grind Trail

Reviewed By Dandlightman

If you are looking for more of a challenging hike - at the entrance to the trail, take it to the left and it will loop you around. Pretty hard to get lost... If you happen to be sipping on a Starbucks while wearing lulu lemon, starting the trail to the right is likely the best fit for you. ???? Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, Dec-March you are likely to see some big horn sheep - while March-May you may see Chuckwallas (Big scary looking lizards).

7. Indian Canyons Hiking Trails

385 Stanford Drive, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92264-9332 +1 760-323-6018 http://www.hiking-in-ps.com/indiancanyons.php
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4.5 based on 314 reviews

Indian Canyons Hiking Trails

Reviewed By kfromnyc - New York City, United States

Went to Indian Canyons for a day hike with friends while visiting Palm Springs ~3 hour hike via Palm Canyon trail, cut off at the Victor Beautiful scenery - palm trees, mountains, creek. Well worth the $9 adult admission fee! Highly recommend!

8. Palm Desert Cross Hiking Trail

South Cliffs Road, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA
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4.5 based on 84 reviews

Palm Desert Cross Hiking Trail

Reviewed By cinarc587 - Palm Desert, United States

Good hike up the mountain. At sunset, you can see the cross light up. Great for photos. Dogs are welcome on the trail and people of all ages make the hike.

9. Araby Trail

East Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92234 +1 760-770-0340 http://www.discovercathedralcity.com
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

Araby Trail

Reviewed By blbayer - Omaha, United States

This is a fairly rigorous trail which rewards with great views of the house that once belonged to Bob Hope. Very convenient location of trailhead

10. North Lykken Trail

Ramon Road Belardo Rd. & Ramon Rd., Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

North Lykken Trail

Reviewed By chilcotin1

This is really a great hike, you need to have a camera and good hiking boots, it can be slippery with smoother shoes

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