Discover the natural beauty and exhilarating trails that await in Palm Desert, California – a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Nestled against the stunning backdrop of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains, this desert oasis boasts a collection of captivating hiking trails that showcase the diverse landscapes of the Coachella Valley.
Whether you’re a seasoned hiker seeking a challenging ascent or a nature lover looking for a leisurely stroll, Palm Desert offers an array of options. From the iconic Bump and Grind Trail, promising panoramic views, to the secluded beauty of the Hopalong Cassidy Trail, each trek unfolds a unique tapestry of rugged terrains, vibrant flora, and awe-inspiring vistas. Lace up your hiking boots, grab your water bottle, and explore the best hikes Palm Desert has to offer – right outside the doorstep of your Arrivls Vacation Rental!
Homme adams Park Loop Trail
Offering a easy, flat hike through the desert landscape, the Homme Adams Park Loop Trail provides hikers with the opportunity to see unique flora and potentially spot local wildlife. There are not many dog-friendly trails in the area, but Homme Adams is one that does allow leashed dogs.
Length: 2.2 mile loop trail
Elevation gain: Flat
Parking/Trailhead Access: Begin at the Homme Park Trailhead, accessible from Homme Adams Park in Palm Desert.
Randall Henderson Trail
Description: This popular trail provides a scenic trek through the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Hikers can enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the Randall Henderson Trail, with wildflowers in spring and panoramic views of the Coachella Valley.
Length: 2.7 mile loop trail
Elevation gain: 426 feet
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Parking/Trailhead Access: The trailhead is located adjacent to the Santa Rosa San Jacinto National Monument Visitor Center. There is ample parking available.
Bump and Grind Trail
The Bump and Grind Trail is a popular choice among locals and is known for both its challenging uphill sections and its panoramic views of the Coachella Valley. The trail weaves through the desert landscape, offering glimpses of unique flora and fauna.
Length: 4 mile loop trail
Elevation gain: 1,102 feet
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Parking/Trailhead Access: The trailhead is located at the end of Painters Path in Palm Desert, behind the Target shopping center. Parking is available nearby.
Hopalong Cassidy Trail
This sometimes-busy trail provides a diverse hiking experience, featuring rocky terrain, desert flora, and stunning vistas. Hopalong Casidy Trail offers a sense of seclusion while still being accessible from the city and is a great choice for viewing wildflowers in the springtime.
Length: 8.1 miles out-and-back
Elevation gain: 1,735 feet
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Parking/Trailhead Access: Access the trailhead from Cahuilla Hills Park in Palm Desert, with ample parking available.
Art Smith Trail to Eisenhower Peak
For a more challenging hike with rewarding views, the Art Smith Trail to Eisenhower Peak is an excellent choice. Hikers will traverse diverse landscapes, including rocky slopes and lush canyons, leading to the summit with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.
Length: 16.2 mile out-and-back trail
Elevation gain: 3,330 feet
Parking/Trailhead Access: Begin at the Bighorn Overlook Trailhead on Highway 74. Limited parking is available, so arrive early.
Where to Stay
Arrivls has several options for extended stay accommodations in Palm Desert, and one short term rental option. All of these homes are a great starting point for exploring the Coachella Valley as well as all of the hiking options we shared.
Poolside at Panorama – Short Term Rental in Palm Desert
Find yourself Poolside at Panorama at this stunning mid-century home in the heart of Palm Desert. Guests can rest and relax in the comfortable living spaces and enjoy the Coachella Valley’s year-round sunshine in the private backyard oasis. Walk to top-rated shopping and dining on El Paseo – the start of this famed street is ~0.5 miles away.
Whether you’re in town for a weekend by the pool or exploring the Palm Springs area, you’re sure to enjoy Poolside at Panorama!
Peel Palms – Monthly Furnished Rental in Palm Desert
Enjoy a month-long “escape from it all” with all of the comforts of home at Peel Palms, a kid-friendly and pet-friendly home in beautiful Palm Desert, California.
Guests can relax in the casually curated living spaces and rest easily in the comfortable bedrooms. The private backyard features a pool and spa, built-in bbq, dining table, fire pit and multiple lounge spaces with mountain views.
The Blush Bungalow – Monthly Furnished Rental in Palm Desert
Welcome to The Blush Bungalow by Arrivls, a chic retreat nestled in the heart of Palm Desert. The vibrancy of El Paseo’s top-rated dining and shopping is just a stroll away!
The beautifully renovated interior is filled with all of the comforts of home and has TWO primary suites (a rare find!), while the tranquil backyard features a private pool and putting green. The Blush Bungalow invites you to escape, relax, and savor the essence of Palm Desert living.