Hiking near Palm Springs, California

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Cactus To Clouds Trail Familiarization
Cactus To Clouds Trail Familiarization
Palm Springs, California, United States (1.2 miles away)
 
Planning on attacking Southern California's mother of endurance hikes? Try getting a taste first to help better prepare.

This hike was to get familiar with the C2C trail of Mt. San Jacinto for future attempts and the goal of reaching the summit in the future.  The idea was to get an estimate on climbing rate, time, weather/climate change, terrain, trail maintenance, challenge level, and provisions/gear needed to successfully climb the mountain. Future attempts to follow.
San Jacinto Peak via Marion Mountain
San Jacinto Peak via Marion Mountain
Banning, California, United States (11.2 miles away)
 
Difficult: 11.8 miles, Full day
"The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!” - John Muir

Naturalist John Muir wrote of San Jacinto Peak, “The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!” Who am I to argue with Muir? At 10,834′ Mt. San Jacinto does indeed reward the determined hiker with wonderful views. You can see the inland empire, Palm Desert, the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains,...
Massacre Canyon
Massacre Canyon
Gilman Hot Springs, California, United States (26 miles away)
 
2.7 mile trail near Gilman Hot Springs, California

Massacre Canyon is about 2.7 miles long and located near Gilman Hot Springs, California. The trail is great for geocaching and normally takes a half day. From the road you don't have a clue what beauty lies just to the north. When the rains come the canyon floor will be impassable.
Hidden Valley, Joshua Tree National Park
Hidden Valley, Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park, California, United States (25 miles away)
 
Easy: 1.0 miles, 1 hour or less
Sample the best of Joshua Tree National Park on this short 1 mile nature trail loop in the heart of the park.

If time or the fierce sun means you only have the chance for one short hike at Joshua Tree National Park, then Hidden Valley is a great choice. Encircled on all sides by the familiar golden rock outcroppings of the Joshua Tree park, Hidden Valley certainly lives up to is name. In addition to being a great sheltered location, this place is also rumored...
San Gorgonio via Vivian Creek
San Gorgonio via Vivian Creek
Forest Falls, California, United States (26 miles away)
 
Difficult: 17.3 miles, Full day
At 11,503' "Old Greyback" is the tallest mountain in Southern California.

San Gorgonio is the tallest mountain in Southern California, and a right of passage for serious hikers in the area. At 11,503′, “Old Grayback” provides an excellent high altitude training for those preparing to summit Mt. Whitney, and only 90 minutes away from Orange County. There are several trails leading up to San Gorgonio, but none as steep...
Joshua Tree Peak from Indian Cove Campground
Joshua Tree Peak from Indian Cove Campground
Panorama Heights, California, United States (28 miles away)
 
Rock scrambling. 3.9 mile trail near Panorama Heights, California

Joshua Tree peak 4477 is about 3.9 miles long and located near Panorama Heights, California. The trail is great for rock climbing and normally takes a full day. The Wilderness Travel Course put on by the Sierra Club each year conducts a Joshua Tree weekend training.  They focus on navigation and rock scrambling techniques on this weekend of the...
San Bernardino Peak via Angeles Oaks
San Bernardino Peak via Angeles Oaks
Angelus Oaks, California, United States (33 miles away)
 
Difficult: 15.7 miles, Full day
A long 16.5 mile day-hike with nearly 5,000 feet of vertical gain, and one of the best-kept secrets of SoCal.

One of the best-kept secrets of Southern California is San Bernardino Mountain. Just five miles away from the highest peak in SoCal — San Gorgonio — San Bernardino tops out at a respectable 10,649 feet. Hiking from Angelus Oaks, this 16-mile out-and-back trail climbs over 4,600 vertical feet. It makes for a very long day hike or a great weekend...
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Mt. San Jacinto from the Tram
by Mikey. on Jul 09, 2012
Palm Springs, California, United States
Hiking | 9.8 miles (5.5 miles away)
Distance: 11 miles     Elevation gain/loss: 2945 ft / 2477 ft     Moving time: 4:20     Moving speed: 2.3 mph               absolutely perfect day to hike the most beautiful mountain top in southern california. we had the summit and the hut all to ourselves for awhile which is amazing in itself.  took our sweet time and many photos of all the unparalleled views. incredible feeling of love flowing all around while up there! 10 stars!
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Mirage (a.k.a. "Bump & Grind") Trail
by Cobber99 on Mar 06, 2010
Rancho Mirage, California, United States
Hiking | 3.3 miles (10.5 miles away)
One of the most popular trails among local cardio-enthusiasts, the Mirage Trail (also known as the "Bump-n-Grind" trail, the "Desert Drive Trail", the "Patton Trail", and the "Desert Mirage Trail") begins with it's trail-head along Highway 111 on the border of Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert.  There are a few start points for this trail.  Books will tell you that you should access it via Painters Path (behind Target in Palm...
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Cactus to Clouds
by MarmotDuke on Oct 14, 2007
Palm Springs, California, United States
Hiking | 18.6 miles (1.2 miles away)
Starting at the West end of Ramon Rd in Palm Springs, this trial climbs 2 vertical miles to the top of San Jacinto at 10,800'.
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Eisenhower Peak: Wilderness Loop Trail
by Cobber99 on Mar 22, 2010
Palm Desert, California, United States
Hiking | 5.0 miles (13.4 miles away)
from the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens:The Living Desert Nature Preserve consists of 1,080 sonoran desert acres situated just above the zoo. From The Living Desert, a hiker can select one of three trails to suit their desired experience of the real undisturbed desert. The nature trails take you through various Sonoran Desert biological communities and habitats including desert riparian woodland with smoketree, palo verde and desert willow, and desert scrub...
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Cactus to Clouds
by smccharen on Sep 29, 2012
Palm Springs, California, United States
Hiking | 18.3 miles (0.5 miles away)
This hike is rated 5th hardest day hike in US by Outside Mag for good reason...the first 10 miles you climb 8500ft to get to the tram, this is called Skyline Trail which is definitely the most difficult part of the C2C.  You start out at the Desert Museum, TH just behind, park your car on street or in parking lot.  The beginning of the hike is in "cactus" and it ends...
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The Clara Burgess Trail
by Cobber99 on Apr 02, 2007
Palm Springs, California, United States
Hiking | 2.2 miles (4.7 miles away)
This trail takes you to the top of Murray Hill with a spectacular 360 degree view of the Coachella Valley and Little San Bernardino Mountains. The trail can be reached by equestrians and hikers via the Wildhorse Trail (W) or from the top of the Eagle Canyon Trail (E). To reach the Wildhorse Trail you can follow the directions for the Garstin Trail and follow the fork to the right down into the valley seen from the top...
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San Jacinto - Marion Trail
by Dlloydj on Sep 19, 2009
Pine Wood, California, United States
Hiking | 11.8 miles (11.2 miles away)
Despite all the reports that this is a difficult trail it was very straightforward, taking 3h15m up and 2h20m down. It is not that scenic as you're mostly in trees, and there are no difficult areas (would grade class 1) with 100ft of boulder hopping at top (class 2). Nonetheless the peak offers some of the best views around.
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Hopalong Cassidy Trail
by Cobber99 on Mar 15, 2010
Palm Desert, California, United States
Hiking | 9.3 miles (13.7 miles away)
Opened in 2006 as a connector trail to the Art Smith and Bump and Grind trails, the Hopalong Cassidy trail (named for famed American movie and television cowboy icon of the same name), is one of my favorite 1/2 day hikes of the Lower Santa Rosa complex.  It features a lot of variety, beginning with the short meadow trek to the trailhead.  To get there, drive south on Highway 74 from Palm...
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Araby Trail
by merbnz on May 13, 2012
Palm Springs, California, United States
Hiking | 4.3 miles (3.0 miles away)
Hiking with my daughter Sarah and brother-in-law Glenn
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Tahquitz Peak Lookout via Humber Park (Devils Slide)
by merbnz on Oct 20, 2012
Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California, United States
Hiking | 5.5 miles (9.3 miles away)
First time up Devils Slide. Great views. Tahquitz Peak is amazing!
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Cactus to Clouds - Palm Springs to San Jacinto
by Ze on Oct 18, 2008
Palm Springs, California, United States
Hiking | 18.3 miles (0.4 miles away)
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East Fork to Vandeventer Trail Loop
by Cobber99 on Jan 31, 2009
Desert Hills Trailer Park, California, United States
Hiking | 8.4 miles (6.4 miles away)
A nice 8.5 mile loop that showcases the variety of the Indian Canyons, this loop took me three hours and was moderate.  While there were no major elevation changes, there are four distinct 10-foot walls to scramble along the East Fork trail which makes this a poor choice for children and/or inexperienced hikers.
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Skyline
by Mikey. on Nov 18, 2012
Palm Springs, CA
Hiking | 7.4 miles (0.4 miles away)
perfect day for hiking skyline, took all the shortcuts for the most direct route up, much steeper this way!