Do you enjoy hiking and live in the Palm Springs area, or are you going to be visiting the Palm Springs area and want to go hiking? Well, the area has some fantastic hiking trails. What about during the summer when it is so hot, where can I hike then? Well, you can ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and enjoy many wonderful hikes up there, or you can make the short drive to Idyllwild and enjoy some beautiful hikes. Sound good? Yes? Then grab your favorite Hydration Pack or Hydroflask and get out on the trail!
Palm Springs area trails
- Palm Springs Indian Canyon Trails – A mix of strenuous and easy hikes, the valley’s most famous.
- The Araby Trail – An uphill hike that takes you past Bob Hope’s house.
- The Art Smith Trail – Takes you to a palm oasis and great views of Palm Desert.
- The Bear Creek Canyon Trail – A medium difficulty hike to an oasis.
- The Berns Trail – This trail gives you great panoramic views of the valley.
- The Palm Springs Museum Trail – An uphill strenuous hike with great views.
- The Clara Burgess – This trail takes you to the top of Murray Hill.
- The Garstin Trail – Strenuous uphill hike with fantastic views of the valley.
- Desert “Bump-n-Grind” – A very popular hike for valley residents, also a great cardio hike.
- The North Lykken Trail – Uphill hike that provides great views of the valley.
- The South Lykken Trail – One of my favorite hikes in the valley.
- Coachella Valley Preserve – Several trails on or near earthquake faults.
- Mecca Hills / Painted Canyons – Beautiful slot canyon hike, one of my favorites.
- Big Morongo Canyon Preserve – Beautiful nature preserve in Morongo Valley with several hiking trails
- Anza-Borrego State Park – Hike the Pictograph trail in Anza-Borrego State Park
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway/Mt. San Jacinto Wilderness
Joshua Tree National Park
Idyllwild Area Hiking Trails
- Idyllwild Area Hiking Trails – Hikes you can take during the summer months.
Hiking In Palm Springs Updates
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Please use caution hikers! No matter when you go hiking in the desert always have the correct equipment and lots and lots of water. Every week several hikers are having to be rescued because they either wander off the trails and get lost, or run out of water. Please don’t be one of those folks. Always carry more water than you think you will need, and don’t wander off the established trails.
Hiking in and around Palm Springs can be very dangerous. Just because it is a desert doesn’t mean it will not get cold in the winter, and it definitely gets very hot in the summer. As much as I like hiking in the Palm Springs area I recommend that you don’t hike in the area in the summer unless you are a very experienced hiker and you have the proper equipment and lots of water. Desert weather can be very hot in the summer, and very cold in the winter, and it can be windy and very dangerous. Wear proper clothing, have proper equipment and follow these hiking tips or you may pay with your life.