The Palm Desert Bump-n-Grind Trail

Palm Desert from the Bump-n-Grind Trail.

Please Note: The upper portion of the Bump and Grind hiking trail was closed off on June 27, 2011. The California Department of Fish and Game said closing the trail, which sits on a wildlife refuge, is necessary to encourage endangered peninsular bighorn sheep to return and raise their young. While I don't particularly care for the Bump and Grind Trail I also don't believe hikers are much of a threat to the sheep. I believe all the hillside development that has made a lot of people very wealthy is much more of a threat to the sheep than a few hikers.

About 2 Miles

Beginning Elevation 250'

Moderate to Strenuous hike with an elevation gain of about 1000'

The Rancho Mirage "Bump-n-Grind" trail is quickly becoming one of the Coachella Valley's most popular trails. It actually is known by several different names, including the Desert Drive Trail, Patton Trail ( some people say it was built by General Patton's troops, Desert Mirage Trail, the ever-popular Dog Poop Trail (plastic bags and a trash receptacle used to be made available at the beginning of the trail to users for animal waste) and more. Please keep in mind Palm Desert has amended it trail-use ordinance, legally prohibiting all but service dogs from most Palm Desert trails. The official reason dogs have been banned is to preserve habitat that is home to a number of endangered and protected species, in particular the Peninsular bighorn sheep.

After starting out as a narrow trail at the bottom, it joins a wider road that leads up from the valley floor to a vantage point that gives the hiker a nice view of Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage and the Coachella Valley. While the Bump-n-Grind doesn't give the hiker an experience of solitude like they will get hiking some of the other Coachella Valley trails, it is a great cardio workout for hikers, and those who just want to get in shape. It is also a good trail to hike during the summer months because it is a wide trail that makes it easier to see and avoid the Rattlesnakes that are out and about during the warm weather.

The trail in not considered to be an "official" trail, and does cross private property in some areas so only use the official trailhead to access the trail.

The access point for this trail is located on Painters Path behind the Target store in Palm Desert. The City of Rancho Mirage is restricting entrance to the Bump and Grind from the other older trailheads located in residential areas, so do not use them.

Please note: The Bump and Grind trail is by far my least favorite trail in the area (I like to get away from people and noise when I hike), so I haven't hiked it in several years. However starting in the fall of 2011 when the weather cools down I am going to revisit every trail in the valley to update the descriptions on this website, and to get new photos. The Bump and Grind trail will be at the top of the list because I haven't hiked it in so many years.

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