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Places to Hike in Palm Springs

Palm Desert Hikes

After spending a busy and hectic day repairing appliances, it’s vital for my well-being to find some time for exercise. That’s why I absolutely love to take advantage of the beautiful weather and scenery that the Palm Springs area has to offer. With the seven mountain ranges that border and enclose the 50-mile long Coachella Valley, it can be hard to find a place to start! Local trails offer both beginner and expert hiking adventures. We’ve put together the best places to hike in Palm Springs.

Places to Hike in Palm Springs Area


  • Murray Canyon Trail (Easy)

The Murray Canyon Trail does have a $9 entry fee, but it’s worth it. It’s an easy hike that is 2 miles out and 2 miles back. This hike has been described as gorgeous because of the colorful canyons, groves of palm trees, and the waterfall at the end of the trail. This is perfect for beginner hikers since it’s both scenic and not too steep.

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  • Andreas Canyon Trail (Easy)

This is another fairly easy hiking trail that can be completed in a loop of just 3 miles. This is a pretty special trail since there is actually a shaded section, which really helps when it is hot out there. There is a very sunny side of the hike that offers a breathtaking view of the desert.  Trail admission is $9 per vehicle, and it doesn’t allow pets. We recommend that you bring a camera because each visit will surprise you with a beautiful view that you can’t find anywhere else.


  • The Bump and Grind Trail (Moderate)

The Bump and Grind trail is great for hiking and running. Enjoy a 3.4-mile loop of amazing views as well as a chance to see some wildlife. The trail is a well-known and popular place to hike, so if you are looking to hike in solitude, this might not be the place for you. We also recommend to bring plenty of water and sunscreen as there is little to no shade on this trail.


  • The Cross at Full Moon (Moderate)

At 2.2 miles, this is a great trail for all ages and it’s dog friendly! By day, this trail might seem like just a normal hike, but at night it becomes completely transformed. Rightly named, if you’re looking to beat the heat this trail is absolutely breathtaking at night. It’s important to go when the moon is full, or just about full, that way your trail is lit by nature!

  • Art Smith Trail (Hard)

If you’re looking for more of a challenge, then this is the perfect hiking adventure for you. This hike is 8 miles out and back and is quiet, serene, and a good workout as well. There are two different palm tree oasis along the trail, perfectly spaced out to give you the rest you need. The view at the end is worth it all!

If you’re interested in finding the perfect hiking trail for you, National Geographic has an amazing site that lists trails by ratings, difficulty, along with reviews to help you choose the perfect trail. Click here to explore.

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