Happy Trails – The Best Hiking Routes in the Coachella Valley!

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Coachella Valley Hiking Trails

Searching for Coachella Valley Hiking Trails? Well you have come to the right place! Mountain views, fan palms, vast desert skies – so what’s not to love about hiking one of America’s most diverse landscapes? The Coachella Valley is full of exciting trails, and its proximity to Southern California’s major cities and resort destinations means it’s convenient to travelers from all over the world.

Wherever you decide to start your exploration of Coachella Valley, remember that outdoor recreation is inherently risky; make sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen and protective layers of clothing. Summer and Fall temperatures can be extreme, so consider hiking early in the day or around sunset after things have cooled down. Always practice “Leave No Trace” principles, and most importantly, have fun!

Indian Palms Trail

Coachella Valley Preserve | Thousand Palms, CA | Distance: 0.5-1.75 miles | Elevation Gain: 120 feet | Difficulty: Easy

Unique species of birds, lizards and desert pupfish call this wildlife reserve home.The water that flows underground along the nearby San Andreas Fault has brought life to the desert for thousands of years. The Coachella Valley Preserve is jointly managed by federal, state and private conservationists dedicated to protecting this endangered environment. From the parking lot, follow the signs for Indian, Horseshoe, Pushawalla & Hidden Palm Oasis. Then, when the trail forks, follow the sign for Indian Palms to the left to start heading north. The trail is lined with stones, and the terrain is flat enough to see the oasis if for any reason you lose your bearings. Seasonal hours may vary, and donations are accepted. Pets are not permitted on the Preserve, but some trails allow horses.

Andreas Canyon Trail

Palm Springs, CA | Distance: 1.2 miles | Elevation Gain: 200 feet | Difficulty: Easy

Operated by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Indian Canyons have more than 50 miles of trail that wind through canyons and cholla gardens, passing waterfalls and towering stone formations along the way. Hikers on the easy Andreas Canyon Trail will enjoy the contrast between the harsh desert and the lush California Fan Palm oasis. The trail begins north of the bridge, at the Information Board, before leading west along the North bank of the Andreas Creek. After 0.5 mile, cross the creek at the fence and loop back to the parking area. Be advised that hours and admission may vary seasonally, and animals are not allowed.

Bump and Grind Loop

Palm Desert/Rancho Mirage | Distance: 3.9 miles | Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet | Difficulty: Moderate

Bump and Grind is of the most popular Coachella Valley Hiking Trails. This well-marked loop offers minimal shade and vegetation as you ascend, but the panoramic view of Palm Springs and Coachella Valley beneath snow-capped mountains is worth the climb. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the Salton Sea. Locals recommend making the loop in a clockwise direction in order to tackle the steep and narrow section of the trail on the ascent and enjoy a more leisurely descent on the northeast side via the Mike Schuler Trail. Whichever way you go, you’re bound to make some friends as this is one of the most heavily trafficked trails in the Valley. Per the City of Palm Desert, pets are not allowed on this loop. 

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