Desert Trails
Hiking Club

Hiking in the Coachella Valley





Current Hikes

Please note: a hike cancelled less than 10 days before it was scheduled to take place will remain on the calendar as CANCELLED. But if cancelled more than 10 days before will simply be removed from the calendar.


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Tue Oct 17, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
Devil's Slide to Saddle Junction
Leader: Carl G  
Moderate  5 miles 1700 ft


The most popular trail in the San Jacinto Mts - NFAP required.
(Open to non-members)

Tue Oct 17, Meet time: 7:30 am  [Added ]
Club Trail Work Day
Leader: Gordon F  

Contact Gordon Fidler of FODM. Considering the extent of damage on the Palm Springs trails from the September storm, we are going to concentrate on the Araby Trail for the next three weeks and try and bring it up to standard for the upcoming season. The meeting place is 2. DTHC organizes club members to volunteer, at places we often hike, to help maintain and improve the trails we often use.
(Open to non-members)

Wed Oct 18, Meet time: 8:30 am
Chocolate Drop
Leader: Rochelle C  
Moderate  5 miles 1000 ft


Views overlooking Desert Hot Springs. Some moderate rock scrambling and a short steep section, but otherwise a nice gradual incline in sandy wash.
( Members only)

Fri Oct 20, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
Club Trail Work Day
Leader: Gary W  

The FODM Weed Warriors will have work day scheduled. Contact Gary Ward for more info. DTHC organizes club members to volunteer, at places we often hike, to help maintain and improve the trails we often use.
( Members only)

Tue Oct 24, Meet time: 8 am
Moon Country
Leader: Eric B  
Easy  4 miles 400 ft


See one of the most scenic palm oases and pup fish. Slow pace. We stop and look at anything interesting.
(Open to non-members)

Tue Oct 24, Meet time: 7:30 am  [Added ]
Club Trail Work Day
Leader: Gordon F  

Contact Gordon Fidler of FODM. Considering the extent of damage on the Palm Springs trails from the September storm, we are going to concentrate on the Araby Trail and try to bring it back up to standard for the upcoming season. The meeting place is 2. DTHC organizes club members to volunteer, at places we often hike, to help maintain and improve the trails we often use.
(Open to non-members)

Wed Oct 25, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
Art Smith to the Second Oasis
Leader: Carl G  
Moderate  6 miles 1400 ft


Views of Palm Desert.
(Open to non-members)

Sat Oct 28, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
Goat Trails Ramble
Leader: Carl G  
Moderate  6 miles 1300 ft


We will explore a variety of hikes in the area.
(Open to non-members)

Tue Oct 31, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
Carrizo Canyon
Leader: Suzanne J  
Easy  3 miles 300 ft


Costumes optional for this Halloween day hike. Some boulder scrambling.
(Open to non-members)

Tue Oct 31, Meet time: 8:30 am  [Added ]
Club Trail Work Day
Leader: Gordon F  

The Monument Visitors Center on Route 74. As you may of heard, The Friends is having their annul fund raising dinner on November 3, so we would like to spend the morning putting the grounds in good order for the event. This will be a light day work wise, so everyone gets a break and the starting time will be 830am AND we will try to round up some hot dogs and snacks for when we finish! If you can attend, please contact Gordon so he can have the proper supplies available and as before, bring your safety supplies, gloves, hat and sturdy shoes. Meeting location 48. DTHC organizes club members to volunteer, at places we often hike, to help maintain and improve the trails we often use.
(Open to non-members)

Thu Nov 2, Meet time: 8 am
Deer Springs to Suicide Rock
Leader: John T  
Moderate  7 miles 1900 ft


Legends say that an Indian maiden and her lover jumped to their deaths here. Lunch at Caf Aroma.
(Open to non-members)

Sat Nov 4, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
Gold Hill
Leader: Jane U  
Moderate  5 miles 800 ft


Garner Valley vistas, equestrian estates, and gold mines amid the pines and beautiful scenery of the San Jacinto Mountains.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 12 )

Tue Nov 7, Meet time: 8 am
Mission Creek to PCT
Leader: Eric B  
Easy  5 miles 500 ft


Hike to the PCT and an overlook of Whitewater Canyon. Slow pace. We stop and look at anything interesting.
(Open to non-members)

Tue Nov 7, Meet time: 4 pm
Club Social
Leader: SOCIALS Dianne DeLong  

The Grill on Main in Old Town La Quinta Watch for your Evite to this fun outing. This is usually the first Tuesday of each month, October through April.
(Open to non-members)

Sat Nov 11, Meet time: 8 am
Rainbow Rock Canyon
Leader: Mike O  
Moderate  7 miles 1000 ft


Follow the PCT north from Whitewater ranger station to a side canyon. Trail leads past colorful rocks to a beautiful waterfall - possible stream crossings.
(Open to non-members)

Mon Nov 13, Meet time: 7:30 am
Tahquitz Peak Loop
Leader: Mary F  
Strenuous  13 miles 3200 ft


Leave cars at Humber Park and ascend Devils Slide Trail. At the top, Saddle Junction and Tahquitz Peak. On the other side Southridge Trail , Ernie Maxwell and then back to Humber Park. Fast paced. Nancy Bone will co-lead.
( Members only; max hikers: 10 )

Wed Nov 15, Meet time: 8 am
Calcite Mine plus Slots
Leader: Rochelle C  
Moderate  7 miles 700 ft


Some moderate off-trail/scrambling and hike to an old WWII ditch mine, then scramble several scenic slot canyons.
( Members only)

Sun Nov 19, Meet time: 8 am
Ritz Ramble
Leader: Ed W  
Easy  4 miles 400 ft


Explore a new trail with nice views over the valley.
(Open to non-members)

Mon Nov 20, Meet time: 8 am
Deer Creek in Idyllwild to Strawberry Crossing
Leader: Nancy B  
Strenuous  10 miles 2000 ft


Climb to the PCT campground in Strawberry Valley. Mary Finnan will co-lead Call if you have not hiked with this leader before. No calls from Canadian phones.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )

Tue Nov 21, Meet time: 8 am
Victor Loop
Leader: John T  
Easy  3 miles 600 ft

(Open to non-members)

Fri Nov 24, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
Big Morongo Preserve Loop
Leader: Jane U  
Easy  4 miles 400 ft


Walk off the indulgences of yesterday! Bring a friend or family member! This lovely preserve is under the radar screen; discover its many loop trails on this meander.
( Members only; max hikers: 20 )

Sat Nov 25, Meet time: 8 am
Eagle Canyon
Leader: Mike O  
Easy  3 miles 800 ft


Hike to a hidden palm oasis.
(Open to non-members)

Sun Nov 26, Meet time: 8 am
Art Smith to the First Oasis
Leader: Ed W  
Moderate  4 miles 1000 ft


Great overlooks of Palm Desert.
(Open to non-members)

Mon Nov 27, Meet time: 8:30 am
Boo Bear
Leader: Dave and Cathy Luckwell  
Moderate  4.5 miles 600 ft


Walk the cove to a trail between Boo Hoff and Bear Creek with great views of other trails and the cove...
( Members only)

Tue Nov 28, Meet time: 8 am
Willow Hole
Leader: Eric B  
Moderate  7 miles 100 ft


Slow pace. We stop and look at anything interesting.
(Open to non-members)

Thu Nov 30, Meet time: 8 am
Herman's Peak Trail
Leader: John T  
Moderate  7 miles 1000 ft


Coachella Valley Preserve's newest trail overlooking spectacularly eroded Moon Country and the San Andreas Fault.
(Open to non-members)

Mon Dec 4, Meet time: 8:30 am
Indian Canyons
Leader: Mary F  
Strenuous  13 miles 2400 ft


Hike some of the more challenging and isolated segments of the trails in Indian Canyons. VANDEVENTER/HAHN BUENA VISTA/DUNN ROAD/EAST FORK TRAILS. Nancy Bone will co-lead. Fast Paced.
( Members only; max hikers: 10 )

Thu Dec 7, Meet time: 8 am
Ladder/Painted Canyon
Leader: Dave and Cathy Luckwell  
Moderate  5 miles 600 ft


A must see venture through narrow canyons accessed by ladders.
( Members only)

Sat Dec 9, Meet time: 8 am
Goat Trails to Araby/Berns
Leader: Mike O  
Moderate  4 miles 1000 ft


Learn to navigate the confusing trail system on the plateau.
(Open to non-members)

Sun Dec 10, Meet time: 8 am
Garston-Shannon-Henderson Loop
Leader: Ed W  
Moderate  5 miles 1000 ft


Energetic climb to desert meadows with mountain views and some wash walking.
(Open to non-members)

Tue Dec 12, Meet time: 8 am
Asbestos Mountain
Leader: Eric B  
Strenuous  6 miles 1000 ft


Rugged off-trail rock scrambling and wicked vegetation. Fun hike! Slow pace. We stop and look at anything interesting.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 10 )

Thu Dec 14, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
Horsethief Creek
Leader: Jane U  
Moderate  5 miles 1200 ft


Trail leads through chaparral flora, past corrals used by horsethieves, and on to a creek where horses watered.
(Open to non-members)

Sun Dec 17, Meet time: 8 am
Wild Horse
Leader: Ed W  
Moderate  6 miles 1200 ft


Ridgeline hike behind Palm Springs.
(Open to non-members)

Mon Dec 18, Meet time: 8:30 am
Pushwalla Palms
Leader: Dave and Cathy Luckwell  
Moderate  6 miles 800 ft


Hike on an earthquake fault.
( Members only)

Mon Dec 18, Meet time: 8:30 am
Murray Hill Loop
Leader: Nancy B  
Strenuous  8 miles 2200 ft


A not-so-little hill overlooking the valley with fantastic views. Fast paced. Call if you have not hiked with this leader before. No call from Canadian phones. Mary Finnan will co-lead.
(Open to non-members)

Wed Dec 20, Meet time: 8:30 am
Magnesia Falls
Leader: Rochelle C  
Strenuous  5 miles 400 ft


Strenuous due to rock climbing of amazing dry waterfalls. Otherwise easy! Sometimes bighorn sheep are spotted on this trail. We will only go to the oasis and back.
( Members only)

Thu Dec 21, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
Lost Palms Oasis
Leader: Jane U  
Moderate  7 miles 600 ft


A magical oasis on the east side of JTNP.
(Open to non-members)

Sat Dec 23, Meet time: 8 am
Rainbow Rock Canyon
Leader: Mike O  
Moderate  7 miles 1000 ft


Follow the PCT north from Whitewater ranger station to a side canyon. Trail leads past colorful rocks to a beautiful waterfall - possible stream crossings.
(Open to non-members)

Thu Dec 28, Meet time: 8 am
Pipes Canyon hike to Green House
Leader: Eric B  
Strenuous  8 miles 900 ft


Hike up Pipes Canyon to the site of an old homestead that was burned in the last fire. Slow pace. We stop and look at anything interesting.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 10 )

Sun Dec 31, Meet time: 8 am
Club New Year's Eve Hike & Potluck Lunch
Leader: Dave and Cathy Luckwell  

Watch for your Evite, 3 hikes offered, after the hike all hikers partake in an awesome Potluck Lunch. Art Smith parking lot. 3 on website direction finder. Strenuous Hike departs 800; Moderate Hike departs 830; Easy Hike departs 900. Potluck LUNCH 1100. Bring your favorite potluck dish to share for HAPPY NEW YEARS lunch even if you are not up to hiking. MEMBERS ONLY.
( Members only)

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