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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Thu Nov 15, Meet time: 8 am
Murray Hill Loop
Leader: Carl G  
Strenuous  8 miles 2200 ft


A not-so-little hill overlooking the valley with fantastic views. Slow paced hike for your first peak.
(Open to non-members)

Fri Nov 16, Meet time: 8 am
Pipes Canyon Loop
Leader: Nancy P  
Moderate  7 miles 900 ft


Loop hike through the Pioneer Town Pipes Canyon Preserve west of Yucca Valley. Hiking counter clockwise we'll pass by petroglyphs and ruins of the stone Olsen cabin.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )

Sat Nov 17, 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)

Sat Nov 17, Meet time: 8 am
Club Trail Work Day
Leader: Gordon F  

Nation Public Lands Day at the Indio Hills Trail in Indio. We will be teaming up with The City of Indio and several service groups from at the community to clean up the access areas of this new trail. Meeting place will be 67 or the parking lot at 42nd and Golf Center Parkway. Folks will be walking from there to the canyons, then back at the end of the day. FODM can accommodate up to 100 volunteers to help pick-up trash along the trail, primarily in the canyons where there has been lots of shooting. Theyll have plenty of water, but folks should be prepared with their own supplies (just in case) for however long they wish to work (4 hours max). Anyone interested in participating can call 760.568.9918 for more information and to register. 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)

Tue Nov 20, Meet time: 8 am
Upper Carrizo Canyon
Leader: Eric B  
Easy  3 miles 300 ft


This hike is in the upper regions of Carrizo Canyon. we will carpool to the trailhead. Some mild rock scrambling with some Indian sites in an area that is not visited very often. Slow pace, we stop and look at everything interesting and take pictures.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 12 )

Tue Nov 27, Meet time: 8 am
Chocolate Drop and Smore
Leader: John T  
Moderate  7 miles 1500 ft


Somewhat strenuous due to stretches of uneven terrain and scrambling - hiking poles recommended. Lunch Sky Valley.
(Open to non-members)

Tue Nov 27, Meet time: 8 am
Club Trail Work Day
Leader: Gordon F  

Bump and Grind in Palm Desert. Grooming and Minor repairs. Details to follow in a couple weeks. 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 Nov 28, Meet time: 8 am
Murray Hill Loop
Leader: Carl G  
Strenuous  8 miles 2200 ft


A not-so-little hill overlooking the valley with fantastic views. Faster paced workout.
(Open to non-members)

Thu Nov 29, Meet time: 8 am
Big Morongo Preserve Loop
Leader: Eric B  
Easy  4 miles 400 ft


We will explore the preserve's trails. Slow pace, we stop and look at everything interesting and take pictures.
(Open to non-members)

Sat Dec 1, 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)

Sun Dec 2, Meet time: 8 am
Hike 4 Hope
Leader: John T  

All levels, many hikes of various lengths; Charity hike for the City of Hope with Hike Leaders from DTHC and CVHC leading most of the hikes.
(Open to non-members)

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

Palm Desert Country Club from 4-6. Number 66 in the Click Here for Directions to the Meeting Place.They will again have their Taco buffet which is always a big hit. The Taco Bar is 10.95 and the Happy Hour drink prices are from 4-5 for House Drinks ,Wine and Domestic Beer. Watch for your Evite to this fun outing. This is usually the first Tuesday of each month, October through April.
(Open to non-members)

Tue Dec 4, Meet time: 8 am
Red Dome Animal Track Hike
Leader: Eric B  
Easy  4 miles 400 ft


Hike to the Red Dome in Whitewater Canyon. Hike back through the river bed to look for animal tracks. Slow pace. We stop and look at anything interesting.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 10 )

Thu Dec 6, Meet time: 8:30
Murray Canyon/Coffman Loop
Leader: Nancy P  
Moderate  5 miles 800 ft


Walk through old growth palms along a babbling brook, back up Coffman trail with views to oasis. Call if you have not hiked with this leader before.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )

Wed Dec 12, 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 calls from Canadian phones.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )

Sat Dec 15, Meet time: 8 am
Eagle Canyon
Leader: Mike O  
Moderate  3 miles 800 ft


Hike to a hidden palm oasis--hiking shoes/poles for dry falls and rock scrambling.
(Open to non-members)

Tue Dec 18, Meet time: 8 am
Round Valley Loop
Leader: Eric B  
Moderate  5 miles 600 ft


Great way to see hiking trails at the top of the tram. Slow pace. We stop and look at anything interesting and take pictures. Could be cold, could have rain and /or snow.
(Open to non-members)

Mon 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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