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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Fri Jan 19, Meet time: 8 am
Pushwalla Palms
Leader: Jane U  
Moderate  6 miles 800 ft


Hike on an earthquake fault.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )

Sat Jan 20, Meet time: 8 am
Mission Creek PCT Loop
Leader: John Green & Christy Anderson  
Strenuous  10 miles 1360 ft


After passing through the gate at the Mission Creek Preserve, we will hike from the Stonehouse to the San Gorgonio overlook, then down into Whitewater Canyon, south in the wash to the PCT and then back on the PCT north to Stonehouse.
( Members only; max hikers: 15 )

Sat Jan 20, Meet time: 8 am
Eagle Canyon Lower Loop Easy
Leader: Ed W  
Moderate  3 miles 500 ft

(Open to non-members)

Mon Jan 22, Meet time: 8 am
Kim's Mystery Hike
Leader: Kim G  
Moderate  6 miles


Approximately 4 hours; 4 - 6 miles with varying altitude gain; Contact the leader by email to sign up. Meeting Place 6 - Preserve Parking Lot.
(Open to non-members)

Tue Jan 23, 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.
(Open to non-members)

Tue Jan 23, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
Art Smith to the First Oasis
Leader: Charles B  
Moderate  4 miles 1000 ft


Great overlooks of Palm Desert. Meet up 745 am. HWY 74, park on road across from the Monument Visitor Center, on the left.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )

Wed Jan 24, Meet time: 8 am
East Fork-Vandeventer Loop
Leader: Rochelle C  
Moderate  7 miles 1400 ft


Some rock scrambling.
( Members only)

Thu Jan 25, Meet time: 8 am  [Updated ]
Johnny Lang Canyon-Garnet Hill Loop
Leader: Bernard and Herbie Rochet  
Moderate  6 miles 1000 ft


January 19, 2018 230pm HIKE IS FULL!!!! But sign up in case there are cancellations. A loop through canyons and across plateaus near Quail Springs in JTNP. Short stretches of moderate (class 2) rock scrambling (mostly UP; a few DOWN), some off-trail hiking and some stony wash walking. Beautiful views, Johnny Lang's cabin site and Garnet Hill are highlights.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )

Thu Jan 25, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
Eisenhower Loop
Leader: Jonelle D  
Moderate  5 miles 900 ft


Fee for those who are not members of the Living Desert.
(Open to non-members)

Fri Jan 26, Meet time: 8 am  [Updated ]
Herman's Peak Trail
Leader: Charles B  
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; max hikers: 15 )

Sat Jan 27, Meet time: 8 am
Guadalupe Trail: La Quinta Cove to Hwy 74
Leader: Mary S  
Strenuous  15 miles 2000 ft


Guadalupe down , Hwy 74 to La Quinta Cove. Elevation loss of 5500 feet; not for hikers with knee problems. Trailgate after at Mary's house in the Cove.
( Members only; max hikers: 15 )

Sat Jan 27, Meet time: 8 am
Eagle Canyon
Leader: Mike O  
Moderate  3 miles 800 ft


Hike to a hidden palm oasis. Dry waterfall scrambling..hiking boots/poles please.
(Open to non-members)

Mon Jan 29, Meet time: 8 am
Kim's Mystery Hike
Leader: Kim G  
Moderate  6 miles


Approximately 4 hours; 4 - 6 miles with varying altitude gain; Contact the leader by email to sign up. Meeting Place 6 - Preserve Parking Lot.
(Open to non-members)

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

The Hoppy in Palm Desert. Maintenance on the section behind Bighorn Country club. details to follow. 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 Jan 30, Meet time: 8:30 am  [Added ]
Boo Bear
Leader: Suzanne J  
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...
(Open to non-members)

Tue Jan 30, 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)

Wed Jan 31, Meet time: 8 am
North View - Maze and Window south
Leader: Bernard and Herbie Rochet  
Moderate  8 miles 1300 ft


A scenic winding trail with great rock formations. Moderately steep at first before leveling out through the Maze and the loop around Window Rock. Minimum wash walking. A great way to experience many of the geological and natural features of Joshua Tree National Park on one trail.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )

Thu Feb 1, Meet time: 8 am
Chocolate Drop
Leader: John T  
Moderate  5 miles 1000 ft


Views overlooking Desert Hot Springs.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 20 )

Sat Feb 3, 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; max hikers: none )

Sun Feb 4, Meet time: 9 am  [Added ]
Henderson Trail/Palm Desert
Leader: Jane U  
Easy  3 miles 500 ft


Trail accessed from the National Monument Visitor's Center on Hwy 74.
(Open to non-members)

Mon Feb 5, Meet time: 8 am
Kim's Mystery Hike
Leader: Kim G  
Moderate  6 miles


Approximately 4 hours; 4 - 6 miles with varying altitude gain; Contact the leader by email to sign up. Meeting Place 6 - Preserve Parking Lot.
(Open to non-members)

Tue Feb 6, Meet time: 4 pm  [Updated ]
Club Social
Leader: SOCIALS Dianne DeLong  

Woody's Palm House, 450 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs Plenty parking in the rear (back of the building). To see the Happy Hour Menu go to the website at https//www.woodyspalmhouse.com/happy-hour/ Watch for your Evite to this fun outing. This is usually the first Tuesday of each month, October through April.
(Open to non-members)

Wed Feb 7, Meet time: 9 am
Cathedral Canyon
Leader: Rochelle C  
Moderate  4 miles 1000 ft


Explore the lands above the cove.
( Members only)

Wed Feb 7, Meet time: 8:30 am  [Added ]
Hiking 101
Leader: Suzanne J  
Easy  3 miles


Intro to desert hiking. Learn about hiking with the Desert Trails Hiking Club on this 3 mile loop. Learn what to include in your pack, hiking etiquette and have a fun hike at the same time!
(Open to non-members)

Thu Feb 8, Meet time: 8 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)

Fri Feb 9, Meet time: 8:30 am  [Added ]
Palm Canyon to Stone Pools
Leader: Nancy P  
Moderate  6 miles 900 ft


Excellent views of high desert and Palm Springs followed by destination spot for good photos and break next to unique pools in Palm Canyon Creek.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 10 )

Fri Feb 9, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
Herman's Peak Trail
Leader: Jonelle D  
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)

Sat Feb 10, 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. Hiking boots /poles helpful.
(Open to non-members)

Mon Feb 12, Meet time: 8 am
Hopalong Cassidy to Art Smith
Leader: Mary F  
Strenuous  8 miles 2600 ft


Dynamite valley views - see Stone Eagle and Big Horn golf courses up close. This will involve a car shuttle. Expect a brisk pace. Nancy Bone will co-lead.
( Members only; max hikers: 10 )

Mon Feb 12, Meet time: 8 am
Kim's Mystery Hike
Leader: Kim G  
Moderate  6 miles


Approximately 4 hours; 4 - 6 miles with varying altitude gain; Contact the leader by email to sign up. Meeting Place 6 - Preserve Parking Lot.
(Open to non-members)

Tue Feb 13, Meet time: 8 am
Fobes to Pacific Crest Trail
Leader: Eric B  
Moderate  6 miles 1300 ft


Hike past cattle ranches to the famous PCT with views of two valleys.
(Open to non-members)

Tue Feb 13, Meet time: 8 am
Wathier Landing
Leader: Bernard and Herbie Rochet  
Strenuous  13 miles 2000 ft


Trail leads from Stone House (Mission Creek Preserve) to San Gorgonio Overlook, then to Landing (lunch there) and back to Stone House. Good desert scenery.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )

Tue Feb 13, Meet time: 8 am  [Updated ]
Hike to the Cross
Leader: Carl G  
Easy  4 miles 600 ft


Valentine Day Hike. Chocolate, etc. exchange after the hike.
(Open to non-members)

Wed Feb 14, Meet time: 8 am
Art Smith to Garstin
Leader: Nancy B  
Strenuous  17 miles 3500 ft


Brisk pace. Call if you have not hiked with this leader before. No calls from Canadian phones. Mary Finnan will co-lead. Trailgate celebrationafterwards.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )

Thu Feb 15, Meet time: 8 am
Fern Canyon Loop
Leader: John T  
Moderate  6 miles 1600 ft

(Open to non-members; max hikers: 20 )

Thu Feb 15, Meet time: 8:30 am
Andreas Canyon
Leader: Gayle Conley & Mary Barlow  
Easy  3 miles 50 ft


A beautiful stroll next to lush palms with views of historic cottages.
(Open to non-members)

Fri Feb 16, Meet time: 8 am
Araby-Berns-Shannon Loop
Leader: Ed W  
Moderate  7 miles 1200 ft


Pass celebrity houses of Bob Hope and Steve McQueen on this hike though a mountain pass.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: none )

Sat Feb 17, Meet time: 7:30 am  [Updated ]
Palm Canyon to Hwy 74 or the reverse
Leader: John Green & Christy Anderson  
Strenuous  16 miles +4500-1000 ft


Key exchange with one group going up and the other down. John will lead the down group and Christy the up group. Please sign up before Wednesday Feb 14 at 5pm to give the hike leaders time to talk to all participants about car shuttling.
( Members only; max hikers: 20 )

Mon Feb 19, Meet time: 8 am
Indian Canyon Potrero
Leader: Jane U  
Moderate  10 miles 1300 ft


Stone pools deep into Indian Canyon.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )

Mon Feb 19, Meet time: 8 am
Kim's Mystery Hike
Leader: Kim G  
Moderate  6 miles


Approximately 4 hours; 4 - 6 miles with varying altitude gain; Contact the leader by email to sign up. Meeting Place 6 - Preserve Parking Lot.
(Open to non-members)

Tue Feb 20, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
Art Smith to the Second Oasis
Leader: Jonelle D  
Moderate  6 miles 1400 ft


Views of Palm Desert and Big Horn estates.
(Open to non-members)

Wed Feb 21, Meet time: 7 am  [Added ]
Murray Hill Loop
Leader: Carl G  
Strenuous  8 miles 2200 ft


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

Sat Feb 24, 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...hiking boots please.
(Open to non-members)

Mon Feb 26, Meet time: 8 am
Kim's Mystery Hike
Leader: Kim G  
Moderate  6 miles


Approximately 4 hours; 4 - 6 miles with varying altitude gain; Contact the leader by email to sign up. Meeting Place 6 - Preserve Parking Lot.
(Open to non-members)

Tue Feb 27, Meet time: 8 am
Fern Canyon Loop
Leader: Eric B  
Moderate  6 miles 1600 ft

(Open to non-members)

Wed Feb 28, Meet time: 8 am
Covington Loop
Leader: Bernard and Herbie Rochet  
Moderate  6.5 miles 700 ft


Lovely hike through varied desert landscapes (Joshua trees; chaparral; pinyon-juniper scrub, etc.). Some scrambling (easy-to-moderate) DOWN several dry waterfalls in a beautiful canyon.
(Open to non-members)

Thu Mar 1, Meet time: 8 am
Garston Trail Head to Araby Trail Head
Leader: John T  
Moderate  7 miles 1200 ft


Shuttle hike - Hike past Bob Hope's house.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 20 )

Fri Mar 2, Meet time: 7 am  [Added ]
Hopalong Cassidy to Art Smith
Leader: Carl G  
Strenuous  8 miles 2600 ft


Dynamite valley views - see Stone Eagle and Big Horn golf courses up close.
(Open to non-members)

Sat Mar 3, Meet time: 8 am
Pushwalla Palms
Leader: Ed W  
Moderate  6 miles 800 ft


Hike on an earthquake fault.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: none )

Mon Mar 5, Meet time: 8 am
Pacific Crest Trail North to Morris Ranch Road
Leader: Mary F  
Strenuous  13 miles +2000-800 ft


Hike from PCT North on 74 or Morris Ranch Road into Garner Valley. Gorgeous views of the high mountains on this trail in the pines. This is a shuttle hike starting at either PCT North trailhead or Morris Ranch Road. Key exchange. Expect a brisk pace. Nancy Bone will co-lead.
( Members only; max hikers: 10 )

Tue Mar 6, Meet time: 5 pm  [Updated ]
Club Social
Leader: SOCIALS Dianne DeLong  

This event is the Annual Dinner where we THANK all our Hike Leaders, Coordinating Council Members and Founding Members for all their hard work for DTHC. There will be NO Evite to this fun outing. You MUST pre-register and pay for your own dinner at this annual event. There is limited seating so you should Register and Pay, ASAP, before February 28, 2018. You can find the Registration and Payment form on the website at http//deserttrailshiking.com/events/annual-dinner/.
( Members only)

Tue Mar 6, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
Eisenhower Loop
Leader: Jonelle D  
Moderate  5 miles 900 ft


Fee for those who are not members of the Living Desert.
(Open to non-members)

Thu Mar 8, Meet time: 8 am
Pipes Canyon Loop
Leader: John T  
Moderate  7 miles 900 ft


Loop Hike through the Pioneer Town Pipes Canyon Preserve. Many flowers in the spring.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 20 )

Thu Mar 8, Meet time: 8 am
Big Colorful Canyon and Burnt Sienna Loop
Leader: Jane U  
Moderate  5.5 miles 500 ft


Vistas and a slot canyon to explore in Mecca Hills. Some off trail.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )

Sat Mar 10, Meet time: 8 am
Eagle Canyon
Leader: Mike O  
Moderate  3 miles 800 ft


Hike to a hidden palm oasis. Boots/poles due to dry waterfall scrambling.
(Open to non-members)

Tue Mar 13, Meet time: 8 am
Quail Wash to Park Blvd.
Leader: Eric B  
Easy  5 miles -500 ft


Hike part of the Big Foot Trail to Quail Wash and Park Blvd. Short shuttle.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 10 )

Wed Mar 14, Meet time: 8 am
Spitler Peak
Leader: Nancy B  
Strenuous  11 miles 2600 ft


Gorgeous views and some stretches of shade. Brisk pace. Call if you have not hiked with this leader before. No calls from Canadian phones. Mary Finnan will co-lead.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )

Thu Mar 15, Meet time: 8 am
Eagle Cliff Mine
Leader: Jane U  
Moderate  5 miles 500 ft


See evidence of JT's mining past by visiting two old sites.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )

Thu Mar 15, Meet time: 8 am
Ritz Ramble
Leader: Gayle Conley & Mary Barlow  
Easy  4 miles 800 ft


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

Fri Mar 16, 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; max hikers: none )

Mon Mar 19, Meet time: 8 am  [Updated ]
Cedar Springs
Leader: Dave and Cathy Luckwell  
Moderate  6 miles 1700 ft


Hike to the PCT and a hidden cedar grove.
( Members only)

Mon Mar 19, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
Anza Borrego: Palm Canyon and The Slot
Leader: John Green & Christy Anderson  
Moderate  6 miles 1000 ft


Hike out and back in Palm Canyon from the Visitor's Center. We will then drive to the infamous Slot - a superb example of badlands erosion where a narrow flat path winds through sandstone walls rising as high as 50 feet.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )

Tue Mar 20, Meet time: 8 am
Barker Dam Loop
Leader: Eric B  
Easy  4 miles 200 ft


Historically interesting loop through the Wonderland of Rocks. Secrets revealed.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 10 )

Fri Mar 23, Meet time: 8 am
Club Getaway
Leader: Mary B  

March 23 - 26 2018 - Santa Monica - Agoura Hills Hampton Inn Suites - Friday through Monday Watch for your Evite, Breaking News on the website and Newsletter. Annual trip somewhere, a Sunday through Wednesday, in mid to late March.
(Open to non-members)

Sat Mar 24, Meet time: 8 am
Club Getaway
Leader: Mary B  

March 23 - 26 2018 - Santa Monica - Agoura Hills Hampton Inn Suites - Friday through Monday Watch for your Evite, Breaking News on the website and Newsletter. Annual trip somewhere, a Sunday through Wednesday, in mid to late March.
(Open to non-members)

Sat Mar 24, 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. Boots/poles helpful.
(Open to non-members)

Sun Mar 25, Meet time: 8 am
Club Getaway
Leader: Mary B  

March 23 - 26 2018 - Santa Monica - Agoura Hills Hampton Inn Suites - Friday through Monday Watch for your Evite, Breaking News on the website and Newsletter. Annual trip somewhere, a Sunday through Wednesday, in mid to late March.
(Open to non-members)

Mon Mar 26, Meet time: 8 am
Club Getaway
Leader: Mary B  

March 23 - 26 2018 - Santa Monica - Agoura Hills Hampton Inn Suites - Friday through Monday Watch for your Evite, Breaking News on the website and Newsletter. Annual trip somewhere, a Sunday through Wednesday, in mid to late March.
(Open to non-members)

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