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 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)

Mon Nov 27, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
Gold Hill - Strenuous
Leader: John Green & Christy Anderson  
Strenuous  8 miles 1600 ft


Gold Hill is located in Garner Valley, an area up Highway 74 known for its large acreage horse ranches. The hike will border several ranches with a gradual climb to abandoned mining shafts, miner's shacks, and old mining equipment. The pace will be moderate and photographers are welcome.
( Members only; max hikers: 15 )

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)

Tue Nov 28, Meet time: 8 am  [Updated ]
Mission Creek to PCT
Leader: Nancy P  
Moderate  10 miles 1300 ft


Hike a section of Pacific Crest Trail from Mission Creek Preserve to ridge top expansive views and Whitewater overlook. Fabulous views of valley and San Gorgonio Peak.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 12 )

Tue Nov 28, Meet time: 7:30 am  [Added ]
Club Trail Work Day
Leader: Gordon F  

Cactus Springs Trail in Pinyon We would like to finish some work we started a couple months ago which included lopping and raking in the area of Horse Thief Creek. Meet at the Visitors Center, 48, at 730am and we will caravan to the work site in Pinyon. For those of you that arent familiar with this trail, it is a moderate hike of about 5 miles. Keep an eye on the weather, as it could be cool in the morning due to several thousand feet elevation gain. This could last into the early afternoon. 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 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)

Sun Dec 3, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
JohnnyLang Canyon Loop
Leader: Carl G  
Strenuous  8 miles 1500 ft


Find Mushroom Rock then hike Johnny Lang Canyon to Samuelson's Rocks and back to cars. Some off trail.
( Members only; max hikers: 20 )

Mon Dec 4, Meet time: 8:30 am  [Updated ]
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 )

Tue Dec 5, Meet time: 8:30 am  [Added ]
Coffman Loop
Leader: Nancy P  
Moderate  6 miles 800 ft


A delightful way to get acquainted with beautiful Indian Canyons. Starting on Murray Canyon trail along a palm lined stream and from turnaround hike back via Coffman trail.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )

Tue Dec 5, Meet time: 4 pm  [Added ]
Club Social
Leader: SOCIALS Dianne DeLong  

Palm Desert Country Club - Taco Tuesday - Watch for your Evite to this fun outing. This is usually the first Tuesday of each month, October through April.
(Open to non-members)

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)

Tue Dec 19, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
South Lykken Trail
Leader: Nancy P  
Moderate  7 miles 1200 ft


Hike above Palm Springs to second picnic tables.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )

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 )

Sat Dec 30, Meet time: 8:30 am  [Added ]
East Fork-Vandeventer Loop
Leader: John Green & Christy Anderson  
Moderate  7.5 miles 1400 ft


Some rock scrambling. Moderate pace.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )

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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