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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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 )

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)

Tue Feb 20, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
Club Trail Work Day
Leader: Gordon F  

The East Indio Hills Trail in Indio. This is to continue work on developing this new trail in the mid-valley. Details on the meeting time and place will follow next week, so stay tuned! 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 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)

Fri Feb 23, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
Pushwalla Palms
Leader: Charles B  
Moderate  6 miles 800 ft


Hike on an earthquake fault. Bring water, sunscreen, and snack. This is 5 mile, 300 feet of gain. Meet in the Coachella Preserve at 745.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )

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)

Tue Feb 27, Meet time: 7:30 am  [Updated ]
Club Trail Work Day
Leader: Gordon F  

This workday will be for preparations at the Visitors Center for the upcoming Wildflower festival on that Saturday. Some of the projects will be preparing the Henderson trail for the 5K run, cleaning, sweeping, raking, lopping, setting up signs, and any thing else on the work list. And Yes, this is Hot Dog day, so no need to bring lunch! And did I mention?? HOT DOGS when were done. Speaking of the Wild Flower Festival, be sure to sign up with Janice to help out that day. Last year we hade about 2500 visitors, so we need everyones help! Meet at 730am. 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 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 )

Mon Mar 5, Meet time: 8 am  [Updated ]
Club Trail Work Day
Leader: Rich J  

Citizen Science day with Wildlands Conservancy at either Pioneertown or Mission Creek. Count and report on perennial plants at their two conservation areas. Tours afterwards are an option. OK to post hours to FODM. EARLY SIGNUPS WELCOME FOR THIS OUTNG.
(Open to non-members)

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 )

Fri Mar 9, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
Horsethief Creek
Leader: Charles B  
Moderate  5 miles 800 ft


Trail leads through chaparral flora, past corrals used by horsethieves, and on to a creek where horses watered. After snack return to trail head. Meet at St. Margaret Episcopal Church at 745 a.m. Bring water, sunscreen, and snack. Poles helpful. Car pool Fee 300.
(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)

Mon Mar 12, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
Club Trail Work Day
Leader: Rich J  

Citizen Science day with Wildlands Conservancy at either Pioneertown or Mission Creek. Count and report on perennial plants at their two conservation areas. Tours afterwards are an option. OK to post hours to FODM. EARLY SIGNUPS WELCOME FOR THIS OUTING.
(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 )

Wed Mar 14, Meet time: 8 am  [Updated ]
Club Trail Work Day
Leader: Rich J  

Citizen Science day with Wildlands Conservancy at either Pioneertown or Mission Creek. Count and report on perennial plants at their two conservation areas. Tours afterwards are an option. OK to post hours to FODM. EARLY SIGNUPS WELCOME FOR THIS OUTING.
(Open to non-members)

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  [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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