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.


Difficulty:

  • Easy  : 0-500 ft elevation gain; typically 3-6 miles;
  • Moderate  : 500-1800 ft. elevation gain; typically 6-10 miles;
  • Strenuous  : 1800-5000 ft. elevation gain; typically longer than 8 miles.

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Sat Feb 23, Meet time: 7:45 am
Pipes Canyon Loop
Leader: Dan C  


Sun Feb 24, Meet time: 8 am  [Updated ]
Lost Horse Mine Loop
Leader: Bernard and Herbie Rochet  
Moderate  7 miles 1300 ft


Historical hike to one of the largest gold mines and stamp mills in the park and a scenic desert loop that passes other signs of small mining operations and many Joshua trees. Interesting geology features. NOTE DATE CHANGE (from Feb. 22) DUE TO PARK WORK ON TRAIL AND ACCESS ROAD.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )
Tue Feb 26, 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; max hikers: 15 )
Thu Feb 28, Meet time: 8 am
Garret's Arch Loop
Leader: Bernard and Herbie Rochet  
Moderate  5 miles 500 ft


Hike through the Wonderland of Rocks. See the Wall Street Mill and other historical sites. Involves some rock scrambling.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )
Fri Mar 1, Meet time: 8 am  [Added ]
La Quinta to Lake Cahuilla
Leader: John W  
Moderate  6.87 miles 827 ft


An easy-paced hike on the Morrow Trail from La Quinta to Lake Cahuilla. A little bit of elevation brings great views of The Quarry golf course and the surrounding hills. Well stop at the lake which has picnic tables and restrooms, then return the same way.
(Open to non-members)
Sat Mar 2, 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)
Tue Mar 5, Meet time: 4 pm
Club Social
Leader: Bernard and Herbie Rochet  

ANNUAL DINNER - this must be prepaid...Watch for your Evite to this fun outing. This is usually the first Tuesday of each month, October through April.
(Open to non-members)
Mon Mar 11, Meet time: 8 am
Murray Hill Loop
Leader: Charles B  
Strenuous  8 miles 2200 ft


A not-so-little hill overlooking the valley with fantastic views.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )
Tue Mar 12, Meet time: 8 am
Oak Canyon Potholes
Leader: Bernard and Herbie Rochet  
Strenuous  8.5 miles 1350 ft


This strenuous 6-7 hour loop hike requires agility, flexibility and some scrambling experience to negotiate the boulders and vegetation that crowd sections of this remote canyon in the Queen Mountain area (JTNP). The reward at the end of the hike is a collection of water-sculpted, polished rock slabs full of deep potholes. Short side treks lead to a waterfall and to an overlook above the Wonderland of Rocks.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )
Thu Mar 14, Meet time: 8 am
Ryan Mountain
Leader: John T  
Moderate  4 miles 1000 ft


Spectacular vistas of Joshua Tree NP. Lunch.
(Open to non-members)
Sat Mar 16, Meet time: 8 am
Eagle Canyon
Leader: Mike O  
Moderate  3 miles 800 ft


Hike to a hidden palm oasis.
(Open to non-members)
Mon Mar 18, Meet time: 8 am
Morris Ranch Road to North PCT
Leader: Nancy B  
Strenuous  13 miles 2000 ft


Hike a piece of the PCT. Gorgeous views of the high mountains on this trail in the pines. Call if you have not hiked with this leader before. No calls from Canadian phones.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )
Thu Mar 21, Meet time: 8 am
Pipes Canyon Loop
Leader: John T  
Moderate  7 miles 1200 ft


Loop Hike through Pipes Canyon Preserve. Many flowers in the spring. Lunch.
(Open to non-members)
Mon Mar 25, Meet time: 8 am
West Side Loop & Nature Trail Combo
Leader: Bernard and Herbie Rochet  
Moderate  6.0 miles 1250 ft


This hike combines the West Side and Nature Trail loops in the Black Rock area of Joshua Tree NP. Highlights include views of San Jacinto and San Gorgonio, pinyon pine, juniper, manzanita, Joshua trees and more. Some steep/rough sections.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )
Mon Mar 25, Meet time: 8 am
Herman's Peak Trail
Leader: Charles B  
Moderate  6.25 miles 1000 ft


Coachella Valley Preserve's newer trail overlooking spectacularly eroded Moon Country and the San Andreas Fault. This is a 6.25 mile out and back, with 967 feet of gain. We will start at the WILLIS PALMS TRIALHEAD. Moderate to Fast pace, 30 minute/mile.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )
Sat Mar 30, 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)

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