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 Jan 19, Meet time: 8 am
Whitewater Preserve Loop
Leader: Mike O  
Easy  4 miles 600 ft

(Open to non-members)
Mon Jan 21, Meet time: 7:30 am
Club SPECIAL EVENT
Leader: Rich J  

MLK 2019 Trail Clean up Community Service Project January 21, 2019 Palm Desert. Check the BREAKING NEWS page for more info. Berlinda Blackburn is working to coordinate a service project in the city of Palm Desert scheduled for January 21, 2019 which is observed as the MLK holiday. Specifically, she would like to put a group together to clean up the hiking trails near Edgehill and Painted Path in Palm Desert near the Bump and Grind and trails leading to Cahuilla Hills and Adams Park. These open spaces are used by thousands of folks every year and lately she has noticed a lot of trash that is either windblown or just left by folks accessing the open spaces. Please find attached a flyer along with the required waiver. For volunteer information and to sign up in advance, visit https//www.allforgood.org/projects/wkxr368R Contact Berlinda Blackburn 760-218-0783.
(Open to non-members)
Tue Jan 22, Meet time: 8:00 am
Coachella Valley Preserve Photography Hike
Leader: Ron K  
Easy  3 miles 400 ft


The theme is Photo Composition. The hike is designed for people who mainly shoot on AUTO and want to improve the quality of their photos. Bring any kind of camera -- SLR, point-and-shoot, or cell phone, making sure the battery is fully charged. We will make 10 brief stops where there are interesting photo ops. At each one, participants will receive a hint about good composition and have an opportunity to practise.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )
Tue Jan 22, Meet time: 8:30
Palm Canyon to Stone Pools
Leader: Nancy P  
Moderate  6 miles 1000 ft


Great views. Esp. interesting if water in pools. Co-leader Shirl Donahue.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )
Tue Jan 22, Meet time: 8:30 am
Hiking 101
Leader: Suzanne J  
Easy


Learn about hiking with Desert Trails, what EASY, MODERATE, STRENUOUS means, what you need to have to hike safely. We will then go on an EASY hike, 3 miles, 300 ft gain.
(Open to non-members)
Tue Jan 22, Meet time: 8 am  [Updated ]
Club Trail Work Day
Leader: Gordon F  

The Araby Trail in Palm Springs. We will be grooming and raking from the Berns at the top to about the Bob Hope House on the Araby. Directions next week. 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 Jan 23, Meet time: 8 am
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 )

Thu Jan 24, Meet time: 8 am
Mission Creek Walkabout
Leader: Dan C  


Thu Jan 24, Meet time: 8:30 am
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 Jan 24, Meet time: 8:30 am  [Added ]
Savanah Storm (Indio Hills Badlands
Leader: Kim G  
Moderate  6 miles 600 ft


The newest trail in Indio...
(Open to non-members)
Fri Jan 25, 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.
(Open to non-members)
Sat Jan 26, Meet time: 8 am
Indio's Backyard
Leader: Suzanne J  
Moderate


Hike the Indio Badlands. Experience geology similar to Painted Canyon, but in our backyard.
(Open to non-members)
Mon Jan 28, Meet time: 8:30 am
Art Smith-Hopalong-Schey Loop
Leader: Nancy B  
Strenuous  7 miles 1700 ft


Hike above the Big Horn Country Club (Schey only available for cross-country travel Oct 1 through Dec 31). No calls from Canadian phones!! Call if you have never hiked with this leader before.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )
Tue Jan 29, Meet time: 8:00 am
Whitewater Preserve Photography Hike
Leader: Ron K  
Easy  4 miles 400 ft


The theme is "Moving Beyond Auto -- Taking Photos in More Difficult Situations". The hike is designed for people who can bring a "real" camera (not a cell phone), and are learning to use the manual settings. Please make sure the battery is fully charged.. We will make 8 stops where there are interesting photo ops. At each one, participants will receive a hint about managing a difficult photo situation and will have an opportunity to practise. It is expected that each hiker will already know where to locate the camera's manual settings as individual instruction is not possible (eg. exposure compensation; macro; white balance).
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 12 )
Tue Jan 29, Meet time: 8 am
Fern Canyon Loop
Leader: John T  
Moderate  6 miles 1600 ft

(Open to non-members)
Tue Jan 29, Meet time: 8 am
Club Trail Work Day
Leader: Gordon F  

The Hoppy Trail in Palm Desert. we will be repairing damage and making improvement on the steep area between Cat Canyon and Stone Eagle Golf Club. Directions 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)
Thu Jan 31, Meet time: 8 am
Herman's Peak Trail
Leader: Carl Gorretta and Jonelle Dedrick  
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)
Fri Feb 1, Meet time: 3 pm
Hike Leader WORKSHOP
Leader: Mike O  

Desert Trails Hike Leader Workshop at the Palm Desert Library on February 1 from 3p to 5p . Topics include DTHC Hike Scheduler refresher course and Hike Leader forum to review responsibilities/issues/ideas to make the hiking experience enjoyable for all. Meeting is for ALL DTHC hike Leaders.
( Members only)
Sat Feb 2, Meet time: 8 am
Eagle Canyon Lower Loop Moderate
Leader: Mike O  
Moderate  4 miles 800 ft


Some off-trail hiking.
(Open to non-members)
Mon Feb 4, Meet time: 8 am
North View - Maze and Window south
Leader: Nancy P  
Moderate  7.3 miles 900 ft


A scenic winding trail with great rock formations. Moderately steep at first before leveling out through the Maze and the loop with clear views of Window Rock. A great way to experience many of the geological and natural features of Joshua Tree National Park on one trail. Co-leader Dan Coleman.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )
Mon Feb 4, Meet time: 8 am
Pushwalla Palms
Leader: Charles B  
Moderate  6 miles 800 ft


Hike on an earthquake fault.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )
Tue Feb 5, Meet time: 8 am
Garston Trail Head to Araby Trail Head
Leader: John T  
Moderate  6 miles 1200 ft


Shuttle hike - Hike past Bob Hope's house.
(Open to non-members)
Tue Feb 5, Meet time: 4 pm
Club Social
Leader: SOCIALS Dianne DeLong  

Watch for your Evite to this fun outing. This is usually the first Tuesday of each month, October through April. Fortun's Kitchen Bar 78085 Avenida La Fonda La Quinta CA 92253.
(Open to non-members)
Thu Feb 7, Meet time: 8 am
North View - Maze Loop
Leader: Dan C  
Moderate  7 miles 1000 ft


Great views, variety of terrain; lots of ups and downs; window rock; some sandy wash walking. 2 Over looks. (no fee if someone in the car has a National park pass).
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 10 )
Sun Feb 10, Meet time: 3 pm
Club Event - Hike Leader Training Session
Leader: Mike O  

Coachella Valley Hiking Club workshop at Palm Desert Library on February 10th from 3p to 5p. DTHC hike leaders are welcome to attend. Includes First Aid review and discussion of trail tips and tools to maximize hike enjoyment for all.
(Open to non-members)
Tue Feb 12, Meet time: 8:00 am
Oswit Canyon
Leader: Ron K  
Easy  3 miles 600 ft


This hike passes through an alluvial fan landscape which has unique vegetation (eg. fan palms; maidenhair ferns; fig trees). The trail ends at a waterfall where a stream runs through a small oasis.
(Open to non-members)
Tue Feb 12, Meet time: 8 am
Murray Canyon
Leader: John T  
Moderate  5 miles 500 ft


Cross a stream 17 times on the way to a beautiful waterfall.
(Open to non-members)
Tue Feb 12, Meet time: 3 pm
Club SPECIAL EVENT
Leader: Mary S  

CVHC Speakers Series - Kurt Leuschner Palms to Pines birding and nature trail February 12th 3pm Cathedral City Library.
(Open to non-members)
Wed Feb 13, Meet time: 8 am
Art Smith to Garstin
Leader: Nancy B  
Strenuous  17 miles 3500 ft


FAST PACED hike. Trailgate party at the finish! No calls from Canadian phones! Call this hike leader if you have never hiked with her before.
(Open to non-members; max hikers: 15 )
Sat Feb 16, 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)
Tue Feb 19, Meet time: 8:00 am
Hidden Palms Loop
Leader: Ron K  
Moderate  4.5 miles 600 ft


After a short climb to a lookout with a nice view of the area, we'll cross a sandy plateau and eventually discover the large Hidden Palms oasis. A family of coyotes lives in a cave on the nearby hillside.
(Open to non-members)
Thu Feb 21, Meet time: 8 am
North Lykken
Leader: Jonelle D  
Moderate  3 miles 900 ft


Hike to the table for great views of Palm Springs.
(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: SOCIALS Dianne DeLong  

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 )
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)
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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