Greater Palm Springs offers those living in local 55+ communities, more than 100 trails to choose from. Step-by-step using your own two feet, hiking allows you to mix fitness with up-close discoveries of the most beautiful areas of the oasis.The areas surrounding Sun City Palm Desert and Del Webb Mirage offers seemingly unending hiking opportunities for hikers of all abilities and experience.
The nearby Coachella Valley Preserve, the popular “Bump and Grind” trail, the Living Desert Wilderness Loop Trail, Joshua Tree National Park offers short walks and nature trails, moderate and challenging hikes, Mt. San Jacinto State Park at the top of the Tram offers 54 miles of hiking trails located within a 14,000 acre pristine wilderness, BLM has miles and miles of trails of all levels open to the public at no charge, the Indian Canyons, the “Slot Canyon” or The Painted Canyon” both near the Salton Sea, and so many, many more places offer amazing hiking opportunities.
There is an abundance of natural beauty found in the desert landscapes of Greater Palm Springs. It is a picturesque oasis filled with scenic vistas and breathtaking wildlife, which makes hiking a popular pastime. Although our destination is home to more than 1,000 miles of gorgeous hiking trails with varied terrain, it is important to keep in mind the temperature. June to October daytime temperatures can reach 100 °F (37.78 °C) and beyond. Hiking in the heat, especially during a heat advisory, can be dangerous, meaning that it may be best to change your daytime itinerary or come when the temperatures begin to cool.
Here are some helpful safety tips that will help you safely and responsibly explore the beautiful hiking trails in Greater Palm Springs. These hiking tips are brought to you by the Palm Springs Mounted Police Search and Rescue Team (PSMP-SAR).
You can explore these hikes on your own, with friends or with the Sun City Palm Desert Hiking Club. Just remember to always stay safe, bring lots of water and let someone know where you are going hiking. Pack your bags with snacks and water, get those hiking shoes on, grab your hat and sunscreen and get to the trails!
For more information, visit Hiking in Greater Palm Springs.
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