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Trail Discovery Hiking Tours

P O Box 554, Palm Springs, CA 92263
760 413-1575
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Ranked #2 of 60 Activities in Palm Springs
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Owner description: Providing magical hiking & walking wilderness experiences. Allow yourself to re-connect with nature and the peacefulness within. Joshua Tree NP, Indian Canyons, San Andreas fault, San Jacinto State park, all just waiting for you to Discover! 20 years of professionally guided trips in the deserts, mountains & canyons in Palm Springs, Ca. We guarantee a great experience!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

There are probably lot's of ways to "see" Joshua Tree, but if you want to really experience Joshua Tree, feel the drama and beauty, learn about the rock formations, the trees, plants, the history and get thoughtful answers to just about any question you could ask, you want to discover Joshua Tree with Scott. Discovery Hiking Tours isn't a job... More

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Scott S, Owner at Trail Discovery Hiking Tours, responded to this review

Evy, thanks for our 1st 10 Star review, ha! It was great to spend the day with you & the other nice couple in our magical Nat'l park of Joshua Tree. It's always a pleasure having folks on our tours that are so interested & willing to explore some of the intriguing hidden gems of this area., Glad we were... More

England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The guided walk with Scott was fantastic. He took us places we wouldn't have been confident enough to go on our own. A great experience for anyone wanting to see the desert with an experienced, fun and pleasant guide. An excellent contrast to the "usual" California experience.

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Scott S, Owner at Trail Discovery Hiking Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your nice review. We do our best to show our guests some of the out of the way areas that would be difficult for hikers to find on their own. I really enjoyed getting to know the two of you, and look forward to another fun adventure, when ol England gets too cold & damp! Scott 2 More

Lake George, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 via mobile

Our guide first established what we wanted to experience as well as our fitness level, then Scott went about planning a hike that would showcase the local beauty and satisfy our interests and abilities. We would not have been able to experience this unique and gorgeous countryside without Scott's guidance.

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Scott S, Owner at Trail Discovery Hiking Tours, responded to this review

Anna, Thanks very much for your kind & informative review. We appreciate your comments about how much more many travelers can experience with a professional guide. It was a pleasure spending the day with you! Scott 2 More

East Sussex, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We had a fantastic day at Joshua Tree NP with Scott from Trail Discovery and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend him as a guide for all levels of hiking in the Palm Springs Area. Our hike was the highlight of our 3 week honeymoon in California and we only wish we could have returned for more! We found ourselves in... More

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Scott S, Owner at Trail Discovery Hiking Tours, responded to this review

Hi Victoria, Thanks so much for your kind comments, the two of you were such a fun & interesting couple to spend the day with in Joshua Tree NP. It was a pleasure to be a part of your honeymoon! Come back for a visit if England gets too cold & rainy! Scott 2 More

Portland OR
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Unfortunately, I was not able to hike with Scott...so my review is based on our communications only. Scott was so incredibly knowledgeable and flexible when planning our hikes together for our vacation out to Palm Springs. Sadly for us we had to cancel very last minute due to a delayed plane and I felt miserable to miss the opportunity to... More

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Scott S, Owner at Trail Discovery Hiking Tours, responded to this review

Hi Liz, Wow, this is a 1st, a great review, and we didn't even get a chance to provide a memorable, wilderness experience! I do appreciate your taking the time to post this review, and realize that sometimes, we just are unable to fit everything in a short visit. I'm confident we'll have that opportunity one day soon! Scott More

Edmonton
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

This was fantastic! Hands down favorite part of our trip to Palm Springs. Scott was prepared and super friendly the whole time. Full of information and really easy going. We went for 4-6 hours and it was beautiful. He kept us snacking and drinking and walking. We just followed his lead and looked at th beautiful views. Bring a good... More

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Scott S, Owner at Trail Discovery Hiking Tours, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks a bunch for this kind & informative review. It's always so nice to have others appreciate your service. The little things can make a big difference, and we strive to meet as many of our guests needs as possible. Hope I have the opportunity to show you another one of the beautiful, outdoor gems around Palm Springs! Scott More

Princeton, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

If you visit Palm Springs you must take advantage of this hiking opportunity! My college aged daughter and I joined another family of 4 with older children for the perfect 5 mile walk through Indian Canyon. Scott gave fanny packs, fruit, water, snack bars, cookies, crackers and we were all set for our early morning walk on a gorgeous desert... More

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Scott S, Owner at Trail Discovery Hiking Tours, responded to this review

Thanks so much for this kind & helpful review. We strive to exceed our guests expectations, and it's very encouraging to hear that we have. I'm always excited to find that most people really do want to learn about their environment, while getting some good exercise & experiencing the beauty of nature. I hope we get another opportunity to show... More

York, UK
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Our hike with Scott was a truly invigorating experience. He is very organised and knowledgeable about the area so I trusted him completely. He provided water and made sure we had plenty for the walk and as many snacks/fruit as we wanted to put in our carrier belts. If you wanted a hat to protect yourself from the sun he... More

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Scott S, Owner at Trail Discovery Hiking Tours, responded to this review

Wow Alf & Julie, I'm very grateful that you gave Trail Discovery such a excellent review, it's most appreciated. I do love my "work", and having the opportunity to share these amazing wilderness locations with people like you makes it so fun & rewarding! I really hope to have the chance to spend some more quality time on the trail... More

Milan, Italy
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99 reviews 99 reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Scott is a great tour guide -- he led us on a trail in the Joshua Tree Park, showing us many interesting things, with a true passion. I loved the fact that he was very attentive, always trying to adapt the trail to our interests and needs. I strongly recommend Scott's tours instead of the "luxury" tours where you are... More

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Scott S, Owner at Trail Discovery Hiking Tours, responded to this review

Hi Eldorado, Thanks for the kind response, your two were a pleasure to spend the day with in the magical Joshua Tree Nat'l park. It was fun to experience the old movie-set town of Pioneertown afterwards as well. Hope to take you to another beautiful, wilderness place again! Scott More

San Antonio, Texas
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

Scott Scott is a great guide. His was one of the best hikes we have ever been on. He is knowledgeable, fun, and a good conversationalist. We would definitely recommend a hiking tour with Scott.

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pranarun, Owner at Trail Discovery Hiking Tours, responded to this review

Hi Susan (s)! Thanks for the kind words, what a great morning in the cool, mountain air of the forest. We're so fortunate to have the Palm Springs Aerial tram to escape to during the hotter months. I enjoyed getting to know both of you and showing you one of my favorite hikes in the San Jacinto state park. Hope... More

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