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Trip List by carguyindio

Experience the outdoors in Palm Springs

Mar 10, 2013  Search and Rescue in the coachella valley
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 1 vote

If you're an active person and appreciate what the outdoors has to offer than this is the list for you

  • 1. Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness
    Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness, Idyllwild, California

    Take the Palm Springs tram up to the state park which has over 52 miles of trails. The trail to the peak is my favorite, 12 miles round trip with about a 3000ft elevation gain. Once you reach the top, on a clear day you can see the ocean.

  • 2. Joshua Tree National Park
    Joshua Tree National Park, California

    Many different hikes, this desert area terrain is unlike any other area in the coachella valley.

  • 3. Painted Canyon
    Painted Canyon, Palm Springs

    The painted canyon area is jam packed with tons of minerals which have changed these hills in to a variety of wild colors. In my opinion this is the best area to hike in the coachella valley. The ladder hike will take you aprox 4 hours, it is aprox 7 miles long with a 2000ft elevation gain. On the other side of box canyon road you can find the grottos hike which is similar to the ladders but with out the ladders, you will get your hands dirty on the grottos. The painted canyon area is aprox 1hour drive from palm springs.

  • 4. Bump and Grind Trail
    Bump and Grind Trail, Palm Desert

    This hike is very busy, its the locals choice for a quick work out. If your looking for a very intense hike and see a great view, this hike will get you to a nice vantage point in a short amount of time. Depending what trail head you start at this is a 3mile hike with a 1200ft elevation gain.

  • 5. Food & Driving info for the hikes in question

    You have 2 food options on top of the tram at the state park, I haven't heard to many good things about the cafeteria type of dining but I have heard good things about the sit down restaurant. Beware the prices are expensive.

    After your Joshua tree adventure the best place to go eat in the area would be pappy and harriets in pioneer town.

    You wont have any food options for the painted canyon area, and I wouldn't stop at any you may see in mecca, its not a very safe area to hang out at.

    The bump and grind is in the heart of Palm Desert so you have many food options with in walking distance.

    When driving up the tram road you will notice how much of an incline it is, to avoid over heating your vehicle you will want to turn the A/C off and leave it in the correct gear to climb the hill, they have rad fill tanks if you lose some coolant.

    Joshua tree NP has many miles of great driving roads, make sure you enter with a good amount of fuel, stay away from some of the dirt roads if you don't have a vehicle with enough ground clearance.

    The painted canyons is an interesting road that always gets wiped out after a flash flood, its recommended you use a higher ground clearance vehicle when driving out to the ladders.

    If you require a rental car for your trip to the palm springs area you may want to look in to luxurycarrentals.info