The Sierra Club lists 100 peaks in Southern California over 5,000 feet. Two of the highest, San Jacinto and San Gorgonio, are within view of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. At 10,834 feet, San Jacinto is the crown jewel of the San Jacinto Mountains and is part of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. These are
Jim Dover says he was always afraid of heights. “I remember being in the elevator in the Eiffel Tower and being terrified.” Yet the Idyllwild outdoorsman is among thousands who visit Joshua Tree National Park each year to test themselves against massive quartz monzonite boulders. Scaling the boulders, one step at a time, is therapeutic in more than one way.
Step back in time with a stroll through this enchanting village. Follow Main Street’s cobblestone road between old Spanish Colonial–style buildings adorned with colorful tiles, twinkling lights, and pink bougainvillea. Trickling fountains and mountain views set the mood for romance, as do a host of restaurants. There’s something, too, about wintertime light in La Quinta: Golden hour is enhanced by
It’s a great time to hike in Idyllwild, before snow season fully sets in. The Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail is an easy-to-moderate workout that offers clear views of Strawberry Valley, as well as both Suicide Rock and Tahquitz or “Lily” Rock. This 5.2-mile round trip hike begins at Humber Park at 6,100-foot elevation. No hiking permit is required, but you
Certified desert naturalist and avid hiker Jane Udall embraces the environment she has grown to love since moving to the Coachella Valley in 2003. Her enthusiasm is infectious, which makes excursions in her company memorable. “I’m enamored with the desert mountains and everything is so different than the Pacific Northwest,” says the former hospital administrator from Oregon who now lives
Explore the Coachella Valley from the ground up on some of the most picturesque and breathtaking hiking trails to kick off your outdoor adventures.
Gary Burzell, who has a website dedicated to hiking in Palm Springs and other Coachella Valley trails, gives tips for newbies and his faves to tackle.
The Greater Palm Springs area has a greatness waiting to be discovered either by foot, through the air, on horseback or by vehicle.
The desert is blooming with colors, and here are suggestions on where to gain the best views when you take a hike.
The Coachella Valley Hiking Club continues to blaze new trails whether it’s a beginner or an expert trying to discover the beauty of Greater Palm Springs.