Hiking in Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs is more than just pools, golfing and mid-century architecture. It’s also a great place for outdoor activities like hiking. When I first visited Palm Springs from Oregon, I went to the visitor’s center to get some hiking information. They suggested I go to the admission only Indian Canyons and avoid private property around Palm Springs. That’s a shame because there are a ton of free spots around here. Here are some of my favorites:

Lykken Trail – North Trail Head

This is a good climb with almost a thousand feet of elevation gain in 1.5 miles. At the top, there are picnic tables, great views of Palm Springs and Tahquitz Canyon. If you think this trail is steep, the $12.50 per person admission to hike Tahquitz might seem even steeper.

Going up
Lykken Trail

View from the top
Lykken Trail

Araby Trail
This hike takes you up to Bob Hope’s massive mushroom shaped house. The neighborhood also includes a house where Steve McQueen lived and the Elrod House featured in the James Bond movie “Diamonds are Forever”. It’s a fairly easy climb up to Bob’s house but really climbs after you pass Bob’s.

Bob’s House

Bob Hope's House

View from the top

Earl Henderson Trail
This is a short but sweet trail close to the Araby and Garstin. Parking area in the wash off of Araby street.

To the top

Earl Henderson Trail

Large Cairn at the top


For more hikes in the area, check the “140 Great Hikes in and Near Palm Springs” book.

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