Local Rides & Trails For The Palm Springs Region
Note: The dirt trails in the Palm Springs area are primarily technical rides, riders skills need to be intermediate or advanced. Most rides require strong climbing skills. Do not bring Children or beginner riders along as we will not be able to support them.
Pavement In The City
La Quinta: Bear Creek Trail - Difficulty Easy
7 miles one-way paved pathway. Start at Tampico and Eisenhower. Difficulty – Easy
Palm Desert: Take me to the river - Difficulty - Easy Flat
This route is casual street touring ride, 5 miles long out and return that brings you to the River Shopping complex in Rancho Mirage. By adding side routes, you can increase the length to 8 miles. All distances are approximate.
Start at the Palm Desert Civic Recreation Center parking lot 43900 San Pablo Ave.
- Head west crossing San Pablo, go .2 miles
- Turn south to College parking lot go .15 miles
- Turn west go .25 miles
- Head north go .1 mile arrive at a circle.
- Round circle head west to Monterey .1 mile.
- Cross Monterey go 1.5 miles on Park View to Joshua Rd
- Turn north go .3 miles to Magnesia Falls.
- Ride West .4 miles to Magnisia Falls plaza
- Turn north for 50 yards turn east and head to back of mall area to avoid vehicular traffic
- Turn north at Cinder block wall and follow wall to Brandini’s Toffee.
- Turn west toward Bob Hope Drive for about .2 miles
- The River is on West at about 2.5 miles one way.
You can add distance by going west on Rancho which is .1 mile north of the Parkview Joshua Lane corner. There are 3 side streets off of Rancho that offer short back and out rides with interesting architecture and landscaping. To you can also head south on Joshua Lane instead of north at Park View.
Palm Desert: South of El Paseo (Shadow Mountain) - Difficulty - Easy Flat to Moderate Hills
This riding area is an ungated community with many side streets filled with interesting homes and unique landscapes. You can vary the ride time and distance to your liking by staying in the Shadow Mountain area or heading west on Fairway which is .5 mile south of 111 and starts on Portola.
- Head south from Palm Desert Civic Recreation Centre on 43900 San Pablo Ave. approximately .8 miles and cross Hwy 111.
- Go .3 miles south of 111 on San Pablo to Shadow Mountain Drive, be careful there is no bike route here so an option may be on the sidewalk.
- Turn west on Tumbleweed for .2 miles
- Then turn south on Joshua Tree for .1 mile
- Go .6-mile slight uphill to Grapevine
- Head west .1 mile on bike bath or continue west or go south on Desert Lilly.
- There are many side streets to take by staying east of Hwy 74.
- Portola borders the west side of this area and Fairway leading into Indian Wells can be reached either off the bike path on Portola, which has moderate to heavy traffic or by riding east and then north on Shadow Lake drive or Mountain View Dr. until they intersect Country Club Cir Dr.
Rancho Mirage: Gerald Ford/Tamarisk/Country Club Loop - Difficulty - Easy
Gerald Ford/Tamarisk/ Abram-Butler/Country Club loop
This route is casual street touring ride, 8-10 miles long loop ride It takes you through some ungated subdivisions with interesting architecture and landscaping. Once in the Tamarisk neighborhood you are able to ride a lot of alternate streets with limited traffic. You can also do this loop by parking at the Trojan Plaza starting at the end of the Abrams-Butler Trail. All distances are approximate.
- Start on Gerald Ford at either at Lowes on Monterey (10 mile) or Rancho Mirage Marketplace on Bob Hope (8 mile).
- Ride west in bike lane on Gerald Ford 1.9 (Lowes) or .9 miles (Gelson) to Los Alamos across from the Weston entrance.
- Turn south and go .4 mile
- Turn west on Tamarisk go .5 mile
- and then ten .1 mile south on Palm view
- Turn west into Cobb. And go .5 mile west to Du Vall
- Then turn south on DuVall for .45 mile to Michael Wolfson Park in Rancho Mirage
- Go through park and ride south-east on Abrams Butler trail, go 1.2 miles
- You come to Country Club and head east . 5 miles to Morningside
- Turn north for 1.4 miles and this street turns into Thompson when crossing Sinatra.
- Turn east on La Paz.go .3 miles road turns North as Los Reyes.
- go .3 mile road turn west as Sunny.
Go .2 miles to Los alamos urn North (slight up hill .35 Miles to Gerald Ford.
Turn east back to Rancho Mirage shopping (.9 miles)or Lowes. 1.9 miles.
You may head east on Sinatra at Michael Wolfson Park to shorten you distance and rejoin the route at Sinatra and Morningside. This takes about 1.1 miles off the route.
Mecca Box Canyon: Scenic Ride - Difficulty - Advanced
19.5 miles one way for shuttle or 39 mile return ride. Route has 1590 ft. elevation gain. Start at 66 Ave and Johnson Rd ride to Pinto Road Indo. Difficulty – advanced, climb to turnaround or shuttle pick up at Pinto Rd and I-10.
The dirt trails in the Palm Springs area are primarily technical rides, riders skills need to be intermediate or advanced. Most rides require strong climbing skills. We do not recommend that you bringing children or beginner riders on these routes.
For easy and beginner hard path and gravel road rides we recommend the Hemet Lake and Bear mountain areas west of Palm Springs.
La Quinta: Cove to the Lake Trail - Moderate
7 miles out and back. Start at the parking lot south on Intersection of Avenida Ramirez and Calle Tecate. Difficulty- moderate
La Quinta: Book Hoff Trail - Advanced
6 miles loop, single track. Start at off Eisenhower Difficulty- advanced
Palm Desert: Art Smith Trail - Advanced
9 miles out and back single track. Difficulty- advanced
Palm Desert:Bump & Grind - Advanced
- – 3 miles one way Single track. Difficulty – advanced
Palm Desert:Hop Along Cassidy - Advanced
11 miles out and back, single track. Start at tennis courts on west side of Lake Cahullia County Park, At the junction of Cahuilla Park Road and Jefferson St. Difficulty – advanced
Cathedral City: Dunn Road Hahn Trail - Advanced
17 mile loop, single track. Difficulty – advanced
Palm Springs: The Goat Trails - Advanced
Start is at the Rimrock shopping mall at the corner of East Canyon Dr and Palm Hills Rd. 10 miles out and back many networked trails in area, single track. Difficulty – Advanced
Palm Springs: Palm Canyon Epic - Advanced
Start is at the Rimrock shopping mall at the corner of East Canyon Dr and Palm Hills Rd.28 miles out one way to Pinyon, this is a shuttle ride, single track. Difficulty – advanced much climbing.
Hemet: Diamond Valley Lake Trail - Easy with moderate hills
21 mile loop paved and graveled around Diamond Lake starts at the Diamond Lake visitor center 2325 Searl Pkwy, Hemet. Difficulty easy with moderate hills.
Joshua Tree National Park - Easy to moderate
various distances – 29 miles of gravel roads, various start points 40 miles east of Palm Desert on Interstate 10. Difficulty- easy to moderate
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