Though seemingly barren from a distance, you’ll spot a variety of flora like barrel cactus, cholla, and creosote on Hopalong Cassidy Trail.
Lost Horse Mine, which produced about $5 million in gold and silver during the early 1900s, is now a 4-mile hiking trail in Joshua Tree.
Before you descend into Palm Canyon, consider its centuries-old history as the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
The temperature on the Pacific Crest Trail can be 20 degrees cooler than in the desert, and it just gets better as you ascend the mountain.
The 12-mile round trip Spitler Peak Trail ascends from 4,900 feet to about 7,000 feet, offering views of the Coachella Valley to the north.
As summer temps rise, the Willow Creek Trail hike offers shaded paths and fantastic views from its 8-mile starting point in Idyllwild.
Hit the trail when you visit the Indian Canyons where approximately 60 miles of hiking is available among awe-inspiring landscape.
Here are 5 High Desert hikes to take this spring, offering a measure of prickly ocotillo and cholla, sunbaked boulders, and surprising oases.
The Oasis Trail is a re-creation of the Indian Canyons, just miles away in downtown Palm Springs at the Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza.
Whitewater Preserve just off Interstate 10 offers a connection with nature thanks to the University of California Climate Stewards Program.