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Big Morongo Canyon Mesquite Trail Loop
  • Big Morongo Preserve
  • Morongo Valley, CA 92256

Nestled within the Sand to Snow National Monument in Morongo Valley, approximately 30 minutes from downtown Palm Springs, the Mesquite Trail Loop offers a short, easy exploration of some of the most breathtaking scenery in Greater Palm Springs. The path breaks off from the popular Marsh Trail within the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, skirting the base of the Little San Bernardino Mountains and winding through desert wash and wetland for 0.7 miles. Visitors will cross over a boardwalk, bridge, and dirt trail; through thickets of honey mesquite trees; and across an open field speckled with creosote bushes before eventually rejoining the Marsh Trail near the education center. With hardly any elevation gain, the Mesquite Trail is considered moderate and great for hiking and nature walks — families enjoy immersing their little ones in the beauty and solace of Mother Nature, with the gentle sound of the trickling stream and birdsong filling the air. The large octagon-shaped George Helmkamp Deck, perched right in the middle of the marsh and encircled by tall grasses, is the perfect spot for photo-ops or a quick rest. Though open year-round free of charge, the Mesquite Trail experiences the most traffic in the fall, spring, and winter months, when wildflowers are beginning to bloom. Total Distance: 0.7 miles Level: Moderate

Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 1
  • Distance (km): 1.6
  • Difficulty Score: 7
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 2457
  • Elevation Gain (+): 154
  • Elevation Loss (-): 155
  • Net Elev +/- (ft): 154
  • Net Elev +/- (m): 47
  • Minimum Elevation: 2455
  • Maximum Elevation: 2522
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 67
  • Parking Type: Unpaved lot
  • Location: Little San Bernardino Mountains
  • Sub-Location: Morongo Preserve/Sand to Snow National Monument
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  • 1 - 5 Miles:
  • Free:
Trail Length
  • 1 - 5 Miles:
Big Morongo Preserve
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