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Bump & Grind Loop (seasonal)
  • Painter's Path
  • Palm Desert, CA 92260

Feel the burn on this seasonal variation of the Bump & Grind Trail, one of Greater Palm Springs’ most popular outings for those with exercise on the mind. Hikers, runners, and even cyclists frequent the main 3-mile loop trail, which traverses the Northern Santa Rosa Mountains in Palm Desert, but there’s an optional hike midway through that offers better views of the surrounding landscape, scales an additional 200 feet, and totals approximately 4.1 miles. Start on the main trail at Painter’s Path behind the Desert Crossings shopping center (there’s plenty of parking on the paved street). Though you can tackle the loop trail in either direction, clockwise offers a steeper climb up; take a left on Hopalong Cassidy then continue on to Herb Jeffries, which leads to the ridgeline and will cross an unpaved road — the actual “Bump & Grind” portion of the trail — about 1.25 miles in. Partway along the path, enter through a gate on the left and climb up to the vista point (which is closed Feb. 1–April 30). Return to the main route and take the first right hairpin turn to continue along the Mike Schuler Trail and to the parking area below.

Total Distance: 4.1 miles
Level: Moderate

Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 4.1
  • Distance (km): 6.6
  • Difficulty Score: 17
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 218
  • Elevation Gain (+): 1238
  • Elevation Loss (-): 980
  • Net Elev +/- (ft): 1238
  • Net Elev +/- (m): 377
  • Minimum Elevation: 218
  • Maximum Elevation: 1292
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 1074
  • Parking Type: Paved street
  • Location: Northern Santa Rosa Mountains
  • Sub-Location: Palm Desert/Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
  • Bikes Allowed:
  • Seasonal Closures:
  • 1 - 5 Miles:
  • Free:
Trail Length
  • 1 - 5 Miles:
Painter's Path
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