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Ed Hastey Loop
  • 51500 Highway 74
  • Palm Desert, CA 92260

Discover the diverse flora and fauna of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument on the easy yet enchanting Ed Hastey Loop. The mostly flat path, which is wheelchair-accessible and perfect for all ages (as well as hikers with pups), begins at the national monument’s visitor center, located off Highway 74 in Palm Desert, and meanders for 0.2 miles through it’s very own oasis — lush gardens brim with desert lavender, creosote, brittlebush, and dozens of other species you’re likely to encounter in the area, and bird-watchers always have a pair of binoculars in hand. Not sure what you’re admiring? Check the many signs sprinkled along the nature trail. Upon returning to the visitor center — where parking, restrooms, and picnic tables are available — venture inside to learn more about the native wildlife, as well as the area’s indigenous history, through special exhibits and trail guides.

Total Distance: 0.2 miles

Level: Easy

Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 0.2
  • Distance (km): 0.3
  • Difficulty Score: 3
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 999
  • Elevation Gain (+): 41.7
  • Elevation Loss (-): 40.8
  • Net Elev +/- (ft): 41.7
  • Net Elev +/- (m): 13
  • Minimum Elevation: 978
  • Maximum Elevation: 1003
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 25
  • Parking Type: Paved lot
  • Location: Northern Santa Rosa Mountains
  • Sub-Location: Palm Desert/Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
  • Dogs Allowed:
  • ADA Access:
  • Visitor Center:
  • Restrooms:
  • Picnic Tables:
  • Less than 1 mile:
  • Free:
Trail Length
  • Less than 1 Mile:
51500 Highway 74
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