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Hopalong Cassidy Through Hike
  • Painter's Path
  • Palm Desert, CA 92260

Named after the fictional cowboy character Hopalong Cassidy (who was portrayed by actor and Palm Desert resident William Boyd in the 1930s and ’40s), this 9.6-mile one-way path tackles some of the tougher climbs in the Palm Desert trail system. The 3,082-foot elevation gain challenges even experienced hikers and cyclists, who are advised to pack plenty of water and wear sunscreen. After parking along the paved street behind the Desert Crossings shopping center, find the Painter’s Path Trailhead and follow Hopalong Cassidy Trail to the left. After passing two city parks — Cahuilla Hills and Homme Adams — you’ll arrive at the iconic Palm Desert Cross (pause for a quick photo-op!), just before the 3-mile mark. From here, the trail skirts along the emerald green fairways of the Stone Eagle Golf Club and winds through the barrel cactus- and creosote-speckled canyons before intersecting the Art Smith Trail, a more secluded and serene stretch. Continue to the parking lot, where — hopefully — your ride is waiting. Total

Distance: 9.6 miles
Level: Difficult

Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 9.6
  • Distance (km): 15.4
  • Difficulty Score: 24
  • Route Type: One Way
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 219
  • Elevation Gain (+): 3082
  • Elevation Loss (-): 2262
  • Net Elev +/- (ft): 3082
  • Net Elev +/- (m): 939
  • Minimum Elevation: 218
  • Maximum Elevation: 1554
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 1336
  • Parking Type: Paved street
  • Location: Northern Santa Rosa Mountains
  • Sub-Location: Palm Desert/Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
  • Bikes Allowed:
  • 6 - 10 Miles:
  • Free:
Trail Length
  • 6 - 10 Miles:
Painter's Path
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