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Kim Nicol Loop
  • Kim Nicol Parking Lot
  • Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241

The Kim Nicol Loop, named after Kim Nicol, who dedicated her life to protecting endangered species and open spaces in Greater Palm Springs, is one of the oasis’ newest hiking trails — and offers some of the most breathtaking views, with snowcapped mountains, spinning windmills, and wide-open desert stretching in all directions. Nestled in the Indio Hills just outside of Desert Hot Springs, the moderate 4.8-mile trail is mostly sand and gradually climbs almost 1,200 feet, which can be a challenge for some hikers, cyclists, and equestrians who are more accustomed to switchbacks and steep, rocky inclines. After you’ve parked in the unpaved lot at the intersection of 20th Avenue and Corkhill Road, prepare for a bit of sand-slogging for the first half-mile. The trail then turns right and climbs a hill. Signage can be a bit confusing, so once the trail reaches a Y-intersection, turn right and follow the loop back around. Since there is practically no shade on the trail, pack plenty of sunscreen and water (especially if you’re bringing your four-legged friend along).

Total Distance: 4.8 miles Level: Moderate

Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 4.8
  • Distance (km): 7.7
  • Difficulty Score: 15
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 911
  • Elevation Gain (+): 1198
  • Elevation Loss (-): 1198
  • Net Elev +/- (ft): 1198
  • Net Elev +/- (m): 365
  • Minimum Elevation: 911
  • Maximum Elevation: 1528
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 628
  • Parking Type: Unpaved lot
  • Location: Indio Hills
  • Sub-Location: North Coachella Valley
  • Dogs Allowed:
  • Bikes Allowed:
  • Horses Allowed:
  • 1 - 5 Miles:
  • Free:
Trail Length
  • 1 - 5 Miles:
Kim Nicol Parking Lot
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