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Murray Hill
  • Bogert
  • Palm Springs, CA 92262

Get a birds-eye view (and prime photos!) of Greater Palm Springs from the top of Murray Hill, a pyramid-shaped peak that protrudes from the Northern Santa Rosa Mountains in Palm Springs. Named after the Scottish rancher Welwood Murray, who founded the Palm Springs Hotel in 1887, the climb promises panoramic views of the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains for hikers, bikers, and horses brave enough to tackle the steep, exposed trail. The trail system that leads to Murray Hill spans 6.7 miles total and gains more than 1,800 feet. Begin your journey at the end of Ridgemore Drive near the intersection of Bogert Trail and Andreas Hills Drive. After winding through the lower hills, abloom in seasonal wildflowers, cholla cacti, and boulders, the single-track dirt path steepens, eventually intersecting the Wildhorse and Clara Burgess trails, which you’ll follow until you reach the top of the ridge. A picnic table offers an ideal spot for resting your legs before the sharp climb down or for simply enjoying the scenic surroundings. Total Distance: 6.7 Level: Moderate

Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 6.7
  • Distance (km): 10.8
  • Difficulty Score: 18
  • Route Type: Out and back
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 622
  • Elevation Gain (+): 1861
  • Elevation Loss (-): 296
  • Net Elev +/- (ft): 1861
  • Net Elev +/- (m): 567
  • Minimum Elevation: 622
  • Maximum Elevation: 2193
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 1571
  • Parking Type: Unpaved lot
  • Location: Northern Santa Rosa Mountains
  • Sub-Location: Murray Hill/Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
  • Bikes Allowed:
  • Horses Allowed:
  • Picnic Tables:
  • 6 - 10 Miles:
  • Free:
Trail Length
  • 6 - 10 Miles:
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