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Museum Trail
  • Palm Springs Art Museum
  • Palm Springs, CA 92262

The Museum Trail in Palm Springs may only be 1.7 miles out-and-back and climb less than 1,000 feet, but this hard, uphill hike tests even experienced explorers with its steep incline and rocky ground (thus the strict no-dog, no-bike, and no-horse policy). The trail begins at the back corner of the Palm Springs Art Museum parking lot and scales approximately 0.87 miles up the side of the San Jacinto Mountains — with breathtaking views of the city unfolding just 10 minutes in (we mean it when we say it’s steep!). The path levels off at a nice resting point with picnic tables, where the beauty of Greater Palm Springs — from the palm tree canopies to the windmills to the bright green golf courses — opens up in all directions. Though you’ll be tempted to park at the museum, that lot is only for museum visitors; there are plenty of spaces in the free parking garage across the street or along the paved roads themselves. Refuel after your climb at one of the many restaurants and coffee shops that line downtown.

Total Distance: 1.7 miles

Level: Difficult

Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 1.7
  • Distance (km): 2.7
  • Difficulty Score: 26
  • Route Type: Out and back
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 473
  • Elevation Gain (+): 982
  • Elevation Loss (-): 118
  • Net Elev +/- (ft): 982
  • Net Elev +/- (m): 299
  • Minimum Elevation: 493
  • Maximum Elevation: 1341
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 848
  • Parking Type: Paved street
  • Location: San Jacinto Mountains
  • Sub-Location: Palm Springs West/Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
  • Picnic Tables:
  • 1 - 5 Miles:
  • Free:
Trail Length
  • 1 - 5 Miles:
Palm Springs Art Museum
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