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Randall Henderson Canyon Loop
  • Randall Henderson
  • Palm Desert, CA 92260

For the perfect blend of distance, difficulty, and dramatic mountain backdrop, embark on the Randall Henderson Canyon Loop, a moderate 2.5-mile trail that traverses the sandy washes and canyons of the lower Santa Rosa Mountains. The main Randall Henderson Trailhead, located off Highway 74 near the visitor center for the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, offers a trio of loop hikes; the Canyon Loop, the longest of the three, is open to hikers, runners, mountain bikers, and equestrians of all ages and gradually scales about 500 feet. The wet season (November–April) rewards travelers with a kaleidoscope of colorful wildflowers in full bloom, scattered among the cacti, mesquite trees, and desert scrub. Wildlife sightings are also common along this trail; learn more about some of the local species, such as the bighorn sheep and desert tortoise, at the visitor center, where you’ll also find exhibits on the monument’s trails and indigenous history, as well as free parking, maps, and restrooms.

Total Distance: 2.5 miles
Level: Moderate

Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 2.5
  • Distance (km): 4
  • Difficulty Score: 11
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 987
  • Elevation Gain (+): 518
  • Elevation Loss (-): 530
  • Net Elev +/- (ft): 518
  • Net Elev +/- (m): 158
  • Minimum Elevation: 985
  • Maximum Elevation: 1415
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 430
  • Parking Type: Paved lot
  • Location: Northern Santa Rosa Mountains
  • Sub-Location: Palm Desert/Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
  • Bikes Allowed:
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  • Restrooms:
  • 1 - 5 Miles:
  • Free:
Trail Length
  • 1 - 5 Miles:
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