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The Cross
  • Homme Adams
  • Palm Desert, CA 92260

The Cross in Palm Desert has become a local landmark. Hikers, bikers, and their leashed pups make the 2.2-mile trek through the lower reaches of the Santa Rosa Mountains for Instagram-worthy pics with a giant lit-up cross, which can be seen for miles when illuminating the night sky. The 689-foot climb features stunning vistas of the palm trees, swimming pools, and golf courses below (sunrise and sunset offer the best lighting but prepare for heavier foot traffic on the trail). Unlike the Cross Loop Trail, which begins at Cahuilla Hills Park and clocks in at a slightly longer 2.7-mile trip, this out-and-back path sets out from nearby Homme-Adams Park, a beautiful 27-acre nature space with picnic seating and a large off-leash area for dogs. Parking is available in the unpaved lot off Thrush Road. From there, follow the Homestead Trail up to Hopalong Cassidy. Turn left, and hike for another 1.1 miles until The Cross appears amid the hilltops.

Total Distance: 2.2 miles

Level: Moderate

Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 2.2
  • Distance (km): 3.5
  • Difficulty Score: 15
  • Route Type: Out and back
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 410
  • Elevation Gain (+): 689
  • Elevation Loss (-): 689
  • Net Elev +/- (ft): 689
  • Net Elev +/- (m): 210
  • Minimum Elevation: 415
  • Maximum Elevation: 1032
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 620
  • Parking Type: Unpaved lot
  • Location: Northern Santa Rosa Mountains
  • Sub-Location: Palm Desert/Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
  • Dogs Allowed:
  • Bikes Allowed:
  • Picnic Tables:
  • 1 - 5 Miles:
  • Free:
Trail Length
  • 1 - 5 Miles:
Homme Adams
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