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The Living Desert Wilderness Loop
  • Living Desert
  • Palm Desert, CA 92260
Details

Hikers of all levels can choose one of three trails of varying degrees to enjoy nature and the beauty of the outdoors. The Discovery Loop is a brief, quarter-mile interlude, while the Adventure Loop rambles for a mile through desert wash habitat and across a rocky bajada. The Wilderness Loop offers an adventurous three-and-a-half mile hike up or down a boulder-strewn canyon and along a rocky ridgeline with stunning and far-reaching vistas. 

Hikers are asked to stay on the trails as they are a nature preserve and observe all posted signage. The trails, accessible with paid admission or with an annual membership, are open every day, except Christmas Day, through May 31.

Seasonal closures: June 1 - September 30

Fees: Living Desert admission

Features
Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 5.6
  • Distance (km): 9
  • Difficulty Score: 14
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 375
  • Elevation Gain (+): 1086
  • Elevation Loss (-): 1086
  • Net Elev +/- (ft): 1086
  • Net Elev +/- (m): 331
  • Minimum Elevation: 310
  • Maximum Elevation: 989
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 670
  • Parking Type: Paved lot
  • Location: Southern Santa Rosa Mountains
  • Sub-Location: Palm Desert/Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
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  • Fees:
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