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

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

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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