Trails & Running in the Palm Springs Area

Meet local hikers and runners online:   Mt. San Jacinto Message Board.

For local running workouts, please contact the Desert Cities Track Club. They do some long runs on trails, usually in the winter. This web page is just useful links for runners and hikers in the desert.


Table of Contents

Trail Descriptions

Driving Maps

Local Group Workouts

Local Races

Weather Forecasts

Trail Running Web Sites

Hiking Message Boards

Hiking Clubs in SoCal


Trail Descriptions

Bureau of Land Management
California State Parks
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Indian Canyons
Coachella Valley Preserve
Coachella Valley Hiking Club
Hiking in Palm Springs
Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce
Goat Trails


Driving Maps to Trailheads

The star on each map indicates a nearby intersection or address. The trailheads are usually located at the end of the road (read trail descriptions above). Some streets have "no parking" signs, so you may have to park a short distance away. Some trails are seasonal, others are year-round.

Pacific Crest Trail: Snow Creek Village
Mt. San Jacinto: Tramway (fare)
North Lykken Trail: North Trailhead
Museum Trail
North Lykken Trail: South Trailhead
South Lykken Trail: North Trailhead
South Lykken Trail: South Trailhead
Indian Canyons (fee)
Garstin, Henderson, Alexander Trails
Araby Trail - Goes by Bob Hope's house.
Goat Trails - Palm Hills Development
Cactus Spring Trail
The Living Desert (fee)
Coachella Valley Preserve


Group Workouts in the Desert

Desert Cities Track Club
- Track Workouts: Wednesday evenings, 7:00 pm Palm Desert H.S.
- Long Runs: Saturday mornings, 6:00 am C.O.D. football field.
Running Wild Palm Springs
Palm Springs Front Runners and Walkers
Palm Springs Triathlon Club
Desert Bicycle Club


Local Races: Running and Triathlons

Klein & Clark Sports
Palm Desert Turkey Trot


Weather Forecasts

National Weather Service: Palm Springs

National Weather Service: Idyllwild


Trail Running Web Sites

Run the Planet A world-wide collection of local running resources like this one, with contributions from numerous individuals around the world.
So Cal UltraRunner's Grand Prix Series
San Diego Ultra Running Friends
Trail Runners Club (Santa Monica Mountains)
All American Trail Running
American Ultrarunning Association
Trail Runner Magazine
UltraRunning Magazine
Runner's World Magazine
U.S. Snowshoe Association


Hiking & Climbing Message Boards

Mt-Whitney.Info -- Not limited to just Whitney. Primarily used by SoCal hikers.
Hiking in Palm Springs
Outdoors Club, Southern California
San Gorgonio Wilderness Association -- San Gorgonio and the San Bernardinos.
Dayhiker -- Hardcore dayhikes in the U.S. Hilarious picture!
SummitPost -- Has everything!
Backpacker Magazine
Trail Runner Magazine
Whitney Portal Store -- Exclusively about hiking/climbing Whitney.
Cascade Climbers -- Glacier volcanos in the Northwest: Rainier, Hood, Shasta, etc.


Hiking & Trail Running Clubs in Southern California

Outdoors Club
Sierra Club
Desert Trails Hiking Club
Coachella Valley Hiking Club
Trail Runner's Club -- Santa Monica Mountains
San Diego Ultra Running Friends



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