Homestead Trail

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Trail Distance: 1 mile
Time Estimate: 50 min+
Elevation Gain: 650 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Unknown
Description

If your dog is looking for a hike with minimum mileage, but a maximum workout, check out the Homestead Trail. Located in Ralph Adams Park, this trail shoots right up the side of a steep hill. Locals know this as the Cross Trail since a 30 foot metal cross sits on the summit. At night it lights up and adds sparkle to the Coachella Valley horizon.

After parking the car, make your way across a small wash to the actual trailhead. Muster up some energy and begin the climb. After .2 miles, stop at Engstrom Overlook and get a taste of the scenery that’s to come. See if your pup needs a drink of water before continuing on up the hill. When you hit the Hopalong Cassidy Trail junction, stay left and keep trucking onward and upward. The last section of the trail is a bit more bearable as it curves around a ravine. Once your furry friend reaches the top of the mountain, they can gaze out at the valley below and feel a pawsome sense of accomplishment. Snap a photo with your pal and guzzle some water before heading back down the trail. You also have the option to extend your hike by connecting with one of the park’s other trails.

This is a pupular Palm Desert trail, especially for canine hikers. Be sure to do your part in keeping the trail nice and tidy; pack clean up bags and pick up after your pup. Also, bring plenty of water for both you and your pooch. If you want to make your hike extra special, hit the trail in time for a sunset or at night when Coachella Valley is all lit up. 

This is one trail your doggo won’t ever fur-get!

Trail Features
Steep Inclines, Desert, Rocky, Loose Terrain
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
There is absolutely no shade on this trail and summer temperatures are off the charts. Plan on hiking this trail in the spring, fall, or winter.
Address
Ralph Adams Park 72500 Thrush Rd
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Hours
Mon Sunrise - 11:00 PM
Tue Sunrise - 11:00 PM
Wed Sunrise - 11:00 PM
Thu Sunrise - 11:00 PM
Fri Sunrise - 11:00 PM
Sat Sunrise - 11:00 PM
Sun Sunrise - 11:00 PM
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Address
Ralph Adams Park 72500 Thrush Rd
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Hours
Mon Sunrise - 11:00 PM
Tue Sunrise - 11:00 PM
Wed Sunrise - 11:00 PM
Thu Sunrise - 11:00 PM
Fri Sunrise - 11:00 PM
Sat Sunrise - 11:00 PM
Sun Sunrise - 11:00 PM