Would you like to get your heart pounding, blood surging, senses thrilled, and mind refreshed? And would you like to do this healthy and natural thing for free? Then travel to south Palm Springs, just past the Vons / Eisenhower plaza where you can park your car and head up the mountain. This is a location to hike, jog or bike for those who can climb at least ten flights of stairs. If you need assistance walking then this is not your gig and if you're a couch potato- maybe this may motivate you to get up!
Two twin water towers are your first landmark as you wind your way up the mountain. The road then veers right and you have your steepest climb. But it's worth it for at the top you can view all of the Coachella Valley- from the windmills of north Palm Springs to Cathedral City / Rancho Mirage south through to the Little San Bernardino Mountains in the northeast. It's a scenic view worth experiencing.
But let me clarify, because there is no “top”. I made this mistake, as do most newbie's, when I thought I'd run to the top !. The dirt road keeps dipping, curving and switching back so that the “top” is where you make it. Mine is at a crest where a side trail, for which there are many, leads down and around so that you have a view of the Bob Hope House and its unusual mushroom design.
Everyone has a place where they think better. And for me this is it. I love to sit on one of the many warm, red / chocolate rocks gazing at the layers of rolling hills and mountains and study the skies. You can hear the drone of bees, flies, and airplanes; feel the breeze and sunlight on your skin. Our San Jacinto Mountains are truly majestic and one shares a kindred spirit with the Native Americans in appreciating.
This is where you can talk to God or those you need to. Where you can calm your mind and ask for guidance. Where you can just breathe and stretch and let go. Ahhhh. When was the last time you did that? Truly. And the great news is that when you turn around and head back it's all downhill. You almost fly down the trail.
If they are outdoors person and love to hike, than this is one hike that you will remember and one of my favorite things to do on my annual vacation to Palm Springs and the California desert cities.