5 Must-Hike Trails in the Coachella Valley
SoCal's Coachella Valley is arguably one of America’s best, most unique places to hike. Its proximity to the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) means it’s convenient for trekkers to reach some of California’s tallest peaks, plus you’ll find diverse trails winding through Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Joshua Tree National Park. Coachella Valley’s epic position is most evident along the Cactus to Clouds Trail, which stretches from Palm Springs to San Jacinto Peak and has the greatest elevation gain—10,000 feet—of any day hike in America. Though ascending San Jacinto Peak is really only for the most athletic, adventurous hikers, those in the know can get a more accessible glimpse of the epic trail or set out to discover the region’s plethora of other great treks. Discover five of Coachella Valley’s must-hike trails below.