Bogert Trail to Murray Hill

Quiet hike out to Murray Hill, which is fairly prominent actually from Palm Canyon Drive. I ended up tracking it at 6.9 miles with a total of 2600 ft of ascent/descent. It seemed like a fairly well traveled hike, and was nice this morning with rain a little cloud coverage.

Picnic tables at the top? Really?

Picnic table at the top. Why not, ya?

San Jacinto Mountains covered in clouds and snow

Murray hill in the distant top right


West Fork Trail – Indian Canyons

Paid $9 and went into the Indian Canyons owned by the Agua Caliente Tribe. Head up into the hills on a five and half mile hike gaining a little over 1,500 ft in elevation.

This was probably my favorite trail so far in the desert. The area has so much life to it (for the desert). Hiking towards the San Jacinto Mountain Ridge, and so close to it, allows an interesting environment, and impressive views. Stopping at a creak, instead of a dusty, rocky, dry mountain top also made me nostalgic for the Northwest.


Taken from inside the palms that are located in the lower left of the picture below this one


The popular Indian Canyon area down below., just a short walk from parking lot.


Little patches of palm on the right hills


Looking down into a cool area of Palm Creek Canyon. From up above you can hear the water.



Headed back down the trail

Eisenhower Mountain

Finally climbed Eisenhower Mountain today! Elevation going up was 1970 feet approximately. Round trip I ended up at about 6.5 miles ascending a total of 2,400 feet. I started from Living Desert Zoo and branched off at the back of the hiking trail. The first pano shows San Jacinto on the left, and stretches to La Quinta.

My heart was pounding at a particular section where some scrambling was involved that was a little more risky than normal.

Great view from the top, looking down on Toscana, as well as many other courses. Hot day in mid January! Went early enough in the morning to still get 9-holes in. The final picture is from the 10th Hole on the North Course looking back at Eisenhower Mountain this same afternoon.