So you like to hike, but some of these desert trails are too hot and too straight up that mountain for your enjoyment? Take a short drive past El Paseo Drive in Palm Desert, 30 miles up Highway 74 to Ramona Trail.
It is easy enough to find, there is a sign on Highway 74 just past the Anza turn off and a large enough dirt parking lot at the trail head.
This trail takes you through the scrub bushes up to the pine trees and affords you a gorgeous view of the San Jacinto mountains, where you can picture the hikers coming from Palm Springs on their way up to Wellmans Divide from the Palm Springs Tramway. Continuing on the Ramona Trail brings you to the top of Thomas Rd. You will pass by some interesting sites; views of the San Jacinto Mountains and of the Pacific Crest Trail. Along the way there is a peculiar spot with a faucet next to a stone foundation of some sort.
This is most enjoyable in cooler weather or early afternoon, there is no real end to this trail so you should determine the miles you want to stay on it before you head out and track it as you go.
So if you need a break from the Palm Desert heat but don’t want to go too far, be sure to head up the hill to a cool and beautiful hike.