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Homestead Trail to Palm Desert Cross

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Popular rocky path hike up to scenic views.


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2.3

Miles

3.6

KM

Out and Back

1,014' 309 m

High

412' 126 m

Low

602' 183 m

Up

602' 183 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

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Overview

Desert terrain and rocky path hike up to great views down to Palm Desert and Indian Wells. Destination and turn-around are the lit cross seen from much of Palm Desert.

Need to Know

Pack water, hat, suncream and wear closed shoes.

Description

Park along the fence of the unpaved road. Hike across the flat area to begin ascent up jeep suitable track to a lookout called Engstrom with shaded picnic table and water. From here the trail narrows with some light scrambling before the path is more visible up to the cross. Navigation to the cross is straightforward, it is visible above you. Turn around at the cross and descend via same route. We saw several trail runners and one mountain biker on the day.

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Guy Nicholson

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Descent view of Indian Wells.
Nov 26, 2021 near Palm De…, CA

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