Murray Up!

Hiking to Murray Hill in Palm Springs

Palm Springs’ highest summit, Murray Hill, is unfairly named. It’s not a hill: It’s a pyramid-shaped peak poking into the sky above the Coachella Valley. And it’s a demanding 2,200-foot hike to the top! Cool winter days are ideal for an ascent, though you’ll still want sunscreen because the cactus-and-rock terrain offers no relief from the unrelenting elements, even in winter. Start the 8-mile (round-trip) hike on Garstin Trail, which switchbacks quickly uphill in 1.2 miles, expanding your vista over Palm Springs’ golf courses, swimming pools, and mansions.

At a major trail fork, veer right to stay on Garstin and soon join Wildhorse Trail, which ascends steeply, then more moderately, for two miles to connect with Clara Burgess Trail, which winds up to Murray Hill’s summit. The pointy pinnacle offers a 360-degree view, with the Salton Sea shimmering in the south and snowcapped Mount San Jacinto framing the west. A few picnic tables provide for a scenic lunch. Viewtiful!

Gallery image 1 of 7
Gallery image 2 of 7
Gallery image 3 of 7
Gallery image 4 of 7
Gallery image 5 of 7
Gallery image 6 of 7
Gallery image 7 of 7

Trailhead: Drive south on South Palm Canyon Dr. to Bogert Trail. Turn left, drive 0.9 mile, and turn left on Barona Rd. Park in the cul-de-sac. Dogs allowed only on the lower portion of the trail.

Trending Stories SoCal

View all Stories
  1. Image that represents the story

    Bouquet of Waterfalls

    Like a good love letter, some of the best hiking trails are short and sweet. Cue the hike to Bouquet Falls in Santa Clarita Valley’s Bouquet Canyon.

    View
  2. Image that represents the story

    New Rules of the Trail

    As some parks around California begin to re-open, we came up with tips for being responsible on your outdoor adventures. Let’s do our part so we can all keep enjoying the parks.

    View
  3. Image that represents the story

    Big Time Hike

    This is the largest grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite. We recommend this grand tour hike at 7.5 miles which includes a spectacular overlook.

    View

Trending Stories Northern CA

View all Stories
  1. Image that represents the story

    Tam Slam!

    This 8-mile (round-trip) hike is a pure classic, with redwoods, water-flows, and soaring views of the coastline. Oh yeah, and that ladder!

    View
  2. Image that represents the story

    Easiest Best Hike in the World

    Choose the easiest and most view-rewarding hike in Yosemite. Okay, we’ll go first: the combination of hiking to Sentinel Dome and Taft Point. Both of these lookouts are within a couple miles of each other on Glacier Point Road

    View
  3. Image that represents the story
    Sponsored

    Road Trip Ahead: Oregon Outback

    Remote open spaces, camping under true Dark Skies, hiking and biking trails galore, wildlife refuges, and hot springs! Plan your road trip to the Oregon Outback this summer.

    View
  4. Image that represents the story

    Nice Ring to It

    This tiny but mighty open space preserve on the Tiburon Peninsula can often exhibit a wide range of wildflowers late into the season, not to mention one of the most jaw-dropping views of the bay.

    View