Continue climbing on sweet single track variations, that all climb up, rejoining 2 track briefly to a T junction at a saddle. Left is fun dh back to Cathedral City, continue right up short steep hill, just before summit take single track contouring right, then go left, then right again for a mile of whoop de doos, then left in a small hollow for a few more whoops, leading to an obvious trail junction with an IMBA sign. Several variations are all fun to explore..you can't get lost here as you can see the valley all the time. But to continue the major ride, go left up steeply (push ?) then ride a beautiful narrow ridge, then climb to Murray Peak. Return the same way...all DH !! Yippee...Tough tires and tubes a good idea, extra tubes, lots of water. Ride in the early morning..its cool, watch for big horn sheep, coyotes, roadrunners, mtn quail. This area is NOT closed during big horn mating...so go ride it. 1 1/2 hrs to 5 hours depending how far you go.
Begin at Vons grocery parking lot, Palm Springs, Hwy 11 and Gene Autry Drive. Ride up the obvious dirt road, passing the initial gate, toward big water tanks visible from the hwy., continue as the road bends right and climbs steep up a draw. Just beyond the top of this climb...take single track that veers right and uphill (don't take the dh tracks off to the right side)
Summary: I have enjoyed biking in this mixture of double- and single-track trails for over 15 years.
I am writing a proposal to the Trails Management Subcommittee of the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, which advocates for authorizing the use of the Goat Trails. One private owner, a corporation, is based in Chicago Illinois. I have sent a letter of inquiry to them, requesting their assistance in allowing access by hikers and bikers. I have also contacted the Palm Springs planning department to authorize access and trail management activities for the portion of the Goat Trails that are in the city's "Palm Hills subdivision." Another owner is the Bureau of Land Management (the southwestern 2/3 of the trail), who has deferred to the Trails Management Subcommittee and is unofficially supportive of open access to the trails for hiking and mountain biking. A very small portion of the trail system may cross tribal land, owned by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians—however, a land survey would need to be conducted to ascertain the exact location of the tribal land, which is adjacent to the privately-owned (corporate) land.
I have also organized an informal club on Strava, the Goat Trails Maintenance Team to perform trash pickup and some minor earth moving to prevent rutting and ravining from runoff. Once the proposal is accepted, the club will be involved in making the existing trails sustainable.
Please visit and join the club if you have interest in using the trails frequently. (https://www.strava.com/clubs/Goat-Trails-Maintenance)
Recommended Route: Take East Palm Canyon Drive to the east end of Von's at Rimcres Plaza. Turn south on the street, and park at the end of "Palm Hills Drive" which ends in gravel at a gate posted "No Trespassing."
You'll note these features on your ride through:
The Ramp (wide double-track up to and past two water reservoirs)
The Quarry (small valley)
The Wall (double-track up at 8% to 12% grade)
The Merry-Go-Round (double-track circle around a hilltop)
Gene Autrey Hook (double-track up from the Merry-Go-Round)
Lonely Heart (stone marker—please add to it)
Am Felsenmann (double-track of about 2.5 miles, some 17 single-track trails offshooting, 8 left and 9 right)
Stone Man (stone marker—please add to it. A T-intersection.)
Marilyn Monroe Trail (double-track each direction from Stone Man: to the left down to Eagle Canyon, to the right to Bob Hope Overlook)
Eagle Canyon allows a crossing to the Cathedral Trails.
Marilyn Monroe to the west allows access to many other authorized hiking trails that are good, technical mountain biking, most aiming downhill to South Palm Springs or into the Indian Canyons.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Araby Trail, Cathedral Trails (Cat Trails), Garstin Trail, Clara Burgess Trail (up Murray Peak), Wildhorse Trail, Dunn Road (wide double-track, a renegade road), Shannon Trail, several others.
Review Date June 22, 2015
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Aerobic Difficulty 4 of 5
Technical Difficulty 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Reviewed by: morewind
Summary: I just checked out this trail for a couple of rides while I was in town on a trip. I got two rides in and I had a great time. It's a steep climb up, but very doable.
Recommended Route: It's a big climb to get up to the goat trails, but once you are up there, the loops are endless. There is a lot of cool singletrack to check out. Great views back into the valley. Once you get beat or it get's too hot, just bomb the big down hill and cool off :)
Other recommended trails in the same area: I was told to check out Bump &Grind, but I didn't get the chance.
Summary: Riding this trail in mid-December is IDEAL. Our ride was in perfect 68 degree temps. There was little or no dust, because it rained two days before. The trail is hardly technical, but does require some fitness to complete. The wash crossing at mid-ride was the only hike-a-bike part of the ride and is no big deal. Otherwise, lots of rolling terrain and loose, decomposed sandstone. Its hard to get lost because of the altitude and the cool views of Palm Springs and Cathedral City below. Bring an energy snack and lots of water, so you can endure the ride-in. The ride back is really the FUNNEST PART because its all downhill!!!
Recommended Route: Take Cathedral Canyon Drive into the CC cove and make a right at Terrace Lane. Follow straight on Terrace and turn left on Vista and park in the dirt shoulder immediately at the corner lot. Cross the street(Terrace) and ride the right bank into the small wash just across Terrace. At the opening of the big wash, simply proceed straight down the bank and towards the rusted NO TRESPASS sign(ignore it) ahead. Continue on the singletrack until you reach a fork and take the left leg of this fork. You will gain some altitude here so stay in low gear. Proceed on the ST until you reach another narrow, sandy wash. Here, you can see the Clara Burgess trailhead sign going towards steep Murray Peak(the highest mountain in the immediate vicinity). Instead, go sharp right up a steep hill straddling the wash which eventually snakes down into the sandy wash.
After crossing the wash, enter the trail which has steep switchbacks going uphill. Here, you will hike/bike until cresting the summit. Ride on the fast, rolling ST until you enter a fireroad. Make left and ride the loop and return home in less than 1/2 the time!
Other recommended trails in the same area: Bump and Grind - Palm Desert
Hurkey Creek Park - Idyllwild
Thomas Mountain - Pinyon
Summary: The before mentioned golf course and housing plans are currently up for vote for Palm Springs residents. In the meantime, the trails are doing well after all the rain we've had.
Recommended Route: From Vons Romrock shopping center: Take the fireroad up from the left of the parking lot, through the gate, and up several climbs. As you crest a particularly steep section, you will see a singletrack heading off the right side across a small valley. This trail criss crosses the fireroad and become more technical of a climb. You can keep climbing to a saddle of a ridge and descend Thielman Trail, or return the way you came.
Other recommended trails in the same area: North Lykken trail(where Ramon Rd. ends, for trials type riding), Vandeventer and Hahn Buena Vista off Dunn Rd. (out of Cathedral Cove), and Art Smith Trail.
Summary: These trails are still in danger of being lost. The Christian Theme park ran out of funding, and the land is for sale, cheap. This land borders Cathedral Cove and the Goat trails. The strong possibility is that the actual goat trails will be obliterated for a Golf Course and 1200 houses and rooms for a hotel. The Palm Hills Resort is already going through the proper channels with the planning department. If you want to let your voice be heard, e-mail the planning department at Planning@ci.palm-springs.ca.us
Let them know that this irreplaceable trail system is unique and is wanted. Other groups are weighing in on the subject, but mountain biker's have very little options in this area for terrain. These are the only trails that are open year round.