A short but steep trail with great views of Palm Springs.

The Museum Trail is a very steep climb with a 1,000 feet elevation gain in just one mile but has some great views of downtown Palm Springs. The hike starts behind the Palm Springs Art Museum. This trail can also access the Cactus to Clouds Trail that goes all the way to the top of Mt. San Jacinto. Hikers often require rescue on the Cactus to Clouds Trail as they may be unprepared for the almost 10,000 feet vertical gain and changing weather conditions.

Once you get to the top you can enjoy a snack at the picnic tables and soak in the scenery. Palm Springs also has many choices for post hiking drinks and food.  

Pack List

  • Carry plenty of water even in Winter.
  • Pack extra layers as the weather can change rapidly. Once the sun goes down the temperature will drop. I keep a space blanket in my pack just in case.
  • A wide brim hat can help keep you cool.
  • Include tweezers with your first aid kit in case you get too close to cactus.
  • Check weather conditions before setting out. Summers and early Fall are extremely hot.
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RT Distance 2 Miles
Elevation Gain 1000 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Autumn, Winter
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Picnic Area
Scenic

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