Eisenhower Mountain Loop: Oct 2019

Updated: Jan 23

Hike Distance: 6.1 miles


The trail head for the Eisenhower Mountain Loop is located inside the Living Desert Zoo, which means you will need to pay admission in order to access the trail. After winding our way through the zoo, we reached the start of the official trail in a small wash adjacent to the zoo. Eisenhower Mountain is located in the far left of the picture below.

Entering wash of Eisenhower Mountain Loop in Santa Rosa Mountains in Palm Desert CA

Since it was early fall, the brush in the wash was extremely dry and burnt from the summer heat.

Dried brush in wash of Eisenhower Mountain Loop in Santa Rosa Mountains

After navigating through the wash, we began a steady climb to the base of the mountain.

Steep switchback on Eisenhower Loop trail in the Santa Rosa Mountains

As we gained in altitude, the view of Palm Desert behind us was impressive.

Palm Desert from the Eisenhower Loop trail in the Santa Rosa Mountains

Although you can't tell by this picture, we were climbing at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains.

Steep canyon and wash along the Eisenhower Loop trail in the Santa Rosa Mountains

At 1,952 ft, Eisenhower Mountain loomed in front of us as we climbed higher.

At 1,952 ft, Eisenhower Mountain in the Santa Rosa Mountains loomed in front of us as we climbed higher

Unfortunately, we discovered the trail does not go to the summit and the afternoon heat prevented us from trying to scramble to the top. We were however treated to some nice views of Indian Wells.

Views of Indian Wells from the Eisenhower Loop trail in the Santa Rosa Mountains.
View of Santa Rosa Mountains from the Eisenhower Loop trail

It wasn't the most interesting or challenging hikes in the Valley, but it wasn't bad for a last minute decision to complete a Sunday afternoon hike.



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