The dog-friendly Homestead Trail (also known as The Cross Hike) snakes up the side of Shadow Mountain to a giant illuminated cross that is thought to be a spiritual trek for some, as well as a quiet spot for you and your dog to relax and meditate above it all.
The trail takes you up 689 feet, with plenty of Instagram-worthy beautiful vistas to take in along the way. Sunrise and sunset offer especially breathtaking views of the palm trees, swimming pools, and golf courses below. (Just bear in mind that there are typically more people on the trail during these times.)
Homme Adams is a great place to start out for a 2.2 mile loop. It is home to 27 acres of nature space as well as picnic seating. And the best part – plenty of room for dogs to run off leash! Parking is available in an unpaved lot off Thrush Road.
Don’t miss this beautiful Palm Desert local landmark.
Activity Level: Moderate