ARTICLE & PHOTOS BY LYNNE TUCKER
This moderate, 0.9-mile loop trail —perfect for families and hikers with their four-legged friends — winds along the lower elevations of the Santa Rosa Mountains.
Though it’s considered an “in town” trail, the route seems a world away from the luxe ambiance of Rancho Mirage, not only immersing hikers in the peaceful and awe-inspiring landscape but also treating them to scenic views.
After parking in the upper lot behind Ranch Mirage City Hall, follow the Bighorn Overlook Trail, which climbs about 300 feet and features several switchbacks, until reaching a shaded picnic shelter, where many hikers stop and rest (or pose for a few photo-ops) before continuing back down on the Jack Rabbit Trail.
After reaching the wash that parallels Highway 111, you’ll pass through the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors Park, a lush area landscaped with palm trees and desert willows and featuring a sculpture garden, a pond, and beautifully tiled benches, before returning to your car at City Hall.
Think Hiking Trails, Being Outdoors and Enjoying the Views!