This is a cycling enthusiast dream, for the beginner up to the most experienced. Bring a camera with you, and plenty of water. This is also home to the annual Tour de Palm Springs, which raises money for many local charities. The systems of bike trails, which are some of the most beautiful in Southern California, are broken down into sections called, “Loops”. These loops vary in term of distance and intensity. Here are just three of the most popular;
The Deepwell Loop Bike Trail is about 13 miles long and starts along the Moorten Botanical Gardens, with pleasant views of the flowers, plants and forestry, depending on the time of year. The Beginning of the deepwell route is at the corner of Mesquite Avenue and South Palm Canyon Drive. That stretch of the trail is the part that passes the gardens. From there it heads south until it reaches Laverne Way and turns east. At Sunrise Way the trail heads north across South Indian Trail until it reaches Mesquite Avenue and heads west. At the end of Mesquite is the South Palm Canyon Drive, the beginning of the trail. This is a relatively easy ride with stunning mountain vistas and desert beauty.
Canyon Country Club Loop
This is an easy ride only eight miles in length. The Canyon Country Club Loop goes all around Murray Canyon. The trail goes north up Toledo Avenue, west on Laverne Way, south on South Palm Canyon Drive and then east on Murray Canyon Road until it intersects back at Toledo. Here you’ll see some of the most beautiful desert scenery, mixed with a suburban setting.
If you really want to see the city of Palm Springs, this is the best view you’re going to get. This 35 mile bike loop is one of the longest, and goes around the entire city. Bike riders begin at the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tachevah Drive. From that point, the trail heads west and loops around heading south on Belardo Drive.
This is the section of town called Las Palmas. Many of the homes that line these streets belong to many celebrities. The trail then goes east for a short distance on Sunny Dunes Road, and quickly turns south onto South Palm Canyon Drive. On South Palm Canyon Drive, the trail goes past the Moorten Botanical Gardens. When the trail reaches Murray Canyon, it turns to head northeast up Toledo Avenue. At Mesquite Avenue the trail turns left followed shortly after by another left at the Bel Air Greens. The trail continues north until it reaches Tachevah Road.