The "Bump-n-Grind" trail is probably the most popular trail in the Coachella Valley.
This trail is no longer accessible in Rancho Mirage - too many people going into 'private' neighborhoods. The best place to start your hike is on Painter Path Road behind the Desert Crossings shopping center on Highway 111 in Palm Desert CA. You can park on the street or in the shopping center parking lot.
You can take the Mike Schuler Trail or the Hopalong Cassidy Trail up to the Bump and Grind.
As you approach the trail head you will see that you can go to the left or to the right. Either path will take you where you want to go. I like to go left because it is the steepest path up to the Bump and Grind. You can loop around on the Bump and Grind and come down the other side.
To the left is the start of the 10 mile Hoppalong Cassidy Trail and I start there. This trail will intersect with the Herb Jefferies Trail which will take you to the Bump and Grind. When you get to the Bump and Grind you can turn left and go through a gate to the very top. Come back down to the gate and continue left along the Bump and Grind. As you descend the trail you will see the trail wrap around to the right with a nursery below and that would be the Mike Shuller Trail which will take you back to your car.
You can also get to the Bump and Grind by parking at a furniture store on Highway 111 called Mor Furniture.
As I said this is a very popular trail. You will not experience solitude like some of the other Coachella Valley trails but it is an excellent workout for hikers, and those who just want to get in shape. It is also a good trail to hike for conversation because you can be two, three and in someplace four abreast.
Round trip up to the top and back to the parking lot is about4.25 miles.
Starting elevation is right at 250 feet while it is 1,265 feet at the very top.
Be prepared and have fun.
Aldo, you may enjoy this article.
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