|Difficulty: Moderate||Cellphone? Partial||Patrolled? Occasionally|
Want the best view in town of Bob Hope’s house, that flying saucer-like landmark hovering over south Palm Springs? Then you’ll have to earn it with a bit of huffing and puffing on your part. Start by climbing the Garstin Trail with its spectacular views of Palm Canyon. Then descend via the Shannon Trail where you’ll be close enough to almost touch (well, maybe not quite that close) the 1979 abode with its turtle-shell roof designed by John Lautner. When you’ve almost reached Palm Canyon Wash, turn left onto the Earl Henderson Trail which returns you to the trailhead.
Dogs are not allowed on this loop to protect the endangered Peninsular Ranges bighorn sheep. Try the K-9 Loop in Palm Desert, the Sawmill or Cactus Spring Trails off Highway 74, or Devils Slide Trail at Humber Park in Idyllwild for a mountain adventure with your four-legged companion.
Mountain bikes are also not allowed on the Bob Hope House Overlook Loop to ensure the safety of equestrians. In places along the Garstin and Shannon Trails there is simply no room to pull off given their narrowness and steep rugged terrain. Instead, try the nearby Mountain Bike Splendor.