The Chuckwalla Trail takes you past some high-priced real estate in the hills above Rancho Mirage.
The trail has about 400 feet of elevation gain, split into two separate climbs, so I’d classify this two-mile trail on the easy side of moderate.
After climbing quickly at the start, the trail flattens out after half a mile or so, giving you nice views of neighboring Cathedral City, especially the Cove area.
After another mile or so, the trail ducks under a condo complex before rounding a hill and giving you nice views of some mid-century modern houses to the south. The trail ends at the top of Frank Sinatra Drive, and you can walk past the swank Ritz Carlton hotel along the road back to your starting point.
Directions: From Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage, turn south onto Frank Sinatra Drive. About a mile down the road, you’ll see a small paved parking strip on the right, and the trail starts from there.