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Best bike trails in and around Palm Desert, CA

Biking is one of the most enjoyable ways to stay fit and healthy. Cycling has a plethora of health benefits from decreasing stress to improving posture and coordination. 

Enjoy the added bonus of traveling around the city or visiting beautiful nature sites while getting a nice workout. Instead exercising on a stationary bike at the gym, go out and explore the best bike trails in and around Palm Desert, CA:

Civic Center Park to the river
43900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA

Go on a sightseeing tour around the city through the Civic Center Park route with its outstanding river views. The bike trail starts at the park and ends at the Rancho Mirage River Shopping complex.

It’s a fairly easy, short five-mile route on flat terrain that’s best for those who seek a relaxed, leisurely ride around the city. Bikers can add side routes to make it an eight-mile ride. Side streets in Rancho Mirage offer plenty of interesting architecture and landscaping, which can help make for a great city tour.

South of El Paseo (near Shadow Mountain)
El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA

Looking for a more challenging city ride? The south of El Paseo is the ideal place to do that. This area mostly offers an easy and flat ride, but it does have some moderate hills to ride through. Bikers going through this area will see plenty of side streets filled with enchanting homes and gorgeous landscapes.

Biking around the Shadow Mountain area promises a quick ride, but bikers can opt to extend their ride time and distance by going west on Fairway.

Fred Wolff Bear Creek Nature Preserve
54855 Avenida Madero, La Quinta, CA

Fred Wolff Bear Creek Nature Preserve is perfect for those who want to experience La Quinta’s scenic natural open spaces. While the bike path runs alongside the mountain, its terrain is completely flat, making for an easy ride. 

Considered one of the most beautiful places in the Desert Valley, the nature preserve is home to diverse vegetation, including smoke trees, cheesebush, palo verde, and creosote bush.

In addition to biking, the preserve is a wonderful place for other outdoor pursuits: hiking, dog walking, jogging, or simply enjoying the fresh air.

Palm Canyon Epic
Dunn Road, Palm Springs, CA

The Palm Canyon Epic is a 25.5-mile single-track bike trail ideal for cyclists who are looking to be challenged. Its difficult terrain is filled with all sorts of obstacles that can be both brutal and incredibly rewarding. 

Expect sections where you may have to surf through loose sand, hug the cliffs, jiggle through rough, lumpy rock-strewn areas or experience sudden dips into canyons. This route is for those who want a thrilling ride and a serious workout—it’s definitely not recommended for the faint of heart.

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