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Eisenhower Mountain
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Eisenhower Mountain

 
Eisenhower Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 33.69092°N / 116.34487°W

Object Title: Eisenhower Mountain

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring

Elevation: 1980 ft / 604 m

 

Page By: TrekAdam

Created/Edited: Sep 10, 2007 / Nov 29, 2007

Object ID: 335495

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Overview

Eisenhower Mtn. - Not the one you're all thinking about in the Presidentials in NH. This Eisenhower is located in Palm Desert California, situated directly in the middle of where the San Jacinto Mountains meet the Santa Rosa Mountain range.
 
Trail view
Trail view w/ desert brush on both sides.

It lies at the back end a 360 acre nature preserve kept up by the Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert. Through the preserve runs a 4 mile long hiking trail, covered with think desert brush and desert wildflowers, which will lead you along the rocky edges of the foot of the lower Santa Rosa's. Eventually you'll be climbing up and around tiny Eisenhower Mtn. At the top you'll get a good view of Indian Wells and Palm Desert as well as feel the warm desert breeze blowing in your face.

I'd say the best time to do this short hike would be in the spring when the desert wild flowers are in bloom. It can be incredibly hot on the desert floor in the summer and it wont be much cooler on top of Eisenhower as it is not a high mountain.
 
Another Shot with San Jacinto Peak in the Background
Looking west to see San Jacinto Peak on the Horizon

Looking West you can see the Summit of San Jacinto Peak which appears just over a small nearby rocky outcropping. It's quite a site to see Jacinto covered in snow during the early spring!

Pack a lunch and make this fun little summit into a two or three hour event!

Getting There

Getting to the Living Desert Zoo is quite easy.

From The 10 (Interstate 10) Take either the Monterey Ave or Cook St exits in Palm Desert (they are a mile apart) and proceed south on the road until you come upon Frank Sinatra Dr. Take Monterey if you're coming from the LA Direction and Cook St. if you're coming from the La Quinta direction.

If you take Monterey Ave, make a left onto Frank Sinatra Blvd and follow the road until you come to a four way intersection. Take a right onto Portolla Ave and take it all the way to the base of the mountains (about 5 miles down). Once you cross over rt111 you'll be close to the entrance which is on the left.

If you take Coot St. Make a right onto Frank Sinatra Blvd and follow the road until you hit a four-way intersection. Make a left onto Portalla Ave a proceed with the directions listed above.

The trailhead to the nature preserve is behind the Zoo. I'm 99 percent positive you must pay the zoo entrance fee of 10 or 12 dollars to get into the nature preserve and hike the trail.

Red Tape

You must pay the zoo entrance fee to get access to the trailhead. It's cheap and the hike is fun but they really shouldn't charge people to get back to the trail.

External Links

The Living Desert Zoo

Images

Eisenhower Mt.Yucca plantsLooking West w/ San Jacinto Peak in the BackgroundSan Jacinto Peak in the far distanceBighorn Sheep Tracks in the SandAnother Shot with San Jacinto Peak in the BackgroundTrail view
Big HornsMt. Eisenhower in the Distance