The Goat Trails

4.13 out of 5
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↑ 2,300 ft
↓ 3,000 ft
elevation (ft)

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About this trail
Sitting at the eastern base of the San Jacinto Mountains, the Goat Trails of Palm Springs offer a plethora of singletrack that varies from swooping flowing gradual downhill to gnarly exposed, steep and loose technical goodness It is pretty much a pick your poison kind of place, as long as your poison includes rocks and some pretty awesome views from narrow single track. According to which way you go you can log somewhere between 7 and 14 miles, you certainly feel like you went further than you actually did.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (27 total check-ins)
  Arno Gaarthuis   on Jun 22, 2019
  LarrySe   on Oct 7, 2018
  woodsrider   on Mar 7, 2018
  cjones0710   on Jan 25, 2018
  Mike Levitsky   on Mar 29, 2017
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Reviews (8)


March 18, 2016
Diego Mata Gnarly  
Review: I should of followed Zachary's advice. I didn't know where to go but I eventually found lot's of singletracks.

Bunny Hop

October 31, 2015
Review: An amazing network of singletrack trails, shooting-off in all directions. Thanks to popular Jeep Tours in the 1990s - many trailbuilders took advantage of the access road and carved-out sweet trails, appealing to all skill levels.

For first-timers - park in the Von's Rimrock Shopping Center, and head uphill past the gate. Continue past the two water towers and sweat up 230 vertical feet of steep, 18% grade hill. Continue following the sometimes steep, decomposed Jeep road until reaching the T-junction saddle known as the "Rock Man."(mile 2.35) Go left at the T and take your first visible left, which snakes alongside the Jeep road, later depositing you back on it. Make a right back on the Jeep trail and follow the first right fork you see, continuing to more swoopy singletrack. When going back down on the main Jeep road - take the first left trail sweeper and follow it straight until meeting the Jeep trail once again. Immediately merge left back onto the narrow trail and bear right, before cresting a short hill. After descending, you'll quickly see an "X" crossing and stay far right of it.

By now, you are heading down the way you came up earlier. Look for a straddling trail, next to the left of the Jeep road and take it until it drops-in(left) to more DH singletrack. Keep bearing right and soon the back of the water towers will be in view. Follow to the right and descend back on the Jeep road, at the open chainlink fence. Go left back to the car.

The great thing about the Goat Trails is the Jeep road interconnects all the trail offshoots....meaning it's hard to get lost, once you get your bearings(Highway III) established.

Short, punchy and lots of intense intervals, means you can get super-fit, riding these regularly!

Similar Trail: Dunn Road to Hahn;s Buena Vista/Art Smith

Granny Gear

May 4, 2015
pedroll Granny Gear  
Review: 3 stars, not 2, because I was on a crappy rental instead of my dialed in that may have biased me.

Don't waste your time seeking out this trail as a destination. If you're in town for a conference, and Jonesing for a ride close by (as I was) then hit it up early early in the morning. This trail goes from brutal climb, to boring, to fun single track to death defying downhill with little warning. All this on loose hard pack with very little grip. Sounds fun? The bottom line is...the few miles of interspersed sections worth riding are worth getting to or dealing with the rest. Plan your schedule better and drive out well into the San Jacinto mountains or somewhere else in So Cal for a better ride.


September 30, 2014
Gawin Trailblazer  
Review: This has to be one of my favorite places to ride. So much singletrack to explore. Some semi technical trails with good flow. A lot of short but steep climbs in areas. Great fun overall. Very hot in the summer unless you get out very earlier, great in the winter

Granny Gear

March 23, 2013
agronegro Granny Gear  
Review: After riding all over NoCal, Oregon, the scenery is let's say...different. Having said that the trails are definitely fun! All trails loop back so you can tailor the ride as you see fit!


March 21, 2011
joetutt Epic  
Review: BRUTAL CLIMB getting in on a service road, but worth it when you're done. There's a lot of trail to ride and explore out here with some nice technical singletrack. There's great views from almost any section of the trail and you'll find a few little look outs to take a breather from all the climbing. It's a little confusing as there are NO signs anywhere but it seemed like I was getting dumped out in the same area. Oh yeah, bring water, water, and more water cause it's hot and the TH is far away.

Bunny Hop

August 26, 2008
Review: This was a fun singletrack trail to hot to ride in the summer nice winter trail

Granny Gear

April 25, 2008
lgerber Granny Gear  
Review: Good Overview of Trail System. You can really have fun out here on everything to skinny single track, rock garden, double track, fire road, and some big drops if you look. It's a vast system of trails.

The Goat Trails MTB Trail 4.13 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 8 user reviews.
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