The Bump and Grind Trail is a 1.1 mile moderate hike with an elevation change of 523 feet.
This has been heralded as the most popular low-elevation trail in the National Monument, frequented by exercisers looking to raise their heart rates. However, recent decisions by local jurisdictions and a state agency have changed the trailhead location, as well as precluded access to the top of the trail. An official trailhead is no longer located in Rancho Mirage. A loop opportunity, however, is afforded by starting behind Desert Crossing shopping center on Painters Path in Palm Desert. Beginning at the Hopalong Cassidy-Mike Schuler Trailhead, follow the “Hoppy” to the Herb Jeffries to the Bump and Grind, then return to your starting point via the Mike Schuler Trail. This yields a loop of about 3 miles. Going the other way, however, avoids climbing the steep Herb Jeffries Trail, instead challenging your knees on the descent.
As of January, 2011, a new gate is to be installed on a section of land within the National Monument that is State land and under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Fish and Game, where a portion of the Bump and Grind Trail complex is located. For further information about this gate, click here.