For visitors who are looking for a great place to hike in the afternoon the trails of the Cactus Forest are an excellent option. From the Douglas Spring Trailhead trails radiate in all directions. It is possible to link many different trails in this area depending on time and ability level. Carrillo Trail and Three Tank Trail are much steeper.
Today's hike is a distance of 5.8 miles with minimal elevation gain. If you hike passed the Garwood Trail junction the Douglas Spring Trail starts to gain elevation quickly. Trails involved in the loop include the Garwood, Carrillo, Squeeze Pen, Pink Hill, Loma Verde, Wentworth and Creosote. It is possible to simplify the loop by returning via the Kennedy Trail. You don't have to follow my loop remember part of the fun of hiking in this area is connecting trails to make your own adventure.