Our latest search for dog-friendly hiking near Desert Hot Springs led us to the Araby Trail on the hills of Palm Springs, California. Only 10 miles from our campsite, its seemed like the perfect sunset hike.
Here’s an overview of our experience:
Where: Araby Trail – Palm Springs, California
Access: There’s a small dirt parking lot at the corner of East Palm Canyon Drive & Southridge Drive. A trailhead map is located in the parking area.
Our Path & Experience: We were pleased with signage leading to the parking area and the trailhead. There is a doggy bag dispenser and trash can available in the parking area. The trail begins behind a dated mobile-home park. It feels slightly awkward hiking so close to private residencies. The trail climbs a steep mountainside, winding back and forth until it reaches the top. There are a few payoff views overlooking the manufactured city and distant mountains. However, nature is barren and dusty the entire hike. Although the dog-friendly trail is short (about 3 miles roundtrip), it’s inclines and declines gave us a good evening workout.
Traffic: During our hike we came across a solo hiker and a group of three.
Wildlife: We didn’t see any animals or snakes – there were multiple, huge piles of horse poop.
Views: Once at the top, the panoramic views are nice. The sky was vibrant during our sunset hike.
Overall: We enjoyed the hike, but have no calling to do it again. It got our hearts pumping and allowed us to shoot a few nice photos.
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