Araby Trail is a packed dirt path that threads through a shallow mountain pass in Palm Springs. The first 1.5 miles of this 4-mile trail is dog-friendly, and there is a sign beyond which Fido can't go, but the out and back is a quick 3-mile round trip hike. Challenging at times, with steep climbs up the narrow trail, it features junctions with other trails, and rocky outcroppings where you can enjoy a snack or lunch, a nice view and a rest. The trail is well-marked by stone curbs, fences and the occasional stone cairn left by a previous hiker.
One of the major attractions to this hike is its path directly below the home once owned by Bob Hope. Its futuristic, "flying saucer" design is easy to find, and the trail actually comes close enough to allow you to peer into the patio area and a few windows. Other celebrity homes line the trail as well and provide diversion for those not impressed by the beautiful wildflowers, cactuses and desert denizens like lizards that you'll likely encounter.
Araby also rewards with views of natural wonders such as the Coachella Valley, and the 3 mountain ranges encircling it: the San Bernardinos, Little San Bernardinos and San Jacintos. You can also feast your eyes on the vast desert laid out before you, its otherworldly beauty as mesmerizing as the mountains.
You'll find the trailhead at the junction of East Palm Canyon Drive and Rimcrest/Southridge Road. A small parking lot is available there, and parking is also permitted along the road if the lot is full. There are no restrooms or water at the trailhead, so be sure to bring plenty of water with you for both you and the pup. And remember that the sun is unrelenting, so sunscreen is a must!
This short trail is best tackled in the early or late parts of the day because the temperature rises quickly in the mid-day sun. Fido is relying on you to keep him hydrated and his paws protected from the hot surfaces!
This desert hike offers no shade, so take precautions against severe sunburn. You may encounter some loose rocks on or near the trail, and good hiking boots are essential.