Araby Trail is a 3.1 mile out and back trail located near Palm Springs, California that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Best to hike this trail on a cool day...no shade whatsoever. Easy access to the trailhead as it is just off East Palm Canyon Drive. Note we did the hike on 12/12/13. At that time the Bob Hope House was on the market for sometime and finally sold in 2016. Funny, one of the reasons you do the hike is to get a close-up view of the space age flying saucer looking Bob Hope House that once was listed for $50 million, yet at the start of the hike on your left hand side you past a large trailer park. As soon as you can no longer view this interesting trailer park you start the upward incline portion of the hike. The hike provides good exercise but disappointing for those of us who enjoy looking at desert plants. Just gravel, sand, small boulders, no wildlife. As the trail climbs upward the Hope House comes into view as well as a few other homes, one of which was once owned by the late actor Steve McQueen. So you enjoy a view of a home that looks like it belongs in a Jetson's cartoon and five or so beautiful mid-century homes. The trail offers a rocky outcrop that provides a place to rest, eat, drink, and view the rear area of the house. Other than a service road the dead ends at the back of the Hope House there is not much detail to see unless you bring binoculars. This is a junction for other trails or a good place to turn around if you just came to see the Hope House.
If this trail weren't so conveniently located and didn't have a scenic destination, I wouldn't recommend it. The first third is nestled in a crowded neighborhood, so it doesn't feel like a hike. It gets more interesting (and much steeper) when you leave the neighborhood, though. The destination offers great views of the valley and three mountain ranges: the San Bernardino, Little San Bernardino, and San Jacinto. I did this trail in 60-degree cloudy weather, and it was very comfortable. It must be unbearable on hot sunny days, though.
Good hike. Up and back took me only an hour forty five.
The hike get better as you go.
A great hike with good views of the valley. Wished I would have started earlier as it connects to Garsten and Berns.
Great little hike. Good amount of elevation change. Parking at trailhead is limited to about 10 cars.
Love coming down this trail after hiking up Rimrock