The Araby Trail gives the hiker great views of the Coachella Valley, and you get to hike right past Bob Hope’s house!! It is a fairly easy hike from the start at the Rimcrest/Southridge gate to Bob Hope’s house. You can forget about buying one of those postcards of Bob Hope’s house, instead send your friends one that you took while hiking right next to it! After you hike up the Araby past Bob Hope’s house, you can continue up the trail for access to the Berns, Garstin and Henderson Trails.
The Araby trail can be accessed either at the entrance to the Rimcrest / Southridge development ( that’s where Bob Hope’s house is… ), or via the Berns, Henderson and Garstin Trails. If starting from the Rimcrest / Southridge Road, the trail can be found on the left (east) side of the road, before you get to the guard gate. Park in the dirt on the right side of the road immediately after turning onto the Rimcrest/Southridge road.
Please note: I have received a couple emails about folks having their car broken into while on this trail. This can happen anywhere in the valley, so don’t leave any valuables in your car while hiking.
Beginning Elevation 400
Elevation Gain 800′
Like any of the other trails in the area, even in mild temperature conditions you will need plenty of water. Be sure to bring some snacks to enjoy once you reach the top of the trail. There are no picnic tables, but there are plenty of rocks to sit on and enjoy the view of the Coachella Valley while you take a well-deserved lunch break.
Please hike safely, and follow these hiking tips.