Red Dome

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Our introduction to the Sand To Snow National Monument near Palm Springs was a pleasant one! Since we enjoyed exploring the Whitewater Canyon View Loop trail in springtime, I wanted to go back and explore more.

So, when we stayed in Joshua Tree last October, we went back and hiked to Red Dome.

This mostly flat 4-mile hike is rated Moderate and good for the whole family. It was still warm for Xena on a clear day in November. If you are hiking with a dog, please keep that in mind.

The trailhead is located across from the Visitor Center/Ranger Station. The ranger was helpful and friendly, by the way!

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You will need to cross a creek twice in the beginning. There is a low wooden bridge.

The trails are well-maintained and clearly marked in the Sand To Snow National Monument.

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Once you take Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), you will lose most of the casual hikers, and tourists and possibly run into thru-hikers occasionally.

After two miles of hiking, we arrived at Red Dome. There is no sign for it except this trail sign. It’s on your left. There is a creek flowing right by it for a nice break.

Time to head back and have some lunch!

A heads up, the distance from Interstate 10 (I-10) to the Visitor Center is 5 miles, and the road is paved. You will lose the cell reception soon after leaving I-10 though, so keep that in mind.

Good to Know:

  • Hike Date:  11.1.21
  • Distance:  4.3 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain:  476 ft.
  • Difficulty Level:  Moderate
  • Max Altitude: 2,600 ft.
  • Fee/Permit:  None
  • Trailhead: Trailhead by the Visitor Center
  • Notable: View, well-maintained, stream crossing, restroom at the trailhead, picnic tables, no cell phone reception, open year-round

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Happy Hiking!

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