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!
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.
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