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If you’re looking for a short hike, but a workout, then it’s time to climb Edom Hill. While this hike has no trees and no shade, it’s a nice place to come to watch the sunset.
Long-time residents of the desert will know Edom Hill for two things — the dump and off-road vehicles.
Yes, Edom Hill is the site of the old landfill. It’s now a transfer station, a place where trash is collected then moved to its final disposal site. However, when we hiked the south side of the hill, we didn’t notice any smell coming from the area and didn’t even see the dump site.
Edom Hill is also part of the Willow Hole-Edom Hill preserve. See map.
The hike starts just off Varner Road and Date Palm Drive. From Interstate 10, take Date Palm Drive north to Varner Road and turn right/east. The directions I got from a hiking site suggested driving to the 7th telephone pole on the right and then turning left. That worked for me. I just picked the closest dirt road to the 7th telephone pole. I pulled onto the road, drove just a couple hundred yards and found a place to park.
From here, I picked the closest road heading up and started hiking. Because of all the off-road enthusiasts who ride here, there are TONS of roads crisscrossing the area. Fortunately, the road I picked went almost straight up the hill. I didn’t have to worry about finding my way back, because I could see most my vehicle during most of the climb.
The dirt road I hiked crossed eight other roads on the way up. I didn’t take any of the detours, I just kept heading up. It appeared my road eventually veered slightly east to several communication towers and even two small houses (likely housing more communication equipment). I decided to just keep going straight up to the first ridge. We sat here and watched the sun set on Mount San Jacinto west of Palm Springs.
The views from up here are great. You’ll see the windmills on the northern side of the valley. In the middle, you can see all of Palm Springs, including the airport tower. And to the left/east, you can see down valley quite a distance. Take some pictures, enjoy the views, then it’s an easy walk downhill back to your vehicle.
Details: The hike up to the first ridge and back is about 1.1 miles with 450 feet of elevation gain. If you want more mileage, stay on the road toward the communication towers. There are websites that say the summit is at 1,565 feet. I only hiked to 989 fet, so there may be a lot more hiking beyond the first ridge.
Directions: From Interstate 10, take Date Palm Drive north to Varner Road and turn right/east. I counted 7 telephone poles on the right and turned left on the nearby dirt road. I drove just a couple yards up the road and found a place to pull off and park out of the soft sand.
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