Hike of the Month: East Indio Hills Badlands

View the Salton Sea and Palm Springs from this fairly new hiking trail.

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This loop offers a panoramic view. 

A locals’ favorite, this hike packs a lot into a moderate, 5.3-mile loop located off Golf Center Parkway in Indio.

After crossing some flats, you climb to the top of low hills. The trail traverses the San Andreas Fault, winding through slot canyons, sandy washes, and rock formations that are over a million years old. The few short boulder scrambles are easy. Switchbacks lead to a narrow ridge with spectacular views of the Salton Sea to the south and the windmills in Palm Springs to the west.

Bring a camera, hiking poles for stability on the ridge, and, of course, plenty of water.

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