Arch Rock Trail is an incredibly popular short hike. The trailhead is within the White Tank Campground and does have limited parking at the trailhead, so during the busy season it might be difficult to grab a spot. Thankfully the trail is short, most visitors don’t stay that long. Alternatively, you can park along Pinto Basin Road and hike over.
From the trailhead head north for a little bit along a nice wide sandy path, past a few interpretive signs then stay to the right at the fork. After passing over a small rise, you will reach where the Arch is. It is an easy scramble to get right under the arch for the perfect photo! When you are done marveling at the Arch, continue following the trail counter-clockwise until it reaches the junction again and then back to your car. The entire hike is about 1/2 mile long.
I am an avid peak bagger, sometimes backpacker, and former sea kayaker living in San Diego. In 2019, I became the third person to complete the San Diego 100 Peak Challenge. Not stopping with that accomplishment, I set my sights on the harder San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list, which I completed in 2021. In addition, I have conquered several Six-Pack of Peaks challenges (SoCal, San Diego, and Arizona-Winter). Beyond attempting the San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list a second time, I am looking forward to exploring new summits and new adventures across the southwest.