hike schedule

How to register for a hike:

  1. Call or email the hike leader to sign up for a hike.  If the leader is confident that you are able to do the hike, the leader will give you the hike meetup location and other instructions.
  2. If you have not hiked with the leader before, please call rather than email the leader.
  3. Phone leaders no earlier than 9 am and no later than 6 pm.
  4. To cancel after signing up, call or email the leader at least the day before the hike.
  5. Note that some hikes have a maximum participant limit and that there are varying time deadlines for signing up. 
  6. If you are a passenger carpooling to a trailhead, please pay the driver 10 cents per mile to cover gas, etc.
  7. HIKING BOOTS WITH GOOD TREAD AND ADEQUATE DRINKING WATER ARE REQUIRED. 
    Hats and sunscreen are strongly recommended. 
CAREFULLY REVIEW THE TEN ESSENTIALS    |   Thank you and Happy Hiking.  ►

  • Moderate hikes = (0 - 500 feet, 4-7 miles)
  • Strenuous hikes = (500 – 1,800 feet, 6 – 10 miles)
  • Extremely Difficult: = More than 1800 ft. of elevation gain and more than 10 miles in length.

    The above are general guidelines.  A hike leader may deviate when, for example, a hike has difficult footing or involves climbing boulders.



10/14/2017  Saturday
EAGLE CANYON LOOP: PALM SPRINGS

Moderate  |   3 miles. Elevation gain 800 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Mike Ovesen  |  (206) 618-4437  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  15

Hike to hidden palm oasis.

dry falls scrambling require hiking shoes


10/16/2017  Monday
BLACK MOUNTAIN - IDYLLWILD

Strenuous  |   7 miles. Elevation gain 2600 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Joellen Leifer  |  (913) 302-3860  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  -SELECT MAX NUM HIKERS-

The trail begins just off Hwy. 243, a mere 45 minute drive from Palm Springs.  It offers a cool climb without having to drive all the way to Idyllwild.  The trail winds steeply through manzanita and pine, eventually reaching the Black Mountain Lookout tower.     


10/18/2017  Wednesday
MURRAY HILL VIA WILD HORSE: PALM SPRINGS

Strenuous  |   7 miles. Elevation gain 1800 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Joellen Leifer  |  (913) 302-3860  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  No Limit
if you don't hear back from me, call me at 913.302.3860


10/22/2017  Sunday
HALF BLACK MTN

 Newly Added Hike
Moderate  |   6 miles. Elevation gain 1200 feet.
Hike Leader(s): Richard Siman  |  (951) 845-4609  | REQUIRED TO CALL LEADER TO JOIN THIS HIKE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  10

From  Lake  Fulmor to a comfortable peak.   Return  almost same way.   This  is  about  halfway up  Black  Mountain.   Good  views.   NFAP or  equivalent  parking pass  required.


10/23/2017  Monday
RAMONA TRAIL, THOMAS MTN LOOP

 Newly Added Hike
Strenuous  |   13 miles; elevation gain 2500 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Mary Settle  |  (760) 564-5370  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:30AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  15

A new way to do Thomas Mountain!  After 4 miles up the switchbacks from the parking lot, take the trail on the right rather than straight to Tool Box Springs.  You very soon come to a campground; cross the road to continue on the trail.  This is a lovely trail that winds around the mountain with beautiful views, eventually meeting up with the road that leads you to the towers and the top of the mountain.  There are several options from here--it's 13 miles round trip if you go to the towers, then back down the road, passing another campground, Tool Box Springs, and past the intersection you initially took to the parking lot.  

may be buggy; come prepared


10/28/2017  Saturday
GOAT TRAILS TO ARABY/BERNS JUNCTION: PALM SPRINGS

Moderate  |   4 miles. Elevation gain 1,000 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Mike Ovesen  |  (206) 618-4437  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  15

Some off-trail hiking

rock scrambling requires hiking shoes


11/5/2017  Sunday
OUTER MONGOLIA : JOSHUA TREE NP

Moderate  |   7 miles Elevation gain 400 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Richard Siman  |  (951) 845-4609  | REQUIRED TO CALL LEADER TO JOIN THIS HIKE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  10

From  Boy  Scout  trailhead.    This  is  a  trail  &  off-trail  on  the  north  side of  the  Willow  Hole  trail.    Solitude,  rough  footing  and  a  bit  of  easy rock  scrambling.     Entry  fee.

REMEMBER DAYLIGHT SAVING CHANGE.


11/6/2017  Monday
PACIFIC CREST TRAIL NORTH TOWARD LIVE OAK SPRING

Strenuous  |   10 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Phyllis  Slater  |  (760) 668-4647  | REQUIRED TO CALL LEADER TO JOIN THIS HIKE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  15

Hike a piece of the PCT

Phone calls only, no emails! Nancy Bone will co-lead


11/8/2017  Wednesday
YUCCA PEAK: WHITEWATER CANYON

Strenuous  |   9 miles. Elevation gain 1800 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Joellen Leifer  |  (913) 302-3860  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:30AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  -SELECT MAX NUM HIKERS-

Up the Pacific Crest Trail.  Medium steep.  Good local views.  Flowers in season.


11/11/2017  Saturday
LOST HORSE MINE LOOP: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

 Newly Added Hike
Strenuous  |   7 miles. Elevation gain 1300 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Mary Settle  |  (760) 564-5370  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:30AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  10

Historical hike to one of the largest gold mines and stamp mills in the Park and a scenic desert loop that passes other signs of small mining operations and many Joshua trees. Interesting geology features.

some scrambling required. Co lead with Bill Stewart.


11/11/2017  Saturday
RAINBOW ROCK CANYON: WHITEWATER PRESERVE

Moderate  |   7 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Mike Ovesen  |  (206) 618-4437  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  15

Follow the PCT north from Whitewater ranger station to a side canyon. Trail leads past colorful rocks to a beautiful waterfall - possible stream crossings.

rock scrambling requires hiking shoes


11/13/2017  Monday
TAHQUITZ PEAK LOOP: IDYLLWILD

Strenuous  |   13 miles. Elevation gain 3200 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Mary Finnan  |  (760) 565-1561  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 7:30AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  10

Start at Humber Park and ascend steep switchbacks for 2.5 miles on the Devil's Slide Trail. The beautiful views are worth it! At the top, Saddle Junction, continue on to Tahquitz Peak. The lookout tower is a point of interest. Descend the other side on the Southridge Trail, returning to the cars on the Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail. 

Fast paced. Nancy Bone will co-lead. No phone calls until after November 1st please.


11/14/2017  Tuesday
PIPES CANYON LOOP

Moderate  |   8 Miles, Elevation gain 900 feet
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Pringle  |  (360) 561-1165  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  15

From  Pipes  Canyon  trailhead.    West  in  Pipes  Canyon  for  2.5  miles,    then  south  up  a  steep,  recently  repaired  trail  to  a  south  viewpoint.    Return  east  on  the  upper  trail.  

Call if haven't hiked with leader before, otherwise email or text ok. Meeting place provided by leader by call or email/text. 360-561-1165 Moderate pace.


11/19/2017  Sunday
PEAK 4389 - JOSHUA TREE NP

Moderate  |   6 miles Elevation gain 600 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Richard Siman  |  (951) 845-4609  | REQUIRED TO CALL LEADER TO JOIN THIS HIKE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  10

This  hill  is  west  of  the  Boy  Scout  trail  and  east  of  the  Window  Rock  trail.    It  is  a  good  lunch  peak  with  360  views.      A  lot  of  off  trail.   Entry  fee.


11/20/2017  Monday
DEER SPRINGS TRAIL TO STRAWBERRY JUNCTION: IDYLLWILD

Strenuous  |   10.4 miles. Elevation gain 2000 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Bone  |  (952) 736-0886  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  15

Hike past the cut-off for Suicide Rock and climb to the PCT campground Strawberry Valley.

Call if you have not hiked with this leader before. Mary Finnan will co lead


11/24/2017  Friday
ARABY-BERNS-SHANNON LOOP: PALM SPRINGS
   
Moderate  |   7 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Ed Woodson  |  (760) 770-2800  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  No Limit

See Bob Hope's house. Great views of Palm Springs and the valley.


11/25/2017  Saturday
EAGLE CANYON LOOP: PALM SPRINGS

Moderate  |   3 miles. Elevation gain 800 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Mike Ovesen  |  (206) 618-4437  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  15

Hike to hidden palm oasis.

rock scrambling requires hiking shoes


11/28/2017  Tuesday
MISSION CREEK TO PCT NORTH

Moderate  |   10 miles. Elevation gain 1500 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Pringle  |  (360) 561-1165  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  -SELECT MAX NUM HIKERS-

Hike a piece of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mission Creek Preserve located just west of Hwy 62 and north of I-10.  Fabulous views of our valley and San Gorgonio Peak.  

Max. number of hikers :12 Call if haven't hiked with leader before, otherwise email or text ok. Meeting place provided by leader by call or email/text. 360-561-1165. Moderate pace


11/30/2017  Thursday
CHUCKWALLA LOOP: RANCHO MIRAGE
   
Moderate  |   5 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Ed Woodson  |  (760) 770-2800  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  10


12/3/2017  Sunday
SCOUT WEST : JOSHUA TREE NP

Moderate  |   6+ miles. Elevation gain 300 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Richard Siman  |  (951) 845-4609  | REQUIRED TO CALL LEADER TO JOIN THIS HIKE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  10

Boy  Scout  trailhead.  This is an off-trail walk around some photogenic boulder piles.   No climbing or scrambling.    Entry  fee.


12/4/2017  Monday
INDIAN CANYONS : PALM SPRINGS

Extremely Difficult!  |   13 Miles. Elevation gain 2400 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Mary Finnan  |  (760) 565-1561  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:30AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  10

Hike some of the more challenging and isolated segments of the trails in Indian Canyons. Vandeventer/Hahn Buena Vista/Dunn Road/East Fork Trails.

Fast paced. Nancy Bone will co-lead. Entry fee. No phone calls until after November 1st please.


12/5/2017  Tuesday
COFFMAN TRAIL TO MURRAY CANYON LOOP, INDIAN CANYONS: PALM SPRINGS

Moderate  |   5 miles. Elevation gain 800 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Pringle  |  (360) 561-1165  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:30AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  15
Call if haven't hiked with leader before, otherwise email or text ok. Meeting place provided by leader by call or email/text. 360-561-1165. Moderate pace. Entry fee.


12/7/2017  Thursday
WILD HORSE VIA THEILMAN TRAIL: PALM SPRINGS
   
Moderate  |   5 miles. Elevation gain 1,200 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Ed Woodson  |  (760) 770-2800  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  No Limit


12/9/2017  Saturday
GOAT TRAILS TO ARABY/BERNS JUNCTION: PALM SPRINGS

Moderate  |   4 miles. Elevation gain 1,000 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Mike Ovesen  |  (206) 618-4437  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  15

Some off-trail hiking

rock scrambling requires hiking shoes


12/11/2017  Monday
ART SMITH - HOPALONG CASSIDY LOOP: PALM DESERT

Strenuous  |   8 miles. Elevation gain 1800 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Phyllis  Slater  |  (760) 668-4647  | REQUIRED TO CALL LEADER TO JOIN THIS HIKE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:30AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  15

Great views of the valley

Phone calls only, no emails! Nancy Bone will co-lead


12/16/2017  Saturday
PUSHWALLA PALMS LOOP: COACHELLA VALLEY PRESERVE
   
Moderate  |   7 miles. Elevation gain 300 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Ed Woodson  |  (760) 770-2800  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  No Limit

We will hike by/thru 3 Fan Palm Oases and return by the scenic ridge route.


12/17/2017  Sunday
BURNT HILL LOOP : JOSHUA TREE NP

Moderate  |   7 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Richard Siman  |  (951) 845-4609  | REQUIRED TO CALL LEADER TO JOIN THIS HIKE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  10

Black  Rock  trailhead.    This  is  the  least  arid  part  of  the  park.    Juniper  &  Joshua  Tree  area.    The  uphill  is  gradual.  No  entry  fee.


12/18/2017  Monday
MURRAY PEAK FROM VONS: PALM SPRINGS

Strenuous  |   6,25 miles. Elevation gain 1900 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Bone  |  (952) 736-0886  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:30AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  15

Hike from the Von's Parking lot to Murray Peak. Great views of the valley and mountains.

Call if you have not hiked with this leader before. Mary Finnan will co lead


12/19/2017  Tuesday
LYKKEN TRAIL (SOUTH) TO SECOND PICNIC TABLES

Strenuous  |   7.7 miles. 1750 feet elevation gain.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Pringle  |  (360) 561-1165  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  15
Call if haven't hiked with leader before, otherwise email or text ok. Meeting place provided by leader by call or email/text. 360-561-1165. Moderate pace


12/23/2017  Saturday
RAINBOW ROCK CANYON: WHITEWATER PRESERVE

Moderate  |   7 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Mike Ovesen  |  (206) 618-4437  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  15

Follow the PCT north from Whitewater ranger station to a side canyon. Trail leads past colorful rocks to a beautiful waterfall - possible stream crossings.

rock scrambling requires hiking shoes


1/2/2018  Tuesday
ART SMITH TO THE 2ND OASIS: PALM DESERT

Moderate  |   6.3 miles. Elevation gain 1400 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Pringle  |  (360) 561-1165  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  15

Explore first two oases.  Nice hike wih nice views.

Call if haven't hiked with leader before, otherwise email or text ok. Meeting place provided by leader by call or email/text. 360-561-1165. Moderate pace