Andrew Walls
Andrew Walls
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Andrew is a full time resident of Palm Desert who actually hikes during the summer! Andrew is an avid hiker and backpacker who can be found strolling on and off trails throughout the Coachella Valley, Joshua Tree NP and Grand Canyon NP. In addition to his participation in CVHC activities, Andrew is a Certified California Naturalist and a hike leader with Friends of the Desert Mountains. Prior to moving to the CV in 2017, Andrew was a team leader with the Nevada County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team in Northern California.




Feb 03 2024


8:30 AM - 3:00 PM


Extremely Difficult Hike,
Pace of Hike: Medium

Boo Hof to Lost Canyon Loop

This hike is offered as a substitute for the cancelled Guadalupe hike! 

This is a reconnaissance and exploration hike involving difficult route finding in a steep canyon.

Although this out-and-back trail stays within the general vicinity of the cove, we climb to the top of Boo Hof and keep going until we reach the eastern edge of the open desert and then make a hard right for an exploratory hike up the Lost Canyon route (not a trail). The top of the Lost Canyon returns us to the Boo Hof and from there, we return to our cars in the parking lot.

The Boo Hof trail is well-marked and very popular, but the climb to the top (at the wilderness boundary) is a real workout for the cardio-vascular system. Only tackle this if you feel like the Bump-and-Grind is a bit too easy. The descent to the start of the Lost Canyon trail is good trail with a gradual descent.

Returning up the Lost Canyon route involves rock scrambling, route finding and, probably, some colorful language as we tackle the challenging slope up this seldom travelled side canyon. There is a lovely waterfall to visit along the way! If we are unable to find the route up canyon, we will return to the canyon mouth and return via Boo Hof.

Essential gear for this trail:

  • Headlamp with plenty of power (spare batteries)
  • Hiking poles
  • Shoes/boots with good tread
  • Long pants are recommended as some rock scrambling is involved
  • Food (lunch, snacks, emergency dinner)
  • Water- 3 liters 
  • Navigation gear (compass, topo map, GPS, etc.) Leader will handle most route finding

The plan is to depart the LQC parking lot (Eastern lot) to start walking by 08:30.

12.35 Miles with Elevation gain/loss 3300 ft . Map available here:

Please email Andrew to sign up for this hike and include your phone number.

HIKE LEADER: Andrew Walls

HIKE LOCATOR: La Quinta Cove

HIKE DIFFICULTY: Extremely Strenuous

HIKE DATE/TIME: Saturday, March 30, 2024  08:30-15:00

Note: You must be a current CVHC member to hike with the club!   Join Now!

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