Craig Toms

Organizer

Craig Toms
Phone
(760) 902-7766
Email
ctoms@dc.rr.com

Craig is a 30 year full-time resident of the valley, finishing a career in aviation here in 2009. Always a hiker, he joined CVHC soon after that. To further stay out of trouble, he has been guiding hike, bike and jeep tours in the Valley for the past several years. Craig enjoys swimming and yoga, is interested in botany, natural history of the Coachella Valley and photography.

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Location

Salton Sea
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Date

Jan 09 2020
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Time

5:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Cost

$10 gas money for carpoolers

Labels

Easy Hike,
Pace of Hike: Slow

PHOTO SECTION HIKE: DOS PALMAS PRESERVE


This is a Photo Section sponsored hike, geared toward any CVHC member interested in photography, from iPhone user on up. 

Dos Palmas Preserve is remote, one of the best and least known wildlife sanctuaries in the Coachella Valley. Located 5km east of the Salton Sea, it has history as a regular stage coach stop along the Bradshaw Trail to the Colorado River. With hundreds of native fan palms, it’s an oasis and bird refuge administered by the BLM.

This trip begins early! In order to photograph waterfowl we need to be there around sunup. Don’t worry though, there’s plenty of other photo opportunities besides bird life.

It’s a 1 mile hike into the Preserve from the parking area. Desert ecologist James Cornett calls it one of the 10 best places to visit in the Coachella Valley, for those interested in nature. The Preserve is 45 minutes from Palm Desert, meetup is at I-10 and Washington, exact information will be provided to attendees. Carpooling from the meetup site is encouraged! Please remit $10/passenger to driver. 

Hike Difficulty: 3 to 4 miles, elevation gain negligible

CVHC MEMBERS ONLY. IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME HIKING WITH THIS LEADER, PLEASE CALL. IF YOU HAVE HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE, PLEASE EMAIL.