Organizer

Ron Knight
Ron Knight
Phone
315 650 5590
Email
[email protected]

Ron Knight is a retired Canadian biology teacher and school administrator who has wintered in the Coachella Valley for 15 years. He loves hiking in the desert because, “it's like being on a different planet compared to the rain forests of British Columbia”. Ron enjoys researching the history and geology of the areas in which he hikes and will share some of this information with you on the trail. Ron's interests include travel, movie making, tennis, gardening, and fitness. His motto is, "Aging is inevitable; being old is a choice".

Location

Coachella Valley Preserve
Coachella Valley Preserve
29200 Thousand Palms Canyon Rd, Thousand Palms, CA 92276

HIKE GROUP SAFETY

Date

Feb 08 2024
Expired!

Time

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Labels

Easy Hike

WILLIS PALMS LOOP – FULL BUT GET ON WAIT LIST

The trail starts in a sandy wash directly above a branch of the San Andreas fault.  It slopes gradually upwards towards a ridge with panoramic views of the Little San Bernardino mountains to the north. The last half descends through a twisting canyon that leads to the lush, 1200′ long Willis Palms oasis.  In that palm grove, we’ll see abundant and diverse plant life because of the water trapped below ground.  We’ll discuss how the fan palms survived a fire that raged through the oasis over a decade ago.  

Anyone who is in good physical condition, and able to walk at a moderate pace for 2 – 3 hours, should enjoy this hike.  We’re meeting at the Willis Palms Trailhead, shown on the map below if you zoom in several times (or on Google Maps).  To reach it, go over Highway 10 on Ramon or Washington and turn at Thousand Palms Canyon Drive.  After one-half minute, on your left, you’ll see a map kiosk and a small parking lot which contains the trailhead. 

TO REGISTER FOR THIS HIKE, PLEASE EMAIL RON AND INCLUDE YOUR PHONE NUMBER.

(Register early; this hike filled up quickly last year.)

HIKE LEADER: Ron Knight

HIKE LOCATOR: Coachella Valley Preserve

HIKE DIFFICULTY: Easy: 4 miles; 530 feet  (No pets allowed in the Preserve) 

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

 

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