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AGUA BONITA SPRINGS: PALM SPRINGS INDIAN CANYONS
Strenuous    14 miles. Elevation gain 2700 ft.

Hike from the Trading Post in Indian Canyons through the oasis and south along Palm Canyon to Agua Bonita Spring. Return on the  Indian Portrero trail.


ANDREAS CANYON AND VICTOR : PALM SPRINGS INDIAN CANYONS
Moderate    3.5 miles. Elevation gain 400 ft.

Hike thru what is probably the largest Palm Oasis in Southern California. Climb slowly up the Victor Trail and enjoy beautiful vistas.


AQUEDUCT LOOP, BEAR PAW RESERVE: SAN BERNARDINO FOREST FALLS
Moderate    8 miles. Elevation gain 1200 ft.

Hike up on the Yucaipa Ridge. Trail head on the Wildland's Conservancy Bear Paw Reserve. Great views, interesting flora and fauna.


ARABY TO GARSTIN: PALM SPRINGS
Moderate    6 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.

ARABY-BERNS-CLARA BURGESS-WILDHORSE-MURRAY PEAK : PALM SPRINGS
Strenuous    10-12 miles. Elevation gain approx. 2500-3000

This is a great hike with lots of gain.  No shade so lots of water needed on warm days.


ARABY-BERNS-SHANNON LOOP: PALM SPRINGS
Moderate    7 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.

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


ARROYO SALADO & FISH CREEK CANYON 4WD TRAILS/ANZA BORREGO STATE PARK
   Easy walking to photo opportunities on 4WD trails.

This is a Field Trip with the CVHC Photo Section.  All members are welcome. These trails are driving trails that wend thru scenic canyons.  We will find palm oases, historical landmarks, interesting concretions called 'the Pumpkin Patch' and walk around the Wind Caves at Fish Creek Canyon.  Only short walks to take photos.  It's an all day event so bring a lunch and we'll stop in Borrego Springs for dinner before returning home.  Limited to the amount of 4WD vehicles that sign up.  *The driving requires a 4WD because of the sandy washes.  


ART SMITH - HOPALONG CASSIDY LOOP: PALM DESERT
Strenuous    8 miles. Elevation gain 1800 ft.

Great views of the valley Big Horn and Eisenhower Peak.


ART SMITH TO PALM SPRINGS : PALM DESERT
Extremely Difficult!    17 miles. Elevation gain 3350 ft.

This hike takes you through palm oasis, cross the upper reaches of Magnesia Canyon, then on to the Hahn Buena Vista Trail, Wildhorse Trail and home on the Garstin Trail. Panoramic views. This hike offers a grand tour through the heart of the wilderness.


ART SMITH TO 1ST OASIS: PALM DESERT
Moderate    5 miles. Elevation gain 1200 ft.

This trail starts with a short fairly steep well-marked switch back and then hikers are rewarded with sweeping views of the valley.  Most of the hike is rolling with gentle slopes.


ART SMITH TO PICNIC TABLES: PALM DESERT
Strenuous    16 miles. Elevation gain 2500 ft.

Beautiful hike passing three plam tree oasis.  Lots of water needed.


ART SMITH TO THE 2ND OASIS: PALM DESERT
Moderate    6.3 miles. Elevation gain 1400 ft.

Explore first two oases.  Nice hike wih nice views.


ART SMITH TO THE 3RD OASIS: PALM DESERT
Moderate    10 miles. Elevation gain 2400 ft.

ASBESTOS MOUNTAIN: PINYON
Strenuous    6 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.

Rugged off-trail rock scambling and wicked vegetation. Fun hike!  Rated strenous because of the scrambling.


ASTRODOME : JOSHUA TREE NP
Extremely Difficult!   

Bouldering, not hiking.  Gloves, knee pads and courage suggested.  


BALD MT. WALKABOUT : GARNER VALLEY
Moderate    4-5 miles. Easy and flat.

High meadowlands mixed forest, great mountain views makes this outing a must.


BALDY MOUNTAIN: LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Strenuous    11.3 miles, 4000 ft of vertical gain

Baldy is in the San Gabriel Mountains and is an hour and 20 minute drive from the desert.


BARKER DAM AREA: JOSHUA TREE NP
Moderate    2-3 miles. Elevation gain minimal.

BASIC COMPASS: WHITEWATER
Moderate    2 miles; flat

Three hours with minimal walkingLearn how to find magnetic and true bearings of natural features, trail direction, etc. Pratice plotting your map position using bearings.   Bring a compass and pencil. A simple keychain size compass is good enough. There will be several different kinds of compasses to look over.


BEAR CREEK SCRAMBLE : LA QUINTA
Strenuous    6.5 miles. Elevation gain 1200 ft.

In La Quinta Cove, hike through the wash into Bear Creek Canyon. Off-trail scramble over boulders and climb dry waterfalls to a beautiful amphitheater. Gloves and long pants recommended.


BEAR CREEK: LA QUINTA
Strenuous    9 miles. Elevation gain 2400 ft.

Hike to oasis. This trail offers panoramic views in every direction. After about 2 miles on the trail, and on a clear day you can see the Salton Sea and most of the Coachella Valley. The views of La Quinta and the hills and rocks of the area are beautiful. On this trail, you feel isolated from the hustle and bustle of the valley below.


BIG MORONGO CANYON: DESERT HOT SPRINGS
Moderate    6 miles. Elevation loss 500 ft.

Hike from the Morongo Preserve down through Big Morongo Canyon to Indian Avenue in Desert Hot Springs. Canyon views, interesting flora and fauna.


BIGFOOT-PANORAMA LOOP: JOSHUA TREE NP
Strenuous    9 miles. 1700 ft elevation gain. Some sand slogging,

Bigfoot Trail from the West Entrance on Park Blvd (not Black Rock TH) to the Panorama Trail & return on Bigfoot. Multiple stunning views from the Panorama Trail, the trail less taken. The wash-walking on Bigfoot Trail adds to the difficulty of this route.  ENTRANCE FEE.


BIKE RIDE
Moderate    30-40 miles

Meet other members who are bike riders and join us on rides throughout the coachella valley.  Specific dates and meetup places will be noted in the comments section of the schedule.


BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY AND/OR WATCHING HIKE TO SALTON SEA.
Moderate   

This is mostly a bird photography excursion, but bird watchers are welcome too. We will drive from place to place with some walking at each stop. We will fill the day and eat lunch on the road.


BLACK MOUNTAIN: IDYLLWILD
Strenuous    8 miles. Elevation gain 2600 ft.

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.     


BLACK ROCK VISITOR CENTER, SHORT LOOP PLUS : JOSHUA TREE NP
Moderate    6 miles Elevation gain 800 feet

From  Black  Rock  visitor  center.    We  will  use  parts  of  the  Short  Loop,  Canyon  View  and  Burnt  Hill  trails  and  a  few  washes  to  make  a  loop.    Some  sand  walking  and  a  moderately  steep  section.    No  entry  fee.


BLIND CANYON: DESERT HOT SPRINGS
Moderate    5 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.

BLUE MOUNTAIN: PALM DESERT
Strenuous    7 miles. Elevation gain 2200 Ft.

Great views of the valley and potential for seeing wildlife.  Bring sunscreen there is no shade.


BOO HOFF: LA QUINTA
Strenuous    10-11 miles. Elevation gain 2500 ft.

Start at the top of the Cove and take Boo Hoff Trail. Out and back.


BOY SCOUT WEST : JOSHUA TREE NP
Moderate    6+ miles. Elevation gain 300 ft.

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


BOY SCOUT AND WILLOW HOLE: JOSHUA TREE NP
Strenuous    13 miles. 1900 ft ascent; 700 ft descent.

The Boy Scout Trail from Indian Cove to its Keys West TH with an out-and-back to Willow Hole. This shuttle hike is a delightful sampler of Joshua Tree NP: the scenic canyon ascent leads to an open desert of Joshua trees while the side trail to Willow Hole enters the Wonderland of Rocks area.  Some slogging in sand.


BOY SCOUT EAST : JOSHUA TREE NP
Moderate    6 miles. Elevation 300 ft.

Boy Scout trailhead. One mile on the trail, then two miles east, off trail into the Wonderland of Rocks. Good boulder scenery. Some very mild rock scrambling. Entry fee.


BOY SCOUT-BIG PINE-NORTH VIEW LOOP: JOSHUA TREE NP
Extremely Difficult!    17 miles. 2600 ft elevation gain.

This stunning loop starts and finishes at Indian Cove and takes about 8 hours to complete. The views, scenery, and trail surface change more often than the trail names. It is a little longer than the Guadalupe Trail but has less than half of the elevation gain. No Entrance Fee.


BUMP & GRIND LOOP: PALM DESERT
Moderate    3.5 miles. Elevation gain 800 ft.

BUMP AND GRIND TO THE CROSS AND BACK : PALM DESERT
Moderate    8 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.

Up , down, up hike to the cross on Hignway 74 from the bump and grind trail head. Lots of great views.


BURNT HILL LOOP : JOSHUA TREE NP
Moderate    7 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.

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


BURNT SIENNA CUTOFF : MECCA
Moderate    4+ Miles. Elevation Gain 300 ft.

Exotic canyon hike through Big Colorful Canyon/Mecca Hills, with a side hike through Burnt Sienna Cutoff Slot Canyon


BURRO - ONAGA LOOP : JOSHUA TREE NP
Moderate    7 miles. Elevation gain 700 ft.

Start  at  Desert  View  Conservation  Area.  Trail  goes  east  &  south.   Return  on  a  loop.   Northern  views.   Drive  includes  4  miles  of  occasionally  rumpled dirt  road.


CACTUS SPRINGS VIA HORSETHIEF CREEK: PINYON
Strenuous    10 miles. Elevation gain 2000 ft.

Hike past an abandoned dolomite mine at around 4000 ft. above sea level.


CAHUILLA PARK TO BLUE MOUNTAIN SUMMIT: PALM DESERT
Strenuous    6+ miles. Elevation gain 2400 ft.

Via Gabby Hayes and Hopalong Cassidy trails. Great views of the valley. Camera a must.


CAHUILLA PARK TO THE CROSS: PALM DESERT
Moderate    4 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.

CAHUILLA PARK/HOPALONG/ART SMITH : PALM DESERT
Strenuous    8 miles. Elevation gain 2600 ft.

Hike on good trail with dynamite valley views. Traverse past some of the most exclusive golf courses in the valley.


CAHUILLA TRAIL
Moderate    6-7 miles. Elevation gain 1,400 ft.

Before our hike we will visit one of the prettiest fire watch towers in the San Bernadino's at Red Mountain.  Then a colorful meander over the ochre hillside through manzanita, oaks and chaparral.  Four wheel drives are essential to reach this trailhead. 


CAHUILLA TRAIL: SAN BERNADINO
Moderate    7 miles. Elevation gain 1,500 ft.

Red Mountain is in the San Barnadino's on the other side of Idyllwild.  Prior to hiking,  we will stop and visit one of the area's beautiful fire lookout towers, The Red Mountain Tower.  Four wheel drive vehicles are needed to access this gorgeous red rock area and it's trail through manzanita, oak and pinyon. 


CALCITE MINE PLUS SLOTS: ANZA BORREGO
Moderate    7 miles; 700 ft gain

Some moderate off-trail/scrambling and hike to an old WW II ditch mine; then scramble through several scenic slot canyons.


CANYON VIEW LOOP: WHITEWATER
Moderate    3.5 miles. Elevation gain 700 ft.

This loop trail follows a section of the Pacific Crest Trail south, ascending to the top of a winding ridge, with excellent views of Whitewater Canyon and the north face of Mt. San Jacinto. In the spring, this loop is the best place to see fields of poppies, lupines, coreopsis, and many other wildflowers.


CARRIZO CANYON: PALM DESERT.
Moderate    4 miles. Elevation gain 300 ft.

Hike up an geologically/botanically interesting canyon. This canyon is only open October, November, and December due to concerns about the Desert Bighorn lambing season.


CATHEDRAL CANYON TO ART SMITH ON HWY 74: PALM SPRINGS
Extremely Difficult!    12 miles. Elevation gain 2800 ft.

Hike from Cathedral Cove to the tables at Art Smith trail and finish your hike at Art Smith Trailhead on Highway 74. Hike past several Palm Oasis. This trail offers panoramic views 


CATHEDRAL COVE TO MURRAY HILL TO VONS: PALM SPRINGS
Strenuous    12 miles. Elevation gain 4000 ft.

This is a shuttle hike.  We will meet at Vons then shuttle over to cove.  Members only please


CEDAR SPRINGS RIDGE TO FOBES VALLEY : GARNER VALLEY
Moderate    4-5 miles. Elevation gain 400 ft.

CEDAR SPRINGS TO VALLEY OVERLOOK : GARNER VALLEY
Strenuous    8 miles. Elevation gain 2200 ft.

Hike up to the Pacific Crest Trail and then down to the Cedar Springs campgrond and then another mile out to the valley overlook.  Until recently the last part of this trail was closed due to the 2013 Mountain fire.


CENTER PEAK - JOSHUA TREE NP
Moderate    6 miles Elevation gain 800 ft.

From  Window  Rock  east  trailhead.   Hike  overall  is  moderate  but  the  half  mile  to  the  peak  is  strenuous,  off  trail,  steep  and  rocky.    Grand  360  view  with  sitting  rocks  and  elbow  room.     Entry  fee.


CHAPARROSA PEAK: PIONEERTOWN
Moderate    6 miles. Elevation gain 1700 ft.

Near and far view hike in mesa country. Mostly footpath. Basaltic peak area.


CHUCKWALLA BILLS CABIN: JOSHUA TREE NP
Strenuous    10 miles. Elevation gain 1200 ft.

Chuckwalla Bills Cabin via Long Canyon. Hike to historic old miner's cabin.


CHUCKWALLA LOOP: PALM DESERT
Moderate    5 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.

CLIFF & CANYON VIEW TRAILS - JOSHUA TREE NP
Moderate    8 miles. Elevation gain 1500 feet.

From  Black  Rock  trailhead,  east  on  the  Short  Loop  and  Canyon  View  trails.    Lunch  on  peak  4927.    Return  on  the  Cliff  trail  and  the California  Riding & Hiking  trail.     Difficulty  is  High  Moderate  because  there  are  a  lot  of  ups  &  downs.    


CLUB TRAIL WORK DAY (WITHIN 1 HOUR OF COACHELLA VALLEY); ALL LEVELS.
  

CVHC organizes club members to volunteer at places we often hike, to help maintain and improve trails we use. 


COACHELLA NATURE PRESERVE:COACHELLA VALLEY PRESERVE
Moderate    5-7 Miles:Elevation gain 500-1000 Ft.

Hike a scenic trail. Itinerary changes with each hike.  Each hike will be about 4 hours. 


COFFEE BEAN CANYON WALKABOUT: MECCA
Moderate    6+ miles. Elevation gain 200 ft.

Experience one of the most exotic and colorful canyon hikes in the Mecca Hills area. Geologically  interesting as we explore Moab-Utah like country  and slot canyon. SUVs helpful. One of Phil's favorites!


COFFMAN TRAIL TO MURRAY CANYON LOOP : PALM SPRINGS INDIAN CANYONS
Moderate    5 miles. Elevation gain 800 ft.

COKE MOUNTAIN: PALM SPRINGS INDIAN CANYONS
Strenuous    11 miles. Elevation gain 1500 ft.

Celebrate the New Year with unusual hike destination. Bring a $1 bill for the coke bottle. Hike also known as 'Al Dempsey Special'. 


CORNELL PEAK : TRAM
Moderate    7 miles. Elevation gain 1,000 ft

COVINGTON LOOP: JOSHUA TREE NP
Moderate    6.5 miles. Elevation gain 700 ft.

Lovely hike through varied desert landscapes (Joshua trees; chaparral; pinyon-juniper scrub, etc.). Some scrambling (easy-to-moderate) DOWN several dry waterfalls in a beautiful canyon.


CRAZY 8 LOOP : PALM SPRINGS INDIAN CANYONS
Strenuous    8 miles. Elevation gain 800 ft.

Connect the Palm Canyon Dry Wash, and East Fork Trails returning on the Victor Trail.


CVHC PHOTO GROUP TOUR--JOHN HENEBRY LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
Moderate    0 miles. Elevation gain 0 ft.

Join us with John Henebry, a renoun golf course landscape photographer and a member of our club, for a tour of some of his outstanding photo enlargements that are currently on prominent display at the Rancho Mirage Library. John and his wife have photographed hundreds of golf courses throughout the world and John will share some of his experiences and photo techniques while we admire his amazing photographs.


DEER SPRINGS TRAIL : IDYLLWILD
Strenuous    14-15 miles. Elevation gain 4500 ft.

There are several ways to negotiate this challenging trail. We will start by climbing from the Idyllwild/Suicide Rock area, up and over either San Jacinto or Wellmans' Divide,  and then down to the tram. See some of the best and least visited parts of the San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness.


DEER SPRINGS TRAIL TO STRAWBERRY JUNCTION: IDYLLWILD
Strenuous    10.4 miles. Elevation gain 2000 ft.

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


DEVILS SLIDE: IDYLLWILD
Moderate    5-6 miles. Elevation gain 1,800 ft.

Hike up a series of switchbacks to Saddle Junction. Explore a little to locate trail closures and to see the burn area.


DRY FALLS VIA NORTH LYYKEN : PALM SPRINGS
Moderate    4.5 miles 800 ft

1/4 mile each way rock scramblimg


EAGLE CANYON LOOP: PALM SPRINGS
Moderate    3 miles. Elevation gain 800 ft.

Hike to hidden palm oasis.


EARL HENDERSON TRAIL: PALM SPRINGS
Moderate    4 miles. Elevation gain 400 ft.

This trail is one of the many connecting trails found on the ridges and plateaus surrounding Murray Hill east of Palm Canyon. At the top of this old Desert Riders trail you are rewarded with scenic views of San Jacinto Mountains, Wind Turbines, and Palm Springs.


EAST FORK TRAIL: PALM SPRINGS INDIAN CANYONS
Moderate    7-8 Miles. Elevation gain 1400 ft

Hike through Indian Canyons on a loop trail, climb dry waterfalls and return on Vandeventer.


EAST SIDE CANYON WALK : JOSHUA TREE NP
Strenuous    8 miles. Elevation gain 1400 ft.

Hike through a series of canyons  with rainbow colored layers of sediment.  No entry fee for this hike which starts and ends at the far east side of Joshua Tree NP.  This hike will be moderate paced and is listed as strenuous primarily because some boulder scrambling in the canyons.  Photographers welcome.


EISENHOWER LOOP, LIVING DESERT: PALM DESERT
Moderate    6 miles. Elevation gain 700 ft.

Palm Desert - The Living Desert is more than a collection of exhibits. It is also a nature preserve. In fact, 1080 of our 1200 acres are undisturbed Sonoran Desert. Within this preserve is a series of nature trails. Entry fee if not a member of the Living Desert.


ERNIE MAXWELL IN HUMBER PARK : IDYLLWILD
Moderate    5 miles. Elevation gain 700 ft.

Shady hike in the Idyllwild area.


EUREKA PEAK: JOSHUA TREE NP
Strenuous    10 miles. Elevation gain 2000 ft.

Black Rock trailhead. Low strenuous effort. About 2 miles of up-down ridge top hiking, some of it steep.


FAUX MURRAY PEAK : PALM SPRINGS INDIAN CANYONS
Strenuous    8-9 miles. Elevation gain 2000+ ft.

Indian Canyons. Canyon hiking, dry watefalls,  palm groves and ridge running. Stunning views, some scrambling.  Entrance fee to Indian Canyon.  Car shuttle involved.

Meet at the Garstin Trailhad an carpool to Indian Canyons.


FERN CANYON LOOP: PALM SPRINGS INDIAN CANYONS
Moderate    6 miles. Elevation gain 800 ft.

FOBES TRAIL : GARNER VALLEY
Moderate    4-5 miles. Elevation gain 400 ft.

This hike begins in a cattle grazing area above Garner Valley and follows the old "Cattle Trail" down into Garner Valley. Great vista views of Thomas Mt. and Garner Valley. You will also see the surrounding San Jacinto Mountain Range.


FORSEE CREEK LOOP HIKE: SAN BERNARDINO
Extremely Difficult!    15 miles. Elevation gain 4000 ft.

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FULL MOON HIKE : MECCA
Moderate   

Details will be posted at a later date


GARRETS ARCH LOOP: JOSHUA TREE NP
Moderate    5 miles. Elevation gain 500 ft.

Hike through the Wonderland of Rocks. Great Rock formations. See the Wall Street Mill and other historical sites. Involves rock scramblilng.


GARSTIN, SHANNON TO HENDERSON TRAIL LOOP: PALM SPRINGS
Moderate    4 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.

Hike overlooking Palm Springs.


GOAT TRAILS TO ARABY/BERNS JUNCTION: PALM SPRINGS
Moderate    4 miles. Elevation gain 1,000 ft.

Some off-trail hiking


GOLD HILL - OUT AND BACK: GARNER VALLEY
Moderate    7.5 miles. Elevation gain 1600 ft.

Gold Hill is located in Garner Valley, an area up Hwy 74 known for its large acreage horse ranches. The hike will border several ranches with a gradual climb to Gold Hill, an abandoned mining site with old mine shafts, mining equipment and a reminants of miner's shacks to explore.  Photographers welcome.  The pace will be moderate.


GOLD HILL- PCT NORTH KEY EXCHANGE : GARNER VALLEY
Strenuous    12 miles. Elevation gain 2200 ft and 1800 ft down or the reverse

Gold Hill is located in Garner Valley and was mined for gold at the turn of the last century.  There are abandoned mine shafts, old equipment, and a miner's shack to explore.  


GPS : WHITEWATER
Moderate    3 Hours, minimal walking

Basic  level  -  initial  setup,   tracks,  goto  &  routes.   Bring  pencil  and  GPS  ( optional ).


GPS HIKE FOR THOSE WITH NO GPS : WHITEWATER
Moderate    3 miles . Elevation gain 200 feet

From  Whitewater  Preserve.    ** For  those  who  don't  have  a  GPS.    No  classroom  -  it's  all  on  foot.   GPS  &  map  provided.    This  will  emphasize  what  a  GPS  can  do  rather than  how  to  do  it.    Advantages and disadvantages of  various  features.  


GROTTO OVERLOOK LOOP: MECCA
Moderate    6-7 miles. Elevation gain 500 ft.

Explore slot canyon with stunning views of the 1st Grottos Canyon and Hidden Springs Oasis from ridge top...great valley views. Exotic geology above "Rainbow rocks" area. Some rock scrambling.


GROTTOS 1 and 2: OROCOPIA MOUNTAINS
Strenuous    8-10 miles. Elevation gain 1,500 ft.

GROTTOS/RAINBOW CANYON WALKABOUT/LOOP: OROCOPIA MTS.
Moderate    7 miles. Elevation 600 ft.

Scenic, vista-filled geology hike to the Western Orocopia Mts. Colorful Rainbow Canyon visited. Some rock scramble.


GUADALUPE UP: LA QUINTA
Extremely Difficult!    15 miles. Elevation gain 5500 ft. and 2000 ft. loss.

This hike usually takes around 8 hours.  It will be cancelled a day before if the weather prediction is bad;  this trek is not fun in high winds, rain or snow.  Stay tuned for a "go"  or "no" email from the hike leader if the weather prediction looks dubious for hike day.  On the bright side, this is an epic hike and is lots of fun in good weather for fit hikers.


GUADALUPE DOWN : PINYON
Extremely Difficult!    15 miles. Elevation gain 2000 ft. Elevation loss 5500 ft.

This is an epic hike that will take 6-7 hours and should not be attempted by those with knees that can not take a significant down hill trek.  For the knee hardy, the views will be magnificent, and the cardio challenge will be much less than for the uphill jaunt, the way the hike is usually done.  


GUNSITE BOULDERING : JOSHUA TREE NP
Extremely Difficult!    3 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.

Approach shoes recommended.  Gloves with rough surface will save shredding palms!  Knee pads are nice but optional. Light pack, pants and hat with short brim.

Bouldering in very different from hiking.  You must be a member of the CVHC.  

Hike takes about 4 hours and the drive is an hour each way.


HAHN BUENA VISTA TO EAST FORK :PALM SPRINGS INDIAN CANYONS
Strenuous    14 miles. Elevation gain 2300 ft.

On the two most scenic trails in the Indian Canyons, climb the Buena Vista Trail and descend the East Fork Trail. Some sandy wash, and several moderate waterfall descents.


HALFWAY UP SKYLINE: PALM SPRINGS
Extremely Difficult!    10 miles. Elevation gain 4300 ft.

HALL OF HORRORS: JOSHUA TREE NP
Extremely Difficult!   

Gloves, kneepads and courage necesary.


HERMANS PEAK LOOP - COACHELLA VALLEY PRESERVE
Moderate    8 miles Elevation gain 1200 ft.

From  visitor  center  go  north  and  west  to  Hermans  Peak.    Continue  south  to  Willis  Palms  and  return  north  on  the  east  side  of  Thousand  Palms  road.


HEXAHEDRON MINE: JOSHUA TREE NP
Moderate    8 miles. Elevation gain 1200 ft.

From Stirrup Tank (near Pinto Wye).    Two miles of wide wash,  3/4 mile of rocky canyon,  half mile of uphill off trail and finally,  a mining road and cabin ruins.  Entry fee.


HIDDEN SPRINGS: MECCA (BY MOONLIGHT0
Moderate    4.5 miles. Elevation gain 400 ft.

Beautiful moon lit trail and wash trek to Hidden Springs, a magical destination lit by nature and her friends. Return by way of Sheep Hole Oasis. Bring a chair, beverage of choice and share a campfire after the hike...and maybe a surprise or two. 

 


HIKE LEADER TRAINING
Moderate   

For new hike leaders and refresher for experienced leaders (and wanna be hike leaders), come learn about safety issues, snakes, how to handle emergency situations, emergencies common to the desert, etc.


HIKE TO CROSS, HOP-A-LONG CASSIDY LOOP: PALM DESERT
Moderate    4 miles. Elevation gain 500 ft.

Introductory hike for new hikers and those considering membership in CVHC.


HIKE4HOPE 2018 INDIAN CANYONS, PALM SPRINGS
Moderate   

 

Come one come all to the 2018  HIKE4HOPE  day in the Indian Canyons, Palm Springs

Choose from a variety of hikes

Suppport The City of Hope Women's Cancer Research

Check web site at www.hike4hope.com for information concerning the available hikes and registration.


HIKERS HILL: WHITEWATER
Strenuous    10 miles. Elevation gain 900 ft.

This is a new hike at the Whitewater Preserve. We will cross the river and much of this hike is off trail going up some
washes, but it is a great hike. The destination is a little hill, now called Hikers Hill whose ridgeline we will walk up for a snack and lunch.
Hiking Poles and long pants suggested due to the terrain and spiky vegetation.


HIKING SAFARI IN THE LOCAL MOUNTAINS
   5-6 miles.

Especially for newcomers and those who went to the orientation meetings. Spend a day visiting and exploring 12 trailheads in the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mts & Garner Valley. Great way to familiarize yourself with local mountain hiking opportunities. 


HILLSIDE AND SUMMIT TRAILS LOOP: IDYLLWILD
Moderate    4 miles. Elevation gain 700 ft.

Hike in the beautiful manzanitas and live oaks found in the higher elevations. We'll explore Idyllwild Park, pictographs and the Nature Center. $3 entrance fee to the park.


HOMESTEAD TO HOP-A-LONG CASSIDY TRAIL LOOP: PALM DESERT
Moderate    3 miles. Elevation gain 500 ft.

HOPALONG CASSIDY TO ART SMITH TRAILHEAD: PALM DESERT
Strenuous    8 miles 2,600 elevation gain

Dynamite valley views - see Stone Eagle and Big Horn golf courses up close. 


HORSETHIEF CREEK: PINYON
Moderate    5 miles. Elevation gain 900 ft.

This is an old favorite hike in the Santa Rosas, albeit an upside down one - hike down to the creek, then back up.


HUMBER PARK TO SADDLE JUNCTION TO WILLOW CREEK : IDYLLWILD
Strenuous    8 miles. Elevation gain 2600 ft.

JO POND TRAIL TO PINE MOUNTAIN LOOP: GARNER VALLEY
Moderate    10 Miles. Elevation gain 1500 ft.

Diverse and amazing views of the mountains and desert on this hike starting from Cedar Srpings.


JO POND VIA WEST FORK TO MORRIS RANCH ROAD: PALM SPRINGS INDIAN CANYONS
Extremely Difficult!    12 miles. Elevation gain 6400 ft. Elevation loss 2200 ft.

Hike will start in Indian Canyons (entry fee) acessing the Jo Pond trail via the West Fork trail up to Cedar Springs.  After crossing the PCT, the hike will descend to Morris Ranch Road.  


JOHNNNY LANG CANYON GARNET HILL LOOP: JOSHUA TREE NP
Moderate    6 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft

A loop through canyons and across plateaus near Quail Springs in JTNP. Short stretches of moderate (class 2) rock scrambling (mostly up, a few down), some off-trail hiking and some stony wash walking.  Beautiful views,  Johnny Lang's cabin site and Garnet Hill are highlights.


JOHNNY LANG CANYON TO HIDDEN VALLEY PARKING LOT: JOSHUA TREE NP
Strenuous    8 miles, Elevation gain 1,000 ft.

Shuttle hike. Some off trial with rock scrambling.


JOHNS MEADOW TRAIL: SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS
Moderate    5 miles. Elevation gain 800 ft.

Hike through the yellow pine forest to Forsee Creek. Many flowers in season and great scenery. 

Trail Map

JOHNY LANG CANYON LOOP: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    7 miles. Elevation gain 1,000 ft.

Hike historic Johny Lang Canyon and mine. 


JUNIPER FLATS / JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    7 miles / 500 feet elevation gain

From  Juniper  Flats  trailhead.    Up  northwest  to  view  peaks,    then  down  west  to  a  wash.    Then  south  to  trail  &  return.    Pleasant  rolling  hills  area.


KAYE HILL: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    9 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.

Juniper Flats Trailhead. A pleasant hike near Ryan Mountain. Scenic walk among joshua trees and juniper. Travel small washes and rolling hills in morning, lunch on a hill at the foot of Quail Mountain. Return on a good footpath.   Entry fee.


KEENWILD TO SOUTHRIDGE TRAIL: IDYLLWILD
Moderate    8 Miles.

Parking at the easily accessed Keenwild Station. Hike along a wooded trail with several pretty stream crossings to the beginning of the Southridge Trail to Tahquitz Peak. 


LA QUINTA COVE LOOP: LA QUINTA
Extremely Difficult!    14 miles. Elevation gain 2000 ft.

Beginning at the east end of the Cove, we'll take the Boo Hoff trail to the Lake Cahuilla side. We'll go past The Quarry development and pick up Morrow Trail by the lake. Morrow Trail will go back to the Cove. Some wash walking and road walking. 


LA QUINTA COVE OVERLOOK: LA QUINTA
Moderate    4 miles, Elevation gain 800ft

Fabulous views from a loittle mountain high over La Quinta Cove.


LA QUINTA COVE TO QUARRY LAKE CAUILLA: LA QUINTA
Moderate    6 miles. Elevation 500 ft.

Great view of the Salton Sea.


LADDER/PAINTED CANYON: MECCA
Moderate    5 miles. Elevation gain 600 ft.

A must see venture through narrow canyons accessed by ladders.


LATITUDE/LONGITUDE & UTM: WHITEWATER PRESERVE.
Moderate    3 hours - Minimal walking

How to find map locations (coordinates) for Latitude/Longitude and UTM. Datum explained.   Practice  using coordinates  during a short walk.   Bring pencil and GPS (optional).


LAZY S. RANCH PIPES CANYON PRESERVE: PIONEER TOWN
Moderate    12 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.

Ranch ruins.  Uphill is  very gradual.  The  miles go by easily on this hike.


LELA PEAK LOOP: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    7 miles. Elevation gain 1500 ft.

Squaw Tank Trailhead.  7 mile dirt road drive.  Good Views.  Some off trail.  Entry fee.


LITTLE UTAH OVERLOOK LOOP: MECCA HILLS
Moderate    5 miles. Elevation gain 200 ft.

Great views of the Mecca Hills and 'Little Utah Canyon'.


LOST HORSE MINE LOOP: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    7 miles. Elevation gain 1300 ft.

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.


LOST PALM OASIS AT COTTONWOOD SPRING: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PRAK
Moderate    8 miles. Elevation gain 600 ft.

LYKKEN LOOP NORTH: PALM SPRINGS
Moderate    7-8 miles. Elevation gain 1500-2000 ft.

Hike the N. Lykken Trail to the museum tables, then ascend the Skyline Trail, turning back at the 3-4 mi. point.  Return along the dam. Great views of Palm Springs with a bird's eye view of the Palm Springs Modern homes in Vista Las Palmas.


LYKKEN TRAIL (RAMON ROAD TO THE TABLES): PALM SPRINGS
Moderate    3 miles. Elevation gain 1,000 ft.

A Classic hike in Palm Springs that gets your heart pumping.


LYKKEN TRAIL SOUTH TO NORTH: PALM SPRINGS
Strenuous    10 miles. Elevation gain 2700 ft. Elevation loss 2350 ft.

This trail meanders along the hillside above Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.  The views of Palm Springs are beautiful.  There are several sets of picnic tables along the way  where hikers can rest and enjoy the view.  In hot weather, this hike is especially strenuous because there is almost no shade.

The North access is Vista Chino to Via Norte.  Right on Via Norte.  Left on Chino Circle.  Veer left on Panorama rd.  Veer left on cielo.  Parking area on left.


LYKKEN TRAIL SOUTH TO SECOND PICNIC TABLES: PALM SPRINGS
Moderate    7.7 miles. 1750 feet elevation gain.

MAD WOMEN SPRING: PALM SRINGS/INDIAN CANYONS
Extremely Difficult!    12 Miles. Elevation gain 3000 ft.

Rigorous mostly off trail hike to a secluded cabin and spring in the Indian Canyons.


MAGNESIA FALLS TO ART SMITH TO DUNN ROAD TO CATHEDRAL CITY: RANCHO MIRAGE
Strenuous    9 miles. Elevation gain 2000

Hiking canyon, beautiful rock formations, high potential for seeing big horn sheep, Travel through palm groves, great views of the valley on the way out. Car Shuttle. This hike will expose you to all the best parts of desert hiking. Good hiking shoes or boots, 2 liters of water, 10 essentials. Some dry waterfall climbing.


MAGNESIA FALLS TO ART SMITH TRAILHEAD HIGHWAY 74: RANCHO MIRAGE
Strenuous    12 miles. Elevation gain 2800 ft.

Hike through canyons and palm groves. Climb dry waterfalls. Colorful rock formations. Potential to see Bighorn sheep. Car shuttle required.


MAGNESIA FALLS: RANCHO MIRAGE
Moderate    4 miles. Elevation gain 800 ft.

Dry waterfall climbing.


MALAPAI HILL: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    2 miles. Elevation gain: 600 ft
Experience volcanic history in Joshua Tree NP on this short hike with a geology focus. There is no defined trail; the slopes of Malapai Hill are rocky and uneven; poles and sturdy shoes suggested. Great views of Pleasant Valley, Queen Valley, Hexie Mountains, etc.; some columnar basalt joints close to the summit.

MAP & COMPASS HIKE: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    8 miles. Elevation gain 800 ft.

Window Rock Trailhead. Beginner's knowledge of compass expected. Maps supplied. Practice navigation through varied terrain. See how map depictions look in real life. A lot of stopping and talking.  Entry fee.


MAP READING: WHITEWATER PRESERVE
Moderate    3 hours. Minimal walking.

Understand contour lines. Determine slope steepness. Identify map symbols. Simplify maps with hi-liters. Find navigation clues on a map. See hiking map types and some sources. Bring a pencil.


MARION MOUNTAIN TO SEVEN PINES LOOP: IDYLLWILD
Strenuous    7.5 miles, elevation gain 2500ft

Shuttle hike in Idyllwild.  Marion is a gut buster  3 miles up but a good all around work out.  Rather go up than down for the knees!  Once it connects with the PCT we cross over to the Seven Pines trail and go through beautiful forest all the way down.

 


MARION MT. TRAIL TO DEER SPRINGS TRAIL VIA PCT: IDYLLWILD
Strenuous    8 miles. Elevation Gain 2000 ft.

This hike ascends along the western slope of Mt. San Jacinto.  It begins at the Marion Mt. campground and is mostly shady in the cool pines for 3 miles up.  It gets your attention - it's steep, with 2000 ft. gain in 3 miles.  The descent for 5 miles on the Deer Springs Trail is more gradual with a different ecosystem featuring an impressive expanse of ferns.   Shuttle hike.


MAYNARD MINE: PALM SPRINGS/INDIAN CANYONS
Strenuous    8 miles. Elevation gain 2000 ft.

This is a great winter hike. The climb up the slope is constant. Great Valley views in Indian Canyons and the distant peaks to the south. Bring food, water, good hiking boots. Entrance Fee into Indian Canyons.


MECCACOPIA TRAIL/GROTTOS LOOP: OROCOPIA MTS.
Moderate    7.5 miles. Elevation gain 800 ft.

An adventurous off trail walkabout of ridges and canyons in the western Orocopia Mountains.


MISSION CREEK EAST OVERLOOK: WHITEWATER PRESERVE
Moderate    8 miles. Elevation gain 1400 ft.

From  the  rockhouse,  west  to  the  PCT,  then  north  &  east  to  the  viewpoint.    Return  same  way.


MISSION CREEK PCT LOOP: WHITEWATER PRESERVE
Moderate    10 miles. 1360 ft gain and loss.

After passing through the gate at the Mission Creek Preserve west of Desert Hot Springs, we will hike from the Stonehouse to the San Gorgonio overlook, then down into Whitewater canyon, south in the wash to the PCT, and back on the PCT north to the Stonehouse.  


MISSION CREEK TO PCT NORTH: WHITEWATER PRESERVE
Moderate    10 miles. Elevation gain 1300 ft.

Hike a section of Pacific Crest Trail from Mission Creek Preserve to ridge top expansive views and Whitewater overlook.  Fabulous views of valley and San Gorgonio Peak.  


MISSION CREEK TO SAN GORGONIO OVERLOOK: WHITEWATER PRESERVE
Moderate    8 Miles. Elevation gain 1,000 ft.

Hike through desert brush country, past the PCT and west toward Mount San Gorgonio--an 11,500 foot granite-covered pyramid. The Mission Creek Preserve has some of the best flower hikes in the desert.


MISSION CREEK TO STONE HOUSE TO PCT: WHITEWATER PRESERVE
Moderate    4 miles. Elevation gain 500 ft.

Level hike.


MISSION CREEK WALKABOUT: WHITEWATER PRESERVE
Moderate    About 5 miles, mostly off trail.

Wildflower hike. We are going to do a large circle around the old stone house looking for signs of the Mission Creek branch of the San Andreus Fault and anything else we can encounter.


MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST CANYON: YUCCA VALLEY
Strenuous    6 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft. Strenuous because of rock scrambling.

The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) inludes a new hiking area between Hwy 62 and Joshua Tree National Park near the town of Joshua Tree.  This hike is ideal for friends of naturalist Tom Kayne who has recently moved from Pioneertown  to the edge of the MDLT and will guide us.  We will do uphill boulder scrambling for about a mile and climb one dry waterfall.   


MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST, SECTION 13: BETWEEN YUCCA VALLEY AND JOSHUA TREE
Moderate    5 - 6 Miles, Elevation gain 1,000 ft

Explore area belonging to the Mojave Land Trust.  Expect some steep rock scrambling in the canyon.


MOMYER TRAIL TO ALGER CREEK: SAN BERNARDINO MT/FORREST FALLS
Strenuous    7.5 miles. Elevation gain 1,700 ft.

Hike to Alger Creek above Forest Falls in the San Bernardino Mountans. Have lunch beneath the cool shade of a grove of white alders.


MONTHLY SOCIAL
  

Come mingle with your fellow CVHC members at our monthly socials held the third Monday of every month at various restaurants/venues throughout the Coachella Valley.  New members especially welcomed to mix with others and share trail stories and new adventures.  Specific details provided each month.  Please respond by EVITE invitation.


MOON COUNTY: COACHELLA VALLEY PRESERVE
Moderate    5 miles, Flat

See interesting rock formations.


MORONGO PRESERVE TO THE COUNTY LINE: MORONGO PRESERVE
Moderate    4 miles. Elevation gain 500 ft.

Hike in the beautiful Morongo Preserve.


MORRIS RANCH RD TO FOBES RD: GARNER VALLEY
Strenuous    8.5 miles. Elevation Gain 2500 ft

Great workout with spectacular views of the valley and mountain ranges while hiking on the PCT


MORRIS RANCH ROAD TO FOBES TRAIL: GARNER VALLEY
Strenuous    13 miles. Elevation gain 3100 ft.

Hike Cedar Springs trail up through many switchbacks to join the PCT at a four-way junction. Head North on PCT to Fobes trail. Highlights of this hike include magnificent vistas of Pyramid Peak, Spitler Peak, San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Hemet Lake and Garner Valley. The valley is filled with ribbonwood, manzanita, scrub oak and yucca.


MORRIS RANCH ROAD TO FOBES VALLEY: GARNER VALLEY
   EASY 3-4 MILES DOWNHILL

TOP OF MORRIS RANCH ROAD  TO FOBES VALLEY.   Easy 3-4 miles downhill (car shuttle) .  See Garner Valley from a whole new perspective!  Gentle downgrade of 400 ft. into Garner Valley, great mountain vista views!


MORRIS RANCH ROAD TO LIVE OAK SPRING TO PALM CANYON TO HWY 74: GARNER VALLEY
Extremely Difficult!    16 miles. Elevation 2,000 ft.

Rogged hike with huge payoffs for views and wilderness factor. This is the reverse of an exploratory hike done in 2012 that involved and "unplanned" overnighter. Bring long pants but no sleeping bag.


MORRIS RANCH ROAD TO LIVE OAK SPRINGS TRAILHEAD: GARNER VALLEY
Extremely Difficult!    13.4 miles. Elevation gain 2400 ft.

Hike starts at Cedar Springs trailhead. Hike through a grove of live oaks until you join the PCT. Beautiful views of the Salton Sea and Lake Hemet. Spectacular views. 


MOUNT RYAN / JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    5 miles, 1200 feet elevation gain

From  Ryan  Mountain  trailhead.   Up  many  stone  steps  to  the  peak,  then  off  trail  east  to  Sheep  Camp  area,  &  return  on  trail.    Outstanding  views.


MURRAY CANYON/ COFFMAN LOOP INDIAN CANYONS
Moderate    5 miles. Elevation gain 800 ft.

Walk through old growth palms along a babbling brook, back by Coffman trail with views to oasis.
 


MURRAY HILL VIA WILD HORSE: PALM SPRINGS
Moderate    7 miles. Elevation gain 1800 ft.

MURRAY PEAK FROM GARSTIN TRAIL: PALM SPRINGS
Strenuous    8 miles. Elevation gain 2200 ft.

MURRAY PEAK FROM VONS: PALM SPRINGS
Strenuous    6,25 miles. Elevation gain 1900 ft.

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


MURRAY PEAK LOOP: PALM SPRINGS
Strenuous    8 miles. Elevation gain 2200 ft.

MURRAY SHUTTLE FROM CATHEDRAL CANYON COVE TO VONS: CATHERDRAL CITY
Strenuous    8 Miles, 2,000 ft gain

Starting in Cove with a steep up to Dunn road and then up murray and down to cars.


NORTH RIM: IDYLLWILD
Strenuous    8 miles. Elevation gain 2500 ft.

From  Humber  Park  &  up  the  Devil's  Slide.    North  on  PCT  up  20  switchbacks  with  postcard  views  of  the  Tahquitz  ridge.  Lunch  at  8900  feet.     Pine  forest  all  the  way.   Uphill  hikers'   delight.    National  Forest  parking  pass.


NORTH LYKKEN TRAIL: PALM SPRINGS
Moderate    5 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.

Hike foothills overlooking Palm Springs, returning to cars thru Palm Springs. 


NORTH VIEW/MAZE/WINDOW ROCK LOOP: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    8 miles. Elevation gain 1300 ft.

A scenic winding trail with great rock formations. Moderately steep at first before levelling out through the Maze and the loop around Window Rock. Minimum wash walking.  A great way to experience many of the geological and natural features of Joshua Tree National Park on one trail.


OAK CANYON POTHOLES: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    8.5 miles. Elevation gain 1350 ft.

This strenuous 6-7 hour hike requires agility, flexibility and some scrambling experience to negotiate the boulders and vegetation that crowd sections of this remote canyon in the Queen Mountain area (JTNP). The reward at the end of the hike is a collection of water-sculpted, polished rock slabs full of deep potholes. Short side treks lead to a waterfall and to an overlook above the Wonderland of Rocks.


OLD HIGHWAY 38: MOUNTAIN HOME TO ANGELUS OAKS: YACAIPA
Moderate    6.5 miles. Elevation gain 2,000 ft.

Ascend or descend abandoned highway from Mountain Home to Angelus Oaks. Have lunch or breakfast at the Angelus Oaks Cafe. Route is part old paved road and part trail where the road has disapeard. 


OLD WAGON WHEEL CATTLE TRAIL: GARNER VALLEY
Moderate    3.5 miles, elevation loss 400 ft.

Enjoy a leisurely walk downhill on an old 1880's cattle trail in Garner Valley, starting at the top of Morris Ranch Road

and ending in Garner Valley, enjoying scenic views of Garner Valley and Thomas Mt. along the way.

Dogs welcome!


ONAGA LOOP: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    7 miles / 1100 feet elevation gain

From  Desert  View  Conservation  Area.  Drive  slightly  rumpled  dirt  road.   Hike  east  into  JTNP,   then  north  on  Burro  loop  trails.    Return  down  partly  different  trail.


OUTER MONGOLIA : JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    7 miles Elevation gain 400 ft.

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.


PACIFIC CREST TRAIL NORTH FROM SNOWCREEK: PALM SPRINGS
Strenuous    10 miles. Elevation gain 2000 ft.

Enjoy beautiful views on this hike up the PCT.


PACIFIC CREST TRAIL NORTH OF HWY 74: GARNER VALLEY
Strenuous    13 miles. Elevation gain 1800 ft.

Hike a small portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. Great Views, interesting flora and rock formations.


PACIFIC CREST TRAIL NORTH TO MORRIS RANCH ROAD: GARNER VALLEY
Strenuous    13 miles. 2000 ft up and 800 ft down.

Gorgeous views of the high mountains on this trail in the pines.


PACIFIC CREST TRAIL NORTH TOWARD LIVE OAK SPRING: GARNER VALLEY
Strenuous    10 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.

Hike a piece of the PCT


PACIFIC CREST TRAIL SOUTH TO TERWILIGER FLATS: GARNER VALLEY
Strenuous    12 miles.

PACIFIC CREST TRAIL SOUTH: GARNER VALLEY
Moderate    7 miles. Elevation gain 800 ft.

PACIFIC CREST TRAIL TO PINES TO PALM TRAILHEAD: GARNER VALLEY
Extremely Difficult!    14 Miles, elevationg ain 3500 ft. 2500 ft. loss.

This is a shuttle hike that will start on Morris Ranch Road and end at the Hwy 74 parking for the Pines to Palm hike. We will head up to the PCT, then down into Live Oak Spring, across the plateau below and cut cross country to Palm Canyon, then back up Palm Canyon to the cars. Approximately 4 miles of this hike is a pick and choose route without a clear trail. While you are not required to hike in long pants and shirt, you are required to bring them with you along with 3 liters of water. 


PALM CANYON AND THE SLOT : ANZA BORREGO
Moderate    3.6 miles for Canyon loop. Elevation gain 600 ft. Plus 2 flat miles for The Slot

  Spring wildflowers could be prolific if the winter brings sufficient rain.  First, we will hike and out and back from near the Visitor's Center in Palm Canyon, turning around near the first oasis where new palms are emerging. There will be some rock scrambling.  After lunch on the patio at a restaurant, we will drive to The Slot -- a suberb example of badlands erosion where a very narrow path winds through sandstone walls rising as high as 50 feet. It is spectacular!


PALM CANYON TO HWY 74: PALM SPRINGS/INDIAN CANYONS
Extremely Difficult!    16 miles. 4500 ft. elevation gain; 1000 ft loss (or reverse)

Key exchange with one group going up and the other down. 


PALM CANYON TO STONE POOLS: INDIAN CANYONS, PALM SPRINGS
Moderate    6 miles. Elevation gain 900 ft.

Excellent views of high desert and Palm Springs followed by destination spot for good photos and break next to unique pools in Palm Canyon Creek.


PANORAMIC LOOP - JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    6 miles - Elevation gain 1100 feet

From Black Rock trailhead. The route will start in Black Rock Canyon, then up the steep east side and gently down the west canyon. Return down Black Rock Canyon.No entry fee.


PAW HILL: WHITEWATER PRESERVE
Moderate    7 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.

Nice hike at the Preserve with two water crossings.


PEAK 4389 - JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    6 miles Elevation gain 600 ft.

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.


PEAK 5418: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Strenuous    10 miles. Elevation gain 1800 feet.

Peak  5418  is  a  quarter  mile  west  of  Eureka  Peak.    From  Black  Rock  trailhead  go  east  on  the  Eureka  Peak  trail  to  peak  5418.  Return  west  down  peak  5418  and  to  the  Burnt  Hill  trail.


PHOTO GROUP FOCUS SESSION-CAMERA BASICS
   0 miles. elevation gain 0 ft.

THIS IS NOT A HIKE! It is a Photography Group Focus Session is intended for beginner and intermediate photographers that want to learn more or refresh themselves about the settings on their cameras. This covers the next steps beyond setting the camera to Automatic. Most cameras allow manual adjustment for aperture size, shutter speed and camera sensitivity. This session will investigate the relative tradeoffs and when to optimize settings for various lighting and subject conditions. Please bring your cameras.


PHOTO GROUP FOCUS SESSION-MANAGING PHOTO LIGHTING AND COLOR CONTROL
Moderate    0 miles. Elevation gain 0 ft.

THIS IS NOT A HIKE!!!  This academic session is for intermediate and advanced photographers that want to learn more about light and color management in the various steps and pitfalls in the process of taking a photo, viewing it on a monitor, and then printing a photo. The histogram will be explained and various color spaces will be discussed in simple terms. This focus session is a combination of two that were given last year plus some additional information. 


PHOTO GROUP FOCUS SESSION-USING THE HISTOGRAM AND OTHER CAMERA LIGHTING TECHNIQUES
   0 miles. elevation gain 0 ft.

THIS IS NOT A HIKE! It is a Photography Group Focus Session intended for intermediate and advanced photographers. This working session examines the meaning of the histogram display and how it can be used to optimize the exposure levels of a photo. The session will also discuss other ways to enhance the bright and dark portions of an image. HDR (High Dynamic Range) techniques will be discussed. Not necessary, but attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras that have histogram viewer option. Post processing techniques will also be discussed.


PHOTO GROUP SESSION: HOW TO SELL YOUR PHOTOS ON LINE
Moderate    0 miles. Elevation gain 0 ft.

Join a roundtable discussion with Lisa Werner, a professional photographer and member of our hiking club, to learn about her experiences with making money on line from photographs. Lisa will take us through some of the available web sites that she has used to successfully sell her photos. This Focus Group Session will be held at Lisa's home in La Quinta


PHOTO SECTION EXCURSION
  

An Excursion to photograph landscapes and natural places in the San Diego area March 3-5, two nights in a Carlsbad hotel.  Open to CVHC Photo Section members only.  Please contact Suzanne Randell for further details.


PHOTO SECTION FOCUS GROUP: CREATING A PHOTO BOOK
  

This Photo Section Focus Group is a 1 hour session learning some tips on how to group your photos in a book using My Publisher software.  No prior knowledge is necessary but even folks who have done several books can learn in the group experience.  If you have already published some photo books, bring them to the session.  Limited to 6 members.  


PHOTO SECTION MEETING
  

THIS IS JUST ANNOUNCEMENT.  NO NEED TO RESPOND TO THE 'HIKE LEADER' UNLESS YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PHOTO SECTION.

The Photo Section meets at the Cathedral City Library, located at 33520 Date Palm Drive in Cathedral City a little north of Dinah Shore.  It's an excellent venue with plenty of convenient parking.  We are a group of landscape photography enthusiasts that vary in experience from beginners to professionals, from phone cameras to heavy equipment.  We have interesting speakers at each meeting and member photo sharing.  It's open to Photo Section members and any member of the Coachella Valley Hiking Club, so come see what we do! 


PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP-FOCUS SESSION-BEGINNER ADOBE LIGHTROOM TO ORGANIZE/PROCESS IMAGES
Moderate    0 miles. Elevation gain 0 ft.

THIS IS NOT A HIKE! This is a Photography Group Focus Session. Adobe Lightroom is a software program designed especially for photographers, and most normal image processing functions can be performed without using more complicated software such as Photoshop. It is also an organizing tool, whether you "just want to organize your photos and clean them up a little", to "I have thousands of photos and wish I could organize and archive them in various ways."  This entry level session is intended for those who have never used the program, or have frustratingly tried it. The session will cover program setup and preferences, importing, organizing, and archiving images, metadata, workflow skills, histogram, sharing, printing, and exporting photos.

Requirements: (Desireable) A laptop with Lightroom 4 or later installed. If you only have a desktop, we may be able to supply a few laptops for practice.

Group session will be led by Bette Levine, an accomplished photo editor and photo art creator, who is a member of our photo group.

A more detailed course outline will be sent to you once you have signed up for this focus group session.

If you are interested in a more advanced Lightroom session, please respond and we will try to set up that session.


PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP-FOCUS SESSION-DIGITAL PHOTO COLOR MANAGEMENT
Moderate    0 miles. Elevation gain 0 ft

HIS IS NOT A HIKE! This is a Photography Group Focus Session intended for intermediate and advanced photographers. Have you ever wondered why your final photograph doesn't look the same as displayed on the camera or monitor? This session examines the various steps in the process from taking a photo, viewing it on a monitor, and then printing a photograph. Basic light and color theory will be presented as well as capabilities and limitations of cameras, monitors and printers. Discussion group will share personal experiences and how to optimize the process for desired results. Photo Section members only please.


PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP-FOCUS SESSION-USING MOBILE DEVICES
   0 miles. elevation gain 0 ft.

This is a Photography Group Focus Session about how to best use cameras on mobile devices. Also included will be how to edit, transfer and share pictures.


PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE: ANDREAS AND MURRAY CANYONS
Moderate    5-6 miles. Elevation gain 500ft.

This is a photography hike sponsored by the Photo Section of the club. It will be a tour of the riparian areas of Andreas and Murray Canyons, moderate, with frequent stops for photography. Bring your camera equipment and prepare to get creative in this beautiful setting.   

 

PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE: BIG MORONGO PRESERVE
Moderate    3 miles, 500ft elevation gain

This is a photography hike sponsored by the Photo Section of the club. The main objectives of this hike are capturing images of fall foliage and birds/wildlife, so the pace is slow, with a lot of stopping along the way.     


PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE: BILL KEYS DESERT QUEEN RANCH TOUR, JT NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    2 miles. Elevation gain: None

This is a photography hike sponsored by the Photo Section of the club. It will be a docent guided tour through historic Desert Queen Ranch in Joshua Tree Nat'l Park. Emphasis will be on touring and photographing the site in morning light. The walking distance for the ranch is minor. A $10 tour fee and Park entry fees per vehicle apply. 


PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE: DOS PALMAS RESERVE
Moderate    4-5 miles, 100ft. elev gain/loss

This is a Photo Section hike to the Dos Palmas Reserve, located a few miles east of Salton Sea State Recreation Area. The hike is for those interested in photographing this remote landscape, waterfowl, ponds and palm groves spread throughout the site. Lots of starting and stopping as usual. Bring your camera, and for wildlife, a telephoto lens if you have one. Past experience suggests good photos can be taken with any camera and level of experience.


PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE: JOSHUA TREE NP CHOLLA GARDENS, WHITE TANK ARCH
Moderate    SHORT WALKING DISTANCES, AVOIDING ALL CONTACT WITH CHOLLA CACTI

This is a destination photo shoot, sponsored by the Photography Section, geared to those interested in photographing sunrise from inside the Cholla Garden. After the shoot, we will travel north to White Tank, photographing the rock formations and arch there. This is a walkabout, not a lot of hiking involved. Early a.m. start, members only.           


PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE: NORTH SALTON SEA
Moderate    2-3 miles, elevation gain 100ft

This is a photography hike sponsored by the Photo Section of the CVHC. We will be exploring the northern section of the Salton Sea, making several stops to photograph the many species of birds along this remarkable shoreline. The pace will be moderate, with frequent stops. Bring your camera, and telephoto lens if you have one; however, past experience suggests that good photos can be taken at the sea with any camera.

  


PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE: PIONEERTOWN MOUNTAINS PRESERVE & CHAPARROSA VICINTY
Moderate    3.5mi, elevation 800ft

This is a Photography Section Hike, from the Pioneertown Mountains Preserve station into the vicinity of Chaparrosa Peak, though we will not go all the way up to the peak. Along the trail, vistas and mountains present opportunities to capture some great images. There will be lots of starting and stopping as usual. Bring your camera, take in the scenery, and prepare to bag some fine photos along the way.     


PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE: RAINBOW CANYON, WHITEWATER PRESERVE
Moderate    6 miles, 1200ft

This is a Photography section hike to Rainbow Canyon in the Whitewater Preserve, geared to photographers interested in capturing images of this beautiful area. Be aware there is a lot of stopping and starting on these hikes as photos are taken along the way. 


PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE: SOUTH SALTON SEA
Moderate    2-3 miles. elevation gain 200 ft.

This is a photography hike sponsored by the Photo Section of the club.  We will be going to the South Salton Sea and will make three stops.  Two of them will be sites of the Sonny Bono Wildlife Refuge and another will be a berm commonly inhabited by burrowing owls.

The pace wlll be moderate, but with frequent stops for photography as indicated.  Mostly we will be taking picture of the many species of birds found there.

Bring your photography equipment, including telephoto lens if you have one.  Past experience suggests that some good photos can be taken by any level of camera and ability.  The viewing alone is usually remarkable.

Bring lots of water and a snack.


PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE--JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    Slow pace. No significant elevation gain.

Three easy hikes in the center of Joshua Tree National Park with excellent photographic opportunities.  Bring your cameras, water and snacks.  We'll carpool from Indian Ave. 


PHOTOGRAPHY SECTION FIELD TRIP: IMPERIAL SAND DUNES WILDERNESS AREA
Moderate    2-3 miles / elevation gain 500ft

This is a Photography Section field trip to the North Algodones Wilderness portion of the Imperial Sand Dune Complex, near Glamis, CA. The intent of this trip is to capture photos of the dunes and vistas late in the day, taking advantage of late afternoon and twilight conditions. The dunes are a 2 hour drive from Palm Desert to an access point on HWY 78. From there, a short hike will land photographers on the north side of HWY 78, in the wilderness area which is closed to off-road vehicles. This area is extensive, but the trek in will be limited. Gas money is required, and we can opt for a quick dinner in Brawley on the way home.      


PHOTOGRAPHY SECTION FIELD TRIP: JOSHUA TREE
   Easy walking less than a mile.

NOAH PURIFOY OUTDOOR DESERT ART MUSEUM:  Joshua Tree

"Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Desert Art Museum consists of 7.5 acres of open land displaying Purifoy's assemblage sculptures, created between 1989 and 2004.  The works themselves are great - as is the decay due to the harsh elements of their desert setting.  Resisting the ideologies of institutionalized art, Purifoy proposed to find out what role nature could play in the history of an art piece, arguing that 'changes are an integral part of life itself'."  We will bring our cameras and photograph the patterns and designs in this outdoor museum 'in nature'.  All MEMBERS of the CVHC are welcome.

 


PHOTOGRAPHY SECTION-BEGINNERS PHOTO CLASS
Moderate    Class

Two Hour Beginners Class in Photography.


PIGSAH PEAK: OAK GLEN PRESERVE
Moderate    4 - 5 miles. Elevation gain 800 ft.

New trail at The Oak Glen Preserve. Lunch afterward at the barbeque place.


PINYON LOOP TO PINYON CREST: PINYON
Strenuous    10-12 miles. 1700-2000 ft. elevation gain. 1600 ft. descent.

Shuttle required near the trailhead. Hike through ribbonwoods at around 4000 ft., then down into the south end of Palm Canyon and then back to Hwy 74 along Palm Canyon Ridge.


PIONEERTOWN: PIPES CANYON LOOP TO CHAPAROSA PEAK: YUCCA
Moderate    7 miles. 1500 ft. gain.

Hike near Pioneertown where many cowboy movies were filmed in the early days of cinema.


PIPES CANYON LOOP: YUCCA
Moderate    7 Miles, Elevation gain 900 feet

Loop hike through the Pioneer Town Pipes Canyon Preserve west of Yucca Valley.  Hiking counter clockwise we'll pass by petroglyphs and ruins of the stone Olsen cabin.


PIPES CANYON FLOWER HIKE: YUCCA
Moderate    4-6 miles. Elevation gain 300 ft.

Hope for many wildflowers! 


PIPES CANYON TO THE GREEN HOUSE: YUCCA
Moderate    9 Miles. Elevation gain 800 ft.

Pleasant hike up Pipes Canyon to where the green house used to be. Hike through a riparian area into pinyon juniper woodlands. Lunch at Pappy and Harirets afterward.


POTRERO TRAIL: INDIAN CANYONS: PALM SPRINGS
Strenuous    8 miles. 1200 ft.

Hike in scenic Indian Canyons first through an area once used for cattle grazing and then into a canyon with many palms and huge rounded granite slabs that thrust up from the plateau floor.  This hike is rated as strenuous primarily because of optional boulder scrambling at the turn around point in the hike.  


PUSHAWALLA PALMS: COACHELLA VALLEY PRESERVE
Moderate    5 miles. Elevation gain 200 ft.

Explore natural oasis.


PUSHWALLA PALMS LOOP: COACHELLA VALLEY PRESERVE
Moderate    7 miles. Elevation gain 300 ft.

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


PYRAMID CANYON: MECCA HILLS
Moderate    5 miles, Flat

Thanksgiving day hike! Pre-Turkey burn! Great for kids too. See the effects of massive flash flood. Exotic colorful canyon hike with "Canyon Overlooks."


QUAIL MTN : JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Strenuous    13 miles. Elevation gain 1600 ft.

From  Juniper Flats trailhead.   Five  miles  of  easy  walk  and  1.5 miles  of  steep,  intermittent  trail.   Tallest  ( 5813' )  peak  in  the  park.  Great  views.   Entry  fee.


RAINBOW ROCK CANYON: WHITEWATER PRESERVE
Moderate    7 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.

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


RAMONA TRAIL, THOMAS MTN: GARNER VALLEY
Strenuous    10 miles, Elevation gain 2,000 ft.

Ramona Trail to picnic tables, out and back.


RAMONA TRAIL: GARNER VALLEY
Strenuous    13 miles; elevation gain 2500 ft.

Ramona trail:  Thomas mountain loop.  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.  


RANDALL HENDERSON TRAIL: PALM DESERT
Moderate    3 miles. Elevation gain 500 ft.

RATTLESNAKE CANYON : JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Extremely Difficult!    Bouldering, not a hike. Rock scrambling. About 5-6 miles, 1000 feet elevation.

This is about an hour drive from Palm Springs.  It takes 2 hrs to get to the top, lunch, then 2 hours down.  This is not for anyone afraid of heights, narow ledges or steep drops; requires sense of balance, upper body strength to pull yourself up boulders.  Long pants, approach shoes and gloves recommended.


RED CANYON: OROCOPIA MOUNTAINS
Moderate    Easy 5 mile 300 feet elevation gain

"Moab Utah" looking terrain

Need 4 X 4 SUV vehicles Dirt Road


RED DOME TO OLD ROAD LOOP: WHITEWATER PRESERVE
Moderate    6.5 Miles. Elevation gain 700 ft.

Hike to Red Dome. Cross the river bed and explore an old abandoned road. Hike on the old road back to the preserve. Some off trail


RITZ RAMBLE: RANCHO MIRAGE
Moderate    4 miles. Elevation gain 600 ft.

ROUND VALLEY LOOP: TRAM HIKES
Moderate    6.5 miles. Elevation gain 1400 ft.

Round Valley trail to the base of Jean Peak.  Descending the Ranger Trail and the Sid Davis Drainage


ROUND VALLEY LOOP: TRAM HIKES
Strenuous    8 miles, Elevation 1400 ft.

Take the tram and hike to Wellman's Divide via the Round Valley High Trail.  Return to Round Valley and continue towards the tram via Tamarack Valley, exploring some campsites along the way.  Lunch at Swallow campsite. Take the trails to Tamarack Valley/Sid Davis drainage and return to the tram.


ROUND VALLEY LOOP: TRAM HIKES
Moderate    5 miles. Elevation gain 700 ft.

Get out of the desert and enjoy a beautiful hike in the mountains.


RYAN MOUNTAIN : JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    5 miles, 1200 feet elevation gain

From  Ryan mountain  trailhead, head up  to  the peak,  then  off  trail  east  to  Sheep  Camp  area  &  return  on  trail.    Outstanding  views.   Entry fee.


SALTON SEA OVERLOOK: LA QUINTA
Moderate    3.5 miles and Elevation gain 950 ft.

Short but steep hike in the La Quinta Cove. Great views of the Salton Sea and the Coachella Valley. 


SALTON SEA PETROGLYPHS: LA QUINTA
Moderate    5 miles. Elevation gain 700 ft.

Ancient petroglyph site overlooking the Salton Sea. We will follow an old Indian Trail to the site


SAN BERNADINO PEAK: SAN BERNADINO
Extremely Difficult!    16 miles, Gain 4,702

Turnaround at Columbine Spring, or Limber Pine Bench (5.8mi) is also a possibility. The trail climbs steeply up a series of switchbacks over sharp rocky ridges with gorgeous views to San Gorgonio, Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear. 


SAN GORGONIO OVERLOOK: WHITEWATER PRSERVE
Strenuous    11 miles. Elevation gain 1,200 ft.

Hike begins at Whitewater Preserve.  Great views of Whtewater and adjoinng valley.


SAN GORGONIO OVERLOOK: MISSION CREEK PRESERVE
Strenuous    8 miles. Elevation gain 900 ft.

Hike begins from the Mission Creek Preserve.  Registration required online to gain access for parking near stone houses.  Great views of the San Bernardino Mountians and the Northern reaches of the Whitewater Canyon.


SAN JACINTO PEAK VIA MARION MOUNTAIN TRAIL: IDYLLWILD
Extremely Difficult!    12 miles. Elevation gain 4,500 with 5 miles down, 2,500 loss

This trail is the shortest and arguable the most challenging route to San Jacinto . . .  as it goes up, up, up.  Not Skyline, but definitely in it's league. And remember,  unlike Skyline,  you will have to walk back down! Beautiful views and an amazing workout.  Won't come close to doing our usual 3.0 mph.  Bring food. Leave a note for your loved ones.  


SAN JACINTO PEAK : TRAM HIKES
Strenuous    7 miles. Elevation gain 2300 ft.

Snowshoe hike.  Bring snowshoes and/or katullas. 


SAN JACINTO PEAK VIA FULLER RIDGE: IDYLLWILD
Extremely Difficult!    15 miles. Elevation gain 3200 ft.

The Fuller Ridge Trail is accessed off Hwy. 243 in Idyllwild, a magnificent but demanding alternative route to San Jacinto Peak.


SAN JACINTO PEAK: TRAM HIKES
Strenuous    12 miles. Elevation Gain 2400 ft.

Start and end at the top of the tram with spectacular hiking high in the mountains.


SAN JACINTO WALL: TRAM HIKES
Strenuous    5 miles. Elevation gain 2000ft

Beginning at the tram, heading past Wellman's Divide towards the peak to the "wall".


SANTA ROSA PLATEAU ECOLOGICAL PRESERVE: MURRIETTA, CA
Moderate    5 - 6 miles. Elevation gain 500 ft.

Non-strenuous hike in native California oak savanna and grassland, hopefully with Spring wilflowers. Note: this hike is outside Coachella Valley. The SRP is located at 39400 Clinton Keith Rd. in Murrietta. From I-15 or I-215 take Clinton Keith exit and head west. $2 entry fee


SAVANNAH STORM: INDIO BADLANDS
Moderate    5 miles. Elevation gain 500 ft.

New trail- Indio Badlands -not formally named yet. Some sand and wash walking to reach trail which has ridges, a couple passable slots, 4 ft. dry waterfall, stone arch, window rock. Many uplifted sandstone rock formations.

 


SAWTOOTH NORTH: PIONEERTOWN
Moderate    6 miles Elevation gain 500 feet

From  Pioneertown  parking.  There  is  a  flat  1.5  mile  entry  trail.   Then  up  the  north  hills  for the  view  and  loop  back  partly  in  a  wash.


SAWTOOTH CONNECTOR TO CHAPAROSA PEAK: PIONEERTOWN
Strenuous    8.5 miles. Elevation gain 2200 ft.

The Sawtooth Mountain Loop connector to Chaparosa Peak is a one-way hike requiring a relatively short car shuttle near Pioneertown.  We will be joined by Tom Kayne who has lived in this area for many years, explored by foot nearly every inch of the rocky cowboy scenery, and is the founder of this hike.  


SAWTOOTH EAST: PIONEERTOWN
Moderate    8 miles. Elevation gain 1100 ft.

1.5 mile flat entry walk, then south on the east side to lunch at a rock formation with a view. Return by same route.


SAWTOOTH WEST: PIONEERTOWN
Moderate    6 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.

1.5 mile flat entry walk, then west on an up and down trail to a scenic high  point. 


SHANGRI-LA OVERLOOK : TRAM HIKES
Moderate    2.25 miles. Elevation gain 300 ft.

Join us for a picnic at the overlook, where you can perch on the rocks and see the whole Coachella Valley.  It is a short hike from the tram station, with some off-trail.  


SKUNK CABBAGE MEADOW : IDYLLWILD
Strenuous    7 miles. Elevation gain 1800 ft.

From  Humber  Park.   Up  Devil's  Slide  is  a  strenuous  1600  feet.    The  Skunk  Cabbage  Meadow  part  is  an  easy  walk  through  pines.   In  season  there  are  corn  lilies  and  coarse  grass.   Sorry,  no  skunk  cabbage.   National  Forest  parking  pass  required.


SKYLINE - RESCUE 1 - ONE FOURTH OF THE WAY TO THE TRAM: PALM SPRINGS
Strenuous    5 miles. Elevation gain 2000 ft.

This is the first segment of the challenging hike to the Tram but requires making the steep return descent as well.  Only for those with sturdy knees.


SKYLINE TRAIL HALFWAY UP: PALM SPRINGS
Extremely Difficult!    10 miles. Elevation gain and loss 4000 ft.

SKYLINE TRAIL: PALM SPRINGS
Extremely Difficult!    10-11 miles. 7-9 hours. Elevation gain 8000 ft.

MEMBERS ONLY! Hike leaders and people who have done equivalent or more difficult hikes with us are encouraged to sign up by e-mail.


SMITH WATER CANYON: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    8 miles, 1000 elevation gain, wash walking, some rock scrambling

A wonderful new route through Joshua Tree!  This is a key exchange with one group starting in Yucca and the second starting from the park entrance near Samuelson's Rock.  We'll have plenty of time to explore the many philosophical thoughts carved in the rocks by John Samuelson in the 1920's.  The rest of the hike is in Smith Water Canyon, one waterfall to climb up or down. This is an off trail hike with some spotty trails, but low grasses, lots of Joshua trees, and surrounded by beautiful rocks.  Long pants recommended.


SNOW CREEK TO PCT: PALM SPRINGS
Strenuous    10.4 miles. Elevation gain 2000 ft.,

Great Views of the North Side of San Jacinto and the PCT going north.


SNOW CREEK: PALM SPRINGS
Strenuous    12-14 miles. Elevation gain 3000 ft.

An out-and-back hike on the PCT. 


SOUTH FORK MEADOWS: SAN GORGONIO
Strenuous    8.4 miles. Elevationg ain 1,300 ft.

Hike in the cool mountains in the San Gorgonio Wilderness. The trail goes via Poop Out Hill to a high mountain meadow.


SOUTH LYKKEN TO THE SECOND PICNIC TABLES: PALM SPRINGS
Moderate    6.5 miles. Elevation gain 1,000 ft.

Hike above Palm Springs to second picnic tables.


SOUTH RIDGE TRAIL to TAQUITZ PEAK :IDYLLWILD
Strenuous    8 miles. Elevation gain 2500 ft.

This steep trail takes you quickly through Jeffrey pine, live oak and white fir. Pass a curious "window" in a rock framing a splendid view of the Desert Divide to the east. The views are a real treat. 


SPEAKER EVENT: Frazier Haney of the Mojave Land Trust
  

Join Frazier Haney, Conservation Director of the Mojave Desert Land Trust, to learn about the activities and volunteer opportunities at the MDLT.  The Trust has conserved over 70,000 acres of prime desert habitat.  Its Mission:  to protect the Mojave desert ecosystem.  Vision:  dark night skies, clear air and water, broad views and vistas, protecting native plants and animals.

Meet at the Palm Desert Library, 3-5 pm.


SPITLER PEAK VIA APPLE CANYON RD: GARNER VALLEY
Strenuous    11.3 miles. Elevation gain 2600 ft.

Turn on Apple Canyon Rd off highway 74.  Parking lot on the right before the Zen center, about 2.5 miles in.


SPITLER PEAK VIA FOBES SADDLE: GARNER VALLEY
Strenuous    7.4 miles. Elevation gain 2,100 ft.

Shortcut to Spittler Peak. Great views. This hike includes a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.


SPLIT ROCK SLOT CANYON WALKABOUT: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    4-5 miles. Flat. No elevation gain.

Easy and flat. Spectacular slot canyon into the San Andreas Fault.  Gloves and long pants suggested.  Helpful to have 4 wd/SUV vehicle. Real "up close" earthquake, geology hike . . . fun, adventurous. Cameras! Slot canyon requires some scrambling of 2-4 feet. Claustaphobic narrow slot canyon; be advised.


SPLIT ROCK, EAGLE CLIFF MINE: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Strenuous    7-10 miles. Elevation gain 1000-2000 ft.

Exploration of Split Rock boulders, the Eagle Cliff and Elton mines, and peaks and washes in this beautiful area of the park.


STILLS LANDING: WHITEWATER CANYON
Strenuous    10 miles, Elevation gain 800 ft.

Hike past the Red Dome to an area marked on the map as "Still's Landing." This is an area with interesting flora and fauna and possible historical significance.


STONE POOLS: PALM SPRINGS/INDIAN CANYON
Moderate    6.0 Miles; 1000 Total Elevation Gain

Hike to stone pools in Indian Canyons, Entry Fee


STRAWBERRY VALLEY LOOP: IDYLLWILD
Strenuous    12 miles. Elevation gain 3700 ft.

Hike starts at Deer Springs trailhead and ends at Humber Park, requiring a car shuttle. We will ascend through a forest of pines and firs, which are some of the most beautiful in Southern California. Strawberry Creek carves a scenic valley out of the south slopes of Marion Mtn. and San Jacinto Ridge. The hike will follow part of the PCT and hike across chaparral-clad slopes forming the north wall of Strawberry Valley. This loop descends the Devils Slide Trail.


SUICIDE ROCK via CLIMBERS TRAIL: IDYLLWILD
Moderate    5 miles. Elevation gain 800 ft.

Follow the trail used by rock climber's. Involves some rock scrambling. Lunch afterward in Idyllwild.


TAHQUITZ PEAK LOOP: IDYLLWILD
Strenuous    13 miles. Elevation gain 3200 ft.

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. 


TAQUITZ PEAK: IDYLLWILD
Strenuous    3000 ft gain over 9 miles

TOOTAIN CANYON: WHITEWATER PRESERVE
Moderate    5 miles. Elevation gain 400 ft.

New hike. Tree shaded canyon with 30 foot waterfall at the end. Parts of hike choked with vegitation.


TRAM TO FLAT ROCK: TRAM HIKES
Strenuous    This is the top part of Skyline. Great training.

This is just 2 miles each way.  Reverse hike.  Down first.  It's a very hard down and an even harder up!  If you ever plan on doing skyline you should try this.  It demands respect and although short, will take almost 4 hours to complete.


TRAM TO HUMBER PARK VIA HIGH TRAIL, WILLOW CREEK, SADDLE JUNCTION: TRAM HIKES
Moderate    8-9 miles, 1000 ft up, about 2000 down

Climbing from the tram to the newly opened Willow Creek junction, then about 2000 ft descent to Idyllwild via Saddle Junction.  This is a one-way hike requiring a shuttle from Humber Park back to the tram parking lot.

 


TRAM TO HUMBER PARK VIA WELLMANS DIVIDE: TRAM HIKES
Moderate    8 miles. Elevation gain 1,200 ft. Elevation loss 3,000 ft.

Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the mountain station at 8516 ft. Hike up to Wellman's Divide, where the view is spectatular. The dome of Palomar Observatory can be seen to the west and Tahquitz Peak to the southeast. Proceed downhill to Saddle Junction and Humber Park in Idyllwild. Moderate pace. Tram Fee.  Shuttle cars will be needed to transport hikers back to Palm Springs.


TRAM TO HUT (JUST BELOW SAN JACINTO PEAK): TRAM HIKES
Strenuous    10 miles round trip hike 3000 FT ELEVATION GAIM

TRAM TO SADDLE JUNCTION LOOP: TRAM HIKES
Strenuous    12 miles. Elevation gain 3,000 ft.

This hike starts out following the main trail towards Mt. San Jacinto up to Wellman's Divide.  Then the trail continues down towards Idyllwild, passing the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail.  At Saddle Junction the return to the tram begins near Skunk Cabbage Meadow along the Willow Creek Trail. 


UPPER CARRIZO CANYON: PALM DESERT
Moderate    3 Miles. Elevation gain 500 ft.

Interesting Hike off Highway 74 near Art Smith trailhead.   Waterfall climbing, Bontanically and historically interesting.


UPPER PALM CANYON TRAIL: PINYON
Moderate    5 - 6 miles. Elevation gain 500 ft.

Explore Scenic mountain & valley vistas, old mines etc. Exceptional "high chaparral" old west feel!


UTAH CANYONS OVERLOOK: MECCA
Moderate    4 + miles Elevation gain 200 ft.

Scenic view from atop Mecca Hills. Stunning colorful geological vistas. Bring cameras.


VANDEVENTER ,HAHN BUENA VISTA ,DUNN RD, EAST FORK: PALM SPRINGS/INDIAN CANYON
Strenuous    13 Miles. Elevation gain 2400 ft.

Hike some of the more challenging and isolated segments of the trails in Indian Canyons. 


VANDEVENTER/ HAHN BUENA VISTA/ CATHDERAL CANYON: PALM SPRINGS/INDIAN CANYONS
Strenuous    9 miles. 2500 ft. elevation gain.

Entrance fee for Indian Canyon.  Shuttle required.


VANDEVENTER/CATHEDRAL CANYON TRAILS: PALM SRINGS/INDIAN CANYONS
Moderate    5 miles. Elevation gain 1000 ft.

Entrance fee for Indian Canyons.  Shuttle required for this rarely done one way Palm Springs - Cathedral City hike.


VIEW LOOP TRAIL: WHITEWATER PRESERVE
Moderate    3.5 miles. Elevation gain 800 ft.

Moderat loop at the preserve, great views, great flowers in season


WARREN PEAK: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    6 miles. Elevation gain 1200 ft.

Black Rock trailhead.    High moderate effort.   All on trail, varied footpath.   Up north ridge to peak.   Return in Black Rock Canyon.   No entry fee.


WATHIER LANDING:WHITEWATER/MISSION CREEK
Strenuous    13 miles. Elevation gain 2000 ft.

Trail leads from Stone House (Mission Creek Preserve) to San Gorgonio Overlook, then to Landing (lunch there) and back to Stone House. Good desert scenery.


WEST FORK TO ANDREAS CANYON: PALM SPRINGS/INDIAN CANYONS
Strenuous    8.5 miles. Elevation gain 2300 ft.

Entrance fee for Indian Canyons. Shuttle required for this heart throbbing, water crossing, view stopping and mountain stroll. Get views of Coachella Valley, Indian Canyons Palm Groves and San Jacinto Peak.


WEST SIDE LOOP: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    5 mile loop. Elevtion gain 900 ft.

From  Black Rock trailhead.    Loops  around  the  west  side  mountain  group.    Passes  junctions  to  South  Peak  and  Hi  View  Nature  trails.  


WESTFORK TRAIL: PALM SPRINGS/INDIAN CANYONS
Strenuous    7 miles. Elevation gain 2,000 ft.

Hike up the West Fork Trail towards the Jo Pond trail. Interesting things to stop and look at and to take pictures of.


WHITEWATER EAST: WHITEWATER PRESERVE
Moderate    5 miles. Elevation gain 300 feet.

From  Whitewater  Preserve  go  north  against  the  east  side  of  the  canyon  to  the  Pacific  Crest  Trail  crossing.    Return  route  depends  on water  level.    A  few  water  crossings.    After  first  mile  it  is  rocky  footing  off  trail.


WHITEWATER PCT SOUTH: WHITEWATER PRESERVE
Moderate    5 miles / elevation gain 800 feet

South  on  the  Pacific  Crest  Trail to the  canyon  view  overlook.


WHITEWATER PRESERVE, TWO MILES PAST THE RED DOME: WHITEWATER PRESERVE
Strenuous    8 Miles. Elevation gain 700 ft.

We will hike to the Red Dome and continue two miles up stream..


WILLOW HOLE: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    7 miles. Minimal elevation gain.

A walk through Joshua Tree and the Wonderland of Rocks.  Entry fee.


WINDOW ROCK SOUTH: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    6 miles. Elevation gain 400 ft.

From  Window  Rock  trailhead  go  east  on  middle  trail  for  1.5  miles  then  south  through  rock  maze.    Continue  south  past  east  side  of  Window  Rock.  Return  west  on  south  trail.     Entry fee. 


WINDOW ROCK NORTH: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    6 miles. Elevation gain 800 ft.

From  Window  Rock  trailhead  go  north  through  scenic,  up  close  boulders  ( no  scrambling )  and  high observation points    then  south  through  rock  maze.    Return  on  middle  trail. 


WONDERLAND OF ROCKS: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    4 to 5 miles. Elevation gain <> 500 ft.

Hike into the Wonderland of rocks two miles -2.5 miles. Up a wash near the Barker Dam. Possible rock scrambling, some exploring.


WONDERLAND WASH LOOP: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Moderate    8 miles. Elevation gain 300 ft.

Wonderland Wash Trailhead. Wall Street Mill. Garrett's Arch, an anonymous wash with a few slightly intimidating boulder hops.   Entry fee.


YUCCA PEAK: WHITEWATER CANYON
Strenuous    9 miles. Elevation gain 1800 ft.

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