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.



12/8/2018  Saturday
ASTRODOME : JOSHUA TREE NP

 Newly Added Hike
Extremely Difficult!  |   Hike Leader(s): Mary Settle  |  (801) 560-0965  | 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

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

co leader Bill Stewart


12/12/2018  Wednesday
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. Fast Paced,


12/13/2018  Thursday
SKYLINE - RESCUE 1 - ONE FOURTH OF THE WAY TO THE TRAM: PALM SPRINGS

 Newly Added Hike
Strenuous  |   5 miles. Elevation gain 2000 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Bill and Barb Brown  |  503-544-9382  | 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

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.


12/13/2018  Thursday
THURSDAY MODS

Moderate  |   8-10 miles
Hike Leader(s): Christy Anderson  |  (760) 341-6176  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:30AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  No Limit

"Thursday Mods"  are weekly hikes for those interested in 8-10 mile strolls with mostly gentle elevation ups and downs and stops every 15-20 minutes to smell the cresote (or whatever might have a nice aroma).  The hike location will be posted online a week in advance based on the weather prediction.  Please join if you enjoy  moderate hikes with socializing and a medium pace.  

Inaugural "Thursday Mod" hike. Gold Hill out and back. 8 miles in Garner Valley horse country up Highway 74. 1700' elevation gain. Abandoned mining shack and old equipment to explore. Brief history talk at the turn around point.


12/14/2018  Thursday
RITZ RAMBLE: RANCHO MIRAGE

Moderate  |   4 miles. Elevation gain 600 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Cathy Hirschmann  |  (847) 767-2709  | 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-
A quick short hike to start your day.


12/15/2018  Saturday
EAGLE CANYON LOOP: PALM SPRINGS

Moderate  |   3 miles. Elevation gain 800 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Mike Ovesen  |  (760) 774-7237  | 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

Hike to hidden palm oasis.

hiking poles/boots good due to rock scrambling over dry waterfalls


12/15/2018  Saturday
MAGNESIA FALLS TO ART SMITH TRAILHEAD HIGHWAY 74: RANCHO MIRAGE

 Newly Added Hike
Strenuous  |   12 miles. Elevation gain 2800 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Mary Settle  |  (801) 560-0965  | 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

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

co leaders Bill Stewart and John Nixon. Long pants, gloves, oomfortable climbing large waterfalls and rock scrambling.


12/17/2018  Monday
HERMANS PEAK LOOP - COACHELLA VALLEY PRESERVE

 Newly Added Hike
Moderate  |   8 miles Elevation gain 1200 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Charles Buck  |  651 303-6369  | 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  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.

This hike will not be a loop, but out and back, reducing the mileage to 7 miles.


12/17/2018  Monday
ASTRODOME : JOSHUA TREE NP

 Newly Added Hike
Extremely Difficult!  |   Hike Leader(s): Mary Settle  |  (801) 560-0965  | 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

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

co leader Bill Stewart


12/17/2018  Monday
MONTHLY SOCIAL

 Newly Added Hike
Hike Leader(s): Shirl Donahue  |  (908) 230-6199  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 4:00PM   |   Max Num Hikers:  No Limit

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.

At Desert Willow Country Club, Palm Desert. Respond by evite.


12/19/2018  Wednesday
SKYLINE TRAIL HALFWAY UP: PALM SPRINGS

 Newly Added Hike
Extremely Difficult!  |   10 miles. Elevation gain and loss 4000 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Bill and Barb Brown  |  503-544-9382  | 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


12/20/2018  Thursday
THURSDAY MODS

Moderate  |   8-10 miles
Hike Leader(s): Christy Anderson  |  (760) 341-6176  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 9:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  No Limit

This week will be Eisenhower Loop in The Living Desert on Portola Road in Palm Desert. $12 discounted admission fee if you are not a member of The Living Desert. No fee if you are a member (bring your membership card and ID). This hike is 6 miles with 700' elevation gain.


12/22/2018  Saturday
ART SMITH TO TENNIS COURTS: PALM DESERT

Strenuous  |   9 miles, elevation gain 2k
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-


12/26/2018  Wednesday
ART SMITH TO PICNIC TABLES: PALM DESERT

Strenuous  |   16 miles. Elevation gain 2500 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-

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


12/27/2018  Thursday
THURSDAY MODS

Moderate  |   5-10 miles.
Hike Leader(s): Christy Anderson  |  (760) 341-6176  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:30AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  No Limit

"Thursday Mods"  are weekly hikes for those interested in 5-10 mile strolls with mostly gentle elevation ups and downs and stops every 15-20 minutes to smell the cresote (or whatever might have a nice aroma).  The hike location will be posted online a week in advance based on the weather prediction.  Please join if you enjoy  moderate hikes with socializing and a medium pace.  


12/28/2018  Friday
NORTH VIEW/MAZE/WINDOW ROCK LOOP: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Moderate  |   7.3 miles. Elevation gain 900 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

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

Moderate pace. Co-Leader Dan Coleman


12/29/2018  Saturday
WEST FORK TO ANDREAS CANYON: PALM SPRINGS/INDIAN CANYONS

 Newly Added Hike
Strenuous  |   8.5 miles. Elevation gain 2300 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Richard Peregrin  |  (360) 791-7333  | 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

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.

Meet at the front gate of Indian Canyons and car shuttle needed


1/1/2019  Tuesday
LYKKEN TRAIL SOUTH TO NORTH: PALM SPRINGS

Strenuous  |   10 miles. Elevation gain 2700 ft. Elevation loss 2350 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Cathy Hirschmann  |  (847) 767-2709  | 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

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.

This will be a fast pace but lots of fun.


1/2/2019  Wednesday
MURRAY PEAK FROM GARSTIN TRAIL: PALM SPRINGS

 Newly Added Hike
Strenuous  |   8 miles. Elevation gain 2200 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Bill and Barb Brown  |  503-544-9382  | 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


1/3/2019  Thursday
THURSDAY MODS

Moderate  |   5-10 miles.
Hike Leader(s): Christy Anderson  |  (760) 341-6176  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:30AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  No Limit

"Thursday Mods"  are weekly hikes for those interested in 5-10 mile strolls with mostly gentle elevation ups and downs and stops every 15-20 minutes to smell the cresote (or whatever might have a nice aroma).  The hike location will be posted online a week in advance based on the weather prediction.  Please join if you enjoy  moderate hikes with socializing and a medium pace.  


1/5/2019  Saturday
MAYNARD MINE: PALM SPRINGS/INDIAN CANYONS

 Newly Added Hike
Strenuous  |   8 miles. Elevation gain 2000 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Richard Peregrin  |  (360) 791-7333  | 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

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.

Co-leader is Katie Peregrin


1/9/2019  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: Time not selected   |   Max Num Hikers:  -SELECT MAX NUM HIKERS-

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

fast pce


1/10/2019  Thursday
THURSDAY MODS

Moderate  |   5-10 miles.
Hike Leader(s): Christy Anderson  |  (760) 341-6176  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:30AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  No Limit

"Thursday Mods"  are weekly hikes for those interested in 5-10 mile strolls with mostly gentle elevation ups and downs and stops every 15-20 minutes to smell the cresote (or whatever might have a nice aroma).  The hike location will be posted online a week in advance based on the weather prediction.  Please join if you enjoy  moderate hikes with socializing and a medium pace.  


1/12/2019  Saturday
SAVANNAH STORM: INDIO BADLANDS

Moderate  |   5 miles. Elevation gain 500 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Daniel Coleman  |  360-481-1477  | 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

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. Views of Coachella valley.

 

gloves recommended


1/15/2019  Tuesday
SKYLINE - RESCUE 1 - ONE FOURTH OF THE WAY TO THE TRAM: PALM SPRINGS

 Newly Added Hike
Strenuous  |   5 miles. Elevation gain 2000 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Bill and Barb Brown  |  503-544-9382  | 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

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.


1/17/2019  Thursday
THURSDAY MODS

Moderate  |   5-10 miles.
Hike Leader(s): Christy Anderson  |  (760) 341-6176  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:30AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  No Limit

"Thursday Mods"  are weekly hikes for those interested in 5-10 mile strolls with mostly gentle elevation ups and downs and stops every 15-20 minutes to smell the cresote (or whatever might have a nice aroma).  The hike location will be posted online a week in advance based on the weather prediction.  Please join if you enjoy  moderate hikes with socializing and a medium pace.  


1/19/2019  Saturday
BOO HOFF: LA QUINTA

Strenuous  |   10-11 miles. Elevation gain 2500 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Mary Settle  |  (801) 560-0965  | 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

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

May do scrambling down lost canyon; have to be comfortable with rock scrambling. Loop around back to Boo Hoff.


1/21/2019  Monday
WEST FORK TO ANDREAS CANYON: PALM SPRINGS/INDIAN CANYONS

Strenuous  |   8.5 miles. Elevation gain 2300 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Marc and Mardi Lavertu  |  760-699-7091  | 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

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.


1/22/2019  Tuesday
STONE POOLS: PALM SPRINGS/INDIAN CANYON

Moderate  |   6.0 Miles; 1000 Total 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: 8:30AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  15

Hike to stone pools in Indian Canyons, Entry Fee

Mod. pace, great views. Esp.interesting if water in pools. Co-leader Shirl Donahue.


1/23/2019  Wednesday
SKYLINE TRAIL HALFWAY UP: PALM SPRINGS

 Newly Added Hike
Extremely Difficult!  |   10 miles. Elevation gain and loss 4000 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Bill and Barb Brown  |  503-544-9382  | 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


1/23/2019  Wednesday
HERMANS PEAK LOOP - COACHELLA VALLEY PRESERVE

Moderate  |   8 miles Elevation gain 1200 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Charles Buck  |  651 303-6369  | 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  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.

This hike will not be a loop, but out and back, reducing the mileage.


1/24/2019  Thursday
ART SMITH TO 1ST OASIS: PALM DESERT

Moderate  |   5 miles. Elevation gain 1200 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Terry Karsen  |  (760) 423-3262  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  20

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.

please call Terry to sign up for this hike. Laurie Lantz co-leader. THIS IS THE THURSDAY MOD HIKE.


1/26/2019  Saturday
MURRAY PEAK FROM GARSTIN TRAIL: PALM SPRINGS

 Newly Added Hike
Strenuous  |   8 miles. Elevation gain 2200 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Cathy Hirschmann  |  (847) 767-2709  | 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-


1/28/2019  Monday
ART SMITH - HOPALONG CASSIDY LOOP: PALM DESERT

Strenuous  |   8 miles. Elevation gain 1800 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

Great views of the valley Big Horn and Eisenhower Peak.

Fast paced. Call unless you have hiked with this leader before. No calls from Canadian phones!


1/31/2019  Thursday
THURSDAY MODS

Moderate  |   5-10 miles.
Hike Leader(s): Christy Anderson  |  (760) 341-6176  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:30AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  No Limit

"Thursday Mods"  are weekly hikes for those interested in 5-10 mile strolls with mostly gentle elevation ups and downs and stops every 15-20 minutes to smell the cresote (or whatever might have a nice aroma).  The hike location will be posted online a week in advance based on the weather prediction.  Please join if you enjoy  moderate hikes with socializing and a medium pace.  


2/2/2019  Saturday
RAMONA TRAIL: GARNER VALLEY

 Newly Added Hike
Strenuous  |   13 miles; elevation gain 2500 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Mary Settle  |  (801) 560-0965  | 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

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.  


2/2/2019  Saturday
UTAH CANYONS OVERLOOK: MECCA
   
 Newly Added Hike
Moderate  |   4 + miles Elevation gain 200 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Philip Ferranti  |  (760) 345-6234  | REQUIRED TO CALL LEADER TO JOIN THIS HIKE.
Meet-Up Time: 9:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  No Limit

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

great photo-geology hike contingent on Box Canyon rd. being open!


2/4/2019  Monday
LYKKEN TRAIL SOUTH TO SECOND PICNIC TABLES: PALM SPRINGS

 Newly Added Hike
Moderate  |   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
Excellent Palm Springs views. Moderate pace.


2/4/2019  Monday
PUSHAWALLA PALMS: COACHELLA VALLEY PRESERVE

Moderate  |   5 miles. Elevation gain 200 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Charles Buck  |  651 303-6369  | 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 natural oasis.


2/6/2019  Wednesday
MURRAY PEAK FROM GARSTIN TRAIL: PALM SPRINGS

 Newly Added Hike
Strenuous  |   8 miles. Elevation gain 2200 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Bill and Barb Brown  |  503-544-9382  | 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


2/9/2019  Saturday
SPITLER PEAK VIA APPLE CANYON RD: GARNER VALLEY

Strenuous  |   11.3 miles. Elevation gain 2600 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Richard Peregrin  |  (360) 791-7333  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 7:30AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  20

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

Call leader if you have not hiked with him.


2/11/2019  Monday
YUCCA PEAK: WHITEWATER CANYON

Strenuous  |   9 miles. Elevation gain 1800 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Marc and Mardi Lavertu  |  760-699-7091  | 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

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


2/16/2019  Saturday
SKYLINE - RESCUE 1 - ONE FOURTH OF THE WAY TO THE TRAM: PALM SPRINGS

 Newly Added Hike
Strenuous  |   5 miles. Elevation gain 2000 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Bill and Barb Brown  |  503-544-9382  | 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

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.


2/18/2019  Monday
Indio Bad Lands Loop

 Newly Added Hike
Moderate  |   5+ mile loop 800 ft elevation
Hike Leader(s): Richard Peregrin  |  (360) 791-7333  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  20

This is a 5 mile loop that starts out on the level desert  and transitions into canyons with beutiful rock formations and goes up on ridges  that offer scenic views of the valley and Salton Sea.

Meet at Stater Brother Store at Washington and Varner Rd. Bring a camera


2/20/2019  Wednesday
SKYLINE TRAIL HALFWAY UP: PALM SPRINGS

 Newly Added Hike
Extremely Difficult!  |   10 miles. Elevation gain and loss 4000 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Bill and Barb Brown  |  503-544-9382  | 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


2/21/2019  Thursday
EISENHOWER LOOP, LIVING DESERT: PALM DESERT

Moderate  |   6 miles. Elevation gain 700 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Laurie Lantz  |  (760) 574-6315  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  20

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.

Please call Laurie to sign up for this hike. Terry Karsen co-leader


2/23/2019  Saturday
PIPES CANYON LOOP: YUCCA

Moderate  |   7 Miles, Elevation gain 900 feet
Hike Leader(s): Daniel Coleman  |  360-481-1477  | 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

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.


2/25/2019  Monday
LOST PALM OASIS AT COTTONWOOD SPRING: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PRAK

Moderate  |   8 miles. Elevation gain 600 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Marc and Mardi Lavertu  |  760-699-7091  | 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


2/27/2019  Wednesday
GUADALUPE UP: LA QUINTA

Extremely Difficult!  |   15 miles. Elevation gain 5500 ft. and 2000 ft. loss.
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: 7:00AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  -SELECT MAX NUM HIKERS-

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.


2/28/2019  Thursday
THURSDAY MODS

Moderate  |   8-10 miles
Hike Leader(s): Christy Anderson  |  (760) 341-6176  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:30AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  No Limit

"Thursday Mods"  are weekly hikes for those interested in 8-10 mile strolls with mostly gentle elevation ups and downs and stops every 15-20 minutes to smell the cresote (or whatever might have a nice aroma).  The hike location will be posted online a week in advance based on the weather prediction.  Please join if you enjoy  moderate hikes with socializing and a medium pace.  

Check the online schedule a week in advance to see the location and other hike details.


3/2/2019  Saturday
MISSION CREEK TO PCT NORTH: WHITEWATER PRESERVE

Moderate  |   10 miles. Elevation gain 1300 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Daniel Coleman  |  360-481-1477  | 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

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.  


3/6/2019  Wednesday
ARABY-BERNS-CLARA BURGESS-WILDHORSE-MURRAY PEAK : PALM SPRINGS

Strenuous  |   10-12 miles. Elevation gain approx. 2500-3000
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-

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


3/9/2019  Saturday
BEAR CREEK: LA QUINTA

Strenuous  |   9 miles. Elevation gain 2400 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Mary Settle  |  (801) 560-0965  | 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 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.


3/11/2019  Monday
YUCCA PEAK: WHITEWATER CANYON

Strenuous  |   9 miles. Elevation gain 1800 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Marc and Mardi Lavertu  |  760-699-7091  | 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

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


3/11/2019  Monday
MURRAY PEAK FROM VONS: PALM SPRINGS

Strenuous  |   6,25 miles. Elevation gain 1900 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Charles Buck  |  651 303-6369  | 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 from the Von's Parking lot to Murray Peak. Great views of the valley and mountains.


3/16/2019  Saturday
SNOW CREEK TO PCT: PALM SPRINGS

 Newly Added Hike
Strenuous  |   10.4 miles. Elevation gain 2000 ft.,
Hike Leader(s): Richard Peregrin  |  (360) 791-7333  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 7:30AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  20

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

Meet at the Tram Visitor Center and 111


3/18/2019  Monday
MORRIS RANCH ROAD TO LIVE OAK SPRINGS TRAILHEAD: GARNER VALLEY

Extremely Difficult!  |   13.4 miles. Elevation gain 2400 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 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. 

Fast paced. Call unless you have hiked with this leader before. No calls from Canadian phones


3/25/2019  Monday
ART SMITH TO TENNIS COURTS: PALM DESERT

 Newly Added Hike
Strenuous  |   9 miles, elevation gain 2k
Hike Leader(s): Richard Peregrin  |  (360) 791-7333  | EMAIL HIKE LEADER
PLEASE CALL, NOT EMAIL, IF YOU HAVE NOT HIKED WITH THIS LEADER BEFORE.
Meet-Up Time: 7:30AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  15
Bring plenty of water and lunch or snacks. Meet at Cahuilla Park for shuttle


3/30/2019  Saturday
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 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-

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.  


4/6/2019  Saturday
FOBES TRAIL : GARNER VALLEY
   
 Newly Added Hike
   This is a Dog Friendly Hike
Moderate  |   4-5 miles. Elevation gain 400 ft.
Hike Leader(s): Philip Ferranti  |  (760) 345-6234  | REQUIRED TO CALL LEADER TO JOIN THIS HIKE.
Meet-Up Time: 8:30AM   |   Max Num Hikers:  No Limit

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.

call to register 760-345-6234 Dogs Welcome!!