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9:00 am: Palm Springs carpool drivers and riders meet at Hunters; leave at 9:10 am
10:00 am: All drivers meet at Mecca Starbucks; leave at 10:15 am
10:30 am: Meet at trailhead; start hiking at 10:40 am
Distance: 8+ miles round trip
Elevation gain: 700 feet (400-1,100 feet)
Difficulty: Moderately strenuous
Duration: 4-5 hours
Terrain: Broad sand and gravel washes and narrow slot canyons
9:00 at Hunters; Arenas Road and Calle Encilia, Palm Springs
10:00 at Mecca Starbucks; CA 86 & 66th Ave E (N 33.5698859; W 116.0909961)
10:30 at trailhead; north side of Box Canyon Road (N 33.5848606; 115.9454960)
Driving directions from Palm Springs to Mecca Starbucks (35 miles)
Drive north 2 miles on N Indian Canyon to Vista Chino. Drive east 3 miles on Vista Chino to Date Palm Drive; from second turn lane from left, turn left onto Date Palm and then right onto East I-10 ramp. Drive 18 miles southeast on I-10 to CA 86 Expressway (Brawley/El Centro/86S Expressway). Drive south on CA 86 12 miles to 66th Ave (CA 195); get in left lane and turn left. Drive east on 66th Ave East (CA 195); enter and drive through Arco truck stop complex to Starbucks at west end of parking lot. We’ll meet in just outside door to Starbucks.
Driving directions from Mecca Starbucks to Little Utah Canyon trailhead (11 miles)
Drive east 0.8 mile on 66th Ave East (CA 195) to CA 111; get in left lane. Drive north 0.2 mile on CA 111; turn right on 4th St; cross tracks and turn right at roundabout. Drive south 0.2 mile on Hammond Road; turn left at stop sign onto 66th Ave. Drive east 9.7 miles on 66th Ave/Box Canyon Road. (Do NOT take a left on Painted Canyon Road!) Short car track to the trailhead is on the left (north) side of Box Canyon Road; surface is compact enough for all cars to drive and park. Meet by boulders at trail entrance.
Landscape and geologic features:Broad sandy washes and narrow slot canyons. Most of the rock found on this hike is of the Upper Palm Springs Formation from the Pleistocene Epoch (25-5 mya). It consists of extensively exposed delta-plain deposits from the Colorado River. It underlies the Vallecito Formation (Miocene) and overlies the Imperial and Orocopia Formations. (Cretaceous and Tertiary).
Palo Verde, Smoke Tree, Ironwood, Desert Aster, Opunia, Cholla, Ocotillo, Desert Sage, Mesquite, Creosote Bush, Desert Sunflowers, Desert Sand Verbena, Arizona Lupine, Desert Poppies, Desert Lavender Bush, Desert Dandelions, Globe Mallow, Yellow Primrose, Phacelia
Desert Hare, Spotted Bats, Coyote, Tarantulas, Scorpions, Tarantulas, Desert Tortoise, Prairie Falcons, assorted lizards and snakes,
No maximum number of hikers
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.
Kickoff between the NFC champion and AFC Champion is set for approximately 3:30 p.m. here on the west coast.
Our usual Super Bowl host Steve will be not be able to host this year's 52nd annual Super Bowl classic for our Club.
We will have a large screen high definition quality TV set up in the living room with chairs for people to sit on. We are limiting the size of this event to 40 people.
Betting squares will be available with a winner at every quarter - bring $1 bills. Our hosts will open doors at 3:00. Kickoff is 3:30 PM. If you are not into football, please come and watch those wacky, pricey and sometimes shrewd commercials and the half time show featuring the ever-transcendent singer of our time, Justin Timberlake! If the game, commercials, the betting squares and Justin are not enough, just eat and chat.
Please bring your own drink(s) and a potluck appetizer, side dish or dessert to share. At half-time, our hosts will put on aprons and grill hot dogs to order with all the trimmings. RSVP by registering for this event. The party location will only be provided to those who register.
This docent led hike will be hands-on and interactive, observing geologic formations that represent a vast expanse of geologic history from about 1.7 Billion years ago to the present. Led and by Joe Migliore. Geologist from all over the world come here to study the exposed results of tectonics forces. Hikers enjoy this enchanted high walled canyon with ladders to access different levels and marvel at the variety of colors in the painted canyon.
Description: We drive to Painted Canyon Road with stops at Points of Interest along the way as we enter the canyon along the dirt/gravel road and hike up from the parking lot.
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Migliore has a BA in Zoology from UCLA and is a Certified Interpretive Guide by the National Association for Interpretation with the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, Friends of The Desert Mountains, Docent, and geology instructor at The Living Desert.
Beginning over 200 million years ago colossal tectonic forces, subduction, volcanism and earthquakes initiated the current era of transformation of the American West into the diverse landscapes and environments exemplified in the dramatic scenery around us in Southeast California, juxtaposed between the snow capped mountains to the west and the vast interior deserts stretching east to the Colorado Plateau and Rocky Mountains.
Hike, History and Soak: Exploring Desert Hot Springs
Come join us for a full day of activities at our sister city, Desert Hot Springs.
Morning Hike: We’ll start the morning with a short 2 miles hike (up and back) on the Swiss Canyon trail, an easy hike with about 400 feet of elevation gain. Located in the northeast edge of DHS, we follow a flat trail past desert scrub to a small hill that overlooks the valley with views of Mt. San Jacinto and the windmill farms in adjacent San Gorgonio Pass. Remember to bring water and dress accordingly as there is no shade.
Mid-day Museum Tour: Once back at the cars we will shuttle over to Cabot’s Pueblo Museum for a group tour. This fascinating Hopi-inspired pueblo structure was built by Cabot Yerx with re-purposed materials he collected throughout the desert. General admission: $13. Depending on the size of our group, we might be divided into two; for example, first group at 11:30am, and second group at 12:00pm. We’ll linger before or after our tour to look around the property and browse in their trading post, gallery and book store.
Afternoon Soak and Spa: We’ll end our journey at the Desert Hot Springs Spa Resort for a relaxing afternoon lounging in style in their central courtyard underneath towering palm trees, indulging in their Olympic size pool and sampling eight shimmering natural hot mineral spring pools. Day pass: $6
What to bring:
Hiking: the usual 10 essentials, snack and water, sun hat; no flip flops.
Museum: consider bringing a change of shoes (shirt)?
Spa: Bathing suit, towel, hat, sunglasses
Food: We’ll probably have a late lunch at the Spa or you can bring your own and snack on the Pueblo grounds
Date: Thursday March 1st
Location and time: Trailhead for the Swiss Canyon trail: Verbena Drive, between Yucca drive and San Rafael road 9:30am
Carpooling Location and time: Given our moving itinerary, carpooling is a must and will be a lot more fun! Meet at the Petsmart parking lot, corner of Crossley and Ramon (next to the BofA and across from WalMart): 9:00am
Return back to the cars in Palm Springs: This is open and may vary by car/driver. We’ll probably be back in town before 4:00pm.
Leader: Mike Seay Email Contact
Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike or swim in the heated pools.
Space is limited. Please register to reserve a spot, sign the electronic waiver, and receive any last-minute updates.
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