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We have changed the date and time to this Saturday Jan 19 at 7:00 as this is the first day snowshoe rental is available.
Strap on your snowshoes and head into the stillness of the winter forest at the top of the Tram. There are many ways to enjoy the snow in the San Jacinto Mountains, but snowshoeing is perhaps one of the most exhilarating. Snowshoes can be rented at the Adventure Center at the top of the tram. We will hike a mile or so in Long Valley, mostly level terrain.
Tickets for the Tram: $25.95 Adult $23.95 Senior. Recommend arriving by 6:45 am or earlier to get in line to purchase ticket. Advance tickets are sold out.
The Adventure Center where we rent the snowshoes is only open on weekends and holidays. Posted rental rate on website is $18 per day.
What to bring:
Money for snowshoe rental-tram-lunch, water, sun protection, layered clothing (temperature is 30 degrees cooler on the mountain), hiking poles may be helpful. Sturdy hiking footwear suitable for winter snowshoeing.
Optional Lunch afterwards at the Peaks Restaurant at the Mountain Station top of the Tram.
Contact Hike Leader: David Stewart email
Registration Note: Due to the popularity of some of our events, we may initially limit registrations to members only. Non-Members will be given a chance at a future date to register if space is still available. Members need to be signed in with their email and password in order to register for member only events.
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the trip leader that may affect your ability to complete the trip.
A rare opportunity to see a full lunar eclipse and a blood moon. Hike up to the tables at the overlook viewing the lunar eclipse. We will be at a spectacular location overlooking Palm Springs from a ridge along the San Jacinto Mountains.
Due to popularity of this hike we are expanding the number of spots available. Hike Leader Howard Goldberg will co- lead.
7:33 pm Partial Eclipse begins Partial moon eclipse starts - moon is getting red.
8:41 pm Total Eclipse begins Total moon eclipse starts - completely red moon.
Bring headland or flashlight (red lens preferred to protect night vision), binoculars, snacks. Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 liter recommended), layered clothing to stay warm. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.
When the Full Moon passes through the centre of the Earth's shadow during the eclipse, it is shielded from the Sun's bright rays. ... The sunlight is refracted through the Earth's dusty atmosphere and scatters out blue light on the visible spectrum, leaving red wavelengths to light up the lunar orbit.
Non member and guest registration may be available 3 days prior if space is available. You may purchase a 1 year membership for $25: Click Here
Contact Hike Leader: Scott Connelly
Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.
At the oasis we will hike to discover fantastic views, artifacts of a failed resort, prehistoric Indian trails, 5 million-year-old evidence from when the Pacific covered the area, and a “dome oasis.” This is where the two branches of the San Andreas fault split.
A seldom visited area that is part of the Ca State Parks.
This hike is limited to vehicles with high clearance to get to the trailhead over a rocky uneven road and some knowledge of driving on rough dirt, gravel road. Nothing difficult, just rough dirt road When you register you must state if you are a driver with a high clearance vehicle or a passenger. Drivers can indicate the number of passengers they can accommodate if they wish to offer passengers a ride.
Registration note: Space for passengers depends on how many drivers register and offer space for passengers. Drivers offering passenger seats given priority for registration from waitlist. Passengers that sigh up on the waitlist will be notified and added to the confirmed list as space becomes available.
Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), lunch and snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended.
Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).
Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.
Registration for this event is limited to Great Outdoors (GO) members only. If you're not a member, click here to join first. Non members may sign up for this hike 3 days before if space is available.
Contact Hike Leader: Scott Connelly Email
Carpooling is required and may be available if offered by a driver with a high clearance vehicle. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. Departure is at 9 AM.
Photos click here
Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels
Health Problems/allergies: It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.
FARM TOUR - HOT SPRINGS - CARROT FESTIVAL
Back by popular demand due to the positive response from previous trip. This is suitable for everyone. You don't want to miss this!
SUNRISE ON THE FARM. Start your day with a warm breakfast followed by a hay-wagon tour of the UC Desert Research Center. Tour will include U-Pick fresh vegetable harvesting, door prizes, and information on Imperial Valley's top 10 commodities. Mid day we will visit the nearby Holtville Hot Spring. See photos here. Bring your bathing shorts and towel for a soak in the hot springs. Bring lunch for a picnic at the hot springs. Next stop will be downtown Holtville for the annual Carrot Festival and Street Fair in the early evening/afternoon, and back home in time for dinner.
Meeting Location: 6:30 AM Meet at PetsMart Palm Springs Ramon/Crossley MAP for 6:30 AM departure. Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by a driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. Distance is 109 miles, 2 hrs. travel time.
What to bring: $35 cash for breakfast/farm tour (no credit cards), lunch, bathing shorts and towel.
FARM SMART tours offer a unique experience covering agriculture in Imperial Valley. The tours also showcase research being done at UC Desert Research and Extension Center. The Imperial Valley is a hidden treasure in the United States. Due to the warm climate and water accessibility, there are hundreds of different plant varieties that flourish in the desert atmosphere. While the fertile desert houses university research and plant variety development—few seem to know the incredible impact the Imperial Valley has on the agricultural industry.
Registration Note: Available to members only until December 10 when it will be open to non members and guests.
Contact: Scott Connelly email or H L Todd email
Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the trip.
Explore and Experience California History!
Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum preserves, celebrates, and interprets the history of late 1800’s California, from the Cahuilla Indians to the exploration and settlement of southern California and the San Gorgonio Pass.
Explore a piece of the past at the Gilman Ranch and Wagon Museum. Once just an adobe hut, then a stage stop and general store and finally an expansive ranch house, the Gilman Ranch site remains today a storybook of the past. Now also home to the largest public collection of wagons, buggies and stagecoaches in southern California, this site is a must-see for locals and tourists alike.
There is a 2 mile hike to the top of the hill overlooking the Banning Pass. Wear good hiking footwear and bring water if interested in doing the hike.
New Meeting Location: 9:20 AM Meet at Dollar Tree at Sunrise/Vista Chino MAP for 9:30 AM departure. Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by a driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. When carpooling, ride with someone that either plans to attend the Sizzler lunch or not. Distance is 24 miles to Gilman Ranch from here. Be kind you your ride share driver and share travel expenses.
Or meet at 10:00 at the Gilman Ranch in Banning.
What to bring: $5 cash for tour (no credit cards).
Optional Lunch afterwards at Sizzler: 1750 W Ramsey St, Banning, CA MAP (5 min. drive from the museum)
Members may register 2 guests for this event.
Contact: Scott Connelly email
Surrounded by cottonwoods and watered by three natural springs, the present Gilman Ranch site has attracted people throughout time. The superb location of this canyon with an exceptional food and water supply offered a prime habitation site for the Cahuilla Indians in this area.
Entrepreneur Newton Noble. lived in the adobe, converted it into a stage stop and opened the first post office in the San Gorgonio Pass in 1868.
Today the Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum preserves, celebrates, and interprets the history of California, from the Cahuilla Indians to the exploration and settlement of southern California and the San Gorgonio Pass, including the homestead ranch of James Marshall Gilman. Come and explore your gateway to the western frontier.
This new trail is partially located on an active sand dune. We will be looking for spring wildflowers that only grow in this environment. This area is also home to several species listed on the Coachella Valley Endangered and Threatened list. Following the hike, we will drive about 8 miles to the Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel for lunch at the café and soak in one of the many hot mineral outdoor pools.
Contact Hike Leader: Scott Connelly: EMAIL
Have you seen a Fringe Toed Lizard?
The trailhead and parking area are located near the intersection of 20th Avenue and Corkhill Road, which is in the unincorporated area of Desert Edge, east of Desert Hot Springs and North Palm Springs.
Through a joint effort between the Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy (CVMC) and Friends of the Desert Mountains (FODM). A 2010 study identified 20 potential trail locations in the northern part of the Coachella Valley and those were eventually whittled down to the current trail – which is the first new trail in the Greater Palm Springs Area in over a decade. CVMC provided the money to cover the environmental analysis other expenses, while the FODM’s volunteers provided the manpower necessary to create the trail. The project also received support from Coachella Valley Hiking Club and Desert Trails Hiking Club.
Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.
Join one of the most knowledgeable and articulate docents available for a discovery tour/hike. Kerry Berman is our local Wikipedia expert who will inform and entertain you with his insightful knowledge of the Coachella Valley. Wildflowers are expected to be abundant this spring!
Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. Distance to trailhead is 12 miles.
Hike to hill overlooking Coachella Valley and to a lush Palm Oasis on the fault.
You can walk in the footsteps of the original desert inhabitants, the Cahuilla Indians. Learn how they survived and thrived for thousands of years in the harsh desert climate. Listen to their stories; touch the plants these resourceful ecologists used for food, housing and even to make their own shoes.
Hear about the first white settlers who came to the desert, the original “trendsetters” who started a migration that continues to this day. See where these sturdy and industrious pioneers lived, find out how they made, or lost, their fortunes and raised their families as they tamed the desert.
Journey to a cool California Fan Palm Oasis with ponds fed by natural underground springs -- created long ago by earthquakes. Learn about the unique animals that call this desert their home.
Walk and travel along the famous California San Andreas Earthquake Fault. See just where the North American and Pacific tectonic plates collide and slide.
See and learn about our renewable energy resources like the wind-farms, solar, geo-thermal, bio-mass, and hydro-electric.
Kerry Berman is a Certified Interpretive Guide who is one of the most knowledgeable and articulate docents available. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of the top experts on local subjects.
Registration note: The initial sign up is for members only. Registration will be open to nonmembers a week prior to the event if space is available. Sign up early while there is still space available. No refunds.
Our docent, Kerry Berman, has asked that his $300 fee be donated to the Bighorn Institute.
Contact Hike Leader: Scott Connelly: EMAIL
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