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    • Sun, January 21, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Mecca Hills Wildern ess
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    Meeting times:

    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

    Hiking details:

    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

    Meeting locations:

    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,

    Ten essentials

    No maximum number of hikers

    Hike leader: Kirk Bell

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.

    • Sun, February 04, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PST)
    • Cathedral City - Address Furnished To Those Who Register
    • 16

    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. 

    • Thu, February 15, 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Mecca Hills
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    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.

    • Length: 5 miles 
    • Elev. Gain/(Loss): +500 feet
    • Rated: Moderate  with  up to to 5 ladders to ascend/descend
    • Time and Location to meet will be sent with confirmation email.

    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. 

    • Ten Essentials (click here), water, snacks, and lunch 
    • Sun Protection and layered clothing 
    • Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).
    • Sturdy hiking footwear and adequate drinking water are required. 

    Contact Scott Connelly contact click here 

    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.

    • Members only
    • Registration required to acknowledge waiver electronically. 
    • Meeting location will be sent in confirmation email after you register.


    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.


    • Thu, March 01, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Desert Hot Springs
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    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.


Past events

Wed, January 03, 2018 WILD COACHELLA Part 3
Thu, December 21, 2017 Hike: Solstice Hike at the Whitewater Preserve
Thu, December 14, 2017 Hike: Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
Mon, December 11, 2017 HIKE: ARABY
Fri, December 08, 2017 HIKE: MAGNESIA FALLS CANYON
Wed, December 06, 2017 WILD COACHELLA
Sun, December 03, 2017 Holiday Party
Tue, November 14, 2017 Lecture: Owls and Other Crepuscular Night Birds
Sun, November 12, 2017 HIKE: Chaparrosa Peak
Mon, November 06, 2017 Hike: Murray Hill
Wed, November 01, 2017 Lecture: GHOST LAKE OF THE DESERT
Tue, October 31, 2017 Lecture: HIKING IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY
Mon, October 30, 2017 HIKE: WELLMAN DIVIDE
Fri, October 27, 2017 SPECIAL HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY hosted by George, Tony & Eddie. PLEASE REGISTER.
Wed, October 25, 2017 Hike: Murray Hill Cancelled due to heat
Sun, October 22, 2017 MODERNISM BIKE RIDE
Sat, October 21, 2017 Hike Leader Training Refresher
Thu, October 12, 2017 Hike: South Lykken Trail
Sun, September 10, 2017 GOPS Member's Fall Pool Party!
Thu, August 17, 2017 Round Valley Loop Hike
Sun, August 06, 2017 National Monuments Presentation Update
Sun, August 06, 2017 GOPS Member Appreciation Pool Party
Thu, July 20, 2017 Tram Hike & Dine
Tue, July 11, 2017 HIKE: Hidden Divide now Long Valley North
Tue, July 04, 2017 HIKE: Fourth of July Fireworks
Sun, June 25, 2017 Member's Summer Pool Party!
Sun, June 11, 2017 HIKE: SAN JACINTO PEAK
Sun, May 21, 2017 HIKE: WELLMAN DIVIDE
Tue, May 16, 2017 Hike - Deep Creek Hot Springs
Thu, May 11, 2017 Oak Glen Wildflower Walkabout/Hike
Thu, April 20, 2017 HIKE: Mission Creek-Whitewater
Tue, April 18, 2017 HIKE: MOON COUNTRY
Sat, April 15, 2017 HIKE: The Maze
Thu, April 13, 2017 HIKE: Cathedral Canyon
Sat, April 08, 2017 Bike: Whitewater River Route

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