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    • Wed, July 18, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • MT. SAN JACINTO NATIONAL MONUMENT
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    Namaste in Shangri-La

    Hike & Yoga in the Mt. San Jacinto Wilderness

    Open to all levels from first timer to advanced. Join us on an adventure of fun, body awareness, and celebration in the San Jacinto State Park Wilderness.  We’ll take the 10:00am Palm Springs Tram up to the trailhead (8,500 feet elevation) and hike into one of our favorite spots near Long Valley.  Following a lite snack at one of the dramatic desert valley overlooks, we’ll take a brief off-trail route through some boulders to a relatively remote section of the forest and settle onto our mats in the shade.  Our 90 minutes yoga and meditation workshop will be led by Karen Salgado.  Karen is one of the Desert’s most popular, renowned and highly respected yoga instructors.  We anticipate being back at Mtn Station by 2:00pm where we can mingle in the visitor center, socialize, grab a bite or drink at the café, or take the tram back down to our cars.

    Tickets for the Tram:  $25.95 Adult $23.95 Senior. Summer and Annual passes available.  $5 parking fee waived for pass holders and local residents, show ID.  Our tram departure is 10 AM.

    Note:  The 10:00am tram often sells out in the summer season– make sure to reserve your spot now.  Purchase tickets here: Palm Springs Tram Tickets

    What you need to bring - essentials:

    •  Hiking attire (appropriate and comfortable for yoga postures)
    •  Hiking shoes
    •  Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sun crème)
    •  Knapsack
    •  Yoga matt
    •  Yoga sling in case your matt does not fit inside your knapsack
    •  5X7 weather resistant tarp (your yoga mat will go onto of your tarp, this way you not bothered by dirt, pine needles, pebbles, the occasional ant, etc.) **
    • Lite lunch/snacks and water (minimum 1 liter)
    • Your pre-paid tram ticket

    Note: Open toe shoes, sandals, water shoes, etc. are not allowed

    ** Recommend tarp to use: 5 ½ by 7 ½ tarp – sold at Harbor Freight (located next to Cardenas on Date Palm in Cathedral City 

    Optional items

    ·        To prepare your yoga spot on the forest floor

    1.  Lightweight canvas work gloves or gardening gloves
    2.   Moist handwipes to clean your hands

    ·        For final relaxation and meditation

    1.    Eye pillow
    2.   Long sleeve shirt, socks, beach towel or blanket (these items to keep you warm in case of cool breeze)

    ·        If you are overly sensitive to gnats (flying bugs)

    1.    Bug spray
    2.  Mosquito net 

    Event Details:

    Start time: 9:30am at the departure area, Palm Springs Tram.  We’ll take the 10:00am tram  

    • Duration: about five hours – we can be back in our cars by 2pm – or later
    • Maximum group size: 15
    • Hiking distance: 2 miles

    NOTE: Although this is an easy hike distance wise, we will be going off-trail, and, for a brief stretch, we’ll be scrambling around, up and over some boulders.  You need to be comfortable using your hands and feet.

    • Open-toe shoes of any kind are not allowed
    • Pace: Gentle
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • No dogs

    Contact Hike Leader: Mike Seay m_seay@hotmail.com

    Space is limited. Please register to reserve a spot, sign the electronic waiver, and receive any last-minute updates.

    Weather: Expect temperature 30 degrees cooler that the valley.

    Rain will cancel

    Map Locations: Palm Springs Tramway Parking


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


    • Tue, July 24, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Fri, July 27, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Eastern Sierras
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    The Cottonwood Lakes basin offers fabulous scenery and relatively easy access for hikers and anglers, and is one of the most popular destinations in the Eastern Sierras.  Our high altitude loop trip will take us to most of the lakes in the area with dramatic views of Cirque Peak and Mount Langley.  Given the popularity of the area, we’ve chosen a mid-week trip to ensure permit availability and access to the best camping spots.

    • Rating: Moderate on-trail backpacking, high elevation. 
    • Total Distance: About 13 miles over four days
    • Elevation range: between 10,000 and 11,100 feet

    First Day: We meet at 9:00am at the Cottonwood Lakes trailhead close to the Cottonwood Lakes campground (10,070 feet).  The first half of this 5 mile hike is a gentle ascent, often in shade, following Cottonwood creek.  The second half is marked by switchbacks that take us up into the basin.  We arrive at South Fork Lakes and set up our base camp (11,000 ft.)

    Day two:  We’ll take a leisure morning at camp and pack our lunch for a day hike to explore the area: Cirque Lake, Long Lake, High Lake and the approach to New Army Pass. We’ll gain about 500 feet throughout the day, hiking about 3.5 miles depending on our route.  Some may prefer a quieter, more meditative day in the camp

    Day three:  We’ll pack up and begin our four mile leisure tour of the Cottonwood chain of lakes, hiking in a clockwise direction, stopping frequently to enjoy the lakes and meadows with the magnificent Mount Langley in direct focus most of the day.  With minimal elevation gain we end up in secluded Muir Lake (11,100 feet).   

    Day four:  We’ll break camp and begin our 5.7 miles descent back down to the cars, dropping about 1,000 feet. 

    Arrive the day before:  All participants are strongly advised to travel the day before (Monday, July 23rd) and camp overnight at one of the two walk-in campsites in the area. This gives you the peace of mind of (i) performing your final gear check and (ii) ensuring that you begin acclimatizing to the high altitude a day before you hike. 

    Hiking capabilities/qualifications:  You must be in good physical condition, be able to hike five miles at high altitude (over 10,000 feet throughout the trip), and carry a backpack that weighs 35 pounds on-trail hiking gaining 1,100 feet.

    What to bring:  You’ll need your ten essentials and all required backpacking gear (food, stove, tent, sleeping bag, appropriate clothing, bear-proof food container, hiking poles, etc.).

    How to register:   After you complete the preregistration here, you will be contacted by the leader via phone to discuss your backpacking experience, equipment, and overall physical condition to participate in this high altitude, remote backcountry adventure.  This screening process is necessary to ensure your safety and the safety of the group and make the trip enjoyable to all.

    Leader: Mike Seay, email is m_seay@hotmail.com.  This trip is limited to a total of eight people.  

    Fees / Other:

    • (1)  Wilderness Permit and Fees: $10 per participant.  This covers the Wilderness Permit and other associated costs.  Payment will be collected at the trailhead
    • (2)  Food and Equipment: All participants will be responsible for their own food, tent, stove, bear canister, etc.  Participants are encouraged, however, to share stoves and cooking equipment to reduce weight of their packs.  No fires are allowed in the backcountry. 
    • (3)  Carpooling and arrival: Participants should arrive the day before and camp overnight at or near the trailhead to acclimate to the high altitude.  The leader will circulate a list of participants several weeks before the trip to facilitate carpooling and provides details on where to camp.


     


    • Wed, August 08, 2018
    • 9:15 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Mt San Jacinto State Park
    • 7
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    Wellman Divide – Round Valley loop -  Wed August 8, 2018

    • Distance: 7 miles
    • Total Elevation: 1600'
    • Difficulty: Moderate-Advanced
    • Minimum Elevation 8200
    • Type: Out and back loop
    • Hike time: 3 – 4 hours
    • Meeting location: Tram valley station loading area: 9:15 AM
    • Departure time: 10 AM Tram 

    DESCRIPTION

    Hike from Round Valley clockwise to Tamarisk Valley and up to Wellman Divide and return via the low trail.

    Tickets for the Tram:  $25.95 Adult $23.95 Senior. Summer and Annual passes available. Recommend purchasing online at least a day before the event as tickets sell out. $8 parking fee waived for pass holders and local residents.  Our tram departure is 10 AM. Purchase tickets here: Palm Springs Tram Tickets 

    What to bring: 

    Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch/snacks, sun protection, layered clothing and hiking poles. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.  

    Hike Leader: Brad Hardison Email click here

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


    • Tue, August 21, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Fri, August 24, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Bishop Pass


       TRIP CANCELED

    The Bishop Pass area is one of the most popular destinations in the Eastern Sierras, offering the visitor an amazing succession of beautiful lakes and spectacular views of the Inconsolable Range, Hurd Peak and Mount Agassiz. Our loop trip takes us into the Chocolate Lakes and the South Forth Bishop Creek basins.   Competition can be fierce for overnight permits in this area so we’ve chosen a mid-week trip later in the season to ensure access to the best camping spots.

    • Rating: Moderate on-trail backpacking.  Short hiking distances but with steep switchbacks at high elevation. 
    • Total Distance: About 10 miles over four days
    • Elevation range: between 9,700 feet and 11,200 feet

    First Day: We meet at 9:30am at the Bishop Pass trailhead next to South Lake (9,700 feet).  Day one follows the Bishop Pass trail until we reach the fork for Bull Lake, taking the side trail into the Chocolate Lakes valley. Total elevation gain 1,400 feet in just three miles to our camp at the second Chocolate Lake.  

    Day two:  Our second day takes us up the saddle and down past Ruwau Lake to Long Lake where we’ll search for the optimal spot and set up our two night basecamp.  We gain and lose about 300 feet during our 2 mile hike to Long Lake.  Arriving camp relatively early in the day, and unencumbered by the weight of our packs, we’ll organize an afternoon cross-country hike to explore lovely Margaret Lake.

    Day three:  We’ll pack our lunch for a full day of exploring the chain of lakes leading up to Bishop Pass: Saddlerock Lake, Ledge Lake, Bishop Lake and the Timberline Tarns. Some may prefer a quieter, more meditative day in the camp in Long Lake.

    Day four:  We’ll get a leisurely start to our day and hike the four miles back down to the cars, dropping 1,000 feet. 

    Arrive the day before:  All participants are strongly advised to travel the day before (Monday, Aug 20th) and camp overnight at the La Hupp or Willows campground.  This gives you the peace of mind of (i) performing your final gear check and (ii) ensuring that you begin acclimatizing to the high altitude a day before you hike

    Hiking capabilities/qualifications:  You must be in good physical condition, be able to hike four miles at high altitude (over 9,700 feet throughout the trip), and carry a backpack that weighs 35 pounds on-trail hiking gaining 1,400 feet

    How to register:   After you complete the preregistration here, you will be contacted by the leader via phone to discuss your backpacking experience, equipment, and overall physical condition to participate in this high altitude, remote backcountry adventure.  This screening process is necessary to ensure your safety and the safety of the group and make the trip enjoyable to all. 

    Leader: Mike Seay, email

    Fees / Other:

    •  Wilderness Permit and Fees: $10 per participant. This covers the Wilderness Permit and other associated costs. Payment will be collected at the trailhead

    • Food and Equipment: All participants will be responsible for their own food, tent, stove, bear canister, etc. Participants are encouraged, however, to share stoves and cooking equipment to reduce weight of their packs. No fires are allowed in the backcountry.

    •  Carpooling and arrival: Participants should arrive the day before and camp overnight at or near the trailhead to acclimate to the high altitude. The leader will circulate a list of participants several weeks before the trip to facilitate carpooling and provides details on where to camp.

    What to bring:  You’ll need your ten essentials and all required backpacking gear (food, stove, tent, sleeping bag, appropriate clothing, bear-proof food container, hiking poles, etc.).




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Wed, June 27, 2018 SUNSET POOL PARTY-POTLUCK
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Wed, June 13, 2018 HIKE: HIDDEN DIVIDE TO OVERLOOK
Wed, June 06, 2018 HIKE: TRAM TO IDYLLWILD
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Thu, May 31, 2018 HIKE: Mt. San Jacinto Peak
Wed, May 23, 2018 Hike - Deep Creek Hot Springs
Sun, May 20, 2018 SKY WATCH
Sat, May 19, 2018 HIKE: DEVIL'S SLIDE
Wed, May 09, 2018 POOL PARTY-POTLUCK
Sun, May 06, 2018 Hike Leader Training
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Fri, April 13, 2018 HIKE: Hidden Palms and Horseshoe Palms Oasis
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Sat, March 31, 2018 Cathedral City LGBT Days
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Sat, March 24, 2018 HIKE: QUAIL SPRINGS TO JT & SSR
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Sat, February 24, 2018 HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR REDLANDS CA PART II
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Sat, February 17, 2018 Hike: North Lykken Trail to Museum Trail Junction
Thu, February 15, 2018 GEOLOGY HIKE: Painted Canyon Mecca Hills 2018
Wed, February 14, 2018 SPEAKER EVENT: HIKING IN COLORADO
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Sat, December 16, 2017 HIKE: MECCA HILLS SIENNA TRAIL
Thu, December 14, 2017 Hike: Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
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Fri, December 08, 2017 HIKE: MAGNESIA FALLS CANYON
Wed, December 06, 2017 WILD COACHELLA
Sun, December 03, 2017 Holiday Party
Sat, December 02, 2017 HIKE: LOST PALMS OASIS JOSHUA TREE PARK
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Sat, November 18, 2017 HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR REDLANDS CA
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Thu, May 11, 2017 Oak Glen Wildflower Walkabout/Hike
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