- Start time: 8:30am
- Duration: 3 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate+ (Not for beginners)
- Total Elevation: 650 ft
- Distance: 5 miles out & back
- Pace: Slow/Moderate
- Terrain: Dry Falls, Dirt & Sandy Washes / Some minor bouldering. Some steep dry falls. Boots with good traction a must.
- Meeting place / Carpooling: MUST meet at Hunter's for carpooling no later than 8:00 am OR trailhead at the Rancho Mirage Elementary School parking lot at 8:30 am.
Hike Leader: David Stewart 760-320-2774 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), lunch/snacks, sun protection, layered clothing. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. No pets.
Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share.
Space is limited. Please register to reserve a spot, sign the electronic waiver, and receive any last-minute updates.
Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels
Hunters on Arenas
Trail head parking lot
In the beginning, we will walk about a mile following a concrete culvert. On the other side of this culvert, past the fences, is a little compound called Porcupine Creek. It is notable because Oracle CEO Larry Ellison bought the property for over $40 million in 2011 and has hosted some high-profile guests, including President Obama.
At the end of this canyon is the first of several (usually) dry waterfalls to scale. There are probably about 7 dry falls to climb, and the second one at about 30 feet is the toughest to get up and back down. If you’re in reasonably good shape, careful and not afraid of heights, even Fall #2 should be a nice challenge.
We will turn back at an imposing rock face about 2.5 miles in, although I’ve seen others climb it. We will take a leisurely break in the area before going back.
There is a good possibility of viewing Bighorn Sheep. The area is technically only open to humans between October and December due to bighorn sheep territory.
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.