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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.
All the great groups, clubs, organizations, and things that the Coachella Valley has to offer in one spot! Great Outdoors Palm Springs will have a display table to share information about our club.
If you would like to help staff the GOPS table and talk to prospective members contact Dennis Email
For your information. Response not required.
This event is hosted by The Center.
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.
Palms to Pines Birding and Nature Trail
Meet at Cathedral City Library
RSVP appreciated, not required.
This event is hosted by the Coachella Valley Hiking Club
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.
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
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 hike.
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