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A compilation of  hikes done by the Sun City Palm Desert Hiking Club during the three seasons, Oct. 2008 to May 2011 & hikes from Oct. through Dec. 2011.                   Edition 2, December 21, 2011

LIVING DESERT PRIVATE WALKING TOUR
EASY WALK: 1.5 miles Elevation gain: Zero Area: The Living Desert
Duration of Tour: 2 hours; Drive Time One Way: 20 minutes
This is a Private Guided Walking Tour of The Living Desert. We will see learn and enjoy all The Living Desert has to offer with our own private guide. This tour will also include a behind-the-scenes look at the beautiful state-of-the-art wildlife hospital. ALL FEES ARE WAIVED. MUST CALL LEADER IN ADVANCE. PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES. LIMITED TO 25 MEMBERS OF THE HIKING CLUB.
Date & Leader: Jan. 12, 2011, Nina Corwin; February 17, 2011, Nina Corwin

LONG VALLEY HIKE
Easy/Moderate Hike: 3.2 miles; Elevation Gain/: 100 feet; Area: San Jacinto State Park; Duration of Hike: 2.5 hours time; Driving Time One Way: 45 minutes
The Long Valley hike is an easy/moderate 3.2 mile hike in the valley adjacent to the Aerial Tramway Mountain Station at 8600 ft. Part of the trail is relatively flat and offers a pleasant stroll through forest. Another part of the trail is a little more demanding, but offers various scenic overlooks of the desert and the high mountain country. This hike is an excellent introduction to the Park's plants and animals. There is a $22.00 fee for riding the Aerial Tramway, but discounts are possible (bring AAA card and /or Living Desert membership card or other discount coupons). Hikers should pack a lunch. Prepare for temperatures possibly 30 degrees cooler than in Sun City and dress accordingly. Hiking sticks are recommended.
Date & Leader: May, 5, 2009, May 12, 2010, Jack Maddan

LOST CANYON VIA BOO HOFF TRAIL
Moderate/Advanced Hike: 6.7 miles; Total Ascent: 930; Area: La Quinta Cove
Duration of Hike: 4 hours; Drive Time One Way: 25 minutes
This hike will start at La Quinta Cove and go along the Morrow Trail to the County Park at lake Cahuilla passing by the La Quinta Golf Course. Short sections of the trail are steep and rocky therefore it's advisable to wear hiking boots and to use hiking poles. Mid way towards the Lake we will be trekking over a saddle with good views of the north portion of the Salton Sea and the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains. We will stop at the Lake for snacks before our return back to the Cove.
Date & Leader: Jan. 10, 2010, Ken Linville

LOWER PALM CANYON TRAIL
Easy Hike: 4 miles; Elevation Gain: 400 ft.; Duration of Hike: 2-3 hours; Driving Time One Way: 45 minutes; Area: Palm Springs
The trail starts from the Trading Post and follows the stream through groves of palms, cottonwoods and desert plants. There will be stream crossing over rocks if the stream is running. It seldom runs this time of the year but it is beautiful in any case. Entrance fee required.
Date & Leader, December 18, 2008, John Beringer

LYKKEN TRAIL, NORTH
Advanced Hike: 6 miles; Total Gain: 1400 ft; Duration of Hike: 3.5 hours Drive Time One Way: 45 minutes; Area: Palm Springs
This will be a key exchange Hike with a vehicle at each Trailhead. The south end of this trail starts at the west end of Ramon Rd., goes up to the end of the Museum trail then in a short distance intersects the famous Skyline trail that climbs 8,000' to the Tram. This is the high point of our hike with views of Palm Springs and the Little San Bernardino and Santa Rosa MT ranges. Our trail then goes down and across Chino Canyon, up over a foothill and down to the north end of the trail at Cielo Rd. Lunch optional at Manhattan Deli on Hwy 111 after the hike.
Date & Hike Leaders: December 17, 2008, March 3, 2009, Nina Corwin & Ken Linville

LYKKEN TRAIL, SOUTH
MODERATE/ADVANCED Hike: 4 miles; Elevation gain: 1,100 feet;Duration of Hike: 2 1/2 hours; Drive Time One Way: 45 minutes (includes car shuttle); Area: Palm Springs
This will be a car shuttle hike. We will start at the southerly trailhead west of South Palm Canyon Drive. Our trek will be at a slow to moderate pace traversing northerly to the trailhead at Mesquite Road near Tahquitz Canyon Visitors Center. Good views of the Little San Bernardino and the Santa Rosa Mts.
Date & Leader: October 26,2011, Ken Linville

MACOMBER PALMS
Moderate Hike: Approximately 5 miles; Elevation Gain: 400` feet Area: Indio Hills; Duration of Hike: 3 1/2 hours; Drive Time One Way: 5-10 minutes
We will drive to the end of Francis, the street that borders the north side of Sun City, and travel part way up a dirt road toward the front gate in front of the water tank road. We will park on the road and hike north up through some very scenic and pretty desert to a local palm oasis. We should be treated to lots evidence of a beautiful wildflower bloom and see a number of smaller oases along our route. We will be hiking beside or near the mission creek branch of the San Andreas Fault. Hiking sticks are recommended. There are no plans for lunch.
Date & Leader: Jan. 26, 2010,Jack Maddan

MAYNARD MINE
Advanced Hike: 7.0 miles; Elevation Gain: 2600 feet; Area: Indian Canyons
Duration of Hike: 5 hrs.; Drive Time One Way: 30 minutes
Maynard Mine is the site of an old abandoned tungsten mine worked during World War II. The trail is steep but offers tremendous views of the canyon slopes across Palm Canyon and the Desert Divide mountains to the West. Entrance fee to Indian Canyons.
Date & Hike Leader: February 16, 2010, John Beringer

MECCA HILLS: BIG COLORFUL CANYON
Moderate Hike: 6 miles; Elevation Gain: 350 ft.; Duration of Hike: 3 hours Driving Time One Way: 45 minutes
This hike takes us into one of the largest canyons in the Mecca Hills wilderness complex. Of major interest is the colorful rock wall at the back of the canyon. We will observe a "bright red-orange burst of color embedded into equally colorful mauve, creamy coral, and burnt sienna" (Ferranti). We should look for owls in the canyon trees, seen on previous hikes.
Date & Hike Leader: February 12, 2010, Sam Kaplan

MECCA HILLS; BIG SPLIT ROCK/ SLOT CANYON WALKABOUT
Easy/Moderate: 6 miles Elevation Gain: 100 feet; Duration of Hike: 3 1/2 Hours Driving Time One Way: 45 minutes
This hike is a real adventure with breathtaking sights! The colors, rock formations and many interesting slot canyons make for a Utah kind of hike. One slot canyon may be claustrophobic to some, and will be optional. There is some rock scrambling. Gloves and cameras recommended. Lunch afterwards at Papa Dan's at Sun City.
Date & Leader: Jan. 22, 2009, Anne Levin

MECCA HILLS; BIG UTAH CANYON
Easy Hike: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 400 feet;
Duration of Hike: 2 hours Drive Time One Way: 45 minutes
Like most canyons we will be hiking in sand most of the way. In less than a half a mile the Utah feeling created by various shades of camel, rust, and creamy hues of white highlight the canyon walls. Areas of dark red wash down over lighter shades of cream near the bottom of the canyon. This should be easy and fun.
Date & Leaders: Iona Scapple & Marsha Hansen

MECCA HILLS: COFFEE BEAN CANYON, MECCA HILL WALKABOUT
ADVANCED Hike: 13 miles Elevation gain: 700 feet; Duration of Hike: 6 hours Drive Time One Way: 30 minutes
This hike is aptly named to reflect the unique color and texture of the soil through and around the canyon. We will encounter interesting soil and rock formations that accent the canyon as it winds in a serpentine fashion, which opens out into a vista of open canyons and foothills. The elusive 1,600 foot high Mecca Hill lies directly to the North. PLEASE CALL LEADER IN ADVANCE.
Date & Leader: March 11, 2011, Ray Cheeney

MECCA HILLS; GROTTOS (THE)
MODERATE/ADVANCED Hike: 5 miles Elevation gain: 1,000 feet; Duration of Hike: 3 hours Drive Time One Way: 30-40 minutes
The hike to the grottos takes us along high barren ridges with spectacular views of the Salton Sea, and low sandy washes amid towering colorful cliffs in the Mecca Hills. You will love this delightful, moderately strenuous hike with a little mystery in the darkness! We will negotiate the cave system with flashlights and hike up and out of the canyon onto a steep, narrow ridge-line that will take us above Hidden Springs Oasis. Hikers will then scramble down into Hidden Springs Canyon and Oasis. This hike is for hearty, experienced hikers with a sense of adventure and sufficient ability and agility to low-crawl at least 10 yards under low rock overhangs and navigate steep, narrow ridge-lines. Hikers must have sufficient upper body strength to scramble over and between large rocks. Bring a flashlight, gloves, hiking stick, water and snacks.
Date & Leaders: April 1, 2011, Iona Scapple and Marsha Hansen

MECCA HILLS: LINVILLE GROTTO OF REFLECTION, AFTERNOON HIKE
MODERATE Hike: 5 miles; Elevation gain: 400 feet; Duration of Hike: 3-3 1/2 hours; Drive Time One Way: 45 minutes; 1 p.m. Start Time
Work up your appetite and enjoy the views afforded by the Little Painted Canyon located in the Mecca Hills. Our route will include a hike through a seldom seen high walled rock canyon with our destination coming to an abrupt end in the World Renowned "Linville Grotto of Reflection". The timing of this hike is specifically being taken for the beauty of the shadowing afforded by the late afternoon sun on the colorful rock fall formations. Cameras are a must for this hike.
Date & Leader: November 29, 2011, Ray Cheeney

MECCA HILLS: LITTLE PAINTED CANYON WALKABOUT
EASY; EASY/ MODERATE; MODERATE Hike; 4 to 8 miles; Elevation Gain, 300 to 1,200', Duration of Hike, 2-6 Hours; Area, Mecca Hills, Drive Time One Way, 1 hour
This is an easy, moderate or advanced hike, depending on how far you choose to continue. Starting at the Ladder Canyon Parking Lot, we'll proceed 2 easy miles up beautiful Little Painted Canyon, at which point we'll start exploring side canyons. You may turn around at any point and head back down the canyon to your car. Virtually impossible to get lost.
Date & Leaders: January 19, 2011, John Beringer, Ray Cheeney, Burt Falk, Ken Linville

MECCA HILLS; MECCACOPIA AND GODWIN TRAILS
Advanced: 14.5 miles; Elevation Gain: 300 ft.; Duration of Hike: 6 Hours;Driving Time One Way: 45 Minutes
This hike will take in the entire lengths of the two trails which oversee the Salton Sea, large expanses of farmland and partially follow the Coachella Canal. Many varied rock formations will be encounter during the duration of this long but relatively flat trek. Due to its length we plan on this being a key exchange. Bring extra water and call one of the hike leaders in advance.
Date & Hike Leaders: March 24, 2010m Ray Cheeney & John Beringer

MECCA HILLS: PAINTED CANYON/LADDER CANYON LOOP
MODERATE Hike: 5 miles; Elevation gain: 450 feet; Duration of Hike: 3-3 1/2 hours; Drive Time One Way: 45 minutes
Experience fun rock scrambling and 5 ladders as we hike through a magnificent
slot canyon. At the top of the canyon enjoy spectacular views of the Salton Sea Basin and the surrounding Mecca Hills while we rest and have a snack. Continue for a mile to a steep but short drop down into Big Painted Canyon. The geology of this area is amazing and colorful! Stop for photos at this point before proceeding to 2 ladders partially formed from the rocks providing a means of descent, followed by a 0.75 mile walk on the wash to our starting point. Gloves recommended. Bring cameras!
Date & Leader: Jan. 9, 2009, December 10, 2011, February 9, 2011, November 21, 2011, Nina Corwin Thomas

MECCA HILLS: PYRAMID CANYON
Moderate Hike: 6.5 miles; Elevation Gain: 600 feet; Duration of Hike: 4 hours; Drive Time One Way: 45 minutes
This hike explores one of the many canyons in the Mecca Hills and is named for a small pyramid shaped rock formation encountered along the canyon trail. There are interesting colors on the canyon walls and a view of the Salton Sea is seen.
Date & Leader: December 10, 2009,Sam Kaplan

MECCA HILLS; SLOT CANYON CAVE TRAIL 
Moderate Hike: 6.5 miles;Elevation Gain: 100 feet; Duration of Hike: 3 hours; Drive Time One Way: 45 minutes 
This hike begins in Big Colorful Canyon and follows another trail into a slot canyon that ends in a large cave-like chamber. The "cave area" reminds one of what the home of a stone-age man might have looked like! 
Date & Hike Leader: March 24, 2009, Anne Levin

MORONGO CANYON
MODERATE Hike: 6 miles; Elevation Gain: 1800 Feet; Area: Morongo Valley
Duration of Hike: 4 hours; Driving Time One Way: 45 minutes
The hike begins in a lush riparian oasis at Big Morongo Preserve, a spectacular landscape of cottonwoods, willows, cattails, and other riparian species. The trail quickly plunges into the sharply barren desert down the canyons towards Desert Hot Springs. This is a one-way hike with a short shuttle from Indian Avenue near Hwy 62 back to Morongo Valley. Wildflowers should be in full bloom. Lunch optional after hike.
Date & Hike Leaders: April 7, 2010, Marsha Hansen & Iona Scapple

MORROW TRAIL
Moderate/Advanced Hike: 6.7 miles;Total Ascent: 930; Area: La Quinta Cove
Duration of Hike: 4 hours; Drive Time One Way: 25 minutes
This hike will start at La Quinta Cove and go along the Morrow Trail to the County Park at lake Cahuilla passing by the La Quinta Golf Course. Short sections of the trail are steep and rocky therefore it's advisable to wear hiking boots and to use hiking poles. Mid way towards the Lake we will be trekking over a saddle with good views of the north portion of the Salton Sea and the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains. We will stop at the Lake for snacks before our return back to the Cove.
Hike Leader: Jan. 8, 2010, Ken Linville

MORROW TRAIL (BEGINNING) LA QUINTA COVE LOOP
Easy Hike: 3 ½ miles; Elevation Gain: 300 feet; Area: La Quinta Cove;
Duration of Hike: 2 hours; Driving Time One Way: 20 minutes
First ¾ mile on a hard jeep road. Next ½ mile on sandy rocky washes. Short climb on rocky trail to top of ridge. Fantastic views of quarry golf course and mountains. Return back the same way to the base of a rock dam. Continue west on easy wash to end of dam. Climb short ridge and continue to La Quinta oasis & Ramada. Short break and then return on easy trail to "Art Rock" and cars.
Date & Leader: Jan. 12, 2010, Paul Gershick

MURRAY CANYON TRAIL
MODERATE Hike: 4 miles Elevation gain: 500 feet Area: Indian Canyons;
Duration of Hike: 3 hours Drive Time One Way: 30 minutes
Trail takes you deep into the lower reaches of the San Jacinto Mountains via a palm-enclosed canyon stream, desert willow, assorted cacti and some cottonwoods. Multiple stream crossings via rocks, and several steep, but short inclines. Trail ends at the first of the Seven Sisters water falls, a beautiful and restful spot. Entrance fee ($6.00) to Indian Canyons.
Date & Leader: March 6, 2009, Feb. 11, 2011, John Beringer

MURRAY HILL                                     GPS Murray Hill                          View from the top
ADVANCED Hike; 8 miles; Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft.; Duration of Hike, 4 hours; Drive Time One Way, 30 Minutes
We will ascend the Araby Trail and connect with the Wild Horse Trail before reaching the peak offering great views of the entire area.
Date & Leader: January 7, 2011, John Beringer

MURRAY HILL LOOP VIA ARABY/WILD HORSE/SHANNON & HENDERSON TRAILS
Advanced Hike: 10 miles Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet; Duration of Hikes: 6 hours Drive Time One Way: 30 minutes; Area: Santa Rosa Mtns
The Murray Peak Loop hike via Araby trail will return via the Wild Horse trail, Shannon Trail, and the Henderson trail. The trail is well defined and hikers will get a good view of Murray Peak, San Jacinto Mountain, Mt. San Gorgonio,Indio Hills, Little San Bernardo Mountain range, Coachella Valley, Palm Springs, and Cathedral City.
Date & Leader: Oct. 23, 2009, Wesley L. Bond

MURRAY HILL AND DUNN STEEP MINING ROAD
Advanced: 10 miles; Elevation Gain/Total Ascent: 1734'/2400';Area: Santa Rosa Mts.; Duration of Hike: 6-7 Hours; Driving Time One Way: 30 minutes
The hike involves going down a cement levee, crossing a sandy wash, walking on well defined dirt roads and trails, and walking down a 23% grade for 1/3rd of a mile. Hikers will have a panoramic view of the Coachella Valley and the mountains that border the valley from Palm Springs to Indio. This hike is for experienced hikers and requires good hiking boots. Hiking sticks are recommended.
Date and Leader: March 5, 2009, March 2, 2010, Wes Bond

OAK GLEN, REDWOODS, TRI-TIP SANDWICH & APPLE PIE!
EASY Hike: 1 1/2 miles Elevation gain: 100 feet
Duration of Hike: 1 1/2 hourʼs; Drive Time One Way: 1 hour
Enjoy 10-15 degree cooler temps at this4700 foot elevation! Stride through a mountain orchard and mystic grove of misplaced giant redwoods. Enjoy myriads of waterfowl traversing a nearby pond as we hike parallel to a rushing stream through lush vegetation. And, to end a perfect day, a delicious barbeque lunch (or bring your own). Dessert can be a slice of a freshly baked pie (ala-Mode)! An optional free tour of the apple packing plant may be available to us. Shop to your hearts delight for unique gifts: apples, honey, jams, and selection of pies.
Date & Leaders: October 8, 2011, Shirley Hastie and Bill Pivar

PACIFIC CREST TRAIL: AUTUMN FOLIAGE HIKES, WARNER SPRINGS
Moderate Hikes: Day #1: 8.8 miles Day #2: 8.5 miles; Elevation Gain: Day #1: (net loss). Day #2: 300-400 feet; Duration of Hikes: 4-5 hrs. ea. Day; Drive Time One Way: 1.5 hrs; Area: Warner Springs
This is an overnight venture with accommodations plus dinner & breakfast at Warner Springs. If you prefer not to stay overnight you can leave early from Sun City and join in on either or both day hikes.
Day 1. Meet at Warner Springs, drive to Indian Flats Campground. Most of the hike follows beautiful Agua Caliente Creek down to Highway 79.
Day 2. Hike up a trail following Canada Verde Creek to Eagle Rock. A unique natural rock.
Call leader in advance for hike info and/or reservations at the Warner Springs Ranch, an interesting historic location.
Date & Leader: October 27,2009, Burt Falk

PACIFIC CREST TRAIL, CHIHUAHUA VALLEY ROAD TO TULE TRUCK TRAIL
ADVANCED Hike: 10.3 miles; Elevation Gain: 1000 ft., Area; San Diego Cty;
Duration of Hike: 4 hours; Driving Time One Way: 1.5 hours
This is an extremely scenic trail offering wondrous views of both Anza-Borrego State Park
and the southern slopes of the Santa Rosa Mtns
Date & Leaders: October 17, 2008, Ken Linville & Burt Falk; April 6, 2010, John Beringer & Burt Falk

PACIFIC CREST TRAIL, FULLER RIDGE TO SNOW CREEK VILLAGE
ADVANCED, Segment B-8; Hike: 17.4 miles (R/T); Elev Loss, 6,000'; Area: San Jacinto Mtns; Duration of Hike: 7-8 hours; Drive Time One Way: 1 1/2 hours going, 2-1/4 hrs. returning
Two vehicles are necessary on this all downhill hike, one to be left at Snow Creek Village, the other, with all participants, driven on to the Fuller Ridge Trailhead. The vehicle left at the Fuller Ridge Trailhead must be picked up (involving a long drive) by the hikers after arriving at Snow Creek.
Date & Leaders: November 1, 2011, Ray Cheeney and Ernie Manson

PACIFIC CREST TRAIL: SNOW CREEK VILLAGE TO WHITEWATER PRESERVE, Segments B-8 & C-1 (partial)
Advanced Hike: 14 miles (one way) Elevation: Starting @ Trout Farm 1200' Gain, 2200' Loss; Starting @: Snow Creek 2200' Gain, 1200' Loss; Duration of Hike: 6+ hours Driving Time One Way: 30 minutes; Area: Banning Pass
This will be a key exchange hike with one group starting at the Trout Farm in Whitewater and hiking south to Snow Creek Village. The second group will hike in the reverse direction starting at Snow Creek Village. Be prepared to cross the Whitewater River by the Trout Farm with hiking poles and foot wear as it may have running water in it. Those who would like a shorter hike on the famous PCT for a distance of 5 miles can start with Ken's group and end at Cottonwood Trailhead where a vehicle will be left. This overall section of the PCT is along the west foothills of Whitewater, around the wind tower hills west to Cottonwood Trailhead and south crossing under I-10 to Snow Creek Village.
Date & Leaders: January 15, 2009, Burt Falk & Ken Linville

PACIFIC CREST TRAIL,

MISSION CREEK PRESERVE TO WHITEWATER PRESERVE, Segment C-1 (partial)
Moderate/Advanced Hike: 6.2 miles; Elevation: 600 feet Gain, 1000 feet Loss; Duration of Hike: 2.5 hours; Drive Time One Way: 45 minutes; Area: Whitewater Cyn. / West Fork Mission Creek
We will be dropped off at the Mission Creek Preserve to start and will hike westerly along the West Fork Trail (2.1 mi.) to the junction with the PCT. We will then trek south along the PCT in Whitewater Canyon (3.5 mi.) to the Trout Farm Trail. The last segment of this hike (0.6 mi.) will terminate at the Trout Farm located in the Whitewater Preserve where we will be picked up. Lunch optional on drive back to Sun City.
CALL HIKE LEADER IN ADVANCE.
Date & Hike Leaders: Burt Falk & Ken Linville

PACIFIC CREST TRAIL: MISSION CREEK TRAIL CAMP TO MISSION CREEK PRESERVE, Segment C-1 (partial)
Advanced Hike: 19 miles total; Elevation: Zero Gain, 5100' Loss:Duration of Hike: 9 hours: Driving Time One Way: 2 hours; Area: San Gorgonio Wilderness
This section of the PCT mostly follows Mission Creek at elevations between 8,000 and 2,900 feet. We will be dropped off at Mission Creek Campground to start the hike and will trek down the PCT (16.9 mi.) to a junction with the West Fork Trail. We will then hike down the West Fork Trail (2.1 mi.) to Mission Creek Preserve where we will be picked up. You must contact leader before doing this very advanced hike.
Date & Hike Leaders: May 15, 2009, Burt Falk & Ken Linville

PACIFIC CREST TRAIL: DEEP CREEK BRIDGE TO SILVERWOOD LAKE, Segments C-7 & C-8
ADVANCED Hike: Day 1: 15.9 miles, Day 2, 15.4 miles; Duration of Hikes: Days 1 & 2: 7 hrs ea. Drive Time One Way: 1 hr. 45 min; Area: San Bernardino Natl Forest
Day 1: Day 1: Hike 15.9 miles from Deep Cr. Bridge to Hwy 173. Stay overnight at area motel. Negligible Gain and 1,400' Loss
Day 2: Hike 15.4 miles from Hwy 173 to Silverwood Lake. 400' Gain and 200' Loss.
This section of the PCT starts east of Lake Arrowhead and treks northerly, then westerly to 1/2 mile west of Silverwood Lake. Elevations along this section of the PCT vary from 4,600' at Deep Cr. Bridge to 3,200 ft at Hwy 173. On Day 2, we may do a key exchange hike depending on the amount of hikers and transportation.
Dates & Leaders: Nov. 17-18, 2009, Ken Linville & Burt Falk

PACIFIC CREST TRAIL: SILVERWOOD LAKE TO SWARTHOUT CANYON, Segments C-9 & D-1
Advanced Hike: Day 1: 13.6 miles Silverwood Lake to I-15 Area: Cajon Pass, East & West of I-15; Day 2: 5.5 miles Swarthout Canyon Rd to I-15; Elevation: Day 1: Gain: 1400 feet, Loss: 1800 feet; Day 2: Gain: 1200 feet, Loss: 1800 feet
Duration of Hike: Day 1: 6 hours Drive Time 1 Way: Day 1: 1.5 hours; Day 2: 2.5 hours Day 2: 15 minutes
Depending on the number of participants, we'll attempt to hike as a group on both days. Plan for overnight stay at Best Western Cajon Pass Motel, and group dinner in nearby Wrightwood.
Must call hike leader to reserve a space for both hike and motel.
Date & Leaders: Jan. 21 & 22, 2009, Burt Falk & Ken Linville

PACIFIC CREST TRAIL: BOUQUET CANYON TO SOLEDAD CANYON, Segments D13 & E1; ADVANCED Hikes: Area: Angeles National Forest; Drive Time One Way: 2-1/2 hrs.
Day 1: Drive to Palmdale area, hike 10.3 miles from Bouquet Cyn Rd to Agua Dulce; Elevation gain: 1,100' gain, 1,300' loss (approximate); Duration 5 hours.
Day 2: Hike 9.7 miles from Agua Dulce to Soledad Cyn Rd.; Elevation gain: 1,200' and 2,100' loss (approximate); Duration, 5.5 hours; Drive back to Sun City
These segments of the PCT are at elevations between 2,200' and 4,800'. We may do one or both days as a key exchange hike depending on the amount of hikers. YOU MUST BE AN EXPERIENCED, ADVANCED HIKER. Contact hike leaders for details, starting time, car pooling and motel reservations.
Dates & Leaders: March 29 & 30, 2011, Burt Falk & Ken Linville

PACIFIC CREST TRAIL: BOUQUET CANYON TO LAKE HUGHES ROAD, Segments E-2 & E-3
Advanced Hike: Day 1 - 7.6 miles;Elevation Gain: 1050 feet; Duration of Hike: Day 1- 3 1/2 hours; Day 2 - 12.4 miles; Elevation Gain: 1000 feet; Day 2 - 51/2 hours Area: Angeles Nat'l Forest ; Drive Time One Way: 20 minutes
Day 1: Drive to San Francisquito Canyon Road and hike to Lake Hughes Road, which has approximately 500' of gain and 1,300' of loss. Check into area motel for one night stay.
Day 2: Hike from San Francisquito Canyon Road to Bouquet Canyon Road, which has approximately 1,000' of gain and 1,500' of loss. Drive back to Sun City.
Dates & Leaders: Jan. 20 & 21, 2010, Ken Linville & Burt Falk

PACIFIC CREST TRAIL: LAKE HUGHES RD. TO PINE CANYON RD., Segments E-4 & E-5,.
ADVANCED; Day 1, 14.5 miles; Day 2, 9.6 miles; Elevation Gain: NA; Area: Angeles Nat'l Forest; Duration of Hike: Day 1, 6.5 hours; Day 2, 4.0 hours; Driving Time One Way: 2.5 hours
This section of the PCT varies in elevation between 3,000 feet and 5,700 feet. Depending on the number of hikers, we may have the option of doing a key exchange for Day 2 and Day 3. These two segment take us to the northwesterly end of the Angeles National Forest with the Mojave Desert remaining to the north. Contact hike leaders for details, starting time, car-pooling and motel reservations. YOU MUST BE AN EXPERIENCED ADVANCED HIKER AND CONTACT HIKE LEADER IN ADVANCE.
Date & Leaders: Oct. 19- 21, 2010, Burt Falk & Ken Linville

PALM VIEW PEAK (7,160') A Nifty Fifty Peak
ADVANCED Hike: 8 miles; Elevation gain: 2000 feet; Area: Desert Divide, San Jacinto Mtns.; Duration of Hike: 4-5 hours; Drive Time One Way: 1 hour
Drive up Morris Ranch Road to Cedar Springs trailhead (5,430ʼ). Climb 2.5 miles on a wellgraded trail to junction with Pacific Crest Trail (6,830ʼ) on the Desert Divide. Turn left on PCT and proceed north about 1.5 miles. Turn right and hike a short distance through brush ad trees to summit. Truth in Advertising: Neither palm nor view is visible from the summit. Great views from the PCT, however.
Date & Leader: October 3, 2011, Burt Falk

PINE MOUNTAIN, A Nifty Fifty Peak
ADVANCED Hike: 8 miles; Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft.; Area: Desert Divide;
Duration of Hike: 5 hrs.; Driving Time One; 45 minutes
The hike ascends the Cedar Springs trail to the Desert Divide where it intersects with the PCT. From there, we will continue south along the Desert Divide to a use trail ascending the flank of Pine Mountain to the summit. The use trail was very overgrown when last seen and will require some bush whacking and some scrambling through rough spots to get to the top. Long pants are recommended. On our return, if time permits and energies allow, we will also ascend Pyramid Peak which is a short distance from the Pine Mt. trailhead. Must call hike leader in advance
Date & Leaders: April 15, 2010, John Beringer, Burt Falk

RAMONA TRAIL/EAST THOMAS MTN RD
Advanced Hike: 11 miles; Elevation Gain: 2000 feet; Area: San Jacinto Mtns
Duration of Hike: 6 hours; Drive Time One Way: 45 minutes
Our hike will start on Ramona Trail through growths of Manzanita, Ribbonwood, and Sage ascending to Tool Box Springs and then to the pinnacle of Thomas Mtn. We will ascend approx. 2,000 feet in five miles (to a total elevation of approx. 6,800 feet). The views will be of Anza Valley to the South, the San Jacinto Mountains to the North and Garner Valley in between. The descent will be via the same route.
Date & Leader: April 21, 2009, Nov. 10, 2009, Ray Cheeney

RANDALL HENDERSON TRAIL
EASY Hike: 2.5 miles Elevation gain: 350 feet Area: Santa Rosa/San Jacinto Mountains; Duration of Hike: 1 ½ hours National Monument Visitor's Center
Drive Time One Way: 20 minutes
We will park on the left side of Hwy. 74 at the Visitor's Center, then cross the street to the trail; expect to see spectacular wildflowers along this trail. You may wish to visit the Visitor's Center after the hike. Hiking poles and boots recommended.
Date & Leader: March 19, 2011, Carol Thomas

RED CLOUD GREAT WESTERN MINE TOUR
Moderate/Advanced Hike: 7 Miles; Elevation Gain: 400 feet; Duration of Hike: 4 Hours; Drive Time One Way: 1 Hour; Area: Orocopia Mountain Wilderness
Let's explore history in the Orocopia Wilderness by visiting the Red Cloud and Great Western Gold Mines. These mines started up in as early 1887. We will visit the ruins of the remains of a stamping mill, cyanide leaching pits as well as the two mines including some of their rigging frame work and machinery. The adventurous hikers should bring headlamps or flashlights and canaries if they wish inspect the interior of a mine. Our trail is mostly on an old Jeep road with some side trips but with Gold at $1,200 an ounce you may desire to return and try to make your fame and fortune.
Date & Leader, Jan. 27, 2010, Ray Cheeney

RED TAHQUITZ PEAK, A Nifty Fifty Peak
Advanced Hike: 11 miles; Elevation Gain: 2000 feet;Duration of Hike: 6 hours Drive Time One Way: 1 hour; Area: Idyllwild
The hike will begin by ascending the Devil's Slide Trail, then through Tahquitz Valley where we join the Pacific Crest Trail with magnificent views to the North. We'll then follow a side trail up to the overlook. Bring lunch because of the duration of the hike.
Date & Leader: Oct. 8, 2008, John Beringer

ROCK POINT, 5,280', A Nifty Fifty Peak
MODERATE Hike: 4 miles Elev. gain: 720 feet total Area: Desert Divide, San Jacinto Mtns.; Duration of Hike: 3 hours Drive Time One Way: 1 hour
Located north of the intersection of Hwy. 74 & Hwy 371, Rock Point is a prominently peak overlooking theGarner Valley.The hike involves road, use trail and a short bit of rock scrambling.
Date & Leader: April 26, 2011, Burt Falk

ROUND VALLEY LOOP
MODERATE Hike: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 550 feet; Duration of Hike: 3 hours; Drive Time One Way: 40 minutes; Area: Mt. San Jacinto State Park
The hike starts with a ride up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and begins at an elevation of 8500 feet at theMountain Station. We depart from the State Park Visitors Center and descend into Long Valley to the RangerStation. There the trail winds 2 miles up through the pine forest, with many birds to see in beautiful Round Valley.After a brief rest we continue on the loop to see lodge pole and sugar pines with spectacular views of Jean Peak and Mt. San Jacinto Peak. Bring lunch. Tram fee required
Date & Leaders: October, 14, 2009, Marsha Hansen and Iona Scapple

SALTON SEA BAT CAVES
EASY Hike: 2 miles; Elevation gain: 300 feet; Area: Salton Sea
Duration of Hike: 2 hours; Drive Time One Way: 1 hour
We hike under a railroad bridge along a gently rising jeep trail amidst rapidly changing landscape and arrive at the Bat Caves Butte. Enjoy exploring a large group of sea caves formed by wave action from the ancient Sea of Cortez that are home to bats, owls and ? We'll climb to top of the butte for a panoramic view of the entire Salton Sea! This is the only place where all shores of the Salton Sea can be viewed at the same time. Our "trail" back home leads to delicious date shakes at Oasis Date Garden (Optional).
Date & Leaders: November 14, 2011; Shirley Hastie and Bill Pivar

SAN GORGONIO VIA VIVIAN CREEK TRAIL
ADVANCED Hike: 17 miles; Elevation gain: 5,500 feet; Area: San Gorgonio Wilderness; Duration of Hike: 9 hours; Drive Time One Way: 1.5 hours
Join us on a trek up Southern California's highest peak which tops out at 11,499 feet and enjoy magnificent 360 degree views. This is a hike for the hardy and brave. Due to potential weather conditions, this hike may be replaced with one on Martinez Mountain which comes in at around 16 miles and 4,300 feet elevation gain.
Date & Leader: November 11, 2011, Ray Cheeney

SANTA ROSA PLATEAU ECOLOGICAL RESERVE
MODERATE/ADVANCED: 6.5 miles Elevation gain: 830 feet Area: Murrieta
Duration of Hike: 4 ½ hours Drive Time One Way: 1 hour 40 minutes
Our hike will be on a loop trail in the Santa Rosa Reservoir located on the southeastern spur of the Santa Ana MTS at elevations of 1,700 to 2,000 feet and is well worth the drive. This ecological reserve has a vernal pool with rolling hills covered with native grasses, Engelmann and California Oak trees and trickling brooks. The area wild grasses and flowers should be spectacular this time of the year. Late lunch optional after the hike in Murrieta.
Date & Leader: March 17, 2011, Ken Linville

SCHEY AND HOPALONG CASSIDY TRAILS
ADVANCED Hike, 7 miles; Elevation Gain, 1,192 ft., Duration of Hike, 5-6 hours; Area, Santa Rosa Mtns.; Drive Time One Way, 30 Minutes
This hike provides many majestic views of Palm Desert Cove from the Art Smith, Schey and Hopalong Cassidy Trails. Hikers will have excellent view of the Big Horn Country Club, the Stone Eagle Golf Resort, Haystack Mountain and Eisenhower Mt. The trail will take hikers through beautiful mountain canyons and up a sandy wash through an oasis. Some parts of the trail are steep in ascent and descent; therefore, hiking sticks are strongly recommended
Date & Leader: January 11, 2011, Wes Bond

SHADOW MOUNTAIN
ADVANCED Hike: 4.60 miles Elevation gain: 2000 feet Area: Palm Desert
Duration of Hike: 3-4 hours Drive Time One Way: 30 minutes
We will begin our hike on the Homestead Trail ascending steeply to the Hopalong Cassidy Trail, which we will follow for a short distance to the intersection with the Shadow Mt. Trail. From there, we will ascend to the peak about a mile and a half in the distance. The hike affords great views in all directions. This is a strenuous hike!
Date & Leader: March 2, 2011, John Beringer

SHADOW MOUNTAIN VIA THE CROSS
Advanced Hike: 7 miles; Elevation Gain: 1700 ft.; Area: Palm Desert
Duration of Hike: 4 hours; Drive Time One Way: 20 minutes
We will start on the "Hike to the Cross" Trail then proceed to the Shadow Mountain Trail. Along the way we will have to work along a cyclone fence. "Gloves are a Must". On top of Shadow Mountain we will be looking down on the top of the Bump and Grind and all of the other various trails.
Date & Hike Leader: Feb. 22, 2010, Jack Wersbe

SHEEP MOUNTAIN, A NIFTY FIFTY PEAK
ADVANCED Hike: 13 miles Elev. gain: 2,900 feet total--2,100 feet going in, 800' on return; Area: Santa Rosa Mountains; Duration of Hike: 6-7 hours; Drive Time One Way: 45 minutes
Take Cactus Spring to Cactus Spring, turn north-northeast, cross-country over bump 5,067 feet, descend through a saddle, then go north past a false summit to the peak. Sheep Mountain (5,141') is the peak visible from Hwy. 74, approximately 3 miles northwest of Martinez Mountain. Cancel, if weather is bad. (note-cancelled due to bad weather)
Date & Leader: February 26, 2011, Burt Falk

SIERRA PEAK, SANTA ANA MOUNTAINS
Advanced Hike: 14.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,900 feet Area: Santa Ana Mtns.;
Duration of Hike: 6 hours; Drive Time One Way: 1 hour 40 minutes
This hike will go to the top of Sierra Peak at an elevation of 3,045 feet at the Riverside/Orange County Line above Corona which is the most Northwesterly peak of the Santa Ana Mountains. The Peak offers good views of Prado Dam, the Santa Ana River and the distant San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountain Range. Most of the trail is on a dirt jeep road.
Date & Leader: Nov. 13, 2009, Ken Linville

SONNY BONO REFUGE CENTER, OBSIDIAN BUTTE AND MUD VOLCANOES
EASY Hike: 2 miles Elevation gain: 100 Feet Area: Salton Sea
Duration of Hike: 2.5 hours Drive Time One Way: 1 hour 20 minutes
Walk among bubbling pools of prehistoric volcanoes, climb an ancient obsidian butte and drive on to take a guided tour through a refuge that is home to some 375 bird species among which are snow geese and pelicans. Bring a lunch & beverage for a picturesque picnic. A visit to the Visitor Center and bookstore are a MUST before we depart. Sales benefit the Refuge's Educational programs. Location is along the course
of the Pacific Flyway in the Imperial Valley. A few stops, a few walks, and a lot of fun.
Date & Leaders: Jan. 24, 2009, Jan. 14, 2010, November 16, 2010, December 8 , 2011, Shirley Hastie and Bill Pivar

SPITLER PEAK (VIA FOBES TRAIL), A Nifty Fifty Peak
ADVANCED: 7 miles; Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft.; Area: Garner Valley/Desert Divide
Duration of Hike: 4 hours Driving Time One Way: 1 hour
From the Fobes Ranch Road trail head, we will ascend the trail to Fobes Saddle, and then turn North along the PCT to the Spitler Trail junction. From there we will ascend a use trail to the peak. Bring lunch or snacks because of the duration of the hike. Must contact hike leader in advance.
Date & Leader: October 28, 2011, John Beringer

SUICIDE ROCK VIA DEER SPRINGS TRAIL
Advanced Hike: 7 miles; Elevation Gain: 1800 feet; Duration of Hike: 3-4 hours; Drive Time One Way: 1 hour; Area: Idyllwild
Suicide Rock is an outcropping of white granite jutting out from the south slope of Marion Ridge, high above Strawberry Valley. It offers fantastic views of the valley floor, Lily Rock and Tahquitz Peak. Optional lunch in Idyllwild.
Date & Leader: May 12, 2009, John Beringer, Oct. 15, 2010, Iona Scapple & Marsha Hansen

TAHQUITZ CANYON WATER FALLS TRAIL
EASY Hike: 2 miles Elevation gain: 200 feet; Duration of Hike: 2 hours Drive Time One Way: 40 minutes; Area: Tahquitz Cyn. Palm Springs
Our Ranger-led tour takes us deep into one of the most beautiful flowering areas of the Agua Caliente Reservation. We will hike to the spectacular 60-foot waterfall. Along the way, view rock art, an ancient water system, hear native stories and legends. In the beautiful Visitor's Center, we will view a video on the history of the Canyon. Reduced rate entrance fee $10 cash.
Call leader for reservation. Ranger-led hikes are limited in number.
Date & Leaders: March 3, 2009, Feb. 16, 2010, Feb. 3, 2011, March 17, 2011, Shirley Hastie and Bill Pivar

TAHQUITZ PEAK LOOKOUT, KEY EXCHANGE
ADVANCED Hike; 8 miles, Elevation Group 1: 2,400 ft., Group 2: 2,000 ft.; Duration of Hike: 5+ hours; Drive Time One Way: 1 hour; Area: Idyllwild
A key exchange hike with one group hiking the Devil's Slide Trail and the other group hiking the South Ridge Trail, both to the 8,828 ft. summit. Tahquitz Peak affords beautiful panoramic views of the entire surrounding area. Because of the duration of the hike, bring a snack or lunch.
Date & Leaders; November 22, 2010, John Beringer & Ray Cheeney

TRAVERSING THE THREE T'S
ADVANCED Hike: 8.5 miles; Elev gain: 2,700ʼ, loss 3,400; Duration of Hike: 6-7 hours; Drive Time One Way: 1 1/2 hours to Mount Baldy Ski Lift (fee required), which operates only on weekends during ski season; ʼ; Area: San Gabriel Mtns. Preserve
From Baldy Notch at the top of the ski lift, hike mostly south along a ridge, climbing Thunder Mt. (8,587ʼ), Telegraph Peak (8,985ʼ) and Timber Mt. (8,303ʼ) before descending to pick up vehicle(s) at the base of Icehouse Canyon.
Date & Leaders: October 23, 2011, Burt Falk and Ernie Manson

VICTOR/FERN CANYON TRAILS
Moderate Hike: 5 miles; Elevation Gain: 400 feet; Duration of Hike: 3 hours; Drive Time One Way: 45 minutes; Area: Indian Canyons
We will follow the Palm Canyon Trail from the Trading Post passing along the stream in Palm Canyon, then crossing the stream and traveling through a palm oasis before meeting the Victor Trail. From the Victor Trail we will have views of Palm Canyon below and the mountains above. We will then take the Fern Canyon and trail where if we have enough moisture, we'll see giant ferns. Optional lunch at Manhattan Deli.
Date & Leader: December 15, 2009, John Beringer

WELLMAN'S DIVIDE-MT. SAN JACINTO EXTENSION
Advanced Hike: 6 miles; Elevation Gain: 1200 feet;11.9 miles to peak 2300 feet to peak; Duration of Hike: 3.5 hours; Driving Time One Way: 45 minutes; Area: San Jacinto Mtns.
The hike starts with a ride up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and begins at an elevation of 8500 feet at the mountain station. We depart from the Visitor Center and descend into Long Valley to the Ranger Station. There the trail winds up through the pine forest to beautiful Round Valley. After a brief rest we continue up the last steep mile to Wellman's Divide with spectacular views of both Tahquitz Peak and the Santa Rosa Mtns. From this point we are only 2.7 miles from San Jacinto Peak. At Wellman's Divide we will decide whether to push on to the peak - another 1 1/2 hours. THOSE NOT WANTING TO GO TO THE PEAK WILL HAVE A MINIMUM 1 1/2 HOUR WAIT FOR THE PEAK CLIMBERS TO RETURN. Bring lunch and provide the tram fee of approx. $20+
Date & Hike Leader: May 21, 2009, Jack Wersbe

WHITEWATER PRESERVE: WINE & WILDFLOWERS
Easy Hike: 3.5 mile; Elevation Gain: 200 feet; Duration of Hike: 2 hours; Driving Time One Way: 50 minutes; Area: Whitewater Canyon
Philip Ferranti, the grand guru of Coachella Valley hiking, along with his dog Spot will lead us on a not-to-be-missed afternoon romping through daisies and other assorted flora. We cross a rushing stream and meander up the Grand Whitewater Canyon after which we dine on wine, cheese and assorted gourmet goodies while viewing variegated colors as dusk descends upon the desert. There is a $5 fee to cover wine, soft drinks and food. Make reservations early, as space is limited.
Date & Hike Leaders: April 1, 2009, Shirley Hastie & Bill Pivar

WHITEWATER CANYON VIEW LOOP
EASY/MODERATE Hike; 3.5 miles; Elevation Gain, 500 ft.; Area, Whitewater Preserve; Duration of Hike, 2 hours + Lunch; Drive Time One Way, 35 minutes
Wilderness and the 2,650 mile-long Pacific Crest Trail. Our loop trail follows a section of the PCT south, ascending 500' to the top of a winding ridge, with excellent views of Whitewater Canyon, and the north face of Mt. San Jacinto. The trail starts near the Ranger Station and heads northwest and winds up switchbacks for a short three-quarters of a mile. We will follow the path along the top of the ridge, stopping at several overlooks to enjoy the views of the preserve and canyon. Then we descend the ridge via switchbacks to have a picnic lund by the old trout farm pools and shady trees.
Date & Leaders: December 3, 2010, Marsha Hansen & Iona Scapple