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Palm Springs: Hiking and New Year Celebration (Intermediate-Explor­atory)

  • Dec 31, 2010 · 9:45 AM




Let's visit Palm Springs as the weather cool of for some desert hikes, slot canyons and celebrate New Year 2011
THIS IS AN EXPLORATORY WEEKEND, PLEASE JOIN WITH AN OPEN MIND AND BE FLEXIBLE FOR THE UNKNOWNS Contact Lily if you can't find info on the post
Tentative schedule: Friday Dec. 31st 9:45AM-10AM: Hiking Mecca Hills and Painted Canyon/Ladder Canyon and Coachella Valley Preserve Saturday Jan. 1st 10AM: The Palm Springs Indian Canyons Carpool: Highly recommended. We'll meet at Orange Park and Ride at 7:30AM (Driving Direction below) Logging: Indicate on when sign up if you'll join 2 days and stay overnight in Palm Springs. Best Western, Motel 6
About Mecca Hills and Painted Canyon/Ladder Canyons: The Mecca Hills are located about 40 miles southeast of Palm Springs. They were formed by the convergence of the North American Plate and the Pacific Plate along the San Andreas Fault. The geologic formations of Mecca Hills are among the most unusual of their kind in the world, and the San Andreas Fault that runs from below the Salton Sea all the way above San Francisco is overdue for a large quake. For a map of recent earthquakes in the Palm Springs and Southern California area check out the USGS website. Layers of eroded rock, some over 600 million years old, have been pushed up and overturned by the activity of the San Andreas Fault system. Painted Canyon, in the heart of the hills, exhibits many mineral deposits in hues of rose, pink, red, purple and green. The canyon runs in a general north-south direction, and is distinguished by sandy washes sprinkled with Ironwood, Smoke Trees, and Palo Verde. Keen eyed wildflower enthusiasts will also find the rare Mecca aster, a lilac tinted bloom resembling a daisy. Along the rim of the canyon and the tops of the mesas, squat colorful Ocotillo, which add to the serenity with their presence. Occasionally Bighorn sheep cross over from the Orocopia Mountains on the east looking for water. Like any desert area, the visitor is also treated to a multitude of lizards, snakes, and prairie falcons
About the Hike: Approximate length is 5 miles, with an elevation gain of about 450 feet. If all you do is walk the main canyon it is an easy to moderate hike in difficulty, but the soft sand in the canyon floors can be a little hard on the ankles. However if you are planning to hike the ladder canyons and make the complete loop it is a difficult hike. If time permits, we'll stop by Coachella Valley Preserve for more hike, have dinner and stay overnight in Indio. More info here:
http://www.hiking-in-...
http://www.hiking-in-...
Direction: From Palm Springs, Palm Desert or any of the other Coachella Valley cities, follow Highway 111 east to Mecca. Turn left and 66th Avenue and follow it as it curves through Mecca. The street then takes the name Box Canyon Road. After driving about 4 1/2 miles through many grape and citrus ranches you will cross the Coachella Canal and about 1/4 of a mile later you will see a sign for Painted Canyon Road on the left. Make a left turn and follow this dirt road for about 4 miles where it will dead-end at the parking area. From Interstate 10, take State Highway 195 (Box Canyon Road) to Painted Canyon Road. Follow the graded dirt road for approximately 3 miles until you enter the canyon
About Indian Canyons: The Palm Springs Indian Canyons are one of the most beautiful attractions to any Palm Springs Visitor, especially if you love to hike. Unlike other area trails, most of the trails in the Indian Canyons follow running streams, and are abundant in California Fan Palms, and many other types of vegetation and wildlife
About the Hike: we will start New Year with this Indian Canyons, so many trails to start with, will see how the group decide. Up to 10 miles hike or least few miles. More info here:
http://www.hiking-in-...
Driving Direction: To get to the Palm Springs Indian Canyons, take South Palm Canyon from Highway 111 and drive about two miles to the Indian Canyons tollgate. There are signs posted to help you find your way
CARPOOL LOCATIONS: 1.
ORANGE PARK AND RIDE: More info for Orange Park and Ride:
http://www.meetup.com... ***Park & Ride in Orange on N Tustin St and E Lincoln Ave Orange, CA 92865*** Traveling NORTH on the 55, exit Lincoln Ave. West. Make 2 lefts, go under the freeway and take a left onto Tustin Ave. heading South. If you're traveling SOUTH on the 55, exit Lincoln and make a left on Tustin. The Park & Ride will be on your left hand side. You'll need to make a U-Turn to get to this side of the street 2. IN
MECCA (DEL TACO):[masked]th Ave, Mecca, CA
REMINDER:
***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings*** > YOU acknowledge THAT WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS. > YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR SAFETY Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks and snake bites. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike***

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  • Barry

    Lily, this was a fantastic way to end the year and start a new one. Perfect. :-)

    January 16, 2011

  • Cee-Mobile Spa Dreams E.

    yes, a big thank you to all who offered to drive; Thanks, Barry for driving us and letting me carpool with you:)

    January 7, 2011

  • Cee-Mobile Spa Dreams E.

    yes, a big thank you to all who offered to drive; Thanks, Barry for driving us and letting me carpool with you:)

    January 7, 2011

  • Lily

    We had a great last hike ending year 2010 and a great first hike starting 2011. Thank you all for coming. Thanks again to Barry, Bob, Dave and all the drivers for bringing us to these great places on earth. Thanks Uri for helping navigate the trail. It was endless fun that I had great laughs, great experiences and more challenges adding to the "exploratory" trips. Looking forward to seeing you all on the trails soon :-) Thank you Karen Cheryl and Kim for posting the photos...will load mine...

    January 4, 2011

  • Lily

    We a great last hike ending year 2010 and a great first hike starting 2011. Thank you all for coming. Thanks again to Barry, Bob, Dave and all the drivers for bringing us to these great places on earth. Thanks Uri for helping navigate the trail. It was endless fun that I had great laughs, great experiences and more challenges adding to the "exploratory" trips. Looking forward to seeing you all on the trails soon :-)

    January 4, 2011

  • Cee-Mobile Spa Dreams E.

    I had so much fun on these hikes!! It got a bit cold but the weather was absolutely perfect and beautiful. I really enjoyed meeting and getting to know those who attended both hikes. Looking forward to the next one. Thanks Lily for organizing this awesome hike!!! and thanks to all the leaders and sweepers, especially during our hike to the trailhead of the unknown:)

    January 3, 2011

  • Jenny

    Great hike, beautiful day, gorgeous scene, and a nice group of people to start a New Year!! Thanks Lily, Barry, and everyone! :)

    January 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great time.It will be definitely one of good memory. Thank u so much, Lily and everybody.

    January 2, 2011

  • Joseph L.

    I just got 100 emails about photo uploads for this...

    January 1, 2011

  • Sol Figueiredo P.

    ohhhh, Now it is too late to go! I just found out about this hiking today :-( next time now.
    Are you doing it again soon? I would love to do that hiking in Palm Springs.
    Happy New Year!!!

    December 31, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bob thanks a lot for the carpool offer, but I think I will drive with my daughter seperatley so we can sightsee, shop etc. after the hike.

    December 30, 2010

  • Bob R.

    To everyone that would like to carpool with me, I am thinking that when we return from the hike on Saturday, we do a little shopping at the Cabazon Outlet stores. Hope you have the time.

    1 · December 30, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Lily, Looking fwd to seeing everyone tomorrow. I will meet you at 9:45 at Mecca Hills.

    December 30, 2010

  • Bob R.

    Hi Domingo, Mak, Estella, Carolyn, Ceci & Ya-Tin - I have room in my car for all of you if you want to carpool with me. - Bob

    Chris - you can also go with me too

    Call me if you want to join my carpool.. [masked] ( cell )

    December 30, 2010

  • ChrisG

    Lily, Bob, unfortunately I was asked to work late today and afraid that I won't make it on time. I'll see you guys next year. Happy New Year to all and be safe.

    December 30, 2010

  • Amy

    I was hoping to be able to hike at least Fri if not Sat. but it looks like these are going to be all day hikes and unfortunately i won't have that kind of time with my schedule in here in PS. Hope to meet up at another hike here in the near future. Hope everyone has a Happy New Year!

    December 30, 2010

  • Estella M.

    Lily, I am still interested in doing this hike but given my schedule I think I might have to join in on Saturday morning. Im in La Verne, could you help me contact someone I can carpool with on Saturday morning?

    December 30, 2010

  • Cee-Mobile Spa Dreams E.

    Thanks, Lily. I will meet you guys at the park and ride tomorrow:)

    December 30, 2010

  • Lily

    We'll have dinner in Coachella if you are interested. Here is the address 49211 Grapefruit Boulevard, Coachella, California 92236-1480. If you come out Sat. (Domingo, Mak, contact Bob and those come out Sat. for carpool), there will be a fee to get in Indian Canyons: $8 per adult. See you all tomorrow or Sat. Drive safe!

    December 30, 2010

  • Lily

    Weather forecast has in Mecca Friday: Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 56F. Winds light and variable. Sat. in Palm Springs Saturday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s and lows in the upper 30s. FYI, we got about 8+ inches of rain here in December, but only 1.5 inches of rain in Palm Springs and the desert, so very dry out there. If you come on Friday, please meet at carpool location in Mecca before the dirt road driving together. Also bring snacks, food for Sat. hike.

    December 30, 2010

  • Mak

    Hi, is anyone doing a carpool from Irvine on Sat ?

    December 29, 2010

  • Lily

    For safety purpose, if I don't hear from those who don't put notes next to your name and I haven't met or hiked with you before, you'll be removed from the list tomorrow evening. Cee, your car is good and let's meet with us at the Park and Ride in Orange Friday to check out carpool, you can share room with us if you can't book. Bob's right, let's have Chris the whole time...looking forward to meet with you all :-)

    December 29, 2010

  • Bob R.

    Hey Chris, you need to stick around for the Saturday hike too !!!

    December 29, 2010

  • Cee-Mobile Spa Dreams E.

    Thanks, Joe:)

    December 29, 2010

  • Joseph L.

    Here's a map to the Orange PNR -
    Map - http://mapq.st/h/3-wWqFdb6b

    Directions - North Tustin St. @ Lincoln Ave. in the city of Orange. Across from Vons and between Lincoln and the 55 South on ramp; East side of the street.

    December 29, 2010

  • Cee-Mobile Spa Dreams E.

    where exactly is the OC Park abd Ride located? I want to do both hikes, possibly staying Fri nite, depending on whether I can book a room for the nite; otherwise, I'll return the next day---carpooling with Bob. I have a RAV 4--is that considered a high clearance vehicle? Thanks:)

    December 29, 2010

  • Lily

    Let's meet at OC Park and Ride 7:30AM carpool. Thanks Patty for the info, we'll meet with you at Del Taco[masked]th Ave, Mecca, CA from 9:30AM to 9:45AM on Friday Dec. 31. For those will come Sat. Jan. 1st, please meet with us at 9:45AM the Toll Gate: 38500 South Palm Canyon Drive , Palm Springs, CA Have a safe drive and see you all this weekend!

    December 29, 2010

  • Lily

    Hi Krai, hope you got my email. Hi Chris, Kathy Sue will drive out Friday and be able to carpool from Pasadena. Please indicate next to your name if you will meet with us at OC Park and Ride or at the trailhead on either Friday or Sat. or both. FYI, the road to the trailhead for Mecca Hills has 4 miles on soft sand and will be tough for regular car. Please indicate if you have a high clearance and will stop by a Del Taco in Mecca to carpool with those who don't have high clearance car.

    December 29, 2010

  • ChrisG

    Anybody for Friday only?

    December 29, 2010

  • Krai

    Hey Lily, I might be hanging out in Palm Springs or Pioneer Town for New Year's with some friends....so if we head out there, we might do some hikes and try to coordinate with you guys :) It will be good to see you all on the trail either on Friday or Saturday. Email me your number and I'll call ya if we head out!

    1 · December 28, 2010

  • Bob R.

    Hi Ya-Tin, Ceci & Carolyn - Lets carpool from somewhere near the intersection of the 241 Toll Road meets the 91 FWY at 8:30 AM on Saturday. This is close to Irvine & Yorba Linda. Call me so that we can coordinate. [masked] ( cell )

    December 28, 2010

  • Lily

    Weather will be nice, a bit cold, but great for hiking without heat. Friday...Mostly sunny. Areas of frost in colder...Wind sheltered locations in the morning. Highs 48 to 53. Friday Night...Mostly clear. Areas of frost in colder...Wind sheltered locations. Lows 29 to 38. New Years Day...Partly cloudy. Areas of frost in colder...Wind sheltered locations in the morning. Highs 51 to 56

    December 28, 2010

  • Lily

    Thanks Muku for the questions. You already dropped out? I don't think we have everyone in the same lodge. Those replied to me so far will be in Motel 6 Downtown Palm Springs, however, we just need to be at 1 spot for chatting and sleep wherever is convenient for you. We will stop by Coachella on the way back from Mecca after the hike for more hike or eat there, after driving to Palm Springs for more, schedule depend on the group. We'll start Mecca Hills hike at 10AM

    December 28, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Bob,
    I am just doing the Saturday hike too... My daughter may come also, she is 18 and has hiked the Indian Canyons with me recently.. Where are you planning to meet and what time are you meeting?

    December 28, 2010

  • Muku

    Lily,
    Are we all staying in the same lodge? Are we able to get together after hike (on Fri.) to celebrate New Year Eve? Do we really start the Mecca Hills hike at 9am?

    December 27, 2010

  • Cee-Mobile Spa Dreams E.

    I might do the hike on Saturday instead. If so, I'd like to carpool, Bob. I will know more by Wednesday which hike I'll be doing with the group. Thanks:)

    December 27, 2010

  • Bob R.

    If anyone wants to carpool for the hike on Saturday, let me know

    December 27, 2010

  • Cathy C.

    Anyone want to carpool from the Redlands area Friday morning? I'm thinking of staying for the weekend.

    December 26, 2010

  • Lily

    Forecast has the sun comes back with us this weekend and hope for warm sunny New Year Weekend. We'll hike Friday Mecca Hills, staying back Indio/Palm Springs, hike Sat. Indian Canyon and drive to Big Bear or home. If we have a group of 5-10 staying back in Big Bear, we'll tour a bit for snow and holidays spirit. I don't hike or snow shoe, but it's optional, you can join those who plan to do so. Counting down to meet with you next weekend and greet New Year! Merry Xmas :-)

    December 21, 2010

  • Elena

    Hi Kris: you can rent snowshoes in REI and Sports Chalet.

    1 · December 21, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to attend Saturday's hike (Palm Springs Indian Canyon). Is anyone carpooling?

    December 12, 2010

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