Friends of the Desert Mountains Upcoming Schedule of Events

La Quinta Nature Walks – “Explore Our National Monument: Celebrating 15 Years

Saturday, May 21, 2016     

Offered by the City of La Quinta, this is an easy, 1-2 mile hike at the Top of the Cove. Call 760-777-7090 for more information.

Upper Elevation Hike
Pacific Crest Trail HIke, North side Highway 74
Saturday, May 28, 2016, 8AM to 11AM
Interpretive Hike led by Ada Nuckels
Hike a few miles on the famed “Pacific Crest Trail”.  We should still be able to find lots of spring flowers in bloom.  This is just a short jaunt along the 2600 mile route. Hike rating is moderate at 4 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 300 feet.
Location:  From Palm Desert take Highway 74 to Garner Valley approximately 23 miles.  Trail head parking lot will be on the right.
Bring snacks and 2 liters of water per person. Wear closed-toed shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
RSVP Required: Call 760-862-9984

Upper Elevation Hike 
Cedar Springs Trial
Saturday, June 4, 2016   8AM to 1PM
Interpretive Hike led by Ada Nuckels
Hike begins off Morris Ranch Road with a walk through a meadow.  Soon you begin the climb to the Pacific Crest Trail intersection and down the recently re-opened Cedar Springs Trail.  At the intersection you have a fantastic view of the Coachella Valley and the Little San Bernardino Mountains.  Learn about the recent disastrous effects of forest fires to our area and the restoration of wilderness habitat.  Hike rating is moderately strenuous at 8 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 750 feet.
Location:  From Palm Desert take Highway 74 to Garner Valley approximately 28 miles.  Turn right onto Morris Ranch Road for 4 miles.  Parking will be along the side of the road on the right.
Bring lunch/snacks and 2 liters of water per person. Wear closed-toed shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
RSVP Required: Call 760-862-9984

Night Adventures in the Monument
Saturday, June 11 – Registration at 8:30PM, Fun begins at 8:45PM
Saturday, June 25 – Registration at 8:30PM, Fun begins at 8:45PM
Location:  Meet at the Art Smith parking lot on Highway 74, just past the entrance to the Visitor Center.  When it becomes full darkness, we will use black lights to seek out the various night creatures inhabiting our desert.  Some creatures we might find are:  scorpions, tarantulas, lizards, geckos, spiders, owls, jackrabbits, snakes and maybe a coyote.  This is a family event.  Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian.  Bring water and wear closed-toed shoes.  If you have a black light bring it along.  If not, we have a few to share.

RSVP Required: Call 760-862-9984

Upper Elevation Hike
Gold Hill and Jack Shack 2
Saturday, June 188AM to 12PM
Interpretive Hike led by Ada Nuckels
Hike begins at Table Mountain Road a short distance to trailhead.  Soon you begin the climb up the Forest Service Road through alpine forest where several old mining sites are located. Learn about early mining endeavors in the Santa Rosa Mountains and the town of Kenworthy.  Hike rating is moderately strenuous at 6 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 750 feet.
Location:  From Palm Desert take Highway 74 to Garner Valley approximately 23 miles.  Turn right onto Tool Box Springs Road, left turn on Butterfly Peak Rd, and right turn on Table Mountain Road.  Go to end of road and parking will be along the right side of the road.

Bring lunch/snacks and 2 liters of water per person. Wear closed-toed shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
RSVP Required: Call 760-862-9984

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