Tue Oct 3 Club Social (Club Event)  Meet time: 4 pm

October 2017 the social is at Whole foods Market, 44-459 Town Center Way, Palm Desert. Social is at the side patio. 400pm - 600pm Watch for your Evite to this fun outing. This is usually the first Tuesday of each month, October through April. (Non-members welcome)

Tue Oct 3 Club Trail Work Day (Club Event)  Meet time: 7:30 am

DTHC, in conjunction with Friends of the Desert Mountains, organizes club members to volunteer, at places we often hike, to help maintain and improve the trails we often use. Today, it is Carrizo Canyon near the Visitors Center. Mostly pruning and some cobble raking. Meet at the Visitors Center at 730am and should be done before noon. (Non-members welcome)

Tue Oct 10 Red Dome Animal Track Hike (Whitewater Preserve)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Eric B; 
Easy; 4 miles; 400 ft

Hike to the Red Dome in Whitewater Canyon. Hike back through the river bed to look for animal tracks. Slow pace. We stop and look at anything interesting. (Non-members welcome; max hikers:10 )

Tue Oct 10 Club Trail Work Day (Club Event)  Meet time: 7:30 am

Araby Trail in Palm Springs We will continue repairs on the heavily damaged switchbacks below Bob Hopes house. The good news here is that many of the needed tools are already in place from last week, so should be an easy hike to and from the work sight. Please meet at the Araby Trail head at 730. 2 This is just of Hwy111 at Southridge drive, just past the BMW dealer in Palm Springs on the left.DTHC organizes club members to volunteer, at places we often hike, to help maintain and improve the trails we often use. (Non-members welcome)

Thu Oct 12 Ritz Ramble (Rancho Mirage)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Carl Gorretta; 
Easy; 4 miles; 400 ft

Explore a new trail with nice views over the valley. (Non-members welcome)

Thu Oct 12 Club Trail Work Day (Club Event)  Meet time: 8 am

The FODM Weed Warriors are going into Carrizo Canyon for a weed pull followed by some ground work at the Visitor Center. Please contact Gary Ward for more information. The meeting place is 3. DTHC organizes club members to volunteer, at places we often hike, to help maintain and improve the trails we often use. (Members only)

Fri Oct 13 Carrizo Canyon (Palm Desert)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Suzanne Jarvinen; 
Easy; 3 miles; 300 ft

It's finally opened! Be among the first to explore this amazing canyon.Some boulder scrambling. (Non-members welcome)

Sat Oct 14 Eagle Canyon Lower Loop Moderate (Cathedral City)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Mike Ovesen; 
Moderate; 4 miles; 800 ft

Some off-trail hiking and dry waterfalls--hiking boots for rock scrambling. (Non-members welcome)

Tue Oct 17 Devil's Slide to Saddle Junction (Idyllwild)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Carl Gorretta; 
Moderate; 5 miles; 1700 ft

The most popular trail in the San Jacinto Mts - NFAP required. (Non-members welcome)

Tue Oct 17 Club Trail Work Day (Club Event)  Meet time: 7:30 am

Contact Gordon Fidler of FODM. Considering the extent of damage on the Palm Springs trails from the September storm, we are going to concentrate on the Araby Trail for the next three weeks and try and bring it up to standard for the upcoming season. The meeting place is 2. DTHC organizes club members to volunteer, at places we often hike, to help maintain and improve the trails we often use. (Non-members welcome)

Wed Oct 18 Chocolate Drop (Desert Hot Springs)  Meet time: 8:30 am
Leader: Rochelle Carlton; 
Moderate; 5 miles; 1000 ft

Views overlooking Desert Hot Springs. Some moderate rock scrambling and a short steep section, but otherwise a nice gradual incline in sandy wash. (Members only)

Fri Oct 20 Club Trail Work Day (Club Event)  Meet time: 8 am

The FODM Weed Warriors will have work day scheduled. Contact Gary Ward for more info. DTHC organizes club members to volunteer, at places we often hike, to help maintain and improve the trails we often use. (Members only)

Tue Oct 24 Moon Country (Coachella Valley Preserve)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Eric B; 
Easy; 4 miles; 400 ft

See one of the most scenic palm oases and pup fish. Slow pace. We stop and look at anything interesting. (Non-members welcome)

Tue Oct 24 Club Trail Work Day (Club Event)  Meet time: 7:30 am

Contact Gordon Fidler of FODM. Considering the extent of damage on the Palm Springs trails from the September storm, we are going to concentrate on the Araby Trail and try to bring it back up to standard for the upcoming season. The meeting place is 2. DTHC organizes club members to volunteer, at places we often hike, to help maintain and improve the trails we often use. (Non-members welcome)

Wed Oct 25 Art Smith to the Second Oasis (Palm Desert)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Carl Gorretta; 
Moderate; 6 miles; 1400 ft

Views of Palm Desert. (Non-members welcome)

Sat Oct 28 Goat Trails Ramble (Palm Springs)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Carl Gorretta; 
Moderate; 6 miles; 1300 ft

We will explore a variety of hikes in the area. (Non-members welcome)

Tue Oct 31 Carrizo Canyon (Palm Desert)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Suzanne Jarvinen; 
Easy; 3 miles; 300 ft

Costumes optional for this Halloween day hike. Some boulder scrambling. (Non-members welcome)

Tue Oct 31 Club Trail Work Day (Club Event)  Meet time: 8:30 am

The Monument Visitors Center on Route 74. As you may of heard, The Friends is having their annul fund raising dinner on November 3, so we would like to spend the morning putting the grounds in good order for the event. This will be a light day work wise, so everyone gets a break and the starting time will be 830am AND we will try to round up some hot dogs and snacks for when we finish! If you can attend, please contact Gordon so he can have the proper supplies available and as before, bring your safety supplies, gloves, hat and sturdy shoes. Meeting location 48. DTHC organizes club members to volunteer, at places we often hike, to help maintain and improve the trails we often use. (Non-members welcome)

Thu Nov 2 Deer Springs to Suicide Rock (Idyllwild)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: John Tang; 
Moderate; 7 miles; 1900 ft

Legends say that an Indian maiden and her lover jumped to their deaths here. Lunch at Caf Aroma. (Non-members welcome)

Sat Nov 4 Gold Hill (Garner Valley)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Jane Udall; 
Moderate; 6 miles; 1300 ft

Garner Valley vistas, equestrian estates, and gold mines amid the pines and beautiful scenery of the San Jacinto Mountains. (Non-members welcome; max hikers:12 )

Tue Nov 7 Mission Creek to PCT (Pacific Crest Trail)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Eric B; 
Easy; 5 miles; 500 ft

Hike to the PCT and an overlook of Whitewater Canyon. Slow pace. We stop and look at anything interesting. (Non-members welcome)

Tue Nov 7 Club Social (Club Event)  Meet time: 4 pm

The Grill on Main in Old Town La Quinta Watch for your Evite to this fun outing. This is usually the first Tuesday of each month, October through April. (Non-members welcome)

Sat Nov 11 Rainbow Rock Canyon (Whitewater Preserve)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Mike Ovesen; 
Moderate; 7 miles; 1000 ft

Follow the PCT north from Whitewater ranger station to a side canyon. Trail leads past colorful rocks to a beautiful waterfall - possible stream crossings. (Non-members welcome)

Mon Nov 13 Tahquitz Peak Loop (Idyllwild)  Meet time: 7:30 am
Leader: Mary Finnan; 
Strenuous; 13 miles; 3200 ft

Leave cars at Humber Park and ascend Devils Slide Trail. At the top, Saddle Junction and Tahquitz Peak. On the other side Southridge Trail , Ernie Maxwell and then back to Humber Park. Fast paced. Nancy Bone will co-lead. (Members only; max hikers:10 )

Wed Nov 15 Calcite Mine plus Slots (Anza Borrego)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Rochelle Carlton; 
Moderate; 7 miles; 700 ft

Some moderate off-trail/scrambling and hike to an old WWII ditch mine, then scramble several scenic slot canyons. (Members only)

Sun Nov 19 Ritz Ramble (Rancho Mirage)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Ed Woodson; 
Easy; 4 miles; 400 ft

Explore a new trail with nice views over the valley. (Non-members welcome)

Mon Nov 20 Deer Creek in Idyllwild to Strawberry Crossing (Idyllwild)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Nancy Bone; 
Strenuous; 10 miles; 2000 ft

Climb to the PCT campground in Strawberry Valley. Mary Finnan will co-lead Call if you have not hiked with this leader before. No calls from Canadian phones. (Non-members welcome; max hikers:15 ; fee involved)

Tue Nov 21 Victor Loop (Palm Springs)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: John Tang; 
Easy; 3 miles; 600 ft

(Non-members welcome; fee involved)

Fri Nov 24 Big Morongo Preserve Loop (Morongo Valley)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Jane Udall; 
Easy; 4 miles; 400 ft

Walk off the indulgences of yesterday! Bring a friend or family member! This lovely preserve is under the radar screen; discover its many loop trails on this meander. (Members only; max hikers:20 )

Sat Nov 25 Eagle Canyon (Cathedral City)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Mike Ovesen; 
Easy; 3 miles; 800 ft

Hike to a hidden palm oasis. (Non-members welcome; fee involved)

Sun Nov 26 Art Smith to the First Oasis (Palm Desert)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Ed Woodson; 
Moderate; 4 miles; 1000 ft

Great overlooks of Palm Desert. (Non-members welcome)

Mon Nov 27 Boo Bear (La Quinta)  Meet time: 8:30 am
Leader: Dave and Cathy Luckwell; 
Moderate; 4.5 miles; 600 ft

Walk the cove to a trail between Boo Hoff and Bear Creek with great views of other trails and the cove... (Members only)

Tue Nov 28 Willow Hole (Joshua Tree National Park)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Eric B; 
Moderate; 7 miles; 100 ft

Slow pace. We stop and look at anything interesting. (Non-members welcome; fee involved)

Thu Nov 30 Herman's Peak Trail (Coachella Valley Preserve)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: John Tang; 
Moderate; 7 miles; 1000 ft

Coachella Valley Preserve's newest trail overlooking spectacularly eroded Moon Country and the San Andreas Fault. (Non-members welcome)

Mon Dec 4 Indian Canyons (Indian Canyons)  Meet time: 8:30 am
Leader: Mary Finnan; 
Strenuous; 13 miles; 2400 ft

Hike some of the more challenging and isolated segments of the trails in Indian Canyons. VANDEVENTER/HAHN BUENA VISTA/DUNN ROAD/EAST FORK TRAILS. Nancy Bone will co-lead. Fast Paced. (Members only; max hikers:10 ; fee involved)

Thu Dec 7 Ladder/Painted Canyon (Mecca)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Dave and Cathy Luckwell; 
Moderate; 5 miles; 600 ft

A must see venture through narrow canyons accessed by ladders. (Members only)

Sat Dec 9 Goat Trails to Araby/Berns (Palm Springs)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Mike Ovesen; 
Moderate; 4 miles; 1000 ft

Learn to navigate the confusing trail system on the plateau. (Non-members welcome)

Sun Dec 10 Garston-Shannon-Henderson Loop (Palm Springs)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Ed Woodson; 
Moderate; 5 miles; 1000 ft

Energetic climb to desert meadows with mountain views and some wash walking. (Non-members welcome)

Tue Dec 12 Asbestos Mountain (Pinyon Flat)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Eric B; 
Strenuous; 6 miles; 1000 ft

Rugged off-trail rock scrambling and wicked vegetation. Fun hike! Slow pace. We stop and look at anything interesting. (Non-members welcome; max hikers:10 )

Thu Dec 14 Horsethief Creek (Pinyon)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Jane Udall; 
Moderate; 5 miles; 1200 ft

Trail leads through chaparral flora, past corrals used by horsethieves, and on to a creek where horses watered. (Non-members welcome)

Sun Dec 17 Wild Horse (Palm Springs)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Ed Woodson; 
Moderate; 6 miles; 1200 ft

Ridgeline hike behind Palm Springs. (Non-members welcome)

Mon Dec 18 Pushwalla Palms (Coachella Valley Preserve)  Meet time: 8:30 am
Leader: Dave and Cathy Luckwell; 
Moderate; 6 miles; 800 ft

Hike on an earthquake fault. (Members only)

Mon Dec 18 Murray Hill Loop (Palm Springs)  Meet time: 8:30 am
Leader: Nancy Bone; 
Strenuous; 8 miles; 2200 ft

A not-so-little hill overlooking the valley with fantastic views. Fast paced. Call if you have not hiked with this leader before. No call from Canadian phones. Mary Finnan will co-lead. (Non-members welcome)

Wed Dec 20 Magnesia Falls (Rancho Mirage)  Meet time: 8:30 am
Leader: Rochelle Carlton; 
Strenuous; 5 miles; 400 ft

Strenuous due to rock climbing of amazing dry waterfalls. Otherwise easy! Sometimes bighorn sheep are spotted on this trail. We will only go to the oasis and back. (Members only)

Thu Dec 21 Lost Palms Oasis (Joshua Tree National Park)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Jane Udall; 
Moderate; 7 miles; 600 ft

A magical oasis on the east side of JTNP. (Non-members welcome; fee involved)

Sat Dec 23 Rainbow Rock Canyon (Whitewater Preserve)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Mike Ovesen; 
Moderate; 7 miles; 1000 ft

Follow the PCT north from Whitewater ranger station to a side canyon. Trail leads past colorful rocks to a beautiful waterfall - possible stream crossings. (Non-members welcome)

Thu Dec 28 Pipes Canyon hike to Green House (Pipes Canyon)  Meet time: 8 am
Leader: Eric B; 
Strenuous; 8 miles; 900 ft

Hike up Pipes Canyon to the site of an old homestead that was burned in the last fire. Slow pace. We stop and look at anything interesting. (Non-members welcome; max hikers:10 )

Sun Dec 31 Club New Year's Eve Hike & Potluck Lunch (Club Event)  Meet time: 8 am

Watch for your Evite, 3 hikes offered, after the hike all hikers partake in an awesome Potluck Lunch. Art Smith parking lot. 3 on website direction finder. Strenuous Hike departs 800; Moderate Hike departs 830; Easy Hike departs 900. Potluck LUNCH 1100. Bring your favorite potluck dish to share for HAPPY NEW YEARS lunch even if you are not up to hiking. MEMBERS ONLY. (Members only)