To see more photos of our hike on the PCT south from Hwy 74 in the San Jacinto Mountains, click here.
I lead Saturday hikes for the Mission Hills CC in-season. Today was our second hike since the “Snowbirds” returned to the desert. I don’t know what your weather is like but here in the desert our days are incredibly beautiful.
This morning’s hike began around 8am. There were 10 of us. I enjoyed having Jen join us this morning. A few of today’s hikers will be joining Jen, Ann, me, and Katya on a 7am hike tomorrow morning.
More photos from today’s hike HERE.
There were 6 of us on today’s warm, long hike. I brought some Class of 2011 PCT bandanas hoping to run into some thru-hikers. I met two thrus and happily gave them each this year’s bandana.
Last Monday a bunch of us celebrated two 25 year birthdays at Mimi’s Restaurant in Rancho Mirage. Happy birthday to Vicki and Margaret. Here is the link to our birthday luncheon photos. http://gottago.smugmug.com/Events/Birthdays/Margaret-and-Vickis-25th-lunch/15712253_WM8Z4#1177630204_BHtU4
Then Wednesday Quincy came out to celebrate her 23rd birthday and Jo and Lulu joined her. We spent an hour or two chatting it up. Here are some photos taken during our chat. http://gottago.smugmug.com/Events/Birthdays/Quincy-and-the-girls/15726509_dJ9qX#1177640277_AzwR4
I lead a MHCC hike today and there were 16 of us in the group. That’s a record. We had a lovely hike at the Living Museum on the trail – Eisenhower Peak Loop.
l>r (rear) Diane, Joe, Bernie, Barbara, Linda and Judy up front.
I’ve been stealing moments to photograph the birds. I’m missing dedicated photography time.
Late afternoon golf game.
The wind died down, the temperature was in the high 70’s, there were 8 of us on Saturday’s hike and we all agree that this 7 mile section of the PCT from the PCT trailhead just north of the I-10 freeway that goes through Gold and Teusong Canyons before reaching the Whitewater River Canyon is the MHCC Hiking Group’s #1 favorite hike during the peak wildflower season (or anytime really.).
To see more of the 40 hiking photos I uploaded, click here.
We probably missed the first peak wildflower bloom for many flowers by about 2 – 4 days, but we still had a great display.
We did hit the peak on the poppy bloom however! We weren’t disappointed.
I should have posted this photo in the photo assignment “Orange” folder in my Photomotivation class (that is ending soon, but starting up again April 1st if anyone is interested.)
I am the Saturday hike leader and was thrilled to see how many hikers came out to hike today. Where we hiked, Mission Creek Preserve, is about 45 minutes from where I live. You can see that when hiking there you might feel you are in the wilderness miles from home. From where we started hiking, it was only 1.9 miles to access the PCT north of the Whitewater Cyn area.
I’ve uploaded and captioned lots of photos from the hike. They are viewable here.
This is a 2 shot handheld pano of where we hiked. Snowy San Bernadino mountains are the back drop.
Hike: 8.5 mile hike/2251′ elevation gain, accessed from Hwy 74 (Palms to Pines Hwy) off Fobes Saddle Rd (a 4 mile dirt road that goes to a trailhead that connects in 1.6 miles with the PCT at Fobes Saddle.
I planned this hike for the Saturday MHCC hike so I could, 1. check out snow conditions on the PCT and 2. run into some PCT thruhikers.
I have posted photos and descriptions of this hike on my Smugmug site.
The highlight: Meeting PCT Class of 2009 thruhiker, Neil from Seattle, WA. At the end of the photos he is pictured holding the new PCT Class of 2009 bandanna.
On the way home from our hike, we noticed 4 thrus at the Paradise Cafe, and two coming down the trail just before the gate at Hwy 74 where the PCT crosses the road.
Lots of early starters.
There were 4 empty gallon jugs of water at Fobes Saddle as of April 18th.