Skyline Trail to the 1st Rescue Box
Duration: Around 4 hours depending on pace/# of breaks
Difficulty: STRENUOUS! (NOT for beginners) -- Some minor scrambling
Total Elevation: About 2000ft in 2.4 miles (15 degree grade!)
Distance: 4.7 miles round trip
Pace: Slow -- NOTE! FOR FIT HIKERS ONLY!
Location/Meeting: My home -- directions will be issued after signup
Hike Leader: David Stewart
This is your opportunity to be a part of the Palm Springs Mounted Police Search and Rescue mission. Therefore, you will be asked to take up 1-2 small (1 pint) bottles of water.
Also, these are the unique features of this hike: Fabulous views such as Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City and beyond as part of the expanse of Coachella Valley. Along the way we'll see unusual rock formations and a variety of desert vegetation. Spotting Big Horn sheep is slightly possible!
Rest / breaks will take place when needed.
After we all unload the water bottles from our packs to Rescue Box #1, there will be a nice, long break/rest stop around/near the box. Nice views in that area, too.
The trail to Rescue Box #1 is part of the infamous Skyline Trail which continues past Rescue Box #1, up to Rescue Box #2 (5200 ft) and then finally, to the top of the Tram. To read about the Skyline Trail - https://ukenreport.com/skyline-trail-greatest-elevation/
To read about the important rescue boxes which were installed in 2010, go to https://www.pe.com/2010/09/20/emergency-boxes-installed-to-aid-lost-hikers-on-mt-san-jacinto/ OR go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWtTFWl4NY4
IMPORTANT: Please wear appropriate hiking boots. Bring plenty of water (2 liters or more recommended), snacks, a hat (or sunscreen), a jacket/layer (it may be cool), and a wonderful attitude. Thanks. Also, pets are not allowed.
NOTE: Inclement weather WILL cancel the hike.
Please email David at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.