We’re back in business!
Come celebrate returning to the outdoors with a picnic and hike with your Great Outdoors friends! We’ll be at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve on Friday May 14 from 9am to noon. Look for us at a picnic table near the entrance kiosk. The Preserve opens at 7:30, so if you come early, start hiking without us. Bring your own picnic lunch or snacks, and bring a camp chair and drinking water. Also, bring a mask to wear when you are within 6 feet of another hiker. We'll also do a hike which will leave about 10:00 am from the parking lot and return around noon. We'll post more details on the hike before the event.
The Preserve has a number of short hikes that you can do on your own and trail maps are available at the information kiosk click here. There are large areas through groves of large trees which provide lots of shade. Some of the trails are on boardwalks, and there are benches located along the trail perfect for eating lunch. There are flush toilets near the entrance kiosk and there is a parking lot that holds over 20 cars. No dogs are allowed at the Preserve.
Directions: Morongo Valley is located about 25 miles north of Highway 10 on Highway 62. The Big Morongo Canyon Preserve entrance is located on East Dr. in Morongo Valley. Turn right on East Dr. and left into the entrance road. It is easy to find; click to find it using Google Maps. There is no fee to use the Preserve, but donations are welcome and help with the upkeep and trail maintenance.
Bring: Ten Essentials, water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch/ snacks, sun protection, layered clothing, hiking poles may be helpful. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.
Hiking Requirements - You will need to be in good physical condition for this hike. Click here for more information.
Cancel: If you cannot make a hike for which you have registered please cancel as others may be on the waitlist. You may cancel directly from your profile settings or notify the event leader.
Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.
Unless otherwise noted, registration for this event is limited to Great Outdoors members. To sign up as a member, click here
Contact Event Leader: Dennis Curran, email click here
Contact Hike Leader: Scott Connelly, email click here
Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels
Dogs are not allowed at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve.
Health Problems/Allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.
Special COVID Related Requirements:
Participants must comply with the following requirements as a condition of registering for this event:
- I will follow Federal, State and local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the leader.
- I will maintain social distance (min. 6') and wear a face mask if social distancing is not possible
- I will not attend if feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID.
I will contact trip leader if I test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event
‘I Accept’ and will comply with these requirements as a condition of participating in this event.
NOTE: Due to COVID restrictions, please DO NOT show up for this hike unless you have completed a registration process here and have answered the required COVID questions. Also, do not bring any unregistered guests on this hike.