• Fri, October 01, 2021
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Carrizo Canyon
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Carrizo Canyon shows off some of the most interesting and diverse geologic history in the Coachella Valley. 

  • 8:00 AM Meeting Place:  PetSmart Palm Springs, Ramon/Crossley   Map Here
  • Trail Length: 4 miles (2.5 Hr.)  
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 500’
  • Trailhead Elevation: 2200’
  • Terrain: rocky, sandy areas, some bouldering, dry waterfalls
  • Difficulty Rating: Moderate - some climbing up, down & around boulders requiring agility and flexibility.

Discover what is is like to explore an area that has been closed for 9 months and be the first to lay tracks in the sand that has only animal tracks. This is a one-of-a-kind experience in one of our special desert places. Carrizo Canyon shows off some of the most interesting and diverse geologic history in the Coachella Valley. Bighorn sheep habitat with a variety of desert floral in a deep walled granite canyon with waterfalls.  Topography is steep within the approximately 1,000-acre Carrizo Canyon Ecological Reserve. The dominant vegetation is creosote bush scrub. Large mammals using the area include bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyote, bobcat, and gray fox.

Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch and snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear and adequate drinking water required.

Contact Hike Leaders:  Scott C. Email and Sherwood C. Email

You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing. Departure is at 8 AM. Distance to trailhead along Hwy. 74 is 18 miles, approximately 30 minutes.

Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels. Additional Photos Click Here  

Special COVID Related Requirements
This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

Send proof of vaccination to: or text to  760-902-1850

Health Problems/Allergies:  Discuss any medical concerns with the trip leader that may affect your ability to complete this event.

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