A trip for your mind, your soul and your stomach! After about an hour and a quarter drive to the Hemet CA area, we visit the Western Science Center, the Diamond Lake Wildflower Trail, and Winchester Farms roadside market offering Julian apple pies!
Western Science Center - Website Click Here. Formerly the Western Center for Archaeology & Paleontology, WSC features Native American artifacts and Ice Age fossils unearthed at Diamond Valley Lake, including "Max", the largest mastodon found in the western U.S., as well as other dinosaur fossils.
WSC: 2345 Searl Parkway, Hemet CA. About 50 miles (1hr 15 minute drive) from PS. Admission: Adults $9, Seniors (62+) $7.50, Active Military (current ID) Free. We’ll spend about an hour here.
Diamond Valley Lake and Wildflower Trail - Click here website
The largest reservoir in Southern California, Diamond Valley Lake is the result of one of the largest earthworks projects in North America in the 90s. A scenic trail takes a tour of the north hills area of the lake famous for its wildflowers. The loop trail is just over 2 miles, with a moderate incline portion 282 ft. elevation gain.
DVL is about 3 miles from WSC, 2615 Angler Ave., Hemet CA. Pay fees at Marina.
Parking: $11 per vehicle ($5 active military, veterans or seniors over 62 yrs) plus Lakeview Trail Fee: $4 per person
We will take our lunch break at the marina picnic tables. The flowers are abundant and the lake and mountain scenery memorable; we’ll spend about 2.5 hours here.
Winchester Farms Country Market. Click Here Info
“We carry Julian pies, baked and unbaked; raw natural local honey; dried fruits, nuts; candies and jerky of all sorts; and over 100 different nostalgic sodas.” ~ Jennifer G, owner. This is a brief stop on the way back to PS where you can pick up your Julian apple pie and vintage pop.
Winchester Farms is about 6 miles from Diamond Valley Lake, 27400 Winchester Rd., Winchester CA
Trip Departure Time: 9:00 AM (Please arrive by 8:45 AM for check-in and briefing). Estimated return to PS is 3:30 PM.
Departure Location: Parking lot adjacent to PetSmart, Ramon and Crossley Roads, Palm Springs. Map click here
Carpooling: Encouraged and may be available if offered by a driver. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation or ride share. Contributions to driver cost welcome.
Fees/Charges: See above for Western Science Center and Diamond Valley Lake fees to be paid onsite.
*Hiking Requirements: This event overall will involve 3-4 hours of walking and standing, including the WSC and Diamond Valley Lake Wildflower Trail (see above). Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
Lunch at DVL marina: Bring your own lunch, water and snacks. The WSC inside A/C is a bit chilly. Outside, sun protection recommended for Diamond Valley Lake.
Weather and Emergency: Inclement weather cancels. Carry Emergency Contact Information.
Contact Event Leader: Pat Miyamoto Email: click here
Due to the anticipated popularity of this event, initially registrations will be limited to members only. Non-members will be given a chance to register 5 days before the event, if space is still available.