We had a rest day in Palm Springs on the way to Vegas for the International Roofing Expo. Usually we stay around 2 miles from down town Palm Springs. Breakfast is served in the pool area (help your self)and while having breakfast we have often seen people walking along the ridge way above the motel and wondered how they got up there.
This time we are going to find out how to get up to that ridge, the country is beautiful and rugged and the colors soft and delicate, there are rattle snakes and all sorts of critters. Let alone the loose small rocks and boulders. There must be a walking trail close by.
After Breakfast we were off to find a walking trail
Breakfast over it was time to investigate the local walking trails. No research was undertaken, so along with my companion who incidentally is my boss we decided to start walking along S Belardo Road which runs parallel to the mountains, then onto W Mesquite Ave and headed for the hills. At this point we had no idea if there was a trail up to the ridge but we hit the jackpot! There it was!
Tahquitz Canyon Trail
The visitor’s centre was further up the road, but we decided to follow the hikers up the slopes. Many had walking poles, so perhaps this was an indication of how steep the climb was going to be. However the climb was relatively easy and the views were spectacular, Palm Springs stretched out like a carpet of Palms and streets.
Josie Johnson Vista Park
The dusty trail continued to climb to Josie Johnson Vista Park, where a number of tables and benches were spread over a small plateau ready for weary hikers to enjoy their refreshments. How they transported these picnic settings up the slopes was beyond me, but just ahead was an area where you could tie up horses perhaps this was the way.
From this location you can see Tahquitz Canyon below, look carefully and you just might pick out other hikers taking the Tahquitz Canyon Trail to the waterfall.
We Couldn’t Continue…
The sun was hot even though it was winter and we weren’t prepared for a long hike. With just a little amount of water in my water bottle, I kept holding a small amount of it in my mouth instead of swallowing it, read it somewhere if you were short on water. Three hours have now past and we have walked beyond the Best Western Inn, in fact we couldn’t even see the motel because smaller hills hid its location.
The trail meandered into the distance, time to head back. The trail will be conquered on another visit when we are better prepared..
If you are visiting Palm Springs take one of the many hiking trails in the area you will not be disappointed.
You never know who you will meet on the trail, Gary and Nancy celebrating their wedding anniversary, returning to where they had their honeymoon and Gary in the blue shirt. (my boss)
See you later