Hiker’s Diary 2013

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The Green Leprechaun 🙂

12/31/2013
Last hike of the year – where else – the original Art Smith Trail up through Dead Indian Canyon with Randy. Beautiful day with lots of tourists. 3.0 Miles. YTD is 571.00. The YTD for 2012 was 405.25. Maybe I should recalculate the YTD for 2013?

12/28/2013
Three Mile Loop up through Dead Indian Canyon and down Developers Trail. YTD 567.00.

12/26/2013
Three Mile Loop up through Dead Indian Canyon and down Developers Trail. YTD 564.00.

12/23/2013
5 Miles on the South Lykken Trail. Nice break fro the Three Mile Loop. I had to go over to Palm Springs so I thought I would change it up a bit. YTD 561.00.

12/22/2013
Three Mile Loop up through Dead Indian Canyon and down Developers Trail. YTD 556.00.

12/18/2013
Three Mile Loop up through Dead Indian Canyon and down Developers Trail. YTD 553.00.

12/20/2013
Three Mile Loop up through Dead Indian Canyon and down Developers Trail. YTD 552.00.

12/16/2013
Three Mile Loop up through Dead Indian Canyon and down Developers Trail. YTD 549.00.

12/12/2013
Cathedral City with Randy. Did one cross country. Rip my pants. Stay on the trails fool. It started to rain – hailed in DHS – so we did not go far. YTD 546.00.

12/13/2013
Twenty-three! That is the number. I saw 23 Big Horn Speed today while on the Three Mile Loop through Dead Indian Canyon and up the original Art Smith Trail. As I ascended I saw two and then further up I saw two more and further up I say a group of nine. I was thinking, 13 sheep on Friday the 13th – pretty damn sweet.  As I was going down on the Developers’ Trail I saw a group of ten for a total of twenty-three. YTD 545.00.

12/10/2013
Three Mile Loop up through Dead Indian Canyon and down Developers Trail. YTD 542.00.

12/05/2013
Three mile loop through Dead Indian Canyon. YTD 539.00.

12/03/2013
Sheep Hole Oasis in Mecca CA. with Randy. This is a cool hike. This was also a tough hike because of the terrain. 8.00 Miles in 6 Hours. YTD 536.00.

12/02/2013
4 miles up the Art Smith Trail through Dead Indian Canyon. Saw some Big Horn Sheep. YTD 528.00.

11/28/2013
Art Smith Trail through Dead Indian Canyon looking for my heel. 4 Miles. YTD 524.00.

11/25/2013
Ladders Trail in Mecca CA. Amazing scenery and views especially of the Salton Sea. 6.0 Miles. YTD 520.00

11/21/2013
Art Smith Trail through Dead Indian Canyon with Randy. 4 Miles. YTD 514.00.

11/19/2013
Three mile loop through Dead Indian Canyon. YTD 510.00.

11/08 – 15/2013
Death Valley NP. The big hike was into Mosaic Canyon from the Stove Pipe Wells Campground. 9.00 Miles. Spent a couple hours on the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes 3.0 Miles. Mustard Canyon is more of a drive than a hike but I did walksome of it. 2.50 Miles. Salt Creek Nature Trail is 1.5 Miles. I stayed a couple of days at Texas Spring campgrpund and hiked above and around the campground. 6.00 Miles. YTD 507.00.

11/03/ – 07/ 2013
SEMA show in Las Vegas. This probably does not qualify as a hike but I sure did a lot of walking. 10 miles is probably conservative. YTD 485.50.

10/21/13
Back on the trail – three mile loop on the Art Smith Trail. YTD 475.50.

10/03/13
Three mile loop on the Art Smith Trail. YTD 475.50.

10/03/13
Walked around Carrizo Canyon. 2.5 miles – YTD 472.50.

10/02/13
Went into Dead Indian Canyon and up the Art Smith Trail to the first oasis.
4.00 miles – YTD 470.00.

09/30/13
Did the Bump N’ Grind Trail. YTD 466.00.

09/25/13
Did the Bump N’ Grind Trail. Up to the top was 4.70 miles. YTD 461.25.

09/24/13
Up to the Cross and back. 2.25 Miles -YTD 456.50.

09/23/13
Three mile loop on the Art Smith Trail. YTD 454.25.

09/22/13
Three mile loop on the Art Smith Trail – out through Dead Indian Canyon – very nice day. Could hear Big Horn Sheep butting heads – sounded like gun shots. Did not see the fighting sheep but did see eight sheep grazing on the hill. Still lot’s of storm damage. YTD 451.25.

09/17/2013
Hiked the South Lykken Trail from South Palm Canyon to Mesquite and then walk city streets back to the Van. 7.68 miles. Trail head to trail head is right at 5.25 miles.  The walk on city streets was 2.43 miles. – about the same distance between the picnic tables.  It would probably be best to go to the second picnic tables and turn around.  448.25 YTD .

09/15/2013
Three mile loop on the Art Smith Trail – in through Dead Indian Canyon – very nice day. Lot’s of storm damage. YTD 443.00.

09/13/2013
Went up the Museum Trail to the North Lykken  and went south to Ramon Road. Walked the city streets back to the Palm Springs Museum parking lot. 5.00 Miles with a YTD of 440.00.

09/12/13
Start at Homme / Adams Park and walk to the Cahuilla Hills Park and walk north and get on the Gabby Hayes  Trail 2 the Hopalong Cassidy Trail 2 the Cross. Turn around and come back down on the Homestead Trail  to the parking lot. Low 70’s°F at 6:00 AM. Right at 4.75 miles. YTD 435.00.

09/11/13
Did the 3 mile loop – Art Smith Trail, Sheys Trail and Canyon Trail.   YTD 430.25.

09/10/13
Did the Bump and Grind.. Take the Hopalong Cassidy to the Herb Jeffries to the top of the Bump and Grind and down on the Mike Schuller. 4.25 with YTD 427.25.

09/04/13
Ten miles – up and back to the five mile mark – on the Art Smith Trail. I did see one other person on the trail – must be the heat. Very nice day. YTD 423.00.

08/30/13
Went up the Saw Mill Trail with Randy to see the kiln and then found a spring with running water. Six miles up and six miles down. The trail, actually an old dirt road was messed up more than usual because of the recent rains.  Starting elevation was 4,035 and we reached 6,300. Total time was  just over eight hours with two and half hours resting and five and a half hours moving. Very nice day but very little sun and we did get rained on coming down the hill. YTD 413.00 .

08/29/13
Went to Cahuilla Hills Parks but the city had put up Trail Closed signs. I walked on the Gabby Hays, Hopalong Cassidy and Herb Jeffries trail and all are messed up. I wonder if the city will be doing some rebuilding. YTD 407.00.

08/27/13
Took a walk on the Art Smith Trail to see the rain damage. Lots and lots of mud.  I went up the trail a ways and it is really messed up.  YTD 405.00.

08/23/13
Three mile loop on the Art Smith Trail. I did not see anyone on the trail – very nice day. YTD 403.00.

08/21/13
Six miles – up and back to the three mile mark – on the Art Smith Trail. I did not see anyone on the trail – must be the heat. Very nice day. YTD 400.0.

08/19/13
Four miles – up and back to the first Oasis – on the Art Smith Trail. I only met two people – must be the heat. Very nice day. YTD 394.0.

18/14 – 18/13
Went to Hurkey Creek for a Teardrop and Vintage Trailer Gathering.  The weather was nice – about a 10 degree drop from the CV. The main trail used by hikers and bicyclists was closed as an result of the recent fire in Mountain Center. I did some hiking but mostly rode my bike up and down Apple Canyon Road and into the Yellow post areas. I used my GPS the first day and recorded a bit over 9 miles so I’m adding 25.0 miles with a YTD of 390.0.

08/12/13
Four miles – up and back to the first Oasis – on the Art Smith Trail. I only met one person – must be the heat. Very nice day. YTD 365.0.

08/08/13
Four miles – up and back to the first Oasis – on the Art Smith Trail. I only met one person – must be the heat. Very nice day. YTD 361.0. Gotta get out of this rut.

08/06/13
Four miles – up and back to the first Oasis – on the Art Smith Trail. I only met one person – must be the heat. Very nice day. YTD 357.0.

08/04/13
Four miles – up and back to the first Oasis – on the Art Smith Trail. I only met one person – must be the heat. Very nice day. YTD 353.0.

08/01/13
Four miles – up and back to the first Oasis – on the Art Smith Trail. I met with a few people who said they were going to the 5 mile marker. Very nice day. YTD 349.0.

07/30/13
Went up to Garner Valley with Randy to hike the Ramona Trail to Tool Box Springs.  We went past the spring up to the Tool Box Springs campground and then up another dirt road towards the top of Thomas Mountain. We did not make it to the top but we did hike 9.5 miles  in a little over seven hours, 4hr 30 min moving and 2 hr 30min resting. YTD is now 345.0.

07/27/13
8 miles on the Art Smith Trail. 4.0 up and 4.0 down. YTD is now 335.50.

07/24/13
Did the 3 mile loop – Art Smith Trail, Sheys Trail and Canyon Trail.   YTD is 327.50.

07/22/13
Did the 3 mile loop – Art Smith Trail, Sheys Trail and Canyon Trail.   YTD is 324.50.

07/18/13 – 17/21/13
Went to the beach areas, Redondo to Santa Monica, to get out of the smoke caused by the Mountain Fire. Again, no real hiking but a whole lot of walking along the boardwalks. I’m going to give myself 30.0 miles. YTD is now 321.50.

06/30/13 – 07/13/2013
Trip to Yellowstone National Park. On the way to Yellowstone went went through Zion National Park and Bryce National Park. On the way out of Yellowstone we went through the Grand Teton National Park. This is truly gorgous country. The weather was nice in Zion and Bryce but it did rain everyday in Yellowstone. Did a ton of driving and lots of walking but not much real hiking. I’m going to give myself 15.0 miles. YTD is now 291.50.

06/28/2013
10 miles on the Art Smith Trail. 5.0 up and 5.0 down. YTD is now 276.50

06/26/13
Art Smith Trail – Seven Mile loop. Start at Highway 74 and hike the Developer’s Trail and connecte with the Hopalong Cassidy Trail. Go north on the Hopalong Cassidy Trail to the Scheys Trail and head west up the Schey’s Trail to the Art Smith trail and head south on the Art Smith Trail back to Highway 74. I did not meet anyone along the way. Right at 7 miles. Very Nice day. YTD 266.50

06/24/2013
10 miles on the Art Smith Trail. 5.0 up and 5.0 down. YTD is now 259.50.

06/20/2013
9 miles on the Sawtooth Trail in Pioneertown Mountains Preserve with Randy. Total time was 6 hours and 30 minutes. Moving time was 4 hours and 30 minutes so resting time was right at 2 hours and our moving average was 2 MPH. Very ‘breezy’ on some of the hills. This was a very ‘hilly’ (lot of up and down) hike with a lot of loose dirt requiring me to empty my boots at least three times. Interestingly, we did not see another hiker. YTD would now be 249.50.

06/17/2013
10 miles on the Art Smith Trail. 5.0 up and 5.0 down. YTD is now 240.50

06/14/2013
8 miles on the Art Smith Trail. 4.0 up and 4.0 down. YTD is now 230.50

06/12/2013
8 miles on the Art Smith Trail. 4.0 up and 4.0 down. YTD is now 222.50.

06/11/2013
7 miles on the Art Smith Trail. 3.5 up and 3.5 down. YTD is now 214.50.

06/08/2013
Went camping at Woods Valley in Valley Center CA. Brought my bicycle so I could use it to get to the Hell Hole Canyon Preserve but the narrow roads were are safe for driving a bicycle – not really safe for walking but I did walk to the Bates Nut Farm 1.5 miles away. YTD 207.50.

06/05/2013
Did the Bump and Grind.. Take the Hopalong Cassidy to the Herb Jeffries to the top of the Bump and Grind and down on the Mike Schuller. 4.25 with YTD 204.50.

06/03/2013
Did the Bump and Grind.. Take the Hopalong Cassidy to the Herb Jeffries to the top of the Bump and Grind and down on the Mike Schuller. 4.25 with YTD 201.25.

06/01/2013
Did the Bump and Grind.. Take the Hopalong Cassidy to the Herb Jeffries to the top of the Bump and Grind and down on the Mike Schuller. 4.25 with YTD of 197.25.

05/31/2013
Did the Bump and Grind again. Take the Hopalong Cassidy to the Herb Jeffries to the top of the Bump and Grind and down on the Mike Schuller. We are calling this at with YTD of  193.00.

05/29/2013
Need to do the Bump and Grind again to check my GPS readings. Take the Hopalong Cassidy to the Herb Jeffries to the top of the Bump and Grind and down on the Mike Schuller – again. This time the reading was 4.30 with 1:55 moving and 18:13 resting.  I did go off trail a little bit so will still call this 4.25 with YTD of 188.75.

05/28/2013
Need to do the Bump and Grind again to check my GPS readings. Take the Hopalong Cassidy to the Herb Jeffries to the top of the Bump and Grind and down on the Mike Schuller – again. This time the reading was 4.19 so I’ll call it 4.25 with YTD of 184.50.

05/25/2013
Took a walk up the Bump and Grind.  Right at 4.50 miles . Beautiful day – mid 90’s. Went up the Hopalong Cassidy to the Herb Jeffries to the top of the Bump and Grind and down on the Mike Schuller.  There were a lot of people out this morning around 7:00 AM. Why is this GPS reading different than the 5/23 reading? Need to do this again. 180.25 YTD.

05/23/2013
Took a walk up the Bump and Grind.  Right at 5.25 miles . Beautiful day – mid 90’s. Went up the Hopalong Cassidy to the Herb Jeffries to the top of the Bump and Grind and down on the Mike Schuller.  Not many people around 1:00 PM. 175.75 YTD.

5/22/2013
Start at Homme / Adams Park and walk to the Cahuilla Hills Park and walk north and get on the Herb Jeffries Trail 2 the Hopalong Cassidy Trail 2 the Cross. Turn around and come back down on the Homestead Trail  to the parking lot. Low 100’s°F. Right at 4.75 miles. YTD 170.50.

05/20/2013
Park at the Homme / Adams Park and walk to the  Cahuilla Hills Park and take the Gabby Hayes Trail to the Hopalong Cassidy Trail to the Cross. Return on the Hopalong Cassidy Trail to the Homestead Trail to the Homme / Adams Park parking lot. 3.50 Miles. YTD 165.75.

05/17/2013
I hiked the Cahuilla Hills Bump and Grind Loop – 1. Only saw one other person this afternoon. 4.75 Miles. YTD 162.25.

05/15 and 16/2013
Drove to Green Valley Lake to meet with our Web Hosting Company. I camped overnight at the Forest Service campground.   Walked around the lake and stopped for a couple of short hikes at Grays Peak Trail in Fawnskin on my way to Big Bear after leaving Green Valley Lake and at Whispering Pines Nature Trail (1E33) and Ponderosa Vista Nature Trail (1E19) off of Highway 38 near Jenks Lake West. I’m going to give myself  5 miles. YTD 157.50.

05/13/2013
Did the Randall Henderson Trail while waiting for the AmGen Tour of California to barrel down Highway 74 in Palm Desert. About 150 people on bicycles whizzing by at 60 MPH. Very cool. 2.00 Miles. YTD 152.50.

05/11/2013
Did the 3 mile loop – Art Smith Trail, Sheys Trail and Canyon Trail. Fairly nice day and starting to warm up to 100°F.  YTD 150.50.

05/06/2013
Hiked the South Lykken Trail from South Palm Canyon to Mesquite and then I was picked up by Randy. 4.5 Miles. YTD 147.50.

05/03/2013
I hiked the Cahuilla Hills Bump and Grind Loop – 1. Seeing less and less people on the Bump and Grind – snow birds are pretty much gone. 4.75 Miles. YTD 143.00.

04/30/2013
Went to the Pioneertown Mountains Preserve with Randy. We went into Pipes Canyon out to the  Olsen House and through the wetlands. A nice hike but a bit cool and windy. 5.0 miles. YTD 138.25.

04/26/2013
South Lykken Trail to the Desert Riders Park. I had to go to Palm Springs so when I was done  I drove down South Palm Canyon Drive towards the Indian Canyons and went up the South Lykken Trail. When I got to the picnic tables I decided to keep going for awhile. At about the half mile mark I saw a trail going east down the side of the hill and said ‘what the heck.’ The trail was not marked but was well used. It took me to the Desert Riders Park dedicated to Art Smith. As I left the park I continued east down the hill on a dirt road that ended at a No Trespassing sign. I thought I saw a trail going in my direction (south) so instead of trespassing I headed cross country. It was a pleasant experience that took me to the driveway of the King of the Hill house. I made my way down to South Palm Canyon and back to my truck. I’m calling it 4 miles though I’m not certain. YTD  133.25.

04/23/2013
Park at the Homme / Adams Park and walk to the  Cahuilla Hills Park and walk north and get on the Herb Jeffries Trail 2 the Hopalong Cassidy Trail 2 the Cross. Turn around and come back down on the Homestead Trail to the parking lot. Right at 5.00 miles. YTD 129.25.

04/20/2013
5 miles on the Art Smith Trail. YTD 124.25

04/14/2013
Sara’s Loop at Cahuilla Hills Park. YTD 119.25.

Two mile bike ride. YTD 117.25

04/12/2013
Did a bike ride in the morning and then Sara’s Loop at Cahuilla Hills Park in the afternoon. YTD 115.25

04/10/2013
Did the 3 mile loop – Art Smith Trail, Sheys Trail and Canyon Trail. Fairly nice day and starting to warm up.  YTD 111.25

04/08/2013
Four miles on the Art Smith Trail. YTD 108.25.

04/05/2013
Four miles up and back to the first Oasis on the Art Smith Trail. I met with a few people who said they were going to the 5 mile marker. Very nice day. YTD 104.25.

04/02/2013
Did the 3 mile loop – Art Smith Trail, Sheys Trail and Canyon Trail. Fairly nice day and starting to warm up.  YTD 100.25.

03/30/2013
Easter Sunday hike to the Cross seems appropriate. 1.5 miles. TYD  97.25.

03/28/2013
Did the 3 mile loop – Art Smith Trail, Sheys Trail and Canyon Trail. Fairly nice day and starting to warm up.  YTD 95.75.

03/25/2013
Start at Cahuilla Hills Park and walk north and get on the Herb Jeffries Trail 2 the Hopalong Cassidy Trail 2 the Cross. Turn around and come back down on the Homestead Trail and walk along the flood control canal to the parking lot. Right at 5.00 miles. YTD 92.75.

03/20/2013
First day of Spring – so I did the 3 mile loop – Art Smith Trail, Sheys Trail and Canyon Trail. Fairly nice day and starting to warm up.  YTD 87.75 miles

03/18/2013
Sara’s Loop. Cahuilla Hills Park to the Herb Jeffries Trail to the Hopalong Cassidy Trail to the Gabby Hayes Trail back to the park. Right at 2.00 miles in about 1 hour. Got a late start but still a lot of fun.. YTD 84.75.

03/14/2013
Went up Shadow Mountain with Randy. Very  nice weather – hit 100° for the first time in a long time. 4.8 miles.Overall time was 5.31 with moving time of 2.54 stopped time of 2.37. Going to call it call it 5.00. YTD 82.75.

03/12/2013
Did the 3 mile loop – Art Smith Trail, Sheys Trail and Canyon Trail. Fairly nice day and starting to warm up.  YTD 77.75 miles.

03/09/2013
Went to Cahuilla Hills Park and took the Herb Jeffries to the Bump and Grind to the Mike Shuller to the Hopalong Cassidy to the Gabby Hayes back to the park.  5.25 Miles. YTD  74.75 miles.

03/06/2012
Hiked on what I call the Cat Canyon Loop. Start at Art Smith Trail to the Hopalong Cassidy Trail into Cat Canyon. Take Cat Canyon Trail out to Paison Road in the Cahuilla Hills area. Right at 4.5 miles plus 2 miles walk back to the Art Smith Trail parking lot.. YTD 69.50 miles.

03/05/2013
Went back and hiked the 3 mile loop – Art Smith Trail, Sheys Trail and Canyon Trail same as yesterday except no sheep. Fairly nice day but getting a bit windy.  YTD 63.00 miles.

03/04/2013
Hiked the 3 mile loop – Art Smith Trail, Sheys Trail and Canyon Trail. Saw two Big Horn Sheep in Dead Indian Canyon east of the fence. Fairly nice day.  YTD 60.00 miles.

02/27/2013
Went to the Living Desert and hiked the Eisenhower Trail. Six miles back to the parking lot. Went counterclockwise today – different views along the way. YTD 57.00.

02/26/2013
Sara’s Loop. Cahuilla Hills Park to the Herb Jeffries Trail to the Hopalong Cassidy Trail to the Gabby Hayes Trail back to the park. Right at 2.00 miles in about 1 hour. YTD 51.00.

02/23/2013
Hiked the 3 mile loop – Art Smith Trail, Sheys Trail and Canyon Trail. Fairly nice day.  YTD 49.00 miles.

02/18/2013
Hiked the 3 mile loop – Art Smith Trail, Sheys Trail and Canyon Trail. Fairly nice day.  YTD 46.00 miles.

02/15/2012
Went hiking with Randy in Palm Springs. We went to the South Lykken Trail trailhead on South Palm Canyon Drive. Instead of hiking the trail we went into the two canyons immediately south of the trail. Nice hike with interesting terrain and rock formations. 4.5 miles. YTD 43.00.

02/13/2013
Start at Cahuilla Hills Park and walk south along the flood control canal to the Adams / Homme Park and take the Homestead Trail to the Cross. Return from the Cross on the Hopalong Cassidy Trail 2 the Herb Jeffries Trail and back to the Cahuilla Hills Park. Right at 5.00 miles.  Lot of dogs on this trail. YTD 38.50.

02/12/2012
Hiked the 3 mile loop – Art Smith Trail, Sheys Trail and Canyon Trail. Fairly nice day.  YTD 34.50 miles.

02/06/2013
Hiked the 3 mile loop – Art Smith Trail, Sheys Trail and Canyon Trail. Fairly nice day.  YTD 31.50 miles.

02/04/2012
Went up Shadow Mountain. Very  nice weather and Marie hiked the first mile. 4.8 miles – call it 5.00. YTD 28.50

02/01/2013
Went to the Living Desert and hiked the Eisenhower Trail. Six miles back to the parking lot. YTD 23.50.

01/18/2013
Start at Cahuilla Hills Park and walk north and get on the Herb Jeffries Trail 2 the Hopalong Cassidy Trail 2 the Cross. Turn around and come back down on the Homestead Trail and walk along the flood control canal to the parking lot. Right at 5.00 miles. YTD 17.50.

01/14/2013
Hiked the 3 mile loop – Art Smith Trail, Sheys Trail and Canyon Trail. Fairly nice day, spent most of the hike with a guy named Nathen.  YTD 15.50 miles

01/08/2013
Hiked the 5 miles version of “Randy’s Loop” in Cathedral City with Randy. We started out in the cove area and headed up Dunn Road for a mile and a half and then headed towards Eagle Canyon. Will do a nice write up and post to our main hiking site. We hiked 5.16 miles in 4 hours and 16 minutes. Our moving time was 2 hours and 42 minutes and resting time was 1 hour and 34 minutes with and average moving time of 1.2 mph. YTD 12.5 miles

01/04/2013
Go to Cahuilla Hils Park and walk to the Adams/Homme Park. Take the Homestead trail to the Hopalong Cassidy Trail back to Cahuilla Hills Park via the Gabby Hayes Trail. I’m guessing 2.5 miles. YTD 7.5 miles

01/03/2013
Hiked the 3 mile loop – Art Smith Trail, Sheys Trail and Canyon Trail. Fairly nice day, spent most of the hike with a guy named Nathen.  YTD 5.00 miles

01/02/2013
First hike of the new year goes to Sara’s Loop at Cahuilla Hills Park in Palm Desert. Nice day for a hike – a bit ‘brisk’ but still nice. 2 miles so my YTD is also 2.0 miles.

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