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Willis Palms and West Mesa Trail Hike


February 14, 2024    
8:30 am - 11:00 am

Join Susan and Steve this winter as they explore the different Preserves that surround the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.

This trail in the Coachella Valley Preserve/Thousands Preserve is rated as easy with a hike distance of 2 miles and an elevation gain of 200 feet. We’ll explore the desert wash of the West Mesa Trail and then continue our hike through the Willis Palms Oasis.

During the hike, we’ll highlight the different plants that populate these two habitats. We’ll also discuss the role that earthquake faults play in creating the microecosystem of the fan palm oasis; how this oasis was almost destroyed by a wildfire; and the role the Preserve plays in protecting the flora and fauna of the region.

Bring snacks, 2 liters of water per person and your hiking poles. Wear close-toed shoes, sun hat and sunscreen.

RSVP is required and you must bring your ticket with you for check-in 15 minutes prior to start time. Ticket reservations begin 14 days prior to the event. A suggested nonrefundable donation of $5.00 per person is appreciated and encouraged to support our volunteer programs. For more information contact 760-862-9984.

Note: park at the Willis Palms Trailhead parking lot off of Thousand Palms Canyon Road. View map/UTM coordinates: 33.822404, -116.323454

Sponsored by Friends of the Desert Mountains. Visit our website at www.DesertMountains.org

Clck on link to RSVP: https://www.desertmountains.org/calendar/willis2-14