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Hikers Rescued- Safety Tips for Hiking in Palm Springs

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Hiking in Palm Springs

The natural beauty of the desert brings thousands of tourists to the city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley every year. 

When I moved to Palm Springs eleven years ago, one of the first activities that I immersed myself in was hiking.  Being a "city boy" most of my life, I never had the opportunity to go to any of the National Forests or Desert to indulge in this sport.

I heard about the Lykken Trail, the Bump & Grind, and the Mecca Hills.  I wanted to jump right in, and start exploring everything that the desert had to offer.

I didn't start my journey hastily though.  The sport of hiking comes with some personal responsibility.

Hiking in the open wilderness or desert can be a fun and exhilarating experience, but it can also be a dangerous  one if you are not prepared.   The climate of the desert is extreme in both the summer and winter months.

Over the Christmas weekend, there were 2 instances where hikers had to be rescued from Mt. San Jacinto above Palm Springs and the Painted Canyons in the Mecca Hills.  

2 men went climbing to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway,  and went off the trails and got lost.  They were  not wearing the appropriate clothes and suffered from hypothermia. 

Another was a group from Washington who were hiking in the Painted Canyons near Mecca and got lost at nightfall.  They did not have a flashlight and were not wearing the appropriate clothing.  Both groups  were found the next day by the Riverside County Search & Rescue Teams.

These people were lucky.  There have been many instances where hikers have died because they were not prepared.  This past summer, 2 hikers died in Palm Springs due to dehydration.

Here are some of the basics you need to know before you go hiking in Palm Springs:

  • Don't Hike Alone- Go with a friend
  • Take a cell phone- you may need to call for help
  • Tell someone where you are going- This way someone  call for help if you don't come back
  • Food & water- Bring protein bars & plenty of water.  Dehydration is the #1 killer of lost hikers.
  • Where proper clothing- The mountains are usually 20 degrees cooler than the desert floor.
  • Stay on the trails- Do not go off & explore.  The trails are there for a reason.  54 sq miles of trails should be plenty of excitement for anyone.
  • Have Proper Equipment- Carry a compass, flashlight, matches, etc.  Better to be safe than sorry.
  • Know Your Limits- Hiking is a strenuous sport.  If you are not physically up for the challenge,  do not go on the trails.

Follow these simple rules & common sense, and your Palm Springs hiking experience should be a pleasant one.  

We want our visitors & residents of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley to have a memorable experience in our mountains. Have fun and Happy Trails!!!

For more information on the local Palm Springs Hiking Trails, click here

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About the Author

Harold Watts of Scott Lyle Realtors has been a REALTOR in Palm Springs since 1999. Focusing on the 2nd & Vacation home market, Harold has been helping Buyers and Sellers achieve their real estate goals. If you want to know what is happening with the Palm Springs Real Estate market, give Harold Watts a call at 760-218-8209 or email him at Harold@HaroldWatts.net

Website:  www.PalmSpringsCityLimits.com

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As a desert rat myself I know it has extreme temp. and the newbie can do very strange things.

Dec 29, 2009 04:33 PM
Harold Watts
Teles Properties - Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs Real Estate Blog

To Elite Home Sales,

People do not use any common sense when it comes to hiking.  I see people going up the mountain wearing shorts and they do not realize there can be a 30-40 degree temperature difference at the 8000 ft. elevation and the desert floor.  Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

Dec 30, 2009 12:53 AM