We had a rest day in Palm Springs in the process to Vegas for that International Roofing Expo. Usually we stay in the Best Western Inn approximately 2 miles from down town Palm Springs. Breakfast is served in the pool service Livermore area (help yourself) even though having breakfast we have often seen people walking on the ridge, way above the motel and wondered how they climbed up there?
This time we decided we can find the walking trail as many as that ridge, the country recommendations beautiful and rugged and the colours soft and delicate; there are rattle snakes and all sorts of critters. Let alone that loose small rocks and boulders. There must be described as a walking trail close as a result of!
After Breakfast we were off to find a walking trail
Breakfast over it was eventually time to investigate the local walking trails. No exploration was undertaken, so in addition to my companion who incidentally is my boss both of us decided to start walking along S Belardo Roads which runs parallel on the mountains, then onto W Mesquite Ave and headed for any hills.
At this point there were no idea if there was a trail up to your ridge but we hit the jackpot! There were a number of hikers climbing down into the roadway and they were more than willing to share their knowledge. “Follow the trail and you will come to a picnic area on top of the ridge”, they claimed. This is just the internet we were looking with regard to.
Tahquitz Canyon Trail
The visitor’s centre was further up the road, but we thought to follow the hiker’s advice and climb in the trail. Many of the hikers coming down had walking poles, so perhaps this was symptomatic of how steep the climb was going to be. However the climb was relatively easy and the views have been spectacular; Palm Springs extended before us a rugs of Palms and streets.
Josie Johnson Vista Playground the Picnic Area
The dusty trail continued to help climb to Josie Manley Vista Park, where several tables and benches were spread for a small plateau ready for weary hikers to enjoy their refreshments. How they transported them up the trail was beyond myself, but just ahead was an area enabling you to tie up horses perhaps this was the way.
From this location you can see Tahquitz Canyon below, if you looked carefully, you just might pick out other walkers taking the Tahquitz Canyon Trail on the waterfall.
We Couldn’t Keep going -Not Enough Water
The sun was hot though it was winter and we weren’t prepared to get a long hike. With just a little amount of water inside my water bottle, I kept holding not many water in my mouth rather then swallowing it, read this somewhere if you were short on water. Probably a bit dramatic but three hours had passed and we have walked beyond the Best Western Inn, in fact we couldn’t even start to see the motel because smaller hillsides hid its location.
The trail meandered into the distance, beckoning us to carry on but time to head back. The trail will get conquered on another visit once we are better prepared.
If you travel for work or pleasure take the time to check out the local walks there’s a chance you’re surprised what you find.
See you on my next walk in pool renovation Livermore.