Hiking on Christmas Day 2016

December 25th, 2016

          During my last ten years living in San Francisco (it now seems so long ago) I always spent part of Christmas Day with my Sierra Club hiking group on the Mt. Tamalpais trails. I’ve not hiked on Christmas day since leaving The City until this year. Today I joined Great Outdoors hiking leader Scott Connelly and a dozen club members for a Christmas Day hike.

          The Pushawalla Palms trail loop in the Coachella Valley Preserve was today’s hiking choice. It’s an open desert route that climbs high with great views of the Coachella Valley floor. The route is only about 5 miles long and the climb around 700 ft so nothing about it was difficult or strenuous. We left Palm Springs at 10 am and were back by 2 pm (the Coachella Valley Preserve is about ten miles distant from Palm Springs). The day was perfect for hiking with clear blue skies, cool air temperature and only a slight wind. Great way to spend the day burning calories before setting down to an evening Christmas meal.

          There’s a nice summary of the Pushawalla Palms trail loop via the following link.

          The photo is of me on the trail above the Pushawalla Palms area.

Happy holidays to all,

Bond Shands
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