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Old 01-25-2009, 12:07 PM   #1
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Where to go in the Palm Springs Area?

My wife is attending a conference in Palm Springs in early February and I am going along as a kept husband. I am her escort in the evenings but the days are mine. We're flying in so I won't have my 2000 TJ or GPW with me. Any suggestions on places to see and ride to, and good hiking trails?

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Old 01-25-2009, 03:41 PM   #2
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I have moved this to the Cali forum. You should get some more information that way.

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Old 01-25-2009, 07:32 PM   #3
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DBF do you play golf? I can help you out in golf umm there are a few good trails. LEt me know what you are into, I used to live in temecula so I have spent a lot of time in Palm Springs.
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My girlfriend is also attending a conference and taking me along...I'll be driving my Jeep out there...and was thinking of playing out at Joshua Tree. I think we are going the 3 day weekend - Valentine's Day is that weekend as well. When will you be out there?
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Old 01-31-2009, 12:01 PM   #5
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We arI'll be home by then. Are there trails near Joshua Tree?
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Joshua Tree has several trails. One that i like to take is called Geology Tour. Its about 17 miles and takes you from the Upper Desert to the Lower Desert. Its an easy trail. On the East side of Joshua tree just off the 10 at the Cottonwood Springs exit is Pinkham Canyon Road. Its considered Easy to Moderate. That trail is about 20 miles long. But also in the park is some great little hikes.
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Old 01-31-2009, 02:31 PM   #7
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Oh and also a great trail is Burns Canyon. It takes you from Pioneertown to the Big Bear area. If ya go on this one dress warm cause you will be in the snow as you get to the higher elevations. Great trail and fantastic views. This is the one i would do.
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Old 01-31-2009, 02:42 PM   #8
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Pics of Burns Canyon

Pics in winter.
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Old 02-02-2009, 06:25 PM   #9
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Thanks. It looks like the San Bernardino Mts are not too far from Palm Springs - are there good trails there?
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Tiny would know about those trails better then me. The have been up to the trails around Big Bear.
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There is a group of folks from jeepforum.com heading up to Big Bear this weekend...we are meeting at the Discovery Center on Saturday morning at 9am...planning to do John Bull and Gold Mountain... Here is a link to the thread: Big Bear Weekend Feb 6-8 - JeepForum.com I've done a number of runs with these guys and it is a good group of people.
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That would be a great way to see the area. Unfortunately we won't be there in time. Are there any maps showing where these trails are located?
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If they are going this week end it should be fun. Predicting several inches of snow.
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Yeah - we all have our snow chains ready and look forward to playing in the snow! If anyone is interested in joining us, the more the merrier. It's a pretty laid back crowd. Should be interesting (and fun) to do these runs in the snow - a nice change of pace from desert sand!

I don't have any maps showing the trails handy - but I am sure there are some out there if you google around a bit.
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Did JohnBull in the snow. Out of fourteen or so built to the teeth rigs, three made it to the top. The one fellow with chains did not. Good luck.
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...but you had fun trying, right?
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It was a freaking blast.
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:49 AM   #18
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So...Doug...what did you end up doing? Our Big Bear weekend was a blast! We didn't do John Bull - just Gold Mountain...early delays and the fact that Gold Mountain was actually pretty hairy (stretches of pure ice on the backside - Jeeps sliding down the mountain with no way to stop)...by the time we got done with that it was almost dark. Unanimous decision to call it a day and get the wimmenz back to the cabins.



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Fantastic footage, thanks for posting it.

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