desert tours and hikes
well-working vehicle with a full tank of gas. Know if 4WD is
Carry extra drinking water, energy snacks,
detailed area map, flashlight, jacket, hat, sunglasses,
sunscreen, and good close-toed hiking shoes.
someone where you are going and when you will return.
Feb. 7, Fri., 9 a.m. – 1
4WD Tour: Water in the Desert
Guide: Ocotillo Wells Park Naturalist
Water is the ultimate
commodity in the desert. Ride along where water runs as we visit the site
of flashfloods, springs, salt-seeps, mud-holes, and the wells of both
coyote and man. Meet at OW Discovery Center off Hwy 78. Call to reserve,
Feb. 7, Fri., 9 a.m. –
ABDNHA Borrego Valley Bike Ride
Leader: Julie Taylor,
Cyclist & ABDNHA Volunteer
Have some fun, get some
exercise, and see the desert from two wheels on our new weekly bike
ride. Each ride route will be decided at start time, depending on the
ability of the group, with an average ride of 10-to-12 miles. Group
meets at Bike Borrego! located on the south side of The Mall, facing the
post office. No charge, no pre-registration required, just show up and
ride. This activity repeats weekly.
Apr. 1, Tues., 9 a.m. -
Easy Hike: THIS ACTIVITY IS
Prince William & Kate Middleton
We are honored to
welcome Prince William and Kate Middleton to Anza-Borrego, as they take
time during their California vacation to enjoy a short desert hike with
ABDNHA. This unique event offers an exceptionally rare opportunity to be
a part of a very small group that will experience Anza-Borrego with both
the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. This will be an easy hike, less than
2 miles. For security reasons the hike location cannot be announced
until the time of departure. Maximum of 22 participants. Meet at the
ABDNHA Library at 9 a.m. and then drive as a group for security screening and to await the Royal
helicopter. This activity is expected to fill quickly. Bring
water, sun hat, and good hiking shoes. No charge; call to reserve.
Our cover is blown! The news is out!
See San Diego Union Trib article
||Our cover was
blown before we could release this photo of the royal couple out
for a hike in our local desert. Note that the birdwatcher
in the background is actually security!
Apr. 3, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10
Beginning Bird Walk: Intro to Birding
See Feb. 13
description. Activity repeats weekly.
Apr. 4, Fri., 9 a.m. – 2
4WD Tour: Exploring Truckhaven
Guide: Ocotillo Wells
State Park Naturalist
See Feb. 24 description.
Apr. 5, Sat., 8:30 a.m. -
Hike: Plum Canyon
Leaders: Naturalists Mike & Jan
A delightful 4-mile hike up a gradual, meandering trail
and a search for spring wildflowers. Enjoy magnificent views of Shelter
Valley, and learn about the mystery of this canyon, which lacks a single
plum tree, but sports many apricots. High clearance recommended. Bring
water, lunch, hat, sturdy shoes. Meet at the Nature Center. No charge,
call to reserve.
Apr. 7, Mon., 8 a.m. –
Hike: Bittercreek—Pacific Crest Trail Shuttle
Halford, Hiking Book Author
One-way strenuous 6.8 mile hike. Walk
up Bitter Creek, a wonderful area for spring blooms. Enjoy views of
Volcan Mt from the ridge, then walk down the PCT to Scissors Crossing.
Uneven terrain, some bouldering, and several steep sections. From
Scissors Crossing drive north on S2 for .3 mile to a large parking area
on right. We will carpool from here to the starting point. 2WD with high
clearance is OK; please be willing to carpool from one end of the hike
to the other end. Sturdy shoes, water, hat, sunscreen. Call to reserve.
Limit: 10 hikers.
Apr. 9, Wed., 8 a.m. –
Hike: Nolina Canyon
Volunteer Adam Armold
4 Miles roundtrip.
Moderately strenuous. Nolina Canyon is an extension of Nolina
Wash, which is located in the western section of Pinyon Mountain Road.
The canyon is garnished with prime examples of desert vegetation as it
surmounts many dry waterfalls. Bring lunch, extra water, high
clearance 4WD required. Meet at ABDNHA. Maximum 12 people. Call
760-767-3098 to reserve.
April 11, Fri., 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
ABDNHA Desert Lecture Series
Color and Light in Nature – Lecture &
ABDNHA Desert Lecture Series - Borrego Performing Arts Center
Speaker: David K. Lynch, Ph. D
What is a rainbow? Why are there
always two of them? Can mirages be photographed? Why do stars twinkle?
How many ice crystal haloes are there? Is it really darkest just before
dawn? Why is the sky blue? Why is the setting sun red and flattened?
What color is water and why does it appear so many different colors? Why
does the full moon look so big on the horizon? What's the best way to
see an aurora borealis? What is the green flash? Why are icebergs blue?
Why can clouds produce such strong colors? What is a glory? Why is the
dark side of the moon sometimes visible? What are those light beams that
seem to radiate from the setting sun?
These and dozens of other
questions about naturally occurring optical effects are explained with
pictures and diagrams, along with tips on how to see and photograph
April 12, Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Asteroid Impacts on Earth
Speaker: David K. Lynch, Ph. D
What are the chances and what could we do about it?
meteoroids strike the Earth everyday but most are too small to survive
passage through the atmosphere. Only those larger than a few tens of
meters across can reach the ground and these are rare. The last one was
in 1908 near Tunguska, Russia when an asteroid or comet nucleus caused
a10 megaton airburst that flattened trees in an area larger than
Washington D.C. About 60 million years ago an object estimated to be 6
miles across struck the Yucatan area of Mexico near Chicxulub. The
billion megaton explosion created a 110 mile wide crater and is thought
to have been the cause of the Cretaceous-Tertiary Mass Extinction that
killed most higher life forms including the dinosaurs.
What are the
chances of getting hit by a civilization-disrupting asteroid? How much
warning time would there be? What is the status of our asteroid
surveys? Who is in charge of protecting the Earth from asteroids? Come
to the talk and find out!
$11 M $8 V$7
April 12, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The San Andreas Fault -
Speaker: David K. Lynch, Ph. D
What is the San Andreas Fault? Where is it? How can I see? What does it
do to the landscape? Will an earthquake make California fall into the
ocean? What risks does it pose? Should I worry about it? What towns lie
on the fault? When is the "big one" coming? These any many other
questions about the infamous San Andreas Fault will be discussed in an
all color presentation. Topics covered include plate tectonics,
continental drift, fault activity, the origin of volcanoes, the geologic
future of California and much more. Space limited, at the Nature Center
Library. Call Nature Center to reserve. NM $11; M $8; V $7.
April., 13, Sun.,
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Hike: Kwaaymii Point Loop
A moderate 7.3 mile loop hike with a 800 foot
elevation change through chaparral in the Laguna Mountain Area. The hike
begins on a portion of the PCT that leads to the Pioneer Mail Picnic
Area, where we will join a trail skirting Pine Mountain down to Indian
Creek on the return. Meet at Kwaaymii Point Parking Area at mile marker
30.3 on Sunrise Highway. Bring water, lunch, jacket; wear good hiking
shoes. Limited to 15 people. No charge, call the Nature Center to
Apr. 13, Sun., 8:30
a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The San Andreas Fault – Field Trip
Geothermal Field and the Salton Buttes
Leader: David K.
Lynch, Ph. D
See related activity on April 12.
We will spend all
day (approx. 100 miles) visiting a number of geological features related
to the San Andreas Fault. This will include the Salton Buttes volcanoes,
geothermal mud pots and mud volcanoes, and finally Salt Creek where we
will be able to see and actually stand on the San Andreas Fault. Along
the way will we will see breathtaking views of the Salton Sea and
migratory birds. This tour will involve leisurely drives - some on well
graded dirt roads - and light walking. No 4WD or serious hiking is
required. Meet at the Nature center. David Lynch (PhD Astronomy) is an
infrared astronomer and remote sensing specialist at the Aerospace
Corporation. His major fields of research include the infrared solar
system astronomy, galactic physics, atmospheric optics, and image
analysis. Dave also does geological research and currently is with the
USGS. He has published over 150 scientific papers and 10 books. Call the
Nature Center to reserve. His latest book is “Field Guide to the San
Andreas Fault,” is available at the Nature Center. NM $ 35; M $25; V $22
Apr. 14, Mon., 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
Hike: Palo Verde –
Smoke Tree Loop – Moly Mine
Melgert and Carla Hoegen
If you enjoy a good workout
when you hike, and some adventure, then this hike is for you. This
is a 6.2 mile loop - 4 or more hours of hiking - in rugged
terrain, with loose rocks, and some bouldering, and an elevation gain of
approximately 1800 feet. The hike requires good physical condition.
The hike starts out in an easy sandy wash but gets more rocky further
along. The trail passes the Moly mine and then ends close to the
natural rock tanks. For the return trip we plot our course with GPS.
Limited to 12 people. Good boots and a hiking pole are essential, an
ample supply of water, and snacks. Call Nature Center to reserve.
Apr. 20, Sun., 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hike: Redman Mine
Leaders: Sanjiv Nanda and Paul Larson
Fabulous 3.5-mile round-trip hike to a 100-year-old quartz mine (c.
1905). Well-maintained trail climbs steadily on the south face of
Granite Mountain with fabulous views to the east and south. Not so
common hedgehog cactus is pervasive. Moderately strenuous with 1000 feet
of elevation gain. 4WD/high clearance preferred. Meet at the Nature
Center from where we will carpool. Call us to reserve, 760-767-3098.
May 2, Fri., 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Film: “First People: Kumeyaay”
First shown at the 2014 Borrego Film Festival, ABDNHA is pleased to make
this new film available with a free showing. The film is a fascinating
and extensive history of the first people to live in Southern
California, collectively known as the Kumeyaay Nation. As elders pass
on, physical landscapes are transformed, cultural resources are lost,
and knowledge about the past also vanishes. “First People: Kumeyaay”
captures much of this knowledge in an effort to preserve it for future
generations. At the ABDNHA Library. No charge. Space limited, call our
Nature Center to reserve, 760-767-3098.
May 14, Wed., 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunset and Moonrise at Font’s Point
Leader: Mike McElhatton, ABDNHA Education Coordinator
An ABDNHA end-of-season tradition! Bring a comfortable chair, your
favorite beverage, and a snack to Font’s Point to watch the sun go down
and the moon come up. This year the full moon rises just ten minutes
after the sun goes down. No charge. Call to reserve. 4WD is advised; we
will carpool from the Nature Center.
May 24, Sat., 10 a.m.
Borrego Rock and Gem Club B.R.A.G Meeting
Monthly meeting of the local rock club, for information and planning of
educational programs, trips, and activities. New members are always
welcome! Meets at the Nature Center.