Hiking Club (Over the Hill Hikers)

Contact: Nancy Stenson
Email: Where: Varies

Welcome to the Over the Hill Hiking Club’s 2018/2019 Season!

Members from 2013-2018: If your contact information has changed since you originally joined the Over the Hill Hiking Club (“OTHHC”), please send your updated information to Nancy Stenson at stensonnancy@gmail.com. See the following list of information requested by the club. As well, please let us know if you wish to be removed from the membership list.

New Members: There are no membership dues. We need the following information for each new hiker and you can provide it by email to Nancy Stenson at stensonnancy@gmail.com:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Cell phone number (if you have one)
  • Home phone number in Shadow Hills
  • Street Address in Shadow Hills

When you meet the group on your first hike, you will be asked to sign the standard Sun City Shadow Hills Community Association waiver for participation in a club activity.

All Members:

  • For every hike, hikers should always have with them:
  • Appropriate hiking shoes or boots (no sneakers)
  • Identification
  • Medical insurance cards
  • Name and telephone number of an emergency contact person (OTHHC will no longer keep this information.)
  • Appropriate clothing (hikes to Idyllwild and the high desert are frequently 20 degrees cooler than valley hikes)
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Sufficient water (1-2 bottles or personal requirements)
  • Tissues
  • Snacks
  • Plastic bag for trash (carry out all that you carried in)
  • Fanny pack or back pack.

If you wish to make a reservation for a hike, or cancel a reservation, please email the contact person shown for the specific hike. Registration for individual hikes will open two (2) weeks before the hike date. Hikers will be registered for hikes in the date and time order in which their reservation request is received. You will be notified by return email (1) that you are confirmed for the requested hike or (2) that the hike is full. There will be no wait lists for hikes.

If you find you cannot attend a hike for which you registered, we ask that you promptly email your cancellation to the contact person for that hike so the vacated spot can be opened for another member.

When you register for a hike, please be certain to mark the date on your calendar. Given that registration is only 2 weeks out from the hike date, there will be no reminder email sent to you.

The number of hikers per hike is usually limited to 20, but may be increased occasionally at the discretion of the hike leader. Guests are permitted if there are spaces available at 7:30 AM three (3) days before the hike. Guests will be required to have proper hiking footwear and must sign a waiver if we do not already have one in the OTHHC files.

OTHHC hike leaders are listed at the end of this letter. Each hike will have a leader. A sweep will be designated by the leader. Hike leaders scout the hike approximately one week prior to each hike.

Hikes take place in a variety of areas around the Coachella Valley and High Desert, including Coachella Valley Preserve, Idyllwild, Joshua Tree, Whitewater, Indian Canyons and Pioneertown Mountains Preserve. Some hike areas have entrance fees.

Our hikes are categorized as easy, moderate or strenuous using the following criteria:

  • Easy: up to 5 miles long; elevation gain of up to 500’
  • Moderate: maximum 8 miles long; maximum elevation gain of 1400’
  • Strenuous: over 8 miles long and/or over 1400’ elevation gain.

With hikes you may experience rocky and/or narrow trails. Elevation gains may be scattered throughout a hike or concentrated at the front or back end of a hike.

Hikers will meet at 7:15 AM at the west end of the Montecito Clubhouse parking lot, near the HOA office. They will check in with the hike leader and sign waivers as necessary. Informal car pools will be formed and the hike leader will provide drivers with written driving directions to the trailhead. Non-drivers will pay 10 cents/mile up to a maximum of $5 per person to the driver. Please remember to bring small bills with you if you do not plan to drive.

The hike schedule will appear on this page below, with an abbreviated schedule in The View each month, commencing in the fall.

Below is a list of the hikes for the 2018-19 October to December season. Again, registration for each hike opens 2 weeks (14 days) prior to the hike date. Register by emailing the hike leader.

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018
    Deer Springs Trail to Suicide Rock (Idyllwild)
    7 miles, 1400’, Moderate (Lunch)
    Hike leader (“HL”) – John Tang
    Registration opens Thursday, October 11
    To register, email: jptdtang@gmail.com
  • Saturday, October 27, 2018
    Coachella Valley Preserve (McCallum Pond)
    3 miles, 100’, Easy
    HL – To Be Announced
    Registration opens Saturday, October 13

    To register, email: stensonnancy@gmail.com
  • Monday, October 29, 2018
    Cove to Lake Cahuilla Trail (La Quinta)
    5 miles, 200’, Easy
    HL – John Phelps
    Registration opens Monday, October 15
    To register, email: hoosierjohn2@gmail.com
  • Thursday, November 8, 2018
    Earl Henderson Trail (Palm Springs)
    3 miles, 300’, Easy
    HL – John Tang
    Registration opens Thursday, October 25
    To register, email: jptdtang@gmail.com
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    Whitewater Preserve, PCT South to the Saddle
    8.5 miles, 1850’, Strenuous
    HL – Ella Haylock
    Registration opens Tuesday, October 30
    To register, email: ellahaylock@hotmail.com
  • Saturday, November 17, 2018
    South Lykken Trail (Palm Springs)
    3.5 miles, 900’ Moderate
    HL – Ella Haylock
    Registration opens Saturday, November 3
    To register, email: ellahaylock@hotmail.com
  • Monday, November 19, 2018
    Mount Eisenhower (The Living Desert)
    6 miles, 900’, Moderate
    Requires entrance fee to The Living Desert.
    HL – John Phelps
    Registration opens, Monday, November 5
    To register, email: hoosierjohn2@gmail.com
  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018
    Lost Palms Oasis (Joshua Tree)
    7 miles, 600’, Moderate
    HL – Ella Haylock
    Registration opens Tuesday, November 13
    To register, email: ellahaylock@hotmail.com
  • Thursday, November 29, 2018
    Dos Palmas Oasis Walkabout (Salton Sea)
    4 miles, 100’, Easy
    HL – Trevor Ward
    Registration opens Thursday, November 15
    To register, email: timaru@shaw.ca
  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018
    Chocolate Drop Climb down Flag Ridge (Sky Valley)
    7 miles, 1500’, strenuous (Lunch)
    HL – John Tang
    Registration opens Tuesday, November 20
    To register, email: jptdtang@gmail.com
  • Thursday, December 6, 2018
    Lost Horse Mine (Joshua Tree)
    7 miles, 1300’, Moderate
    HL – John Tang
    Registration opens Thursday, November 22
    To register, email: jptdtang@gmail.com
  • Monday, December 10, 2018
    Art Smith Trail to 2nd Oasis (Palm Desert)
    6 miles, 1400’, Moderate
    HL – John Phelps
    Registration opens Monday, November 26
    To register, email: hoosierjohn2@gmail.com
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018
    Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
    3 miles, 200’, Easy
    HL – Trevor Ward
    Registration opens Wednesday, November 28
    To register, email: timaru@shaw.ca
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018
    Covington Loop Trail (Joshua Tree)
    6 miles, 400’, Moderate
    HL – John Phelps
    Registration opens Tuesday, December 4
    To register, email: hoosierjohn@gmail.com

Hikes planned for January through April 2019, will be added to the above list in the fall of 2018.

General questions? Email Nancy Stenson at stensonnancy@gmail.com.

Questions about individual hikes? Email the hike leader for that specific hike.

Hike Leaders: