Join us to learn how Chumash healers used plants common to Southern California on a hike led by an expert.
Jim Adams, a college professor and author who trained under a renowned Chumash medicine woman, will lead a medicinal plant hike from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Palm Desert hills.
This free, members-only event is one of the Society’s popular annual activities.
Hikers should meet at the Carrizo Canyon Art Smith trailhead on Highway 74 in Palm Desert. It is about 100 yards after the turnoff for the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center, where you will also find the nearest bathroom.
The hike is not classified as easy. The uphill trail is not paved and goes through sand, gravel and rocky areas.
An optional no-host lunch will follow the tour at the Daily Grill, 73-061 El Paseo, Palm Desert.
Parking: You can park at the Monument Visitor Center and walk to the trailhead or you can park at the paved Art Smith trailhead parking lot.Please note: this is not an easy hike. We will be walking in sand, gravel and rocky conditions. This is not recommended for those who find walking a mile up hill, with a return down the canyon difficult. There are no rest stops and no benches. There are no services at the trailhead, but there is a bathroom at the Friends of the Desert Mts Visitor Center approximately 100 yards before the trailhead on the right. Directions: Take Highway 111 in Palm Desert to Highway 74. Park at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center or across the street at the paved Art Smith trailhead parking lot. Bring water, wear a hat, good sturdy hiking shoes, wear sunscreen, and enjoy the hike.