Angelenos flocking to the Coachella Valley have a mind to bask by the pool, and when doing nothing is exhausted,
sightseeing includes looking up giant Marilyn Monroe’s dress in Palm Springs (excellent idea Seward Johnson).
For the active insider, hiking trails are the real treasures of the Valley. Indian Canyon, Tahquitz, and other canyons, are beautiful escapes to the 100+ degree heat into lush and rocky revenes carrying streams of crisp mountain water powering into gorgeous waterfalls. The Oasis, is flat, sandy, with streams running through to the Chocolate Mountains and leads to a mirage that becomes a reality where towering palms overhead create a shady haven for large ponds teeming with flora and wildlife.
My running problem recently took me to a hiking trail known as “the one with the snake”; as my friends’ who introduced the trail to me explained, the name came about after they saw a rattlesnake there on one of their early morning hikes, how clever.
The one with the snake trail begins right off of Hwy 111 behind the Vons in Palm Springs, how’s that for keeping a theme for precision? The hike is an immediate steep incline, persisting for just under a mile, great for practicing running toe first and with rewarding dramatic views of the valley and into the pass brimming with windmills.
Runners should be cautious of mountain bikers on their downward ascent, I would have died to have seen one of them riding up. For hikers, it seemed a requirement to bring your dog, often times leashless, and I observed an almost 1/1 ratio of dogs and humans, however, my little maltese, not climatized to the desert heat, and to the satisfaction of my running partner, insisted we walk most of this one, and take plenty of water breaks.
An unusual side tour is on a road, seemingly leading to Bob Hope’s house, but, as the sign educates, actually does not, and sadly reminds us, that Bob Hope is dead anyway.
And because our terror of extreme nasal hair outweighed our spirit for discovering new hiking trails, or, seeing Bob Hope’s house up close, we abandoned our attempts and contemplated whether we had actually discovered the road leading to the “tiny town” that is rumored to exist “behind Bob Hope’s house”.
I am a runner and trademark and copyright attorney. I volunteer with my best friend and running partner, Monty (a Maltese) at Huntington Memorial Hospital’s Pet Assisted Therapy program and am a co-chair of the Technology Section of the Pasadena Bar Association and a board member of the San Gabriel Valley Bar Association. If you have trademark, or copyright questions, or know someone that does, please contact me for a free 30 minute consultation. Email or phone at 626.831.8077.