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Vicky Reidy Feb 08, 2016 at 05:44 PM

I should have make it more clear. Arriving at 2:30 March 21 Palm Springs airport. Anyone want to share a cab?

Vicky Reidy Feb 08, 2016 at 05:42 PM

Hello, I'm arriving on a 2:30 flight from O'Hare. Is anyone coming in around that time that would like to share a cab?

Susan Lehrer Oct 20, 2015 at 12:36 PM

Hello - fellow trippers - I am arriving a day early (Nov 7) and wonder - is anyone else? and how would I get to Miracle Springs for Nov 8?

R Eph Oct 10, 2015 at 11:17 AM

Are the ladders to which you refer something like hanging ladders from high elevations / straight up and down? I am afraid of heights but would like to do this trip if this is not going to be a freak-out factor. Also, will regular hiking boots do it or will there be any walking in streams? Thanks.

Jean Gilman Sep 16, 2015 at 02:52 PM

In my previous post, I guess I should've asked if this trip can be done by someone who is afraid of heights. I have hiked with Road Scholar and Back Roads in Yosemite, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons, Canadian Rockies, Glacier, Columbia River Gorge, and Wine Country, and the only place I had trouble was the step path up to Vernal Falls in Yosemite with the waterfall dropping off right beside you. Couldn't do it. Also couldn't do any of the Grand Canyon trails because I felt like I was going to faint as soon as I stepped a foot on the trail. I'm all right as long as there are trees or something beside me. I think I'd be ok going up the ladders, but probably couldn't come down them. Any comments?
Joan Hundhausen Sep 17, 2015 at 12:26 AM

Hi Jean; The Joshua Tree hiking trip is a superb trip; I enjoyed it tremendously. I have hiked all those venues that you mention, except the Wine Country, and the Joshua Tree trip ranks near the top for me. But you must consider your comfort level on the tramway that ascends Mt. San Jacinto, where you are suspended in mid-air. I don't recall any cliff-side walking, but the ladders in the slot canyon can be a little tricky. Each of us had to be very careful backing down the ladders, placing our feet slowly and carefully, with the help of the guides and sometimes that of fellow hikers. It was great fun, and I enjoyed a little challenge like that. That canyon was marvelous to experience and I would love to visit it again someday. Our guide, Bruce Banker, was great.
Jean Gilman Sep 21, 2015 at 02:35 PM

Thanks, Joan. The tram would not be a problem for me, but as soon as you mentioned going down the ladders I knew this trip wasn't for me. I was thinking that because it was a loop hike that maybe it was only going up ladders which I think I could do, but going down is another thing. These discussion boards are wonderful for this kind of information. Thanks again.

Jean Gilman Sep 16, 2015 at 02:11 PM

Would someone who has been on this hike comment on whether there are many places on the trails where there is a sheer drop off (like in the Grand Canyon). That is the one thing I cannot do on a hiking trip. Thanks.

Judy Goble Oct 19, 2014 at 09:11 AM

Would anyone be interested in checking out the desert between the Death Valley trip and the Joshua Tree trip in March? There is a 2 day window and travel between Las Vegas and Palm Springs. I think checking out the desert and maybe hike a bit would be fun but I don't want to go by myself. Thanks.
Martha Rine Oct 25, 2015 at 02:45 PM

what is your date of travel in March?

Joan Hundhausen Oct 14, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Hello Joshua Tree hikers; Would anyone like to share a taxi with me from the Palm Springs Airport to our Desert Springs resort around 3-3:30 pm, Sunday, Nov. 10...? My e-mail is: joan@remembertheaba.com Thanks!

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