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Cactus to Clouds to Cactus (C2C2C)

Backpacking, Canyoneering, & Hiking Club (BCH)
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May 12 3:00AM - 8:00PM

Have you done C2C and taken the Tram down but thought about hiking back down instead?

Well this is the hike for you! C2C2C AKA Cactus to Cloud to Cactus

Total Mileage:30 +/- Miles

Total Time: 18 +/- Hours

Elevation Gain: 10, 800

Elevation Loss: 10,800

Summit: 10,834

The plan is to do this hike in Three Stages.

Stage One: Palm Springs Art Museum to Tram Station
This stage will be 10.5 miles with an 8,400 elevation gain. The last 3 miles is the steepest part of the hike. Once we make it to the Tram Station we will take a 15-minute or so break to refuel.

Stage Two: Tram Station to Tram Station
We will continue to the summit San Jacinto Peak. Once at the top take pictures and a small break then head back to the Tram Station where we will refuel.

Stage Three: Tram Station to Palm Spring Art Museum
Once we have filled up on water and food we will start the final stage of the hike. For this stage poles are highly recommended for the first part of our decent. After the first 3 miles, we will cruise our way back to the Art Museum.

Here is a good write-up on the C2C hike:

https://hikingguy.com/hiking-trails/hiking-la/cactus-to-clouds-hike/

Please note it could be very hot in the desert, and there could be snow near the peak! Here's the plan:

Friday, May 11th: Drive to Palm Springs after work and stay in a hotel near the Palm Springs Art Museum (there are no campgrounds near the trailhead, but a few affordable hotels). I plan to stay at Best Western Inn at Palm Springs, where I stayed last time. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ARRANGE YOUR OWN HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS AND CARPOOLING!!!

Saturday, May 12th: Wake up very early and start our climb to San Jacinto Peak. The hike will take all day. We will have a celebratory dinner, then go back to our hotel rooms and crash for the night. I tentatively set the start time for 3am. However, we could start earlier if the weather is hot. You are welcome to start earlier (on your own) if you wish to get a headstart.

Sunday, May 13th: Drive back to Phoenix If I haven't scared you away and you'd like to join me, please sign up on the waitlist.

Due to the difficulty, I will screen all participants to make sure they are well suited for the hike. I will move qualified hikers to the "going" list. To qualify for this hike:

- I must know you. If I don't know you, I will ask for a recommendation from other hike leaders.

- You must be an active and reliable BCH member. If you have a history of "flaking out" on past hikes, don't expect to get on this one!

- You must ALREADY be in shape for this hike. I have many great training hikes already on the calendar - please plan to participate in at least a few of these.

- You must be self sufficient and able to hike on your own (DON'T EXPECT ANYONE TO WAIT ON YOU!)

Please note the following:

No pets and no kids please.

Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being.

By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event.

All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests.

By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

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