Discovery Hikes are guided exploration beyond the normal confines of the trail but are less instructional than some other backcountry hikes. Join biologist hike leader Colin Barrows on this moderately strenuous backcountry hike in the San Jacinto Wilderness. There will be some deviation from the trail to “discover” locations not typically seen by the average day hiker, so anticipate hiking approximately 6 plus miles roundtrip. While Wellman’s Divide is the primary goal an added objective is to go a short distance beyond to Wellman’s Cienega (spring) in the hope of finding an endangered beautiful large flower that may be in bloom. If so, you won’t be disappointed. Can you guess what it is?

Date: July 20, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM to mid afternoon. Arrive at the tram valley station by 7:30 a.m. to be ready for the first tram(s) ~8:00 AM to meet at the Long Valley Ranger Station  (LVRS map) by 8:30 a.m. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to buy a tram ticket in advanceonline or at the ticket counter, for the 9 a.m. and earlier departures. Weekend tram service begins at 8 a.m. with departures thereafter usually every 12 minutes or so. Depart from the valley station at least one-half hour before class time. By doing so is assurance for arriving on time for the class. Online tickets are limited.  Order early!  Go to  If online tickets are not available many tickets may still available for walk-ins if the first tram is not already fully booked.   Be early. Note, if for any reason you are unable to use the ticket on the day reserved, tickets purchased in advance at the tram website, or on-site, are good anytime for 1 year from the date of purchase.  
Meeting Place: Long Valley Ranger Station,  map LVRS
Difficulty Level:  Moderately strenuous
Distance: 6 plus miles roundtrip, uneven terrain, some off-trail hiking possible
Destination: Wellman’s Divide and beyond at 9720 feet elevation.                   
Preparation And Gear: Hiking boots or other durable footwear that you have broken in. Do not wear new unproven footwear. backup warm clothing and possible rain jacket and gloves. Water (at least 2 quarts) energy snacks, lunch. Optional: Trekking poles (recommended), camera, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses.

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NHA members with membership card receive a 20% ticket discount on tram fare and 10% on food.


Booking: A reservation is required.  Only one booking is permitted at a time. For more than one, simply fill out the form again with the information for each additional enrollee and submit. Overbookings will be waitlisted and if space becomes available enrollee will be notified in order of priority.

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