Map & Compass knowledge allows an individual with the right equipment to hike anywhere in the world and find their way around without having to follow trails or paths made by others. Learn the basics of navigation using a map and compass. Learn how to read a topographic map, identify landmarks, take a bearing and find your location. This hike and class discussion will be led by Wilderness Patroller members of the Hasty Search and Rescue Team at Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness.

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM to early afternoon.  Arrive at the tram by 7:30 a.m. to assure getting the first tram at 8 a.m. to arrive at the Long Valley Ranger Station by 8:30 a.m.  IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  to buy a tram ticket in advance, online or at the ticket counter. 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 not already sold out for the first (8 a.m.) tram departure. Be there 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.
Place: Long Valley Ranger Station.  See map LVRS
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Distance:  5 miles roundtrip, uneven terrain, off-trail backcountry
Destination: To be determined. We depart the Long Valley Ranger Station at 8:30 AM and return around 1:00 PM Reservations: Reservation is required. Space is limited

  • Compass: If you don’t have a proper compass for this class, one will be loaned to you. It’s better to know what you need to look for in a compass before going out and buying one.
  • Topographical Map: If you do not have the San Jacinto Peak Quadrangle 7.5 Minute Series, it may be purchased for $4 at the visitor center and Long Valley Ranger Station (see map LVRS ).
  • Each participant must bring water, trail snacks, lunch and a backpack carrying what they normally carry on a day hike. We recommend a minimum 3 liters of water per person.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
  • Proper hiking attire i.e. hiking clothes, hiking boots, 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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