Sky Islands and Climate Refugia in The Deserts of California

The mountains of Southern California rise above the surrounding desert like islands in the ocean. Many unique species found nowhere else on Earth have evolved and flourished on these “sky islands, but how will these isolated plants and animals adapt to a rapidly changing climate? 1-hour presentation, followed by a special hike highlighting some of the unique species of the San Jacinto Mountains – found nowhere else on Earth! Led by Colin Barrows, Conservation Coordinator at the Friends of the Desert Mountains, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. to about 12:00 p.m. We suggest arriving at the valley tram station no later than 8:00 a.m. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  to buy a tram ticket in advance, online 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 are still available for walk-ins.   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: Nichols Room at the tram mountain station, to the left of the outdoor ground floor terrace two levels down from the tram.
Difficulty Level: easy to moderate
Distance:  3 to 4  miles round trip
Destination: Long Valley and more
Preparation: Watch the weather forecast. It could be about 30 degrees cooler than the desert floor, dress accordingly. Bring water and consider snacks.

Any question please contact us at

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.


Bookings are closed for this event.

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