2018 Kickoff Hike to Arrastre Falls

The Mojave Group of the Sierra Club and The Friends of Juniper Flats kicked off the new year with a group hike to Arrastre Falls on January 6, 2018.

 

 

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Old friends and new friends met at the Victor Valley Museum.  After the obligatory forms were filled and every one was introduced, the group of 27 hikers car pooled to a parking area on Power Line Road in the northern area of Juniper Flats just south of the Town of Apple Valley in San Bernardino County of California, USA.  When the group arrived at Juniper Flats, Jenny Wilder led an interpretive hike to Arrastre Falls where she explained the importance of the riparian forest surrounding Arrastre Falls.

Riparian Forest Surrounds Arrastre Falls

Arrastre Falls falls provide permanent water for plants and animals most years.  This water allows a riparian forest dominated by Red Willow, Arroyo Willow, Velvet Ash and Cottonwood to grow along the base of the ravine. Most of the riparian forests in Southern California are now gone, and are considered to be rare by botanists.

The riparian forest provides shade, shelter and food for animals that live in the surrounding area. When the forest is damaged by human activity, the animals loose the habitat that they need to survive.  Animals that were commonly encountered in town when many of the hikers were young are now rarely seen: quail, tortoise, road runner and coyote.

Join Us For Up Coming Hikes

Please join us for upcoming hikes scheduled with the Mojave Group of the Sierra Club.  Hikers usually meet at the Victor Valley Museum located 11873 Apple Valley Rd, Apple Valley, CA 92308 at 9:00 am on Saturdays.  Be sure to wear layered clothing and sturdy footwear suitable for uneven terrain.  Bring at least a quart of water, a snack, and sunscreen. A hiking stick is also useful.

For more information contact:

Norman Bossom, coachnorm@yahoo.com, (760) 912-3725

Susan Stueber, sstueber16@gmail.com, (760) 900-5330

Let BLM Know That You Enjoy Hiking in Juniper Flats

BLM is currently working on a transportation plan for the Juniper Flats Area.  They are making decisions about whether trails should be designated for hiking and how to manage hikers and motorists sharing trails.  Please let them know that you enjoy hiking in Juniper Flats and that you would like them to plan hiking opportunities for you.

Drop a quick note in our “Contact Us Form”

A quick and easy way to let BLM know that you enjoy hiking is to drop a quick note in the Contact Us form on our Static Web Page “Contact the Friends of Juniper Flats”.  When the time comes for comments on the BLM transportation plan, Friends of Juniper Flats will include the comments we receive.

E-Mail Us

You are welcome to e-mail us a short note stating that you enjoy hiking in Juniper Flats and that you would like BLM to designate trails for hiking.  We can be reached at FOJF2@yahoo.com.

Send Us A Letter

You are welcome to send us a letter

Attn: Jenny Wilder, Coordinator
Friends of Juniper Flats
P.O. Box 83
Apple Valley, CA 92307

 

 

 

 

 

 

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