Hiking the San Andreas Fault and other adventures in California and the American Southwest with Jeff & Patti Kinzbach: ‘Rocking the RV Life

None of us have been spared by the winter weather this season. If you think we’ve just been basking in the sun in the Southwest, think again. Everyone has been affected by the cold temperatures, even in Florida. Out West, there’s been heavy rain and snow in the mountains. In the Southwest, we’ve had our share of cold temperatures, high winds and dust storms. Luckily, we’ve never woken up to five inches of snow on our RV but, we have had to take the leaf blower up on the roof and blow off a lot of dirt and sand.

Speaking of dirt and sand, while staying at our winter campground just outside of Palm Springs someone mentioned that the San Andreas Fault is just about four miles away and runs through the area. They also said, “You can hike along it, too.” That’s all we needed to hear.

Being avid hikers, we did some research and off we went. The San Andreas Fault extends about 800 miles from just south of Palm Springs to Eureka, California. It separates two major plates of the earth’s crust, the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate. How can you find it? As the two plates move in opposite directions, it disrupts groundwater making it easy for it to come to the surface where vegetation will grow.

The Pushawalla Palms Loop Trail is a 4.5-mile hike near Thousand Palms, California. It’s best to do this in the winter because it’s too hot in the summer. We loved it. You gain about 750 feet in elevation and the views are awesome. Best of all, we basically had it to ourselves. It was easy to see the fault. A line of palm trees and vegetation tells the story.

I know what you’re thinking. Did we wonder

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