We are pleased to announce that this year’s festival will feature two very special guided hikes by reservation only. The goal of both hikes is to see wild lemon lilies in bloom– a phenomenon which is well worth the effort! Though of course we can’t predict exactly when these precious lilies will be in bloom, rest assured that both of these special hikes will take participants to locales where Lemon Lilies have historically bloomed during the second week of July. Please follow the instructions below to register for either hike.

Saturday, July 9th: Guided Hike to see blooming wild lilies @ the James Reserve.  A van will depart from the Idyllwild Nature Center at 12:00PM promptly. The hike will be easy, lasting roughly 2.5 hours, including an introduction from James Reserve Employees & time for brief exploration after the hike. The van will return to the Nature Center by 3:00PM at the latest.

Sunday, July 10th: Assist the Forest Service with High- Country Lemon Lily Surveys! (No experience necessary). Join the Forest Service’s District Botanist Debra Nelson on a survey expedition high in the San Jacintos. Exact length & Location TBD. This hike will be moderate to strenuous, approximately 6-8 miles long. At least 2 liters of water, sun protection, shoes with at least 20 miles on them, & appropriate clothing are mandatory.

** You must provide your own transportation for this outing.

** You must complete a Forest Service Volunteer Service Agreement Prior in Order to Register for this High Country Lemon Lily Survey. All forms & further instructions  can be found here.