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Inland Empire - UCR Botanical Gardens

Girls Who Hike Inland Empire Official Meet-Up –
UCR Botanic Gardens
1 Botanic Gardens Drive
Riverside, CA 92521

This hike is led by GWH IE Ambassador Joy! 
The first 10 members to arrive will receive a special Girls Who Hike giveaway! 

Meeting Location/Time: 
Trail: UCR Botanic Gardens Trails
Date: Friday August 17th, 2018
Time: 8:00 (to beat the heat!)
Total Distance: 5 miles (give or take)
Total elevation gain: 500 ft
Trail Rating: Beginner/Moderate Gain of 650ft

UCR Botanic Gardens Entrance:
From the 60 Freeway coming from Los Angeles and other points west, exit Martin Luther King Blvd. and turn right. From the 60 Freeway coming from Moreno Valley, Palm Springs and other points east, exit Martin Luther King Blvd. and turn left. From Martin Luther King Blvd. turn right on Canyon Crest Drive and then turn right on West Campus Drive. Follow West Campus Drive around the perimeter of campus to Botanic Gardens Drive and turn right. Parking Lot 10 will be on your right and Lot 13 will be straight ahead. The driveway on the right just past Lot 10 will take you to the Botanic Gardens entrance and parking lot.

For web map and direction searches, use the following address to get to the University:
Botanic Gardens Drive
Riverside, CA 92522

I have never visited this area before so let’s beat the heat with some shade and explore the local botanical gardens! There are many different trails to explore here and there is even some shade!! The botanical gardens are free to enter but they do take donations of $5 suggested. 

The UCR Botanic Gardens is a 40-acre living plant museum with more than 3,500 plant species and thousands of specimens from around the world, with a focus on plants from Mediterranean climate (dry summer) and arid lands similar to California and the desert southwestern US. As a part of the UC Riverside campus, the Botanic Gardens is utilized for teaching, research, and demonstration purposes, as well as for enjoyment and appreciation of nature. The variable elevation and topography of the Gardens and Riverside's subtropical climate create numerous microclimates that allow for the notable diversity of plantings as well as abundance of wildlife.

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Please read the descriptions of the hike that I have attached and if you have any questions, please ask! We will keep a moderate pace and won’t leave anyone behind! 
ALWAYS, remember your 10 essentials, bring more water than you think you will need due to the heat…hydration is key!

***In order to attend an official meetup, you MUST have a signed Liability Waiver on file. Please see the Group Rules for details/link to sign. It takes 60 seconds to complete and one waiver clears you for all meetups!***

For Official Meet-Ups, we kindly ask for them to stay Ladies ONLY. 
Please NO DOGS

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