Following is a list of desert trips. Outings are not rated. Distance and elevation gain can give you an indication of the suitability of a trip, but the condition of the trail, or lack of a trail, can change the degree of difficulty. An eight mile, 900’ elevation gain hike on a good trail would be easy to moderate, a similar hike up a brush-filled canyon could be strenuous. If you have not previously participated in a desert outing, it is recommended that you call the leader and ask about the suitability of the trip given your conditioning.
For questions concerning an outing, or to sign up, please contact the leader listed in the write-up. For questions about Desert Committee Outings in general, or to receive the outings list by e-mail, please contact Kate Allen at kj.allen96[at]gmail[dot]com or 661-944-4056.
The Sierra Club requires participants to sign a standard liability waiver at the beginning of each trip. If you would like to read the Liability Waiver before you choose to participate, please go to http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/ chapter/forms, or contact the Outings Department at 415-977-5528 for a printed version.
NON-SIERRA CLUB ACTIVITY*
Mojave National Preserve Restoration Event
February 10, Friday
Join the California/Nevada Desert Committee and the National Park Service for a restoration project in the Mojave National Preserve (MNP) on February 10, one day before the Desert Committee meeting on Saturday and Sunday. We will gather on Friday at 9 am, work through the afternoon, and adjourn in time to reach Shoshone for the dinner hour. Our primary task will be to remove “culturally planted species” (tamarisk, fan palm, sunflowers) along Zzyzx Road and at the Desert Studies Center. Bring water, sunscreen, a hat, gloves, and lunch. Tools will be provided. Contact Sid Silliman for project details, directions, camping options, and to RSVP (firstname.lastname@example.org). Don’t miss this annual, pre-Shoshone service opportunity. The work will be rigorous yet rewarding.
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK CARCAMP
February 24-27, Friday-Monday
This will be a car-camp tour of Death Valley with some primitive camping and some easy to moderate hikes. We will meet Friday at noon at primitive campsite near Shoshone. We will hike in Amargosa Canyon in afternoon. Sat. we will start on tour of Death Valley, stopping at Badwater, Natural Bridge and Golden Canyon and camping at Furnace Creek. Sunday we will tour on with stops along the way and camping at a campground in north part of park. On Monday morning, we will hike the Mesquite Sand Dunes before heading home. To sign up and get more details contact Carol Wiley at email@example.com or 760-245-8734. Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
MOJAVE PRESERVE CARCAMP
March 10-13, Friday-Monday
On Friday, we will meet at Sunrise Campground at noon and then hike Teutonia Peak (4 miles rd. trip). Saturday we will move on to Midhills campground and hike in the area. Sunday we will visit the Kelso Depot and continue to the Kelso dunes for primitive camping where we will enjoy a moonlight hike on the dunes. Sunday we will enjoy a hike before heading home. There are no services in the Preserve, so you will need to show up with a full tank of gas and food and water for the entire trip. Temperatures can vary greatly so bring clothing for both warm and cold weather. To sign up and get more information contact Carol Wiley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-245-8734. Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
DESERT BLM MONUMENT SERVICE
March 24-26, Friday-Sunday
Our series of trips to CA desert wilderness with Needles BLM staff continues. CA/NV Wilderness Committee joins with Mojave Group for special celebration and service venture in newly designated Mojave Trails National Monument– Afton Canyon area. Central commissary, fee. Exact car-camp site still a mystery–contact Vicky at vicky.hoover @sierraclub.org or 415-977-5527 for project news and to sign up. Mojave Group/CNRCC Wilderness Committee
SACATAR WILDERNESS TRAIL IMPROVEMENT
March 24-27, Friday-Monday
Sacatar Trail is an old wagon road that at one time provided the only route into the Owens Valley from the west before the road over Walker Pass was built. Now it is a 10 mile trail that provides relatively easy access into this rugged and pristine Wilderness area on the eastern slope of the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains, about 20 miles northwest of Ridgecrest. Our project will include trailhead improvement and recording places along the trail that need work. We will camp at Fossil Falls Campground (pit toilets. picnic tables and available water). For questions or to sign up contact leader: Kate Allen, email@example.com or 661-944-4056. CNRCC Desert Committee
MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE SPRING WEEKEND
March 29-April 2, Wednesday-Sunday
We will visit the California desert when temperatures are cooler and wild flowers may be blooming. We will visit some of the well-known features of the park like the Hole-in-the-Wall, Kelso Dunes, Joshua tree forests, and Lava Tube. We are staying in a group campground ($20 per person) which includes vault toilets, trash receptacles, potable water, fire ring, grill, picnic shelter with tables. We have the campsite from 2pm Wednesday until noon on Sunday. Wednesday is a free day. Arrive anytime and explore the park on your own. Maximum hiking distance is 8 miles with 1500′ elevation gain. Deposit required to confirm participation. Limited to 20 people. Net proceeds will support the Sierra Club Desert Report. Email or call leader for reservation information. Leader: Rich Juricich, firstname.lastname@example.org, 916-492-2181. Sacramento Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
BRIGHT STAR WILDERNESS – RESTORATION PROJECT
May 5-7, Friday-Monday
Don’t have many details on this service trip to another wilderness in the Ridgecrest BLM area yet. The project is listed as “completing the wing fences in an effort to control OHV trespass.” However, that area was burned in the Erskine Fire last June so the work may be related to that. Kate Allen, email@example.com or 661-944-4056. CNRCC Desert Committee
June 16-22, Friday-Thursday
The first part of this 37 mile backpack covers 11 miles in Harris Wash, then 12 miles along the Escalante River, and finally 14 miles out 25 Mile Wash. The entry and exit washes have narrows, large alcoves, and side canyons that become slot canyons. Along the river we will take day hikes to explore Choprock Canyon and Neon Canyon. Be prepared to get your feet wet – hiking may be easier in the river if the banks are choked with tamarisk. Trip requires a car shuttle, high clearance vehicles best. Limit 10. David Hardy 702-875-4826 firstname.lastname@example.org email preferred.
CENTRAL NEVADA BACKPACK: TWIN RIVERS LOOP, ARC DOME
July 2-6, Sunday-Thursday
This area has been described as one of “deep, rugged canyons, high bald peaks, elk and wet feet.” The trip begins on the North Twin River, near Carver, about an hour’s drive northeast of Tonopah, at an elevation around 6300 ft. After arriving at the trailhead we will hike in 2 or 3 miles to our first camp. The next day we will hike around another 5 miles and camp. On day 3 we do a day hike (bring a day-pack) to the top of 11,773 ft Arc Dome, 12 miles rt with 4100 ft. elevation gain. Day 4 sees the start down South Twin, with a camp after several miles. The last day is the hike out. 16 miles, 3000 ft. elevation gain with backpacks. The group has the option to do the trip in the opposite direction. Elevation gain to the top of Arc Dome is 300 ft less. Possibility of car pool or caravan from Las Vegas, details on trip sheet. Limit 12. David Hardy 702-875-4826 email@example.com email preferred.
*Activities marked “Non-Sierra Club” are not sponsored by the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club has no information about the planning of these activities and makes no representations or warranties about the quality, safety, supervision or management of such activities. They are published only as a reader service because they may be of interest to the readers of this publication.
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NON-SIERRA CLUB ACTIVITIES The following activities are not sponsored nor administered by Sierra Club. The Sierra Club has no information about the planning of these activities and makes no representations or warranties about the quality, safety, supervision, or management of such activities. They are published only as a reader service as they may be of interest to the readers of this publication.
Friends of Nevada Wilderness Friends of Nevada Wilderness is dedicated to preserving all qualified Nevada public lands as wilderness, protecting all present and potential wilderness from ongoing threats, informing the public about the values of and need for wilderness, and restoring and improving the management of wild lands. Go to www.nevadawilderness.org to see their list of service trips.
Calwild Calwild works to protect the natural landscapes that make California unique, providing clean air and water, a home to wildlife, and a place for recreation and spiritual renewal. CWC is dedicated to protecting and restoring California’s wild places and native biodiversity on a state-wide level. Learn more at www.calwild.org
Desert Survivors Desert Survivors is an affiliation of desert lovers committed to experiencing, sharing, and protecting desert wilderness. They conduct trips to give others the opportunity to experience the desert as they do, as part of their efforts to protect the wild places they love to explore. Must be a member to participate in trips. For a list of trips, go to: http://www.desert-survivors.org.