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.

May 27-30, Friday-Monday
Join California/Nevada Wilderness Committee’s annual service trip with wilderness staff of BLM’s Ely District office; this year on Memorial Day weekend in the Weepah Spring Wilderness, at the northern edge of Nevada’s brand new Basin & Range National Monument as we work once again with wilderness ranger John Miller. We also plan a hike to Mt Irish–on the south side of the new Monument — could a monument tour be included? Optional central commissary offered. Contact Vicky Hoover, 415-977-5527 or vicky.hoover@sierraclub.org.

May 27-30, Friday-Monday
This annual event makes a great first trip to the Black Rock; it typically includes speakers, guided tours, visits to hot springs, rocket launches, rock hounding, a Dutch Oven cook-off, drawings, and more. Co-Sponsored by Friends of the Black Rock, BLM and Friends of Nevada Wilderness. Bring your RV’s and trailers. Primitive camping but w/ portable toilets. May be Kid’s Camp activities hosted by Nevada Outdoor School. Bring your HAM radio and join the Ham activity. Dogs on leash; be prepared to pick up after them. For more info go to: www.blackrockrendzvous.com. Questions/sign ups: David Book 775-843-6443 Great Basin Group/CNRCC Desert Committee

June 19-25, Sunday-Saturday
Enjoy the stunning landscape of southern Utah on this backpack along 27 miles of the Escalante River and 10 miles of deep and narrow Harris Wash Creek. Side trips along the way will explore the narrow canyons and creeks. Arrive in the town of Escalante at the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center around noon MDT to get our free permit and latest route information. Then set up a car shuttle between the beginning at the Hwy 12 bridge and the end at Harris Wash Trailhead. Bring a daypack for the side trips and footwear appropriate for being in and out of the river all day. There is an option of ending the trip June 24 or 25. David Hardy, 702 875-4826, email preferred hardyhikers@embarqmail.com. S. Nevada Group/CNRCC Desert Committee

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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.