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.
DEATH VALLEY TOUR
Feb. 26-March 1, Monday-Thursday
The trip will begin in Shoshone near Death Valley at noon for a tour of the historic community and then primitive camping in the area. The next day we will go to China Ranch and hike in Amargosa Canyon. The third day we will drive through the heart of DeathValley visiting scenic sites and hiking some of the beautiful canyons. We will camp that night in the Furnace Creek area. The last morning we will hike the dunes and then head home. Details will be available later. To sign-up contact Carol Wiley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 760-245-8734. Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK – LATE WINTER WEEKEND
February 28-March 4, Wednesday-Sunday
We will visit Joshua Tree National Park when temperatures are cooler and wild flowers may be blooming. During our stay, we may explore palm oases, boulder areas, and desert canyons or climb peaks within the Park. We have the campsites from 12pm Wednesday until 12pm on Sunday. Hikes may require walking over rocky trails and some areas of rock scrambling off trail. Maximum hiking distance is 10 miles with up to 2000 feet of elevation gain. Some vehicle travel on dirt roads may be required. Cost is $30 per person and includes 4 nights of camping. $20 deposit required to confirm participation. There is an additional Park entrance fee of $25 per vehicle. We may also take a guided tour of the historic Keys Ranch ($10 per person extra). Group size limited to 18 people. Email or call leader for reservation information. Leader: Rich Juricich, email@example.com, 916-492-2181. Sacramento Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TRIP
March 9-11, Friday-Sunday
Join as we help geologist Dr. Torrey Nyborg with his research in Titus Canyon. We will meet Friday afternoon at a place and time to be determined and work Saturday and possibly Sunday morning. Potluck Friday night. Camping may be primitive. Will send those who sign up the details as they are settled. Leader: Kate Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 661-944-4056. CNRCC Desert Committee
TOUR OF MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE
March 20-23, Tuesday-Friday
The outing will begin on Tuesday at noon at Sunrise Rock campground on Cima Road. That afternoon we will hike Teutonia Peak for scenic views of the area. (3 miles rd. trip.) The next day we will drive to the Rock House and hike the loop trail (1 mile) and then go the Midhills to camp. Thursday we will hike in the area. Friday we will go to Mitchell’s Cavern for a tour of the famous caverns at 11:00 am. Details will be available later. To sign up contact Carol Wiley at email@example.com or call 760-245-8734. Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
BONANZA SPRINGS TRAIL IMPOVEMENT
Friday-Monday, March 30-April 2
Friday: Volunteers will travel to the camp and work site, complete volunteer forms and go on a tour of the area with BLM.
Saturday: We will begin working shortly after breakfast. For years Bonanza Spring has had a hiking trail within the active stream area and it is our goal to remove the trail from the wash. With much flooding over the past couple of years Nature is assisting with this process; however, many of the route markers within the wash now need to be removed–which will take a few strong arms and the use of a wheelbarrow to get them out. While some volunteers are cleaning the wash, the rest of the group will block off the end of the road, develop a trailhead ,and turn a two-track into a one-track hiking trail. Eventually this trail will travel approximately one mile to the east to an area known as Tom Reed.
Sunday: On the second day of our project we’ll walk this distance trying to determine the best hiking route. For the hard-core hikers Mona will drive them over to Tom Reed and they will hike to Castle Rock and take notes and photos along the way. This leg can be between 5-10 miles depending on how they travel.
Monday: Will be used for free time and travel home. Leader: Vicky Hoover, firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-977-5527. CNRCC Wilderness Committee/CNRCC Desert Committee
June 17-23, Sunday-Saturday
There are two possible trips. Which one will be determined by water conditions and weather. Both trips are mostly moderate, but will be strenuous at times. Limit 12.
Trip 1 would be 14 miles down 25-mile wash to the Escalante River. There would be several side trips to ruins and slots. First day hiking would start early to get to water and trees 4 miles up the wash. Will hike to Ringtail Slots and Neon Canyon.
Trip 2 is on the Upper Escalante. Hike 3½ miles from town in afternoon to camp. Next day 3½ miles to Mamie Ck, option of backpacking a couple of miles up creek to Death Hollow. The following day is a long hike up to where the Mail Trail meets the canyon. The day after that is along the river to just below where Sand Ck. meets the river. Short day hike to arch and ruins. Last day to cars at bridge on Hwy 12. This possibility would require protecting anything you don’t want wet. Leader: David Hardy email@example.com, 702 875-4826, email preferred. S. Nevada Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
CENTRAL NEVADA BACKPACK: TWIN RIVERS LOOP, ARC DOME,
August 8-12, Wednesday-Sunday
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 11773 ft. Arc Dome, 12 miles r/t 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. Limit 12. David Hardy 702-875-4826 firstname.lastname@example.org email preferred. S. Nevada Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
NON-SIERRA CLUB TRIPS:The following organizations sponsor various kinds of outings. These outings 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.
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.