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.
EARTH DAY HIKE
April 22, Wednesday
Celebrate Earth Day with a 3-4 mile roundtrip hike through the Baldy Mesa area south of Phelan. This is a beautiful natural area full of birds, plant life, and other desert flora and fauna. Winter rains promise a great flower display. Socially paced, 2-3 hours, mostly level ground. Meet 8:30 a.m. at the southwest corner of Phelan Rd. & Wilson Ranch Rd. in Phelan (92371). Bring/wear layered clothing, a hat, hiking boots, snacks, water, a pad to sit on the ground, and camera! Friendly dogs welcome. Leader: Lygeia Gerard, 760-868-2179, Goody2shz@yahoo.com. Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
DEATH VALLEY WILDERNESS RESTORATION
April 23-25, Thursday-Saturday
Help clean up a couple of non-historic military plane wrecks near Hunter Mountain. 4 WD required, possibility of car-pooling. Meet Thursday afternoon at the junction of Hwy 190 and the South Saline Valley Road. Work Thur. afternoon and all day Friday. Getting to the work sites requires a very short hike on Thur, and a 2-mile moderately strenuous hike on Friday. On Sat, we most likely will be free to do a hike in the area. Camping is primitive, bring food, water and a trowel or shovel for personal use. Leader: Kate Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 661-944-4056. CNRCC Desert Committee
SERVICE IN THE CARRIZO PLAINS NATIONAL MONUMENT
April 25-26, Saturday-Sunday
We pray for winter rains, and if they arrive we can look forward to a display of spring wildflowers in the Carrizo Plain. This trip is scheduled toward the end of the usual wildflower season. Our service on Saturday will either remove or modify several sections of fence to facilitate the mobility of pronghorn antelope. Sunday will be, at the choice of the group, either a hike in the Caliente Range or else a tour of popular viewing areas in the plains. This is an opportunity to combine carcamping, day-hiking, exploring, and service in a relatively unknown wilderness. The trip leader will provide details: Craig Deutsche, email@example.com, (310-477-6670) CNRCC Desert Committee
MANZANAR/LONE PINE LAKE TRIP
May 1-3, Friday-Sunday
Join us at our beautiful creekside camp in the High Desert near Lone Pine. Saturday, a moderate 6 miles roundtrip hike with 1600’ gain, from Whitney Portal to beautiful Lone Pine Lake, followed by Happy Hour, a potluck feast and campfire. Sunday, we’ll caravan to Manzanar, the WWII Japanese internment camp north of Lone Pine, to visit the museum with its moving tribute to the internees held there during the war. Group size strictly limited. Send $8 per person (Lygeia Gerard), letter-sized SASE, phone number, email, and rideshare preferences to Leader: Lygeia Gerard, P.O. Box 721039, Pinon Hills, CA 92372, 760-868-2179, Goody2shz@yahoo.com. Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
BLACK ROCK RENDEZVOUS
May 22-25, Friday-Monday
This annual event is a “Great First Trip to the Black Rock” as it typically includes speakers, guided tours, visits to hot springs, rocket launches, rock hounding, a Dutch Oven cook-off, drawings, and similar events. Co-Sponsored by Friends of the Black Rock, BLM and Friends of Nevada Wilderness. Family event, bring your RV’s and trailers. Primitive camping but w/ portable toilets! Bring your HAM radio as there will be lots of 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
COYOTE GULCH BACKPACK
June 19-24, Friday-Wednesday
Backpack 30 miles through some of the best of Utah’s red rock, with shear high-walled canyons and cathedral-like campsites. Trip starts with obtaining permits at the Escalante visitor center. 4-5 miles of travel each day. Most of the hiking is moderate, but requires wading back and forth across the creek. One steep trail to bypass waterfalls. There are side trips so bring a small day pack. This is the warm season, but usually quite pleasant. Trip details and agenda available on sign-up. Limit 12. Leader: David Hardy, email preferred, firstname.lastname@example.org, 702-875-4826. S. Nevada Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
FOURTH OF JUPLAYA, BLACK ROCK DESERT
July 3-5, Friday-Sunday
This will be a really busy weekend on the Playa as many Burning Man attendees use this as a shakedown for Burning Man. No specific plans but we’ll probably meet in Reno Thursday evening and head up to the Black Rock and camp on the edge of the Playa. We’ll probably visit area hot springs and the Emigrant Trail. Primitive camping, bring all supplies and a shovel for personal needs. Possible Ham Radio License Class. 7/3 is a legal holiday, can’t waste a long weekend. Leader is very familiar with the area! Sign-up after 6/15. David Book 775/843-6443. Great Basin 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.