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.


December 7-9 (Friday-Sunday)
Legalization of Marijuana has not stopped illegal growers from using spring-fed canyons in Death Valley National Park for grow sites. We will be cleaning up the trash and tubing at a recently discovered site. (Sorry, all the plants are all ready taken out.) On Friday we will drive into the canyon as far as we are able and camp. Saturday morning we will hike in approximately 2¼ miles to gather up and haul out trash and tubing. If we can’t get it all out in one trip, we will go back Sunday and get the rest. Leader: Kate Allen, kj.allen96@gmail.com, 661-944-4056 (leave message). CNRCC Desert Committee.

February 25-28, 2019 (Monday-Thursday)
On Monday we will meet at noon at the Panamint Springs Campground ($10. per car) on Hwy. 190 just off Panamint Valley Road. In the afternoon we will hike to Darwin Falls. Tues. we will move to Mesquite Springs Campground and hike the rim of Ubehebe Crater. Weds. we will hike Titus Canyon and return to camp. Thurs. we will pack up and go to the Mesquite Dunes for a morning hike on the dunes before heading home. All hikes will be at a leisurely pace. For reservations contact Carol Wiley at earthlingwiley2000@yahoo.com or call 760-245-8734. Mojave Group/ CNRCC Desert Committee

March 12-14, 2019 (Tuesday-Thursday)
Afton Canyon is in the new Mojave Trails National Monument and we will camp both nights in the campground near the Mojave River. We will meet on Tues. at noon and hike up one of the side canyons in the afternoon. Wednesday we will hike the Afton Canyon to some interesting sites and Thurs. morning hike to an area of hoodoos. Hike will be at a leisurely pace. For reservations contact Carol Wiley at earthlingwiley2000@yahoo.com or 760-245-8734. Mojave 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.