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.
NEVADA WILDERNESS SERVICE – GOLD BUTTE (location change)
May 26-29, Friday-Monday
Join CA/NV Wilderness Committee over Memorial Day on our annual service project in Nevada—instead of working with BLM’s Ely office this time, as first anticipated, we join Friends of Gold Butte in our brand new national monument. Save the date and look for details soon. Optional central commissary. Contact Vicky Hoover, 415-977-5527 or firstname.lastname@example.org. CNRCC Wilderness Committee
BLACK ROCK RENDEZVOUS
May 27-29, Saturday-Monday
A great “First trip to the Black Rock.” Expect several hundred people from various N. Nevada outdoor and conservation groups at this annual event in the Black Rock Desert about 100 miles north of Reno. We normally camp about 15 miles north of Gerlach and have guided tours, a Dutch Oven Cook-off, speakers, drawings, amateur rocketry etc etc. For schedule go to blackrockrendezvous.com. Kid’s Camp by Nevada Outdoor School so the adults can go off on their own. Few facilities but we’ll have portable toilets. Hot spring access will depend on playa conditions, it’s flooded as of the end of April. LNT, bring own water, dogs on leash and be prepared to pick up after them. Ham Radio License? Bring your radio for use on the 2 area repeaters. David Book KD7YIM, 775/843-6443. Great Basin Group
BRIGHT STAR WILDERNESS SERVICE TRIP (date change)
June 2-4, Friday-Sunday
Bright Star is located in the eastern Sierra, south of Hwy 178. For this trip we will be rebuilding a fence that was burned in the Erskine Fire in 2016. The fence was built to stop off-road vehicle trespass into the wilderness area. This project will be the beginning of a fence line that will extend across the corridor route to help protect this vulnerable burned area. Camping will be primitive; you will need to bring all the food & water you need for the weekend. Kate Allen, email@example.com, 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. S. Nevada Group
FOURTH OF JUPLAYA
July 1-3, Saturday-Monday
Expect several dozen people at this event on the edge of the Black Rock Desert about 100 miles north of Reno. This will be a busy weekend on the playa as many Burning Man attendees use this as a “shakedown” trip. We normally camp on the edge of the playa and visit hot springs, see the Lassen-Applegate branch of the Emigrant Trail, talk with new visitors, and similar activities. And there are usually large fireworks! The Playa is flooded as of the end of April, future conditions will dictate July activities but it will probably be dry by then. There’s normally a potluck one night. There will also be a lot of Ham Radio activity so if you have a license, bring a radio! Call for repeater frequencies. David Book KD7YIM, 775/843-6443 Great Basin Group
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. S. Nevada Group
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.
May 27-29 Surprise Canyon Wilderness: Happy Canyon (RIDGECREST BLM VOLUNTEER PROJECT)
Happy Canyon in the Panamint Mountains is the neighbor to the popular Surprise Canyon. Happy Canyon boasts a beautiful riparian area that has unfortunately been invaded by the tamarisk. For this project, we will be removing invasive tamarisk in Happy Canyon. This will be a continuation of previous work that has occurred in the canyon. For more information, please contact either Katy Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org, (760) 384-5474 or Marty Dickes at email@example.com, (760) 384-5444.
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.