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 email@example.com or call 760-245-8734. Mojave Group/CNRCC
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, firstname.lastname@example.org,
916-492-2181. Sacramento Group/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
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.
MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE RESTORATION EVENT- FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018
Join the California/Nevada Desert Committee and the National Park Service for a restoration project in the Mojave National Preserve (MNP) on February 9, one day before the Desert Committee meeting on Saturday and Sunday. We will gather on Friday at 8:45 am, work through the afternoon, and adjourn in time to reach Shoshone for the dinner hour. Our primary task will be to remove “culturally planted species” (tamarisk, fan palm, sunflowers) at the Desert Studies Center, Zzyzx.
Bring water, sun screen, a hat, gloves, and lunch. Tools will be provided. Contact Sid Silliman for project details, directions, camping options, and to RSVP (firstname.lastname@example.org). Don’t miss this annual, pre-Shoshone service opportunity. The work will be rigorous yet rewarding.
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.