Outings

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 NATIONAL PARK CARCAMP
February 24-27, Friday-Monday
This will be a car-camp tour of Death Valley with some primitive camping and some easy to moderate hikes. We will meet Friday at noon at primitive campsite near Shoshone. We will hike in Amargosa Canyon in afternoon. Sat. we will start on tour of Death Valley, stopping at Badwater, Natural Bridge and Golden Canyon and camping at Furnace Creek. Sunday we will tour on with stops along the way and camping at a campground in north part of park. On Monday morning, we will hike the Mesquite Sand Dunes before heading home. To sign up and get more details contact Carol Wiley at earthlingwiley2000@yahoo.com or 760-245-8734. Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee

MOJAVE PRESERVE CARCAMP
March 10-13, Friday-Monday
On Friday, we will meet at Sunrise Campground at noon and then hike Teutonia Peak (4 miles rd. trip). Saturday we will move on to Midhills campground and hike in the area. Sunday we will visit the Kelso Depot and continue to the Kelso dunes for primitive camping where we will enjoy a moonlight hike on the dunes. Sunday we will enjoy a hike before heading home. There are no services in the Preserve, so you will need to show up with a full tank of gas and food and water for the entire trip. Temperatures can vary greatly so bring clothing for both warm and cold weather. To sign up and get more information contact Carol Wiley at earthlingwiley2000@yahoo.com or 760-245-8734. Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee

MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE SPRING WEEKEND
March 29-April 2, Wednesday-Sunday
We will visit the California desert when temperatures are cooler and wild flowers may be blooming. We will visit some of the well-known features of the park like the Hole-in-the-Wall, Kelso Dunes, Joshua tree forests, and Lava Tube. We are staying in a group campground ($20 per person) which includes vault toilets, trash receptacles, potable water, fire ring, grill, picnic shelter with tables. We have the campsite from 2pm Wednesday until noon on Sunday. Wednesday is a free day. Arrive anytime and explore the park on your own. Maximum hiking distance is 8 miles with 1500′ elevation gain. Deposit required to confirm participation. Limited to 20 people. Net proceeds will support the Sierra Club Desert Report. Email or call leader for reservation information. Leader: Rich Juricich, rich.sierraclub@pacbell.net, 916-492-2181. Sacramento Group/CNRCC Desert Committee

 

Activities marked “Non-Sierra Club” 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.

NON-SIERRA CLUB ACTIVITY
Mojave National Preserve Restoration Event
February 10, Friday
Join the California/Nevada Desert Committee and the National Park Service for a restoration project in the Mojave National Preserve (MNP) on February 10, one day before the Desert Committee meeting on Saturday and Sunday. We will gather on Friday at 9 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) along Zzyzx Road and at the Desert Studies Center. Bring water, sunscreen, a hat, gloves, and lunch. Tools will be provided. Contact Sid Silliman for project details, directions, camping options, and to RSVP (gssilliman@cpp.edu). Don’t miss this annual, pre-Shoshone service opportunity. The work will be rigorous yet rewarding.

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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.