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.

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.

February 12, Friday
Join the California/Nevada Desert Committee and the National Park Service in a restoration project in the Mojave National Preserve on February 12, one day before the Desert Committee meeting in Shoshone. Meet Friday at 9 am, work until we adjourn in time to reach Shoshone for dinner. 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, and lunch. Tools provided. RSVP to Sid Silliman, gssilliman@verizon.net if you plan to attend. Don’t miss this annual event, it’s good work and fun.

March 2-6 Wednesday-Sunday
Visit this amazing California desert state park east of San Diego when temperatures are cooler and wild flowers may be blooming. Our space in a developed group campground is reserved from 2pm Wed. to noon on Sunday. Arrive anytime on Wednesday and explore the park on your own. An optional half-day off-road adventure with a commercial outfitter ($135) on Thur. or Fri. Day hikes may require walking over rocky trails and some areas of rock scrambling off trail. Deposit required by February 1st to confirm participation. Limited to 18 people. For more information contact leader: Rich Juricich, rich.sierraclub@pacbell.net, 916-492-2181. Sacramento Group/CNRCC Desert Committee

March 5-6, Saturday-Sunday (March 4 optional)
Afton Canyon Natural Area is 37 miles N/E of Barstow off the I-15. This is an area where the Mojave River runs above ground and the Mojave Road goes through the canyon. Afton Canyon is known for the outstanding scenery and riparian habitat. We will camp at the campground and hike into the canyon on both days to see the interesting sites. Hikes are rated moderate. For those who wish to get there early, camping will be available on Friday night also. Leader: Carol Wiley desertlily1@verizon.net or 760-245-8734. Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee

March 10-12, Thursday-Saturday
Come help restore wilderness values in this remote and beautiful desert park. It may be a spectacular wildflower year, and we will have time to stop and admire the flowers. Project has not yet been determined, but may be working on the Cottonwood Canyon trail. Possibility that it will change before March. Leader: Kate Allen, kj.allen96@gmail.com, 661-944-4056. CNRCC Desert Committee

March 18-21, Friday-Monday
Meet at Sunrise Campground on Friday at noon and then visit the historic “rock house” and hike the loop. Camping at Sunrise is primitive. Saturday will be a longer hike from Mid Hills down the canyon towards Hole-in the Wall and hopefully we’ll see wildflowers. Camp at Mid Hills Campground. Sunday we can hike to Teutonia Peak and view Cima Dome and camp again at Sunrise Rock for those who would like to stay over another night. Monday we can tour through the Preserve to Amboy Crater, where we can finish the tour with a hike up the crater. All hikes will be moderate to easy. Leader: Carol Wiley desertlily1@verizon.net or (760) 245-8734. Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee

March 25-27, Friday-Sunday
Join Mojave Group and the CA/NV Wilderness Committee for our annual desert wilderness service project with wilderness staff Needles office of BLM. This year’s destination is still top-secret at press time, but Turtle Mountains, Dead Mountains or Clipper Mts are all potential choices for some fun and useful restoration work, wilderness enhancement, and spring desert enjoyment. Central commissary, contact Vicky Hoover 415-977-5527 or vicky.hoover@sierraclub.org. CNRCC Wilderness 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.