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.


March 24-26, Friday-Sunday
Our series of trips to CA desert wilderness with Needles BLM staff continues. CA/NV Wilderness Committee joins with Mojave Group for special celebration and service venture in newly designated Mojave Trails National Monument– Afton Canyon area. Central commissary, fee. Exact car-camp site still a mystery–contact Vicky at vicky.hoover @sierraclub.org or 415-977-5527 for project news and to sign up. Mojave Group/CNRCC Wilderness Committee

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

May 5-7, Friday-Monday
Don’t have many details on this service trip to another wilderness in the Ridgecrest BLM area yet. The project is listed as “completing the wing fences in an effort to control OHV trespass.” However, that area was burned in the Erskine Fire last June so the work may be related to that. Kate Allen, kj.allen96@gmail.com or 661-944-4056. CNRCC Desert Committee

May 26-29, Friday-Monday
Join the CNRCC Wilderness Committee’s Memorial Day service trip in eastern Nevada’s Mt. Grafton Wilderness–another in our ongoing series with the wilderness staff from BLM’s Ely office. Useful work in a scenic area–a great way to celebrate Memorial Day out in the wilds. Optional central commissary. Contact Vicky Hoover, 415-977-5527, vicky.hoover@sierraclub.org. Project specifics available later.

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 hardyhikers@embarqmail.com email preferred.

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 hardyhikers@embarqmail.com email preferred.

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.

April 7-9 Owens Peak Wilderness: Sand & Short Canyons
The Owens Peak Wilderness is a popular area just west of Ridgecrest, CA. Sand Canyon is annually used by an environmental education program that brings elementary and middle school students out to the desert to teach them about its history and ecology. Short Canyon is known for its abundant wildflower blooms after a good rainfall year such as the one we have had this year. To help beautify and preserve these beloved places, we will be removing graffiti, cleaning out campsites, and restoring illegal vehicle routes. This will be two days of work with a hike on the third day. For more information, please contact Katy Meyer at kmeyer@blm.gov or (760) 384-5474.

April 21-23, 24-25 optional Piper & Sylvania Wildernesses
Piper and Sylvania Mountain Wildernesses are located east of Bishop, CA. The two are neighbors and border the northern boundary of Death Valley National Park. We will aim to visit both Piper and Sylvania to work on old and new restoration sites. There will be two full days of work and a hike on the third day. This trip could also be extended by two days depending on volunteer availability and interest, as well as abundant restoration sites. For more information, please contact Katy Meyer at kmeyer@blm.gov or (760) 384-5474.

May 27-29 Surprise Canyon Wilderness: Happy Canyon
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 kmeyer@blm.gov, (760) 384-5474 or Marty Dickes at mdickes@blm.gov, (760) 384-5444.

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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.