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.
SERVICE AND HIKING IN THE CARRIZO PLAINS
September 26-27, Saturday-Sunday
This is an opportunity to visit and to assist an outstanding and relatively unknown national monument. Saturday is National Public Lands Day, and we will join other volunteers on several maintenance projects. We will be car-camping, with a pot-luck and campfire on Saturday night. Sunday we will tour a number of the historic, prehistoric, and geologic sites in the Monument with details to be determined by consensus of the group. Leader Craig Deutsche, firstname.lastname@example.org, 310-477-6670. CNRCC Desert Committee
DEATH VALLEY WILDERNESS RESTORATION
October 8-10, Thursday-Saturday
Join us in restoring wilderness values in this remote and beautiful desert National Park by helping to clean up marijuana grow site in the Hunter Mnt area. 4WD required, possibility of carpooling. Meet Thursday afternoon at the junction of Hwy 190 and the South Saline Valley Road. Work Thur. afternoon and all day Friday. On Sat, either more clean up, or we may be free to enjoy the park. Camping is primitive, bring all the food and water that you need for the weekend, plus a trowel or shovel for personal needs. Leader: Kate Allen, email@example.com, 661-944-4056. CNRCC Desert Committee
SERVICE IN THE CARRIZO PLAINS
October 24-25, Saturday-Sunday
This is an opportunity to visit and to assist an outstanding and relatively unknown national monument. Saturday we will be assisting others cleaning up debris and trash at the Goodwin Ranch, a historic ranch complex maintained by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). We will be car-camping, and Saturday night is a BBQ given for the volunteers by TNC. On Sunday, we will tour one or several of the historic, prehistoric, or geologic sites in the Monument with details to be determined by consensus of the group. Limit 10 people. Contact leader Craig Deutsche, firstname.lastname@example.org, (310-477-6670) CNRCC Desert Committee
GHOST TOWN EXTRAVAGANZA
October 31-November 1, Saturday-Sunday
Celebrate Halloween by visiting the ghosts of California’s colorful past in the eerie desert landscape near Death Valley. Camp near the historic ghost town of Ballarat. Saturday, a challenging hike to ghost town Lookout City with historian Hal Fowler who will regale us with tales of this wild west town. We’ll return to camp for Happy Hour and a potluck feast, followed by a midnight visit to Ballarat’s graveyard. On Sunday, we’ll make a quick visit to the infamous Riley townsite. Send $8 per person (check payable to Lygeia Gerard), home and work phones, email address and rideshare preferences to Leader: Lygeia Gerard, P.O. Box 721039, Pinon Hills, CA 92372, 760-868-2179. Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
DEATH VALLEY WILDERNESS SERVICE TRIP
November 19-21, Thursday-Saturday
Come help restore wilderness values in this stunning desert national park. The work project has not been determined yet. It might be another marijuana grow site or help with the clean-up of a cabin in the Panamints. (Or something else entirely.) We will meet Thursday afternoon, place TBD and work Thursday afternoon and Friday. Pot luck either Thursday or Friday night. Leader: Kate Allen, email@example.com, 661-944-4056. CNRCC Desert Committee
BASIN AND RANGE THANKSGIVING
November 26 – 29, Thursday-Sunday
Tour our newest national monument in southern Nevada. Comprising 700,000 acres, Basin and Range National Monument highlights the basin and range topography with Great Basin dry dusty valleys and rocky, wooded ridges. Archaeological sites and the modern City landscape-scale construction by artist Mike Heizer are preserved here for posterity. We’ll tour the area mostly by vehicle, with some hiking. Expect primitive camping sites with no amenities. Contact David von Seggern, Chair, Toiyabe Chapter, firstname.lastname@example.org, 775-303-8461. Toiyabe Chapter
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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.