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.

May 26-28, Saturday-Sunday
A great first trip to the Black Rock Desert about 100 miles N. of Reno. Expect several hundred people at this event co-sponsored by Friends of Black Rock, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, BLM, and Nevada Outdoor School. Also expect guided tours, hot springs, speakers, a Dutch Oven cook-off, and drawings. Come for the weekend or come for the day but if you come for the day you’ll miss some of the fun! Some food but come prepared w/ food, water etc. LNT but we’ll have portapotties. Level playa is fine for passenger cars and RV’s but there will probably be dust! For more info visit Blackrockrendezvous.org. Leader is very familiar with the area. Signup with David Book, 775/843-6443. Great Basin Group

June 17-23, Sunday-Saturday
There are two possible trips. Which one will be determined by water conditions and weather. Both trips are mostly moderate, but will be strenuous at times. Limit 12.
Trip 1 would be 14 miles down 25-mile wash to the Escalante River. There would be several side trips to ruins and slots. First day hiking would start early to get to water and trees 4 miles up the wash. Will hike to Ringtail Slots and Neon Canyon.
Trip 2 is on the Upper Escalante. Hike 3½ miles from town in afternoon to camp. Next day 3½ miles to Mamie Ck, option of backpacking a couple of miles up creek to Death Hollow. The following day is a long hike up to where the Mail Trail meets the canyon. The day after that is along the river to just below where Sand Ck. meets the river. Short day hike to arch and ruins. Last day to cars at bridge on Hwy 12. This possibility would require protecting anything you don’t want wet. Leader: David Hardy hardyhikers@embarqmail.com, 702 875-4826, email preferred.  S. Nevada Group/CNRCC Desert Committee

July 6-8, Friday-Sunday
Another fun trip to the Black Rock Desert about 100 miles north of Reno. This will be a smaller group but expect several dozen people camped on the edge of the Playa. This is a busy weekend on the Playa as many Burning Man attendees use this weekend as a “shakedown cruise” for Burning Man. This may be a “second 4th of July” with big fireworks and bright lights. There’s usually a potluck or Dutch oven cookoff on Saturday. We’ll also visit hot springs and the Emigrant Trail! Bring food and water but we’ll have portapotties! LNT. Leader is very familiar with the area. Sign up after 6/24 with David, 775/843-6443 Great Basin Group

July 21, Saturday
Amateur Radio is the top of the line for backcountry communication. You have to read the book in advance but the book and test are at a middle school level and not too difficult for an adult. No Morse code required! After that, inexpensive handheld radios ($50 – 200 +/-) enable local and long-range communication through a network of free relay stations. This class is part of a Nevada Amateur Radio Convention, NVCON. For more information. Call David KD7YIM at 775/843-6443 Great Basin Group

August 8-12, Wednesday-Sunday
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 11773 ft. Arc Dome, 12 miles r/t 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. Limit 12. David Hardy 702-875-4826 hardyhikers@embarqmail.com email preferred.  S. Nevada Group/CNRCC Desert Committee

August 11 & 12, Saturday-Sunday
Perseid Meteor Shower Campout. Another fun trip to the Black Rock Desert about 100 miles north of Reno. This should be a good weekend for the Meteor shower since it’s the dark of the moon and the Black Rock is a really remote area. We’ll be camped mid-playa and will probably visit nearby hot springs plus have a potluck Saturday but expect a pretty large group. Bring food and water but we’ll have portapotties. No campfires! LNT. Leader is very familiar with the area. Sign up after 8/1 with David, 775/843-6443 Great Basin Group


NON-SIERRA CLUB TRIPS:The following organizations sponsor various kinds of outings.  These outings 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.

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.