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 WILDERNESS RESTORATION
June 4-6, Thursday-Saturday
Help clean up a non-historic military plane wreck and a marijuana grow site near Hunter Mountain. 4 WD required, possibility of car-pooling. Meet Thursday afternoon at the junction of Hwy 190 and the South Saline Valley Road. Work Thur. afternoon and Fri. morning. Friday afternoon we will be s sightseeing trip to Spanish Spring and the great scenic views along the J.O. Mine road. If clean-up of the grow site is not completed Friday, we will finish it up on Saturday morning. Getting to the work sites requires a very short hike on Thur, and a 2-mile moderately strenuous hike on Friday. We will be primitive camping at 7,000 ft., bring food, water and a trowel or shovel for personal use. Leader: Kate Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 661-944-4056. CNRCC Desert Committee
COYOTE GULCH BACKPACK
June 19-24, Friday-Wednesday
Backpack 30 miles through some of the best of Utah’s red rock, with shear high-walled canyons and cathedral-like campsites. Trip starts with obtaining permits at the Escalante visitor center. 4-5 miles of travel each day. Most of the hiking is moderate, but requires wading back and forth across the creek. One steep trail to bypass waterfalls. There are side trips so bring a small day pack. This is the warm season, but usually quite pleasant. Trip details and agenda available on sign-up. Limit 12. Leader: David Hardy, email preferred, email@example.com, 702-875-4826. S. Nevada Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
FOURTH OF JUPLAYA, BLACK ROCK DESERT
July 3-5, Friday-Sunday
This will be a really busy weekend on the Playa as many Burning Man attendees use this as a shakedown for Burning Man. No specific plans but we’ll probably meet in Reno Thursday evening and head up to the Black Rock and camp on the edge of the Playa. We’ll probably visit area hot springs and the Emigrant Trail. Primitive camping, bring all supplies and a shovel for personal needs. Possible Ham Radio License Class. 7/3 is a legal holiday, can’t waste a long weekend. Leader is very familiar with the area! Sign-up after 6/15. David Book 775/843-6443. Great Basin Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
NEVADA WILDERNESS SERVICE
July 10-13, Friday-Monday
Savor summer in eastern Nevada’s scenic Highland Ridge Wilderness, just south of Great Basin National Park. We camped there among the aspens 3 years ago and once again partner with BLM’s Ely office wilderness staff on useful service in a fine mountain wilderness. Join us! Details on specific work later. Central commissary offered. Contact Vicky Hoover, 415-977-5527, firstname.lastname@example.org. CNRCC Wilderness Committee
BRISTLECONE PINE FOREST
July 24-26, Friday-Sunday
Escape the summer heat. Come to the beautiful White Mountains to camp, hike and just relax. On Saturday, we’ll visit the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, home to the oldest living things on Earth, to do a moderate 5-mile round trip interpretive hike, followed by a picnic lunch. At camp we’ll enjoy Happy Hour, a potluck feast and a campfire. Sunday head home. Trip open to Sierra Club members and non-members. 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
PERSEID METEOR SHOWER CAMPOUT IN THE BLACK ROCK DESERT
August 14-16, Friday-Saturday
New moon will mean great stars and meteor watching. We’ll be camped mid-Playa about 102 miles north of Reno but with portable toilets. We’ll probably visit hot springs, and the Emigrant Trail, among others. And watch out for Hams on the Playa, they’ll be there too. Be sure to bring your radio. For more info and GPS location go to www.blackrockdesert.org. There’ll also be a map and directions in the Friends of Black Rock Desert office on Main in Gerlach. David Book, 775-843-6443. Great Basin Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
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, email@example.com, 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
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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.
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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.