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 EXPLORATION
March 6-9, Fri-Mon
Four days of hiking and touring. Hikes include Golden Canyon, Amargosa Canyon, Mosaic Canyon, Natural Bridge and the Mesquite Sand Dunes, all 4 miles or under. Visits to China Ranch, Salt Creek, Zabriskie Point, the Artist Palette and Badwater. Two nights of primitive camping, one night at a developed campground. Potluck on Saturday night. Contact leader Carol Wiley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (760) 245-8734. Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
TAMARISK ERADICATION IN SALINE VALLEY
March 14-17, Saturday-Wednesday
Join Ridgecrest BLM Wilderness Coordinator Marty Dickes and help eradicate tamarisk in an Inyo Mountain canyon west of Saline Valley. Meet 10 a.m. Sat. at the intersection of Hwys 395 &168 north of Big Pine and drive into Saline Valley (high clearance vehicles preferred). Work Saturday afternoon then drive to Saline Hot Springs to camp. Sunday and Monday are full workdays. On Tues there will be a hike to a spectacular local attraction. Leader: Kate Allen, email@example.com, 661-944-4056.
GHOST TOWN EXTRAVAGANZA
March 14-15, Saturday-Sunday
Come with us to this spectacular desert landscape near Death Valley to explore the ruins of California’s colorful past. Camp near the historic ghost town of Ballarat (flush toilets). On Sat, do a challenging hike to ghost town Lookout City with expert Hal Fowler who will regale us with tales of this wild west town. Later we’ll return to camp for Happy Hour and a special St. Patty’s Day potluck and campfire. On Sun, a quick visit to the infamous Riley townsite before heading home. Group size strictly limited. Send $8 per person (Lygeia Gerard), 2 sase, H&W phones, email address, rideshare info to Ldr: Lygeia Gerard, P.O. Box 721039, Pinon Hills, CA 92372; (760) 868-2179. CNRCC Desert Committee
SERVE AND DISCOVER THE CARRIZO PLAINS
March 14-15, Saturday-Sunday
We pray for winter rains, and if they arrive we can look forward to a display of spring wildflowers in the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Our service on Saturday will either remove or modify several sections of fence to facilitate the mobility of pronghorn antelope. These residents will not jump fences to escape predators but rather attempt to crawl under, and standing fences can be a handicap. Sunday will be, at the choice of the group, either a hike in the Caliente Range or else a tour of popular viewing areas in the plains. This is an opportunity to combine carcamping, day-hiking, exploring, and service in a relatively unknown wilderness. Leader: Craig Deutsche, firstname.lastname@example.org, (310-477-6670) CNRCC Desert Committee
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK – SPRING WEEKEND
March 18-22, Wednesday-Sunday
Visit Death Valley when temperatures are mild and wild flowers may be blooming. Hike to waterfalls including oasis-like Darwin Falls, through stunning desert canyons including Titus Canyon, visit ghost towns and mining areas, and explore some lesser-known but truly fantastic areas outside of the Park. Tour Scotty’s Castle. Hikes are rated moderate to strenuous with several hikes off maintained trails, some require short sections of rock scrambling and minor exposure to heights. The hikes range from five to ten miles, with elevation gains up to 500 feet. Cost of $60/person includes 4 nights of camping and tour of Scotty’s Castle. Group size limited to 15 people. Contact leader for reservation information. Leader: Rich Juricich, email@example.com , 916-492-2181. Sacramento Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
FIRST DAY OF SPRING HIKE
March 20, Friday
Celebrate the first day of spring with a 3-4 mile roundtrip hike through the Baldy Mesa area south of Phelan. This is a beautiful natural area full of birds, plant life, and other desert flora and fauna. Winter rains may mean early spring flowers. Socially paced, 2-3 hours, mostly level ground. Meet 8:30 a.m. at the southwest corner of Phelan Rd. & Wilson Ranch Rd. in Phelan (92371). Bring/wear layered clothing, hat, hiking boots, snacks, water, and camera! Friendly dogs welcome. Leader: Lygeia Gerard, 760-868-2179, Goody2shz@yahoo.com. Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
OLD WOMAN MOUNTAINS SERVICE TRIP
March 27-29, Friday-Sunday
Join Mojave Group and the CA/NV Wilderness Committee for our annual desert wilderness service project with the Needles office of BLM. This year’s is in the Old Woman Mountains–we’ll work on restoring a 5 mile stretch of Sunflower Spring Road or development of an interpretative trail of the area. BLM is partnering with Native American Lands Conservancy here, and we’ll enjoy a joint campfire and stories with their tribal elders Saturday night. Central commissary, contact Vicky Hoover 415-977-5527 or firstname.lastname@example.org. CA/NV Wilderness Committee
SANFORD/MORMON TRAIL HIKE
March 27, Friday
Hike on this historic trail before the Forest Service closes this section to public access. We’ll hike through the beautiful Baldy Mesa area of the southern Mojave Desert, an area overflowing with natural and historic resources, to an overlook offering a spectacular view of the West Cajon Valley. Harold Gabriel of Wagon Train Ranch, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the historic trail, will present a brief but fascinating history. 3-4 miles round trip, less than 500’ gain. Meet 8:30 a.m. at Desert Community Bank, 4895 Phelan Rd, Phelan, CA 92371. Bring/wear layered clothing, a hat, hiking boots, lunch/snacks/water, and camera! Leader: Lygeia Gerard, 760-868-2179, Goody2shz@yahoo.com. Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE OUTING
April 10-13 Friday-Monday
Meet on Friday April 10 at Amboy Crater at noon and hike up the crater for lunch. Primitive camping Friday night near Granite Pass. Saturday head to Kelso Dunes for a hike up the dunes. Sunday visit the Kelso Depot and then the lava tube with camping at Midhills Campground. Monday we can hike to Cima Dome on the way out. All hikes are moderate (easy to some). Saturday night we will have a potluck (optional). There are no services in the preserve. Contact leader Carol Wiley at email@example.com or 760-245-8734. Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
EARTH DAY HIKE
April 22, Wednesday
Celebrate Earth Day with a 3-4 mile roundtrip hike through the Baldy Mesa area south of Phelan. This is a beautiful natural area full of birds, plant life, and other desert flora and fauna. Winter rains promise a great flower display. Socially paced, 2-3 hours, mostly level ground. Meet 8:30 a.m. at the southwest corner of Phelan Rd. & Wilson Ranch Rd. in Phelan (92371). Bring/wear layered clothing, a hat, hiking boots, snacks, water, a pad to sit on the ground, and camera! Friendly dogs welcome. Leader: Lygeia Gerard, 760-868-2179, Goody2shz@yahoo.com. Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
DEATH VALLEY WILDERNESS RESTORATION
April 23-25, Thursday-Saturday
Help clean up a couple of non-historic military plane wrecks 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 all day Friday. Getting to the work sites requires a very short hike on Thur, and a 2-mile moderately strenuous hike on Friday. On Sat, we most likely will be free to do a hike in the area. Camping is primitive, bring food, water and a trowel or shovel for personal use. Leader: Kate Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 661-944-4056. CNRCC Desert Committee
SERVICE IN THE CARRIZO PLAINS NATIONAL MONUMENT
April 25-26, Saturday-Sunday
We pray for winter rains, and if they arrive we can look forward to a display of spring wildflowers in the Carrizo Plain. This trip is scheduled toward the end of the usual wildflower season. Our service on Saturday will either remove or modify several sections of fence to facilitate the mobility of pronghorn antelope. Sunday will be, at the choice of the group, either a hike in the Caliente Range or else a tour of popular viewing areas in the plains. This is an opportunity to combine carcamping, day-hiking, exploring, and service in a relatively unknown wilderness. The trip leader will provide details: Craig Deutsche, email@example.com, (310-477-6670) CNRCC Desert Committee
MANZANAR/LONE PINE LAKE TRIP
May 1-3, Friday-Sunday
Join us at our beautiful creekside camp in the High Desert near Lone Pine. Saturday, a moderate 6 miles roundtrip hike with 1600’ gain, from Whitney Portal to beautiful Lone Pine Lake, followed by Happy Hour, a potluck feast and campfire. Sunday, we’ll caravan to Manzanar, the WWII Japanese internment camp north of Lone Pine, to visit the museum with its moving tribute to the internees held there during the war. Group size strictly limited. Send $8 per person (Lygeia Gerard), letter-sized SASE, phone number, email, and rideshare preferences to Leader: Lygeia Gerard, P.O. Box 721039, Pinon Hills, CA 92372, 760-868-2179, Goody2shz@yahoo.com. Mojave Group/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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 702-875-4826. S. Nevada Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
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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.