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.

June 16-21 (Sunday-Friday)
This is a canyon not frequently visited and is east of Zion. It is not in any park or any other boundary. No permit is needed. This is a 30-mile round trip backpack that is recommended for the middle to late June when the water conditions are best. There are several side slot canyons to explore along the way and the main canyon becomes a narrows similar to the Zion Narrows. Moderate backpack. David Hardy 702 875-4826 hardyhikers@embarqmail.com email preferred. Southern Nevada Group

July 4-7 (Thursday-Sunday)
This will be a busy weekend in the Black Rock as many Burning Man Attendees use this as a “shakedown weekend” for their gear. Possible One-Day Ham License class. Typical events include visits to hot springs and the Emigrant Trail. No firm schedule set at this writing and few facilities but we’ll probably have portapotties. No signups until after 6/15! David Book,775/843-6443. Great Basin Group

Sept. 15-19, 2019 (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 South Twin River, near Carver, about an hour’s drive northeast of Tonopah, at an elevation around 6300 ft. After arriving at the trail head we will hike in 5 miles to a very nice campsite. After setting up camp it is worthwhile to hike upstream in this lush canyon of many cascades and waterfalls. 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, 10-12 miles r/t with 4100 ft. elevation gain. Day 4 sees the start down South Twin, all downhill and camp where we did the first night. The last day is the hike out. About16 miles r/t, 3000 ft. elevation gain with backpacks. Limit 12. David Hardy 702-875-4826 hardyhikers@embarqmail.com, email preferred.


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.