Current Trip Information

Remember: You must be a member of Desert Survivors with a release on file to join in with one of these trips. Join Desert Survivors if you are not yet a member.

If you are new to Desert Survivors or contemplating joining one of our interesting desert trips as a new member please read General Trip Information at the bottom of this page.

Many of our popular trips, particularly car camps on 3 day holiday weekends, tend to fill early and quickly, so plan accordingly. We ask that if you do secure a reservation with a trip leader, please be sure to use it, but if you cannot keep the reservation then advise the trip leader immediately to allow someone on standby to take the open slot.

Other backpacking trips tend not to fill to maximum at all times and may have an open space or two. If you find yourself with an open weekend and want to join in, try phoning the trip leader, space may still be available.

Most of our trip leaders ask that you contact them directly by telephone. This enables the leaders to assess your skills and abilities and to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. Your safety and enjoyment while on the trip is just one of their many concerns. They want you have fun and the trip to be a rewarding experience. This also enables the trip leaders to build a "balanced group" that will enhance everyone's enjoyment of the trip.

Upon securing a slot for the trip you will be mailed additional information concerning the meeting area, car pooling, last minute changes,  etc.

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DESERT SURVIVORS TRIP SCHEDULE
SPRING 2018

Trip leaders may add trips during the schedule period.  Refer to this webpage for updates.

Ratings: (E) EASY (M) MODERATE (S)   STRENUOUS


UPCOMING TRIPS AND EVENTS
These trips and events are for current Desert Survivors members.  Lapsed in your membership?  Want to join?  Please go to THIS PAGE.

Download a pdf of the Spring 2018 Trip Schedule mailer.
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    March 25, 2018 (Sun)  -- 11:00 am
RUTH BANCROFT GARDEN TOUR (E) Walnut Creek, CA
The Ruth Bancroft Garden is an outstanding example of a water-conserving garden, appropriate for California’s Mediterranean climate. The garden houses important collections of aloes, agaves, yuccas, and echeverias. The first succulent in the collection, Aeonium ‘Glenn Davidson’, is still growing more than 70 years after it was planted. The Garden is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and raises funds for its preservation in the spirit of its founder, Ruth Bancroft. We’ll tour the garden and enjoy a potluck lunch together afterwards.
Contact Leader: Michelle Bashin  - msbashin@gmail.com

April 22–28, 2018 (Sun-Sat)
“THE MAZE” BACKPACKING TRIPS (S) Canyonlands National Park, UT
A six-day/five-night backpack trip into The Maze, a convoluted complex of canyons deep inside Canyonlands National Park and one of the most beautiful and remote areas of the country. The one-day approach/exit hike is 15 mi. Once there, we’ll find water then spend four days exploring ancient ruins and petroglyphs, canyon grot- toes, and fantastic rock formations. We may also hike out of the Maze to visit The Doll House, an ancestral Puebloan ruin high above Spanish Flat on the Colorado River. We will car camp at other sites within Canyonlands before and after the backpacking trip. Full; waiting list only.

April 29—May 5, 2018 (Sun-Sat)
“THE MAZE” BACKPACKING TRIPS (S) Canyonlands National Park, UT
See description above. Full; waiting list only.
Contact Leader: Neal Cassidy (510) 527-5913   nealybug@hotmail.com

May 11–13, 2018 (Fri-Sun)
EL PASO MTN WILDERNESS SERVICE TRIP CAR CAMP (E) Western Mojave in Kern County
With BLM supervision, we will restore the desert terrain from illegal vehicle routes along the northern wilderness boundary. We will also monitor activity along Little Dixie Wash—a scenic place on the west side of the wilderness. As a reward for our efforts, we will hike the Black Hills in search of petroglyphs and petrified wood. Limit 10. Co-leader Charlene Daniels.  Contact Leader: Mike Wells (530) 367-4372 michaelevan@sebastiancorp.net

             CHANGE OF REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS BACKPACKING TRIP

May 13–19, 2018 (Sun-Sat)
GRAND GULCH BACKPACKING TRIP (S) Cedar Mesa Area Utah
ATTENTION: The requirements for the Grand Gulch backpacking trip have been changed. If water is indeed scarce, we will do a series of shorter hikes, including day hikes and short overnights. In this case, participants should be prepared to carry six liters of water. Please contact trip-leader Neal Cassidy before April 20, as he will probably be out of touch after that.

Grand Gulch, a serpentine sandstone canyon winding 50 mi. from Cedar Mesa to the San Juan River, contains what many say is the richest collection of ancient Indian ruins and art in the southwest. We will backpack its upper reaches on a 28 to 40 mi. loop depending on what water we find in this is extraordinarily dry year. (Be prepared to carry up to three gallons.) In Bullet Canyon we’ll visit Jailhouse Ruin and Perfect Kiva Ruin, a partially reconstructed kiva that is one of the few that can be entered. Permit fees approx. $10-15 will apply depending on the group size. Limit 12.   Contact Leader: Neal Cassidy (510) 527-5913 nealybug@hotmail.com

May 19–20 (Sat-Sun)
SIERRA CLUB DESERT COMMITTEE MEETING (E) Mojave National Preserve
The spring Desert Committee meeting will be held at the Black Canyon group camp in the Mojave National Preserve. The weekend will feature talks and presentations on a wide variety of issues toward preserving our deserts as a vital wilderness. All Desert Survivors are encouraged to attend; the general public is welcome. Contact:    Nick Blake nblake5@sbcglobal.net

May 26–28, 2018 (Sat-Mon, Memorial Day weekend)
JOAQUIN ROCKS BACKPACK AND CARCAMP (M) Near Coalinga, CA Fresno County
Backpack to the purported hideout of legendary bandit Joaquin Murietta. The three sandstone outcrops have been off-limits to visitors for years, but recently the BLM has allowed permitted access. The overnight backpack to the rocks on Saturday is a relatively easy trek, except one must carry water. On Sunday we will return to our vehicles, then search for the site of the “Deportee Plane Wreck of Los Gatos.” In 1948, 28 Mexican farmworkers being deported and the American plane crew died when their DC3 crashed near here—inspiring a Woody Guthrie song. We will car camp on Sunday night. Limit 8. Contact Leader:    Nick Blake nblake5@sbcglobal.net

June 8–10 (Fri-Sun)
BUFFALO HILLS WSA BACKPACK (M/S) Northern Washoe County, Nevada
Along the California border west of Gerlach is a 6000’ rolling plateau rich with mule deer, antelope, wild horses, and hopefully flowers. After setting up a convenient car shuttle, we’ll start our 2-night backpack by drop- ping into the intriguing micro-caldera named Hole in the Ground. On our second day we’ll hike to the edge of the plateau for grand views of Buffalo Creek Canyon, then on day three wander north across rolling hills dotted with junipers and dry lakebeds. The terrain is easy, but we will have to carry lots if not all our water. Limit 12.
Contact Co-leader: Kim Marcus (718) 570-6628 kmarcus59@gmail.com  Trip Leader: Dave Oline (541) 552-1195

June 16–21, 2018 (Sat-Thur)
YAMPA RIVER RAFT TRIP (M) Vernal, UT
Back by popular demand, Desert Survivors is organizing another ARTA raft trip in Colorado and Utah. If you liked Desolation Canyon, the Yampa and Green Rivers offer even more spectacular scenery and more adventurous rapids. This 5-day trip starts and ends at Vernal, Utah. Desert Survivors has chartered this trip, and space is limited; therefore, Desert Survivors membership will be required. The group rate is $999/person. Mike Wells has volunteered to organize this trip; do not contact ARTA directly. Limit 20, six spaces currently remain.  Contact organizer:  Mike Wells (530) 367-4372 michaelevan@sebastiancorp.net

SAVE THE DATE

October 12–14, 2018 (Fri-Sun)
DESERT SURVIVORS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) Nission San Antonio de Padua, Jolon, CA
At the request of many, our annual gathering will be at the Mission San Antonio de Padua, California’s third mission established in 1771. Nestled in the picturesque San Antonio Valley, the surrounding terrain has changed little since Juan Bautista de Anza’s expedition visited the mission on March 6, 1776. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, this retreat’s focus will be on a historical chapter in American history. More info to come.  Contact Activities Director Marisa Seaman: (510) 872-5341 seaman.marisa@gmail.com
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GENERAL TRIP INFORMATION:
Annual membership ($30) required for trips unless the participant has Honorary Membership status.  A $25 donation may also be requested by the leader at the trailhead. This donation is voluntary.  Each participant must sign a general liability waiver and to list emergency contacts before departing on the trip. Trips are cooperative in nature. Some trips may be exploratory (not previewed by trip leader). Conditions may be difficult and the unexpected may occur. Consult with leader for details before deciding to go on trip. Trip sign-up procedure: You must call or write leader in advance to reserve space and receive a map and detailed trip description. Leader will confirm your sign-up. Due to past instances where participants signed up for a trip and did not show, a trip leader may require a $20 reservation fee.  Trip participants will learn if the fee is required during the confirmation with the leader.  This fee will be refunded at the trailhead.
•    As noted in trip write-ups above, some leaders have set limits to the number of participants.
•    Sign-ups are first come, first served. A waiting list will be maintained to fill any spaces that arise due to drop-outs. Please notify the leader ahead of time if you are dropping out.
•    As noted in write-ups, some leaders have set beginning and end dates for signing up.
•    Desert Survivors’ trips begin at the designated trailhead. While trip participants are expected to cooperate with the trip leader, each participant is responsible for his or her own safety. In particular, trip participants are responsible for safely transporting themselves to and from trip locales.
•    Desert Survivors encourages trip participants to carpool as a means to increase driver safety while reducing costs, energy consumption and environmental impacts. Trip participants are responsible for making their own carpool arrangements. Desert Survivors recommends that trip participants make equitable arrangements to share costs, and that all arrangements and financial compensation should be clearly negotiated in advance.



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