For reference, we have many listings for Past Trips.


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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FALL 2017

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


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 Fall 2017 Trip Schedule mailer.

        September 29-October 1, 2017  (Fri-Sun)

Want to spend a weekend in a high-elevation science research station? Two nights, three days at White Mountain Research Center, Crooked Creek Field Station, near the Patriarch Grove in the White Mountains; $60-person/night includes a bed in the log-cabin-style dorm or cabins (bring bedding or sleeping bag) and three meals a day, cooked by their professional staff. Enjoy the fall weather and clear skies at 10,200 ft. as we hike, bird- watch, visit Ancient Bristlecone groves, and enjoy the outdoor fire pit each night. Facility is off-grid solar powered. Last 10 mi. is on a dirt road okay for standard automobiles. Info about the facility.  Limit 15.
Contact Leader:    Barbara Bane (928) 607-6316

    October 13-15, 2017 (Fri-Sun)
Arroyo Seco Campground, Monterey County, CA
This year's gathering is in Los Padres National Forest near Greenfield, CA, at a group campsite with picnic tables, drinking water, vault toilets and coin-operated showers. Pets allowed. Opportunities to hike in the Ventana Wilderness, fish, paddle and swim in the nearby lake and river; more adventurous may want to "swike" (swim & hike) in the Arroyo Seco River to its hidden slot canyon. Happy hour Friday evening and potluck dinner Saturday. The meeting will be Sunday morning, where issues and directions for the organization will be discussed and our board of directors elected. Campfires are permitted so bring a bundle of local wood.
Weekend fee is $20/person. RSVP, last-minute attendees also welcome.
Contact Coordinator: Marisa Seaman (510) 872-5341
     October 17, 18, 24, 25, 2017 (Tues & Weds)
Desert Survivors gives a series of slide show presentations at REI stores in Berkeley (Oct 17), Corte Madera (Oct 18), Santa Rosa (Oct 24), and San Francisco (Oct 25). We want to get the word out about our terrific organization. Show your support by attending; bring friends, acquaintances and family members who might be interested. The presentations start at 7 p.m. and last about an hour.    Contact:    Charlene Daniels
     October 22-28, 2017 (Sun-Sat)
LONESOME MINER TRAIL BACKPACK (S) Inyo Wilderness, Inyo County, CA

We will begin the hike in Owens Valley and will traverse the Inyo range over to Saline Valley, dropping into and climbing out of several of the canyons in the range. All of the canyons have historic mining trails, mills, and sites to explore. There is water, but you must be able to carry a two-day supply. Car shuttle required. Limit 6.           Contact Leader:    Stacy Goss

      November 4-5, 2017 (Sat-Sun)

Desert Survivors will have an information table at the street fair of this annual celebration of ancient Native American rock art.  Events include petroglyph tours, Native American performances, BLM wild-burro petting and more.  Come help us man our table or just to say hello. More info on the festival.
Contact Leader:  Barbara Bane (928) 607-6316
      November 17-19, 2017 (Fri-Sun)
In the mid 1960s archeologist Dr. Emma Lou Davis and artist Sylvia Winslow found a series of intriguing geoglyphs on the valley floor and bajadas of Panamint Valley. Known only to a few archeologists and die-hard locals, DS scouts relocated the glyphs last fall in a week- end of field detective work. Come see them, as well as the location of Dr. Davis' pioneering Lake Hills excavations. Dry-camp under the bright autumn stars; no facilities. This will be the best time to watch the Leonids meteor shower, peaking on the 17th with the new moon making the visibility optimal. High-clearance vehicles recommended for camp site; required for geoglyph sites; 4WD a plus for most remote sites. Limit 10.   Contact Leader:    Barbara Bane (928) 607-6316       
     November 18-19, 2017 (Sat-Sun)

The Fall 2017 meeting will be held in a place in ecological crisis, the Salton Sea––at the Salton Sea Recreation Area, Saturday, and the Sonny Bono Wildlife Preserve, Sunday . 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. The meeting chair is Craig Deutsche.
Contact:  Nick Blake
      December 9, 2017 (Sat)
Join us for our annual holiday fest at the home of Judy Kendall.  Share food, meet friends old and new, add new gear or get rid of old gear at the auction, and meet the new board of directors. We will send more information to our members before the event.   Contact Coordinator: Marisa Seaman (510) 872-5341

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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