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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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.

   July 1-4, 2017 (Sat-Tue)
This trip has it all – a scenic but rugged road tour up the to plateau atop the remote Oregon Canyon Range, a hike to fishable Willow Creek, a base camp with fantastic views over the escarpment, and a one-night backpack down one fork of Oregon Canyon Creek and back up the other, part of the ONDA’s new Oregon Desert Trail – not to mention a stop at Whitehorse Hot Springs on the way out. Limit 10. Contact Leader: Dave Oline (541) 552-1195

    July 15, 2017 (Sat noon – 7 p.m.)
DESERT SURVIVORS SUMMER PICNIC (E) Marta Perry's Family Ranch, Castro Valley, CA
Enjoy a potluck meal, swimming, and socializing with your friends. Check out the solar still made on premise for catching water. Cap off the afternoon with a hike to the nearby ridge for stunning views of San Francisco Bay. Bring a dish to share, your swimsuit, and perhaps a chair. You can camp overnight but let your host know. Check the DS website for any changes. Contact Activities Director Marisa Seaman (510) 872-534

    July 15, 2017 (Sat 11:30 a.m.)
) Marta Perry's Family Ranch, Castro Valley, CA
Run out of water in the brutal desert? Want to avoid vultures circling overhead? Learn an emergency survival technique for gathering water that can save your life. We will build a solar still on the Perrys’ family ranch during the summer picnic and periodically return to gauge the amount of water collected. Bring a shovel to help dig a hole.
Contact Leader:    Marisa Seaman (510) 872-5341

    July 16 (Sun 9:30 – 11:45 a.m.)
All trip leaders and those interested in becoming trip leaders are encouraged to attend. This is a chance to get better acquainted over a meal, followed by a meeting to discuss ideas, issues, newly proposed leadership requirements, and future activities for Desert Survivors trip leaders. Brunch will be hosted by the Activities Director Marisa Seaman at her home in the Oakland hills. Meeting commences at 10:15 a.m.
Contact:    Marisa Seaman (510) 872-5341
    August 11–13, 2017 (Fri-Sun)

Boundary Peak is the highest point in Nevada at 13,140'.  We’ll dayhike the peak (9 mi. RT) from the western (CA) side via Queen Canyon while car camping at 9000′ near the Queen Mine. Acclimatize on Friday while exploring the old ghost town before the summit day on Saturday. Expect to see wild horses, wildflowers, and wild panoramic views of the Nevada desert and Sierra Nevada range from the summit perch. Bonus option: recovery soak in the pools at nearby Benton Hot Springs on Sunday. Limit 6; high-clearance vehicles only, 4WD recommended. Strong hiking background required for this beautiful trek, a must on any peak bagger’s bucket list.
Contact Leader:    Barbara Bane (928) 607-6316

     August 19–21, 2017 (Sat-Mon)
There will be a total solar eclipse spanning the USA on August 21. Unless you live in the path of totality, the Mahleur National Forest in Central Oregon will be a great place to view this event. As all campgrounds in the area are fully booked, we will dry camp in the Blue Mountains northwest of John Day. Besides the eclipse Monday morning, there are hiking opportunities both near the campsite and in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness south of Prairie City. A side trip to the John Day Fossil Beds NM is also a possibility. Although the specifics as to the campsite and hiking activities are tentative at this time, we will assemble in John Day on the morning of August 19 and then drive to our campsite. John Day has shops, markets and gas. Please plan to carpool, if possible, as the roads in this area will be heavily traveled due to the eclipse. Additional information about this spectacle can be obtained at Limit 12. Trip leaders Marisa Seaman and Michael Wells.
Contact Leader:    Michael Wells (530) 367-4372
      September 8–11, 2017 (Fri-Mon)
Let’s check out the new national monument currently under review by the interior department. In the transition zone between the Mojave and the Great Basin deserts, we’ll dayhike to explore wilderness areas featuring rugged canyons, cliffs, and arches; view ancient rock art; get a distant peek at the largest sculpture in the world; and experience the vastness of this largely undisturbed corner of Nevada. Limit 12.
Contact Leader:    Dave Oline (541) 552-1195
      October 13–15, 2017 (Fri-Sun) 
Save the date for our annual gathering, in the Los Padres National Forest at the Arroyo Seco Campground. This site is terrific for hiking, birding, and swimming in the small lakes and river. More information will be coming from Desert Survivors as the date nears.


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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