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Hiking/Walking Groups

Group Location City Phone
Mojave Group of the Sierra Club Victor Valley Museum, 11873 Apple Valley Rd Apple Valley 951-4520
Meet at the Museum on Wednesdays at 7pm for a conditioning walk of 3-4 miles. Second Wednesday monthly there is a meeting at the Sterling Inn at 7pm, with no walk. July and August there is no meeting, so walks meet at the Museum.
Senior Walk-A-Thon Antelope Valley Mall, 1233 West Ave. P Palmdale 661) 267-5118
7-8 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Hiking Trips

Date Location Area Phone
Mar 8-10 Soda Mountains Backpack (M) Northern Mojave, Wilderness Study Area 510-769-1706
See it before the U.S. Army takes it over. This low country near Soda Lake provides hiking that's not too strenuous, mostly in washes and open desert. Good rains this winter may bring out wildflowers and put some leaves on the shrubs. Backpack in a short way, then dayhike the nooks and crannies. Carry all water, but days will be cool. Limit 15. Contact leader: Steve Tabor (510) 510-769-1706
Mar 9-17 Devils Hole to Badwater Backpack (S) Death Valley National Park 510-528-3360
A week-long early spring backpack, including terrific views from Pyramid Peak, Coffin Peak, and a visit to a geologic formation called The Amphitheater. We'll start at Devils Hole where a species of desert pupfish dwell, cross Ash Meadows, the Amargosa Desert, the Funeral Mountains, and the Black Mountains, ending our trip at Badwater. Only one reliable water source en route, so packs will be heavy.
Sign-up no later than February 20. Limit 6.  Contact leader: Dave Halligan (510) 528-3360
Mar 15-17 Desert Trail Backpack (M) Death Valley National Park 775-626-7656
Three classic Mojave environments in three days--across the rolling plateau of the Greenwater Valley. Then down the Sheep Canyon Gorge and across the Death Valley playa--all via George Huxtable's Desert Trail route from Miller's Spring to Bennett's Well. Mostly downhill (like 2900') with few trails and no water (we get to carry it). A truly vertical descent into and crossing of the great Death Valley trench.    Limit 10.   Contact leader: Dave Holten (775) 626-7656
Mar 22 -24 Cottonwood/Marble Canyon Backpack (M) Death Valley National Park 415-333-6602
This classic Death Valley route features two contrasting canyons. Cottonwood Canyon has several springs, a creek, and extensive cottonwood stands. Marble Canyon is cool and dramatic with high walls of polished stone carved with petroglyphs and pioneer inscriptions. Twenty-two-mile loop with minimal water carry.
Limit 12.  Contact leader: Bob Lyon (415) 333-6602
More trips thru May 28Desert-Survivors trip scheduleContact leaders

Wildflower Hiking Trips1

Hike Wildflowers and Location (mid-March to mid-April)
Kane Wash See desert lily, chia, four-o-clock, pincushion flower, brittlebush, desert dandelion, and some other common perennial species. Camp Rock Road can be accessed of Interstate 40 using the Daggett exit and heading southeast on Pendleton Road and also off Highway 247 in Lucerne Valley. From Camp Rock Road, take Troy Road northeast for approximately 5 miles until the Road enters Kane Wash.
Kramer Junction (March-May)See desert candle, woolly sunflower, desert parsley, and Indian paint brush. At the Junction of Highway 58 and Highway 395.
Sawtooth RidgeSee desert aster, rock daisy, desert mallow, Indian paintbrush, and larkspur. Take Highway 247 south from Barstow or north from Lucerne Valley. The ridge occurs on the western side of Highway 247.
Rasor MountainsSee desert aster, desert lily, sand verbena, and desert candle. Take Interstate 15 north from Barstow to the Basin Road exit. Head south and to the east is the Rasor Off Highway Vehicle Area. The mountains are to the east of Basin Road within the Rasor Off Highway Vehicle Area. Accessible part of the way by two-wheel vehicles and the rest of the way by four wheel drive vehicles.

Hiking Books

Author BiographyLocal Area Guidebook/Map Sources
Steve Tabor510-769-1706 or email StevTabor@aol.com

Hiking Maps

Johnson Valley Rasor Stoddard Valley
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