4 nights Death Valley Camping (Tuesday night through Friday night)
2 intermediate to advanced hikes
Organized by Chris J.
Last Year we had a great time camping and hiking at Death Valley http://www.meetup.com...
Fees: $15 (breakdown as follows: $3 meetup / organizing fee, $ 12 for campsite)
Refund: Depending on attendance there will be most likely a partial refund for the camsite fee.
The Fee will be the same if you stay one night or 4 nights
I will ask you to send me a check for $15 (you will receive my address via e-mail)
Park Entrance FEE $ 20 per car, unless you have a valid NP pass.
You don't have to be on my Schedule, you can arrive earlier, later, you can leave earlier or later.
Tuesday: I will be leaving very early for Death Valley, maybe stop for a hike at the waterfalls on the
Wednesday: Explore Death Valley, by car and short hike (s) Destinations TBA, depens on the group.
Thursday: leave campsite around 8am for the hike at Red Wall Canyon
Friday: leave campsite around 8am for the hike up Rose Peak (Weather permitting)
Saturday: pack up and leave at your convinence Or take over a campsite and stay
as many days longer as you like
I expect that most members will arrive on Wednesday evening / night, I am driving down on Tuesday in order to secure us the nice campsites with bench and firepits, last year it was no problem to get the sites, the camp ground is fairly big, but about 70-80% are a spot in a hard packed dirt parking lot,
Important things you need to kow
*** You will need to add to the waitlist and answer my questions
*** the hikes are intermediate to advanced level, depending on your hiking level
*** once approved for the hikes I will send you my address for the check
*** I may have some spots for members who don't want to join the hikes
***WEATHER*** If the weather forecast is really bad I may cancell on short notice with a full refund
(I won't cash any checks until after thanksgiving.
***CANCELLATION DEADLINE Monday Nov. 22nd by 6pm (full refund)
*** Cell phones NO RECEPTION (at least last year)
*** Temperatures in the Valley should range from 40's at night to mid 70's at daytime
*** Wild rose peak hike will be going up to 9046 feet, expect some cold temp's, last year the hike to
Telescope peak was very chilly, be prepared, gloves, warm hat etc.
**SAND, the campground will be in the sand dunes area, the fine sand will make it's way into your tent
bags, clothing etc. pic of campground http://www.meetup.com...
*** Wind, could get windy at nights, make sure to stake down the tent really good.
***SHOWERS are avail. for $ 5-6 at the lodge next to the campground (fee included pool usage)
***Store located next to the campground , sells your basic grocery items,
***GAS STATIONS one is right next to the store, however it had only ONE GRADE of Gas, I think it was
either mid grade or the lowest, price wise it wasn't really bad.
Another gas station is at Furnance Creek (close to an hr drive) they may have all grades, that one
***Gas, I recommend you fill up on 395 near Ridecrest (last year we stopped for gas in Olancha
(JCT 190 /395 but you never know if it still there.
***Firewood, we probably need plenty of it, the stores sells it, but more expensive, if you have room
you may want to bring some.
DIRECTIONS: google link below.
Death Valley is approx. 500 miles and 10 hrs drive time from the Bay Area (Walnut Creek)
My hiking plans are
First hike on Thursday will be Red Wall Canyon
This will be all off trail hiking , think river wash, gravel, rocks etc.
Second hike on Friday will be Rose Peak
Death Valley weather
I guess we want to carpool as much as possible it's a long drive, and it helps to share the cost for gas.
I can take 1 (you would park in my covered parking spot, if we meet at my place)
Tents (4 per site) 8 campers, 2 cars
I can share my tent, I have shared my tent on the 2 Yosemite camping trips this year with women
My tent is for 5-6 ppl and for 2 or 3 there is plenty of room, you can probably fit almost 3 queen airbeds in there.
Planned by Chris J.
Please e-mail me with your ideas, concerns, questions etc.