the meetup is pretty full at this time, planning on going with about 24 on this one, I know some will drop out, or never confirm with a check, therefore some spots may open up (updated 11-6)
4 nights Death Valley Camping at Stovepipe Wells (Tuesday night through Friday night)
I will post a couple hikes, as separate meetups, but one will be very strenous and the other strenous, I will be picky who to add to the hikes, you will have to add to the waitlist for the hikes if you are interested.
Organized by Chris J.
Fees: $ 14 (campsites Tuesday through Friday night, meetup 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 $14 (you will receive my address via e-mail) I do not have pay pal
You will have to add to the wailtlist and once I get the check I will add you to the "yes" list.
Hikes I am planning will be very strenous / strenous and depending what hikes I post I will be **very picky** who to add to the hikes. There will be separate sign up's for the hikes.
you may plan your own hikes and activities
Cancellations** up to Saturday evening before Thanksgiving(full refund, I will destroy the check)** it may be changed to Monday before, depends when I will be leaving.
Bad Weather, if the forecast is really bad on Saturday for Thanksgiving at Death Valley, I will cancell. the valley itself gets little rain, but the mountains before the valley can get snowy and the pass to cross into the valley is just below 5000 feet.
I know that most will arrive on Wednesday, and I will be sitting on more campsites than I need on Tuesday, but the campground basically has 3 levels of "tent" sites, about 20 very nice big ones with fire pit, table, tucked away at the end into small sandy hills. the next level is around the restroom, packed dirt, small but has firepit and table. lowest level a spot in the rv parking lot , packed dirt and you get about a double sized car parking spot to put your tent next to it, no firepit or table. (these spots have never filled up when I was there)
By Wednesday night the good sites are usually gone, the last 2 times I had no trouble getting to nice sites (on Tuesday) next to each other.
you have the option to stay longer, you and however wants to add can take over one campsite (or two) on Saturday.
Campsites are for 8 ppl, 2 cars, overflow can be parked just outside the camp, last year we did have some extra cars parked at the site without a problem.
Park Entrance FEE $ 20 per car, unless you have a valid NP pass
You don't have to join the hikes I will post, you can plan your own
Google link for Stovepipe wells,
(one way Distance, this is from Walnut Creek ranges from 415 to 490 miles depending on route) shortest and fastest for me would be through Yosemite if Tioaga pass still open, keep in mind that needs a National Parks Pass or it will cost you $20.
Weather, The average temperature for the Valley is about 70 for a high and 40 for a low,
*** Nights will be cold*** 2 years ago it was unusual cold and it dipped into the mid 20s***the usual low should be in the 40's
Make sure to prepare with warm sleeping bags, extra comforter (I will have my old one ) etc. whatever you need to keep warm at night.
***Wind*** it can get very windy make sure to stake down the tents extra good.
*** Sand*** if you want it or not, sand will be pretty much everywhere at the end of the camping trip
*** Store*** a general store is a few hundred feet from the camp, has all your basic stuff
***Showers** are avail. for around 5 bucks at the lodge across the street.
***Gas** avail. outside the general store **However** ONLY ONE GRADE** I believe it was 89 (Price was actually not bad for the location, much lower then furnance creek or panamint springs), at least that was the case for the last 3 years I was there.
**Restroom** flush toilets and faucets
**Phone reception, sorry nobody had reception at this campsite last time, maybe when we hike closer to furnance creek..
**Firewood, if you have room in your car bring some, will need a lot of it, once the sun sets it will get chilly***
Some info about hikes activities at Death Valley
Link to Steve Hall's website with lots of short and long hikes,
** please be advised that Death Valley can be be a very dangerous place**
Death Valley is huge, it has very remote places, you drive down a little used dirt road your car breaks down, you may not be found alive in time, unless you are prepared to stay a few nights, don't go alone, and let somebody know your plans.
**Disclaimer for Steve's website**
"This site was not designed to be a hiking guide for Death Valley. Desert hiking and Death Valley heat can both be extremely hazardous. Please consult guidebooks and park rangers before undertaking any hike in the park, because many are dangerous.
And NPS website main
NPS website, hiking page
Link to park updates, roads, weather etc.
last years trip,
2009 trip, description and pic's http://www.meetup.com/SuperFab/events/11648431/