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New Years in the Desert!

  • Dec 28, 2011 · 7:00 PM

Got plans for New Years? Let’s explore Death Valley National Park, and bring in the New Year over champagne and a toasty campfire!

Wed, Dec 28th—Drive to Stovepipe Wells Campground, Death Valley National Park.

Thur, Dec 29th—Early drive to Badwater Basin to trek a ways into the salt flats. Late morning/afternoon hike from Golden Canyon to Zabriskie Point and back. Pre-sunset hike into the Mesquite Flat Dunes. Return to Stovepipe Wells Campground for campfire, potluck, and drinks.

Fri, Dec 30th—Drive to Eureka Dunes, the tallest sand dunes in California. We’ll spend the day hiking and playing in them! Drive to/set up camp at a primitive campsite near Racetrack Playa. Possibly do a night hike to get our first glimpse of the moving rocks, as well as stellar views of the stars and Milky Way.

Sat, Dec 31st—Enjoy sunrise, breakfast, and more exploration of Racetrack Playa area. Leave by mid-day, head to Panamint Springs Campground. The afternoon will be open to hiking, perhaps in the Darwin Canyon area. In the evening, we’ll sit around a roaring campfire and toast to the New Year!

Sun, Jan 1st—Possible morning hike, then head home.

Group Size:
Due to campsite restrictions, the group size will be 8. There are five spaces available. If sign-ups exceed the number of spaces, we will use a lottery system to select participants. Please join the wait list. The lottery will be held Sunday, November, 20th.

If you are selected by lottery, there will be a $25 deposit for this trip. Once the lottery is held on Sunday, November 20th, I will notify winners by email. This email will also contain instructions as to how you can pay the $25 deposit via PayPal. If you show up for the event, you will get a full refund (minus any campsite fees) back at the trailhead. This fee is not refundable if you forfeit, don’t show up, or fail to communicate.

**Important**Additional Costs/Requirements:
Four wheel drive vehicles are required for portions of this trip, specifically to Eureka Dunes and Racetrack Playa. In your RSVP, please note whether you have 4WD (and are willing to drive) or whether you are willing to pitch in for a group rental. We must come to a group consensus/effort on this.

Expect comfortable daytime temps, cold nights, and possible rain. Average temps in December usually stay between 39F—65F. Precipitation average is still somewhat low this time of year. In any case, please be prepared.

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  • Eric H.

    This was a super fab trip. great people, great locations Rachael did a fantastic job of organizing the adgenda. I apprecated how the whole group was flexible location changes. We saw a lot, I learned a lot and we had a lot of fun. Great caring and share group.

    January 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just opened my closet this morning and smelled the campfire from December 31st. Thanks for the great memories. Here's to making new ones.

    January 4, 2012

  • Shervin

    Thoughtfully organized fun activities with a great group of people. Thanks for a memorable trip Rachael.

    January 2, 2012

  • Josh H.

    One of the best camping trips I have been on. Thank you Rachael for organizing the trip. It was a great way to ring in the New Year.

    January 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a fabulous trip! Great hikes, super fun sand dunes, awesome company! Thank you all for coming out and making this such a fun event.

    January 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    High of 80 Friday. Wow, bring shorts

    December 27, 2011

  • Kendra

    A friend and I are also planning to be in Death Valley that week. We are planning to do our own thing, but might run into you guys.

    December 26, 2011


    any space left folks? I am not in the waitlist, but interested to join at last moment notice in case there is a dropoff...

    December 25, 2011

  • Eric H.

    Update I have space for two leaving from Fremont BART wed at 8:30am. I am willing to pick people up on the way down (but sorry not all the way to LA). Eric

    December 20, 2011

  • Eric H.

    4WD and space for 3. Can Carpool from the Bay Area but will split gas. I will be bringing an extra spare, and Water/Gas . Pack as if you are backpacking

    December 19, 2011

  • Stu G

    I'm heading to Death Valley for all of Xmas week. Anyone with 4x4 is welcome to join. My destinations are mostly off-pavement/primitive car-camp. Write to me off-line if interested.

    December 19, 2011

  • Yulee

    if something opens up and i haven't missed my chance, i would love to join. let me know and i'd be happy to send a deposit. :-)

    December 15, 2011

  • Josh H.

    Don't have 4wd but will pitch in to rent one

    November 25, 2011

  • Yulee

    thanks for the email. unfortunately, i won't be able to confirm and put a deposit down as i may be traveling for work. i'll know in early December. :-(

    November 20, 2011

  • Sara

    I am so excited! Wondering if anyone will be driving from LA who would want to carpool?

    November 20, 2011

  • Vic

    I Got 4 wheel drive. Will share carpool with folks. Can take 2.

    November 19, 2011

  • Sandra

    Hi- As I said...yippeee. Sorry but do not have 4WD vehicle. Of course would pitch in for a rental.

    November 16, 2011

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