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Death Valley geo-hikes, 3 Days, camp @ Furnace Creek Group Site #1

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Trip will provide the participants a good understanding of the geology of Death Valley plus the exercise from several moderate to long hikes. In addition to the natural science educational value of the trip, this is a unique opportunity to see parts of Death Valley that many never see. I've invited both geologists and hikers. You do not have to be a geologist to attend but an eagerness to learn some basic geology and map reading skills are helpful.

In addition, you need to be in good hiking condition. If you are not serious about trip or following directions, then please sign off. Do not go on this trip just to stay in campsite.

Group campground fee has been paid by the Geologic Maps Foundation (GMF). However, donations to the GMF are always welcome: GMF is a 501 (c) (3) organization and donations are tax deductible.

This is classic tent/car camping. You are on your own as far as cooking and cooking groups. You are responsible for bringing, preparing, and clean-up of your meals and drink for the entire trip. Bring firewood.

GMF has reserved group campsite #1 at Furnace Creek Campground, Death Valley National Park from 1:00 PM Thursday 11/29/2018 until noon 12/2/2018. Event is cross posted with VHC & Mt. San Jacinto Hiking Clubs. Room for 10 vehicles, car pool.

Geo-hiking itinerary: Each geo-hike has specific time and place for meeting and starting the hike, and it's not the campsite (info given at campsite the night before hike). Due to National Park regulations and organizational constraints we must limit the number of folks going on the hikes. If group gets too big we can get cited. Only those confirmed on hikes will be allowed. One cannot tag along.

Friday: Drive Titus Canyon with several geology stops plus hike to top of Thimble Peak (~5 miles RT, ~1800 ft up):

Saturday: Corkscrew Peak, Grapevine Mountains (~8 miles RT, ~3300 ft up):

Sunday: Wildrose Peak Rose (8.4 miles RT, 2,200 ft up):
Or, if you are in great shape, try Telescope Peak (13-14 miles RT and ~3,300 ft up):


The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. Please treat this meet-up as hiking with a group of friends. If you become fatigued and unable to continue the hike, it is expected you will advise the hike host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will maintain line of sight with other members of the group at all times and help to promote the group’s safety and fitness goals.

Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Mt. San Jacinto Hiking Club (SJHC) and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions.

If you choose to sign up for this or any SJHC event, you are releasing the SJHC and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.

• What to bring
Stuff for car camping (including firewood) and long hikes. Check weather forecast for clothes and sleeping bag to bring:
• Important to know
This is desert hiking in the winter and car camping, so think about the conditions and what you need to be comfortable.