We will be backpacking THE CALIFORNIA HIKING AND RIDING TRAIL for three days and two nights. This is a beautiful desert experience that travels a well maintained trail for 37.5 miles across Joshua Tree National Park. Total overall gain and loss estimated at 3500'/1200'. You must be an experienced, self-sufficient backpacker conditioned to travel an estimated 12 miles per day. I traveled this trail with a group in 2018 and loved it so much I'm doing it again in the reverse direction. It involves a 30 MILE CAR SHUTTLE & WATER STASH. We will meet at the Black Rock Campground and Ranger Station to leave as many vehicles as possible. Then carpool through the park to setup our water caches and make our way to just inside the North Entrance of the park to begin our adventure.
The National Park Entrance/Exit fee is $30 per vehicle. There are NO backcountry camping fees.
The highest elevation point on the trail is 5150'. This is a desert trek with lots of level travel and then rolling sections through the mountains. TEMPERATURES will vary greatly! It could be in the mid 30s at night and 80s during the days. PLEASE BE PREPARED FOR THESE CHANGING TEMPERATURES and any adverse weather than may arise.
THIS EVENT IS ONLY FOR THOSE THAT CAN TOLERATE CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS, CONDITIONS AND CARRY 4L OF WATER PER DAY WITH THEIR SUPPLIES FOR CONSUMPTION AND COOKING REQUIREMENTS.
***12 FUN-ADVENTUROUS-BACKPACKERS*** READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION BEFORE YOU RSVP. ***ANSWER THE QUESTIONS*** Please be committed before you sign up. Chronic non-attenders and no-shows do not sign up. You must have a completed profile with a photo of yourself and your backpacking history. If you do not see the questions, or have other inquiries, please send me a private message.
***THE TEN ESSENTIALS ARE ALWAYS REQUIRED. ALL BACKPACKING GEAR and FOOD you require for your own comfort for THREE DAYS and TWO NIGHTS. FOOD AND TRASH STORAGE BAGS or CANISTERS to protect against animals. I recommend 5L of hydration for each cache. It's nice to wash off with any extra water and to have a beverage of choice when we take our break at the caches. (WATER MUST BE LABELLED WITH YOUR NAME; DATE YOU PLAN TO USE AND PHONE NUMBER). Our cache locations will have trash disposal to use for empty water containers and trash. Stove for cooking (NO OPEN FIRES ALLOWED), and your CALIFORNIA CAMPFIRE PERMIT. EXTREME TEMPS & EXPOSURE. Extra sunscreen, hats and protective clothing, bug repellent. Trail gaiters to keep the sand out of your boots/shoes. Trekking poles if you use them.
***KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS By signing up YES for this hike, you acknowledge and agree that hiking can be dangerous and involve risk. You are responsible for your own safety, well-being and actions. You will be asked to leave the group if you cannot conduct yourself appropriately. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL HIKER OR GUIDE. This is simply an invitation to hike with me and fellow hikers. DO NOT PLACE OTHERS OR THE GROUP AS A WHOLE IN JEOPARDY. KNOW YOUR ABILITY BEFORE SIGNING UP. I reserve the right to accept/deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. HAZARDOUS WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL CANCEL THE EVENT.