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Hiking and Camping Mojave Desert (Intermediate-Exploratory)

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SINCE RAIN IS IN THE FORECAST, WE'LL SHIFT OUR PLAN A DAY AFTER AND USE SCHEDULE OF SAT. FOR MONDAY

Let's explore Mojave Desert this weekend. Tentative Schedule: Sat. Feb. 19 to Monday Feb. 21, 2011
THIS IS AN EXPLORATORY WEEKEND, PLEASE JOIN WITH AN OPEN MIND AND BE FLEXIBLE FOR THE UNKNOWNS
Contact Lily if you can't find info on the post. Please indicate when sign up if you will be camping (if we have enough interest, will book a group campsite else first come first serve or roadside camping) and the other option will share room with others in Primm, NV

ABOUT MOJAVE DESERT:
Desert solitude in Southern California
Singing sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests, and carpets of wildflowers are all found at this 1.6 million acre park. A visit to its canyons, mountains and mesas will reveal long-abandoned mines, homesteads, and rock-walled military outposts. Located between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Mojave provides serenity and solitude from major metropolitan areas
DIRECTIONS:
http://www.nps.gov/mo ...
Directions to Mojave National Preserve located east of Barstow, Calif., between I-15 and I-40.
From I-15: Exit Kelbaker Road at Baker, Calif., or Zyzyx Road, Cima Road, or Nipton Road.
From I-40: Exit Kelbaker Road, Essex Road, or Goffs Road

ABOUT THE HIKES: tentative schedule, subject to change depending on the weather and the park conditions
Day 1: Sun. Feb. 20, drive to the park via the 40 Frwy, plan to meet 8:15AM at Barstow, CA before driving together to the Park.
10:00AM Meeting at Mid Hills Trailhead for the first hike and Holes-in-the-Wall area: Hole-in-the-Wall Trail and Barber Peak Loop Trail
Overnight either at Buffalo's Bill Primm, NV or first come first serve campsite near Mid Hills/Hole-in-the Wall or Roadside Camping near Near Black Canyon Road or Cima Road. We may have a group campsite if we have enough interest at Black Canyon.

Driving distance: almost 300 miles in about 5-6 hours for today: 100+ miles from OC to Barstow (about 1 hour 45 minutes), 100+ miles to Mid Hills trailhead (about 1 hour 45 minutes), 70+ miles from one end of the park to the other for hiking and overnight in Primm (about 2 hours)

Day 2 Monday Feb. 21

1st Hike at 9 AM hiking Kelso Dunes (3 miles RT, plan 3-4 hours) The roughly 3-mile round-trip hike might take several hours as you slog through the sand, then slide down the slopes. Moving sands sometimes create a "booming" sound—run downhill and get the sand moving to hear the sound
2nd Hike: Teutonia Peak Trail: Explore the world's largest and densest Joshua tree forest en route to a rocky peak with expansive views of Cima Dome and beyond. 4 miles round-trip (plan 3-4 hours)
We may check out Cinder Cone and Lava Bed if time allows.

Tonight driving home or more optional Roadside camping, first come first serve camping

Driving distance: about the same if going home today or less than 100 miles through out the park.

More hiking info here: http://www.nps.gov/mo ...

CARPOOL LOCATIONS:
1. ORANGE PARK AND RIDE: at 6:15AM More info for Orange Park and Ride: http://www.meetup.com ...
***Park & Ride in Orange on N Tustin St and E Lincoln Ave Orange, CA 92865***
Traveling NORTH on the 55, exit Lincoln Ave. West. Make 2 lefts, go under the freeway and take a left onto Tustin Ave. heading South. If you're traveling SOUTH on the 55, exit Lincoln and make a left on Tustin. The Park & Ride will be on your left hand side. You'll need to make a U-Turn to get to this side of the street
2. IN BARSTOW: at 8:15AM Mojave Bar & Grill 2346 E. Main Street Barstow, CA 92311

REMINDER:
***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings***
> YOU acknowledge THAT WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS.
> YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR SAFETY
Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks and snake bites. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike***