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Red Rock Canyon State Park Car Camp

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Join us in exploring the magnificent Red Rock Canyon north of Mojave in the high desert. The Natural Science Section and the Orange County Sierra Section are sponsoring a car camping and day hiking extravaganza to Red Rock Canyon State Park, which features the spectacular red cliffs, spires, and canyons of the Ricardo Formation, made of volcanic and sedimentary rocks deposited between approximately 19 and 6 million years ago. We will camp beneath these cliffs in the Ricardo Campground and hike through the amazing Nightmare Gulch, a canyon so unearthly it has been used to film horror movies. But don’t be afraid! The scariest beasts in the park are raptors and your co-leaders, including Jay Schneider, Sharon Moore, and Jim Hagar. The hike is 9 miles with a 500-foot elevation gain. We’ll be hiking through dry washes with minimal rock scrambling. California Professional Geologist Jay Schneider will describe the processes that made this canyon so incredible. See ancient lava flows up close, and the remarkable geologic features that wind and rain have created since their formation. Short hikes and a tour through the park’s visitor center on Sunday morning. If you need Environmental Awareness credits for your advanced leadership rating, this trip will qualify. Space is limited to 24 participants including the co-leaders so RSVP required. Camping overnight with the group is required; you cannot leave the group to stay in a hotel (nothing’s really close, anyway) and rejoin the group the next day. Carpool with one of the leaders early on Friday or form carpools to arrive later on Friday. Friday evening we will have an orientation talk and happy hour. Saturday is our all-day hike through Nightmare Gulch, followed by a potluck dinner Saturday night. Finally, on Sunday morning, we will visit the park nature center, and have two short but informative hikes. We’ll even see the famous “Turk’s Turban”!

Cost of trip is $35 per person for Sierra Club members, $40 per person for non-members. Send a check to Jay Schneider payable to Sierra Club Natural Science Section to reserve a spot.

Signup Instructions: You cannot sign up on Meetup. To reserve a spot on the waiting list, please send name, address, phone number, and email address to Jay Schneider at


You need not send a check until you are informed that there is space for you on the trip. If you cancel after November 21 you may not be entitled to a refund.