National Park, Death Valley, CA
Hi everyone: Katie and I aren't available this year, and Digne is organizing this year's New Year's trip to Death Valley. Please read the description carefully; Digne's trip style is a bit different than ours--but he's a great hiker with plenty of knowledge a keen eye for photography. - Lee & Katie.
Death Valley is one of the prime geology, hiking, photography… locations in California. I've been on Lee's meetup there 3 times and I'm hooked on it. The first time was cold and windy but the others were fine. If you haven't been there before it's a challenge but the landscape is unforgettable. If we can get more than 6 RSVPs and the weather forecast is favorable, we can make this a meetup but we need to get organized quickly. Adults only, no kids this time.
Drive from Bay Area to Death Valley, Furnace Creek, Texas Spring Campground, est. 8-9 hrs.; park fee $20/car/7-days; camp fee $14/person; bring your tent, 3-season sleeping bag, camp stove and camp chair; fire pit requires wood; and dress in layers. Days will likely be low 70's and nights will certainly be cold. Texas Springs has running water and flush toilets. Showers and semi-heated pool available at the resort for $5. General store, 2 restaurants and bar also at the resort.
Breakfast and lunch on your own; 2 dinners around the campfire. New Year's eve dinner at the resort restaurant. Because we are camping at the north end on Day 3, motels are not an option this year. Ride-sharing encouraged. I can rent a 4x4 to drive members to the rugged hike/shoot locations if we share the expense. Please fill-out contact form in google link below.
Recommended route: I-580 east, I-5 south, hwy. 58 east thru Bakersfield, hwy. 14 north thru Red Rock Canyon State Park, hwy. 178 east thru Ridgecrest/Trona, and hwy. 190 east to Furnace Creek, Death Valley Nat'l. Park.
Dec. 28- Day #1 - Travel Day
Driving out of Bay Area to Death Valley (D.V.) - leave by 8am to get to D.V. before nightfall; Drive through Ridgecrest (take-out dinner); Car camp in Furnace Creek at Texas Spring Campground for 3 of 4 nights.
Dec. 29- Day #2 - Hike/Shoot Day - southern D.V.
In no particular order, Badwater, Devil's Golf Course, Golden Canyon, and Zabriskie Pt. Artists Drive closed for repairs.
Dec. 30-Day #2 - Hike/Shoot Day - northern D.V.
Decamp, drive to Ubehebe Crater, Crankshaft Junction, and Eureka Dunes (rarely visited, 2nd highest dunes in U.S.), camp overnight at the north end of the park - no fee.
Dec. 31- Day #3 - Hike/Shoot Day - central D.V.
Early drive back to Texas Springs campground, Titus Canyon and Leadfield (ghost town) requires 4-wheel drive, and Park Headquarters.
- Furnace Creek evening pool & showers;
- Furnace Creek Restaurant, group New Years Eve dinner.
Jan. 1- Day #4 - Travel Day
Driving out of Death Valley to Bay Area- leave early morning with opt. brunch in Ridgecrest, and quick stop at Trona Pinnacles.
If you're interested in going please RSVP with a clear photo of yourself and answer the questions. If you end up on the Wait list I'm flexible on the group size as long as we have drivers.
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