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Lake Mead Series Hike 1: China Ranch, Tecopa, CA

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  • Blue Diamond Travel Center

    Intersection of NV-159 & NV-160, Las Vegas, NV (map)

    36.034975 -115.358889

  • [masked] cell/text, please arrive before 8am
  • We will hike 6 miles point-to-point from the Post Office in Tecopa to the China Date Ranch.  This area is near Death Valley so expect warm temperatures even in December.  The trail is mostly flat but has a lot of variety: gravel road, dirt path, tall reeds, thickets, marsh land, railroad embankment, mud hills and incredible views of very unusual landscape.  We will stop by a small water fall on the Amargosa River and for those interested, we will cross the river to visit a slot canyon.

    The date shakes in the gift shop are very popular after the hike.  Besides several varieties of dates, there are also date nut bread and cookies that make wonderful holiday gifts (both freeze very well) as well as honey and jellies.  If you have a large order, I suggest you call ahead to[masked] and speak to Daryn to pre-order.  Be sure to drive or walk through the orchard before leaving to learn more about how the dates are grown and harvested.

    We will meet at the Blue Diamond Travel Center, 12325 State Hwy 160, Las Vegas-West, NV 89445 located at the intersection of Nevada highways 160 & 159 (aka Blue Diamond Rd & Red Rock Canyon Rd).  Park on the far west end away from the store and gas pumps.  We will form carpools.  4WD and HCV are not needed although the last mile into and out of the ranch is a steep dirt road.  I want to minimize the number of drivers so I'll be looking for vehicles with 5 or more seat belts.

    Directions:  It is 62 miles from the Travel Center to Tecopa.  We will travel west on Hwy 160 and turn left onto Tecopa Rd which becomes Old Spanish Trail Hwy when we enter California.  Upon arriving in Tecopa, all hikers and gear will be left at the Post Office while the drivers take all the vehicles 6 miles to China Ranch via Furnace Creek Rd and China Ranch Rd.  One vehicle with all of the drivers will return to the Post Office to join the rest and begin our hike.

    If you have any questions, send a message or post a comment.  You can also call or text[masked]-9824.


    Distance:  6 miles

    Difficulty:  mostly flat easy trail; heat and hydration are the main difficulty

    Duration:  2.5 hours driving, 0.5 hour shuttle, 0.5 hour gift shop, 0.5 hour lost time for restroom use, 0.5 hour lost time for a large group, 3.5 hours hiking for a total of 7.5 to 8 hours

    Pace:  moderate

    Below is the tentative schedule for the Lake Mead Winter "Series"

    Hike 1:  China Ranch, Dec 10

    Hike 2:  Anniversary Peak & South Bowl of Fire, Dec 17

    Dec 24:  no hike

    Dec 31:  Kraft Mtn Loop & Peak in Red Rock

    Hike 3:  Seven Dry Falls & Cholla Forest, Jan 7  (Meredith visiting)

    Hike 4:  Raven's Balcony & North Bowl of Fire, Jan 14

    Hike 5:  Lone Palm, Jan 21

    Hike 6:  Valley of Fire - Top of the World & Fire Wave, Jan 28

    Hike 7:  Liberty Bell Arch & Spooky Canyon, Feb 4

    Hike 8:  Hamblin Mtn, Feb 11

    Hike 9:  Red & Black Mtns (Boulder City), Feb 18

    Please be aware that your Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members can not be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

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  • Linda

    Thanks Cristina... bundle up girly!!! Gonna be freezing this weekend ☃️

    6 days ago

  • Cristina B.

    Linda you'll love it, is beautiful!

    6 days ago

  • Linda

    I too would Love to get in on this hike... I hear it is absolutely a blast!!!!

    November 20

  • Rick S.

    Hope to get in on this one

    November 8

  • Christine

    Me too.

    November 6

  • Thelma B.

    I would like to go.

    November 6

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  • Michelle

    I've always enjoyed outdoor activities of all sorts. Nature is my church.

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    Like hiking and adventure

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    I moved to Las Vegas in 2011, I love hiking and outdoor activities and like to explore new places.

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