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3 days in the hottest place on earth... Death Valley

  • Folsom Park & Ride

    Folsom Blvd & Iron Point Rd, Folsom, CA (map)

    38.644260 -121.191200

  • There's a reason Death Valley is appropriately named. Well at least during the summer months, however there is a limited time it's survivable with possibilities of super blooms and wild horses. And it's absolutely a beautiful time to hike!!

    This will be a 27 mile loop, 5 day backpacking trip in Death Valley in Dead horse, Cottonwood and Marblewood Canyons during Presidents weekend February, 2017. I'm sure after this election cycle we all could use a weekend away from anything Presidential. 

    We'll only be hiking three of the five days. We'll leave Thursday morning and return Monday evening. Of course, with any trip I plan there will be a few brewery stops along the way.

    Now, I'd love to open the invite to as many as I can, but 12 is the limit on the permit and tent space is limited in the back country. We will have two vehicles going down, my van which holds seven passengers and another truck which holds five. 

    This is an excellent beginner backpacking trip, however if this is your first time bkpk'n there will be a list of things that I will require you to have and will need to confirm that you have the essentials. You will need to be physically up to hiking the above distance and know your limit and ability.

    There is LIMITED water... again LIMITED water. I highly recommend no less than 4 liters. There are two water springs on the route, but no guarantee they will be flowing.

    What you will need: Backpacking backpack, tent, mat, sleeping bag, enough food and water for three days, water filtration system, first aid kit, sun block, backpacking bio waste bag, lighting/headlamp, GPS, hiking poles, hiking boots/shoes, gaiters - a must, hat, shower bag (for the end of hike), camera and positive attitude.

    Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in the backcountry.

    Itinerary: Leave Thursday am and drive to StovePipe Wells. Camp at trailhead Thursday night, begin hiking Friday am. Hike 10 miles Friday, 8 miles Sat, 8 miles Sun, return to vehicles Sunday afternoon/evening and drive back Monday. I am brining a gas fire-pit to enjoy on Thursday and Sunday evening. So feel free to bring camp chairs. GPS coordinates and trail information will be provided after RSVP confirmation.

    There is a $50 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit for the hike which will ensure your spot on the RSVP list and will be applied towards fuel & potential campground costs. As I have experienced, many sign up for hikes but flake last minute. If you cancel your reservation at the last minute, within two weeks of departure, your deposit will be applied towards the cost of the trip. We will have a pre-Death Valley meeting January 5th and that is where I will collect your deposit. **Don't commit if you're going to flake last minute and block someone else from going.

    RSVP's will open on December 1st.

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