Take a Desert Wilderness Hike with the California Wilderness Coalition!
Friday, October 31 (eve) – Sunday, November 2
Conglomerate Mesa Exploration and Camping Trip
Meeting Time TBD
Come with us and explore this pristine area overlooking Owens Valley and ranges to the east. Meet Friday evening near Darwin and caravan to our camping location at 6500’. The outing consists of a moderately strenuous hike on Saturday to little-known unroaded, unmined, ungrazed areas south of Cerro Gordo. These areas are currently being threatened by the potential of an open pit cyanide heap leach gold mine. The terrain is composed of trail-less cross-country land, except for part of an 1870’s freighting trail between Keeler and Death Valley. There will be some rock scrambling, a Saturday evening social and a pot luck. On we Sunday, we will explore the Malpais Mesa Wilderness from the 1950s Santa Rosa mine. The drive to the campsite requires a high clearance vehicle. Carpooling at meeting point may be possible. If you are planning on joining us, please contact Laurel Williams in advance at email@example.com or 909-260-8833. The resource guide will be Tom Budlong.
Sunday, November 9th, and
Saturday, December 20th
Big Morongo Preserve Day Hike
8:00 AM to 2PM
Join CWC for a leisurely hike through a biologically rich riparian forest adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park. This desert oasis boasts over 240 species of birds, cattails, desert willow, mesquite, and is an important water source for wildlife like bobcats, bighorn sheep, and black bears. This family-friendly hike will allow us to see some of the over 240 species of birds that utilize Big Morongo as a refuge. Bring 2 liters of water per person, sturdy walking shoes or boots, a hat, sunscreen, snacks and a picnic lunch. If you are planning on joining us, please leave a message in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 909-260-8833. The trail is stroller and wheelchair accessible.
Meet at 8:00AM in the parking lot of the Preserve. From Highway 62 in Morongo Valley, head South on East Drive. After 1 block, turn left at Preserve sign. There is a parking lot at the end of the lane.
Saturday, November 15th
Cady Mountains Day Hike from Afton Canyon
8:30AM to 4PM
Join us for a cross country hike through rugged landscape and winding slot canyons just North of Barstow. Our hike will take us through lands that were utilized by Native Americans as a water source and Jedediah Smith and Kit Carson traveled through in the early 1800’s. We will start in Afton Canyon, often called the Grand Canyon of California, with beautiful red, gold, brown, and purple striped walls. This area is one of the few places where the Mojave River flows above ground, and the surface water attracts a variety of wildlife. We will hike roughly 4 miles keeping watch for bighorn sheep and other animals. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, bring 2 liters of water and a lunch. Do not forget your camera! Contact Laurel at email@example.com or 909-260-8833 for more information.
Meet in Barstow at the Starbucks at 1620 E Main St at 8:30AM
Carpooling from Claremont, Rancho Cucamonga and Victorville possible.
Afton Canyon, gateway to the Cady Mountains
Sunday, December 7 th
Cady Mountains Day Hike from Hidden Valley
8:30AM to 4PM
Join us for a cross-country hike over a rugged landscape and through lands that were utilized by Native Americans and Jedediah Smith and Kit Carson traveled through in the early 1800’s. We'll start in Hidden Valley, smack dab in the middle of the Cady Mountains, with rugged desert mountains rising on either side of vast bajadas. We'll hike roughly 4 miles keeping a look out for bighorn sheep and other animals. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, bring 2 liters of water and lunch. Don't forget your camera! Contact Laurel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 909-260-8833 for more information.
Meet at 8:30 AM in Newberry Springs off Highway 40 at the Texaco gas station parking lot, north side of the highway. Carpooling from Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont and Victorville possible.