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Future Trips

Here we list trips scheduled by the Desert Explorers for the near and distant future. Also listed are some trips that are organized and led by our members but which do not require membership in the Mojave River Valley Museum (MRVM) and are, therefore, not MRVM-sponsored Desert Explorer trips.

Some trips, such as those involving stays at private residences or visits to obscure rock art sites, are posted only in the Desert Explorers' Newsletter. Conversely, some impromptu trips will be posted here and not in the Newsletter.

All trip participants will be required to sign our waiver.

Scheduled Desert Explorer Trips

Trip descriptions are usually published in the newsletter at least one month before they are posted on this website.

All Desert Explorers trips require a four-wheel drive vehicle and a working CB unless otherwise specified by the trip leader.

We welcome newcomers, but IF THIS WILL BE YOUR FIRST TRIP, please talk with the trip leader about your vehicle, camping gear, and off-highway driving experience; you won't have a good time if you get stuck, cold, wet, or hungry! Also, please read the "fine print," which describes the rules we follow on our trips.

We now have a satellite telephone for use where conventional telephone or cell-phone service is not available. See the Satellite Telephone Policy. For each trip, the decision to bring the satellite telephone, and if it to be used only for emergencies, is made by the trip leader. Talk with the trip leader if the use of the satellite telephone is important to you.


San Bernardino Mountains

San Bernardino Mountains

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Leaders: Danny & Norma Siler

Come and enjoy a beautiful day on dirt roads exploring the San Bernardino Mountains in the Big Bear area. Bring your families, kids and grandkids.

We will be traveling in the elevation range of 5,000 to 8,000 ft. and we’ll see quite a variety of vegetation; sagebrush, yucca, manzanita, juniper, pine trees, fir, and spruce. We will also pass through several burn areas; old and new.

 Our route will take us from Green Valley Lake on road 2N13 to Fawnskin. Along the way we’ll have time for a side trip to Butler Peak Lookout. Maybe a volunteer docent will be there and we can climb to the top and walk around the 360 degree viewing deck.

At Fawnskin we can stop and use clean bathrooms or visit the market. Then we travel on 3N14 (Coxey Road) through Hanna Flat, onto Big Pine Flats, to road 3N16 (Crab Flats Road) and head back to Green Valley Lake.

Here, there is a shop that sells ice cream, milk shakes, and root beer floats and that is where we will finish our day-trip on this warm summer day.

A high clearance vehicle is a necessity for this trip. But four-wheel drive is not required. Bring your CB Radio - we will be on channel 13. And don’t forget lunch, snacks, and drinks. We must limit our group to 10 vehicles.

A Forest Service Adventure Pass is required. Also qualifying is America the Beautiful Interagency Pass or a National Parks pass. We have an extra pass and the first person to ask may borrow it for the day. At the picnic area during our pre-run the Forest Service was issuing citations for vehicles not displaying the pass. The fine is $ 5.00 with a mail-in envelope.

We will meet at 10:00 a.m. in Running Springs. Specific instructions to the meeting place will be provided. Please sign-up at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (714) 878-1259. And we will have this cell phone with us during
our trip.

White Mountains & Bristlecone Pines

White Mountains Traverse & Log Cabin Mine

Saturday July 21-23, 2017

Leader: Ron Lipari • CB 13

White Mountain Traverse We will meet at Big Pine on Friday morning July 21 at 9:30 a.m. at the Country Kitchen. From there we will head up to the White Mountains via Wyman Canyon. A stop will be made at the Bristle Cone Pine Visitors Center before camping at Cottonwood Creek for a pot luck.

Log Cabin Mine Saturday we will head down Silver Canyon (serious 4x4 trail - high clearance vehicles only), to Laws museum for a short stop. From there we will head to Lee Vining (stop for lunch at the Whoa Nelly Deli if time permits) and then up to the Log Cabin mine camping near the trailhead. Sunday we will hike to the mine (approximately 3 miles round trip with lots to see), and then head home Sunday.

No pets on this trip. Thanks, Ron Lipari 805-444-5284 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Desert Explorers September Meeting

Saturday, September 9

11:00 a.m. • Potluck lunch

Marian & Neal Johns’ Home

Directions to Neal & Marian’s

Take I-15 Exit Sierra Ave. and proceed uphill, Northwest into the mountains following Lytle Creek Wash.

You will pass the Valero gas station (on your left) and shortly continue through a stoplight.

Go six and one fourth miles, passing the Ranger Station and two stores on the right and our two story house is on the left behind a black iron fence directly across the street from the white, modular Post Office.

If you get to cross street Valley Vista, you have gone 100 feet too far. Several friendly dogs will greet you but are confined behind fences.

Desperate calls for assistance:  (909) 887-1549.

Santa Ana Mountains Tour

Santa Ana Mountains Tour

April 1,  2017

Leader: Bob Jacoby

CB 13

Who says there is no off roading in Orange County? Join us for an interesting and scenic ridgetop trip across the Santa Ana Mountains. We will follow the Main Divide Road from above Lake Elsinore to Santiago Peak. We will then briefly retrace our steps to exit the mountains on the spectacular Indian Truck Trail.

We are tentatively planning a museum stop and a group dinner once we get back to the flat lands. This should be a very fun day filled with scenery and some interesting, moderately difficult roads. In fact, most of the trip will be easy but there are several very steep places where significant erosion has occurred. As a result, high clearance and four wheel drive will be required.

An Adventure Pass will also be required to go on the trip. This is an absolute requirement of the Cleveland National Forest.

Email Bob Jacoby at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan to go on this fun one day trip. Specific instructions regarding the meeting place will be provided. Thanks.

Coming Up

Sat Aug 26 @12:00AM
San Bernardino Mtns
Sat Sep 09 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
DE Meeting
Sat Dec 16 @12:00AM
DE Christmas Party