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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.


Eastern Sierra Exploratory

Eastern Sierra Exploratory - Mines, Mills and a Monastery

Tuesday-Saturday June 25-29, 2019
Leader: Ron Lipari

Meet in Independence at the Eastern CA museum at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 25. Still planning the itinerary but will include a loop up the eastern Sierra and into Nevada. High clearance 4x4 only. Some moderate hiking. More details will follow in upcoming newsletters. Contact Ron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in going on the trip.

The Applegate Trail

The Applegate Trail

Thursday-Saturday, July 4-6
Leaders: Bill Powell & Bob Jacoby

We will explore the Applegate Trail from where it broke off from the California Trail near Imlay, NV to Goose Lake, CA. The Applegate Trail was pioneered by a small group of Oregonians in 1846 who wanted a route to Oregon that bypassed the need to raft down the treacherous Columbia Gorge. Later, two cutoffs from this route provided access to Northern California during the Gold Rush. The route will take us through Black Rock Desert and High Rock Canyon. This trip involves camping out for two nights. Although much of the route will be on graded or paved roads, high-clearance 4WD vehicles are mandatory as there are some rough stretches. Please contact Bill Powell by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to join us. The number of participants will be limited.

East Mojave Heritage Trail, Kelso to Needles

East Mojave Heritage Trail – Kelso to Needles

Friday - Sunday, October 25 - 27, 2019  (rescheduled from Friday-Sunday May 3-5, 2019 due to conflict)
Leader: Nelson Miller

Meet at Kelso Depot Visitor Center (east end of the parking lot), 90942 Kelso Cima Rd, Kelso, CA 92309, Friday, May 3 at 11:00 a.m. We will travel through or around the edges of the Providence Mountains, Piute Mountains, Old Woman Mountains, Turtle Mountains, Whipple Mountains, Chemuhuevi Mountains, and the Sacramento Moun.tains, with two dry camps along the way. We will have potluck Happy Hour and dinner both nights. This will finish the end of EMHT #3, which we did not finish on the last trip and EMHT #4. Both books may be purchased either from Mojave River Valley Museum or Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association (Goffs), https://www.mdhca.org/. Please email Nelson Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan to attend, so I know how many vehicles to expect

Arizona Route 66

Arizona Route 66

Saturday-Tuesday, April 13-16 Leaders: Axel Heller  & Bob Jacoby

Preliminary information: Travel across Arizona on alignments of Route 66 to New Mexico border. Motel accommodations or RV campsite for evenings (RV can take 6 people per site/tent). Optional segment will continue into New Mexico if interested. Details will follow in future Newsletters