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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 Sierras

Eastern Sierras

Thurs-Sat, June 21-23, 2018

Leader : Ron Lipari

Meet at the Eastern California Museum in Independence on Wednesday, June 20 at 11:00 a.m. Explore stamp mill in Independence with camping in the Buttermilks on Wednesday night. Explore various mining sites in the Inyo-Mono region including Montgomery Pass, Masonic, Tioga Pass and possibly Silverado Canyon and Cottonwood Creek depending upon the time and conditions. This is an exploratory trip - high clearance 4x4 with working CB required. Contact Ron Lipari at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by cell at 805-444-5284.

Hastings Cutoff Expedition

Hastings Cutoff Expedition

Mon-Wed, July 9-11, 2018

Join Bob Jacoby and Bill Powell for an exploration of the infamous Hastings Cutoff of the California Trail. We will rendezvous outside Wendover, UT on July 9th for a three day trip through the back country of Eastern Nevada. The off-road distance is approximately 250 miles. We will be going over several passes and the altitude will be between 4000 and 6000 ft. We will have the option of staying overnight in Wells, NV the first night or camping at a Forest Service campground. The second night we intend to camp at a county recreation area. We will be able to gas up in Wells after the first hundred miles. Fuel is available about 20 miles from the second overnight stop if needed. The route conditions vary from pavement to near bush whacking. Some areas may be muddy depending on weather. One of the passes goes through a juniper forest where clearance can be tight. Four wheel drive will be mandatory. Expect to see lots of wildlife. While pre-running the route, Bill encountered numerous elk, antelope, wild horses, and golden eagles. There will be opportunities for soaking in natural hot springs as well. Contact Bill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (541) 908-0826 for more info. GPS waypoints are available.

Desert Explorers General Meeting

Saturday, July 28

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.

Coming Up

Thu Jun 21 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Eastern Sierra Area
Mon Jul 09 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Hastings Cutofftrip
Sat Jul 28 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
General Meeting & Potluck