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.

Redwoods Exploratory

Fri-Sun – August 24-26

Leader: Nelson Miller

This will be an exploratory trip of the southern portion of the Sequoia National Monument in the southern Sierras, south of Sequoia National Park.  Meet at Springville Veterans Memorial Park, adjacent to Tulare County Fire Department Station, 35659 CA Highway 190, Springville, CA 93265, at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 24.  We will probably do dispersed camping in the National Forest Friday and Saturday nights, which would be dry with no facilities.  I will have a fire permit.  However, there are accommodations in Camp Nelson and Springville for those who would rather stay at a motel, lodge, or bed and breakfast.

There are 20 sequoia (redwood) groves in the southern portion of the Sequoia National Monument generally located along Forest Service dirt roads off of CA Highway 190.  The groves are typically located at 5-7,000 feet elevation, so it should be relatively cooler.  The groves are small, with 15 to 100+ redwoods in each grove.  I expect to explore several of the larger groves, including the Black Mountain Grove, the Belknap Complex (which includes three groves), the Freeman Creek Grove, and the Long Meadow Grove, as well as other groves and points of interest. We will end Sunday afternoon at the Trail of 100 Giants near the junction of CA Highway 190 and Mountain Highway 50 northeast of California Hot Springs.  These roads connect to California Hot Spring, Lake Isabella, and Sherman Pass.  I expect to take hikes in each of the larger groves of 1-2 miles.

Please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you think you are coming, so I have an idea of how many vehicles to plan for camping, or call me at 760-247-0984 with any questions.  You can also arrange to meet us Saturday morning.