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DPS trips mainly include Saturday and Sunday day hikes with a Saturday night potluck campfire meal and car or tent camping overnight stay on Saturday. Those wishing to attend must contact the Leader or Assistant Leader as indicated in the Desert Sage or on this web site. Trip sheets will be e-mailed/mailed prior to the event upon acceptance to the trip. Permits or fees may be required depending on the peak being climbed. A listing of recent expired Section Outing announcements is available for viewing.
Activity listings for selected Angeles Chapter Outings Sections and the Leadership Training Committee can be accessed by following the links displayed at the bottom of this Listing of Outings and Activities.

March 29th, Saturday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Spectre Point (4400’+): Strenuous Class 2 scramble to the high point of the Coxcomb Mountains in Joshua Tree National Park. Join leaders for this 2700’ gain, 14 mile round trip adventure to one of the highlight of the park. This will be a long, rugged hike in steep, thorny terrain, so make sure to e-mail the leaders your recent conditioning and experience! Lug soled boots and adequate water (3-4 liters) recommended. Contact leader: Jim S. Fleming or Co-leaders: Tina Bowman or Paul Garry for details.

March 29th-30th Saturday - Sunday, WTC, 20s and 30s Section, Desert Peaks Section, I: Last Chance Mountain (8456'), Sandy Point (7062'): Enjoy a beautiful cross-country, springtime day hike to Last Chance Mountain at the north end of Death Valley National Park. The hike will be 7 miles round-trip with approximately 2300' gain. Optional car camp Friday& Saturday nights under a new moon near the entrance to decommissioned Crater Mine. Sunday's hike to Sandy Point affords panoramic views of the Eureka Valley and snowcapped Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains in the distance. 11-mile round-trip with approximately 2000' gain. Bring 10 essentials, 3 – 4 liters water, and a pleasant demeanor. WTC, or similar experience & training, is encouraged. Send experience, current conditioning and contact information to Leader: Benjamin Bowes ( Assistant: Will McWhinney (

March 29th - 30th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Ibex Peak (4751’), Saddle Peak Hills Wilderness Highpoint (2280’), Noon Peak (4237’): This is an exploratory trip to climb three California Wilderness Area highpoints. On Saturday, climb Ibex Peak in the Ibex Wilderness (5.5 miles, 1750’), which shares a border with Death Valley NP. That afternoon we’ll also have a short climb up to the high point in the Saddle Peak Hills Wilderness (2 miles, 430’). There should be time in the late afternoon to visit nearby Tecopa Hot Springs for those interested. Sunday we’ll climb the highpoint of the South Nopah Range Wilderness, Noon Peak, (aka Noon benchmark) (3 miles, 1500’). High clearance vehicles recommended. Leaders: Daryn Dodge ( and Kathy Rich (

March 29 -30th, Saturday-Sunday, WTC, DPS, MR:Castle Dome Peak (3,788’) and Signal Peak (4,877’): Join us for two day hikes in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge with sections of class 3 scrambling on both peaks. Bring helmet, harness and 4 to 5 quarts of water for each day. Early Saturday morning start to cross-country hike to Signal Peak (about 4 miles and 2800 ft elevation gain). Car camping and happy hour on Saturday night. On Sunday hike to nearby Castle Dome Peak (about 6 miles round trip and 2,100 ft gain). Email leader with SC member number, medical form, recent conditioning, class 3 climbing experience and phone number. Ldr Laurent Hoffmann ( Co-Ldr Matthew Hengst.

April 5th -6th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, MR/I: Moapa Peak (6471') and Virgin Peak (8071+): Join us for two Las Vegas area peaks and a possible list finish for Michael Gosnell. Saturday, we’ll hike Moapa, class 3 with exposure and 6 miles RT, 3400ft of gain Afterward, we’ll drive to the 2WD trail head for Virgin and car camp with a DPS-style potluck dinner. Sunday we’ll hike Virgin, no more than 10 miles RT and 3800 ft of gain. We’ll return for a short list finish celebration. Email Michael (  for trip details. Leaders: Doug Mantle, Tina Bowman and Rudy Fleck.

April 13th, Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck: Join us at the home of Barbee and Larry Tidball in Long Beach for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 pm and potluck at 6:00 pm. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Barbee and Larry Tidball at 

April 19th -20th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I:Sentinel Peak (9,634’):  Join us for a backpacking trip in Death Valley.  On Saturday we will backpack up Surprise Canyon to Panamint City (roughly 6 miles, 4000 ft.).  We will explore the ghost town of Panamint City and camp there Saturday night.  Sunday we will climb Sentinel Peak and then pack up and hike back down Surprise Canyon (roughly 11 miles, 3000 ft.). Contact leader for details. Leader: Jen Blackie ( Co-leader: Jack Kieffer.

April 26th -27th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I:  Kingston Peak (7336’), Avawatz Mountain (6154’): Join us for a spring climb of these two relatively high peaks in San Bernardino County.  Kingston is 3800’ of gain, 9 miles, and Avawatz will probably be about 10 miles and 3000 elevation gain, due to some road washouts.  4wd may be required for some parts of the road in to Avawatz   We’ll meet Saturday morning for the climb of Kingston, enjoy our usual excellent potluck on Saturday night, and climb Avawatz on Sunday.  Depending on when we finish our Saturday climb, there will be a chance of a welcome soak in Tecopa Hot Springs.  Leader:  Dave Perkins.  email Ann Perkins: (asst. ldr.) with recent experience and conditioning.

April 26th -27th, Saturday - Sunday, LTC, SPS, Desert Peaks Section, M/E:  Sierra Snow Checkoff/Practice:  For M & E candidates wanting to check off leadership ratings and/or others who wish to practice new techniques.  Restricted to Sierra Club members with some prior basic training with the ice axe.  Send Sierra Club number, climbing resume, email, H&W telephones to Leader: NILE SORENSON (,  Co-leader:  DOUG MANTLE.

May 3rd-4th Saturday - Sunday, WTC, 20s and 30s Section, Desert Peaks Section, I: Eagle Mountain #1 (5350'): Join us for an enjoyable cross-country backpack trip into the Eagle Mountains of Joshua Tree National Park. 12-mile round-trip with 2400' gain. The Eagle Mountains are an appealing destination that mark the transition between Colorado Desert and higher-elevation Mojave Desert ecological zones. Desert saltbush, creosote bush and chola cactus of the low-elevation Colorado Desert give way to uniquely beautiful Joshua Trees as we hike to the peak of Eagle Mountain #1. Saturday we will hike 3.5 miles off-trail to dry camp area, setup camp and then hike 4.2 miles round-trip to summit. Return to camp for happy hour and good conversation. Sunday morning will begin at a leisurely hour to break camp. On the return hike we will visit historic Mastodon Mine and Cottonwood Spring. Bring 10 essentials, all water, and a pleasant demeanor. Wilderness Travel Course, or similar experience & training, is encouraged. Send experience, current conditioning and contact information to Leader: Benjamin Bowes( Assistant: Dwain Roque (

May 18, Sunday, Annual Section Banquet: Join your fellow desert explorers and friends for a wonderful evening at Luminarias Restaurant in Monterey Park. This year's speaker will be Andy Zdon, author of the classic book "Desert Summits: A Hiking and Climbing Guide to California and Southern Nevada", who will present "From Climbing Desert Peaks to Studying Desert Ecosystems". Social Hour and No Host Bar starts at 5:30 pm, followed at 7:00 pm by dinner and the program. Social Hour and No Host Bar starts at 5:30 pm, followed at 7:00 pm by dinner and the program. The evening will be capped off by awards. Please mark your calendars and come join the fun! Click here to download ticket order form.

june June 7th - 8th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: List Finish on Glass Mountain (11,140') with bonus peaks Cone Peak (10,152') and Wilfred Peak (10,030'): Join us for a double list finish celebration for Kathy Rich and Greg Gerlach (and possibly others) on volcanic Glass Mtn (south of Mammoth), with a celebratory party afterwards at nearby Sawmill Meadow Campground. Saturday: easy class 1 climb of Glass Mtn (3 miles round trip, 1900'), adding its slightly lower north or south summits if desired. Sunday: option to climb two bonus peaks on Peakbagger's non-Sierra 10K list - Cone and Wilfred Pks (5 miles round trip, 2000'), further south along the Glass Mtn Ridge. Great views of the Sierras and White Mtns from these summits. Contact leader for trip details and vehicle/rideshare information (2WD OK for Glass, 4WD for Cone and Wilfred). Leaders: Daryn Dodge (, Kathy Rich, Mat Kelliher, Gary Schenk, Tina Bowman, Barbee and Larry Tidball.

November 1-2nd, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, Chili Cook-off: The Chili Cook-off will be held on November 1-2, so save the date! The venue will be in the Shoshone area near Death Valley. More information will be forthcoming in a future issue of the Sage and on the website. Hosts: Julie Rush ( and Jan Brahms (

Please make a selection below to see the Outings Schedule for other Angeles Chapter Activity Sections
Leadership Training Course Schedule
Sierra Peaks Outings Schedule
Lower Peaks Outings Schedule
Hundred Peaks Outings Schedule
Mule Pack Section Outings Schedule
Ski Mountaineers Outings Schedule
Most Desert Peaks Section trips include Saturday and Sunday day hikes with a Saturday night car camp unless otherwise specified. Trips range in difficulty from trail hiking to cross-country travel over rugged terrain to exposed climbing requiring technical aid such as ropes.
In order to participate in a Sierra Club outing, you will need to sign a liability waiver. If you would like to read a copy of the waiver prior to attending the outing, please see In addition, you must contact the leader by sending a sase (self addressed, stamped, envelope) or email to the leader. Outings listed as restricted trips (MR and E rated) are limited to Sierra Club members who are qualified to participate in the outing as determined by the leader.
Our trips our published in the Angeles Chapter Schedule of Activities and in our newsletter. The section is known for the Saturday evening parties. There are usually no participation quotas. If you have applied and you do not hear otherwise, you may assume you are accepted. SASE's and emails are normally returned with trip sheets 1-2 weeks prior to the trip. Please join us on a hike!
In the interests of facilitating the logistics of some outings, it is customary that participants make voluntary carpooling arrangements. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Carpooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel.
Restricted outings requiring the use of ice axes or ropes/climbing gear may be conducted with special trip plan approval, both at the Chapter and National levels. Also, all participants must be Sierra Club members and sign a liability release (waiver).
In order to assure the well-being of all; preserve natural beauty and living things; maintain good will toward the Sierra Club and its objectives the following Rules apply to all persons joining Sierra Club activities. Conduct must, at all times, be acceptable to the group itself, to the general public, and to officials with whom the group may come in contact.
1. The authority of the leaders is to be recognized. Never precede hike leader; never leave group without leader's permission; abide by leader's rulings as to adequacy of clothing, foot-wear, equipment, proficiency, experience, etc.
2. Obey all fire, sanitary, administrative, and safety regulations of both the Club and governmental agencies. Don't throw rocks. Bring out all unburned litter. Take only photographs; leave only footprints. On trails, don't cut switchbacks as the practice leads to erosions.
3. All cooking on overnight trips will be done on stoves. One campfire is permitted where firewood is not in short supply.
4. Firearms and use of radios (except for essential uses such as navigation or communication) are prohibited. Animals are prohibited unless a specific exception is included in the original trip write up.
5. Persons less than 18 yrs old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or have written permission from same giving phone number and authorization for continuing treatment by an Medical Doctor in case of necessity.
6. Events are open to all members and guests unless the event description lists special restrictions. Make sure you understand these restrictions as they apply to your qualifications to participate be sure you are qualified to participate and that you will not handicap the group because the activity is too strenuous for you. The privilege to attend outings and other events may be limited or withdrawn from those who willfully and/or repeatedly do not comply with the Rules of Conduct.
The Chapter Safety Committee has established classifications for outings that involve different levels and areas of skill but do not relate to the strenuousness of the outing.
C For events under external control of a non-Sierra Club entity (e.g., ranger, concessionaire).
O Applies to uncomplicated outings such as hikes on trails or equivalent.
I Includes outings involving off-trail travel that require navigational skills.
M Applies to outings that include moderate snow climbs and/or class 3 rock climbing. M-R (rock) and M-S (snow) ratings are available.
E Applies to outings that involve more severe snow climbing.
T Applies to outings that involve specialized technical activities.

Detailed leadership contact information can be found in the current issue of the Angeles Chapter Schedule of Activities.
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