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November 16-18, 2007
Fall Retreat at Death Valley National Park
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November 16-18, 2007
Fall Retreat at Death Valley National Park 
To reserve a spot for camping contact Anna J. at (408) 806-7675 or annaj@wildrecovery.org


The Place

        Hottest, Driest, Lowest: A superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and three million acres of stone wilderness. Despite the harshness and severity of the environment, more than 1000 kinds of plants live within the park. Those on the valley floor have adapted to a desert life by a variety of means. Wildlife has also learned to deal with the heat. Animals that live in the desert are mainly nocturnal. On any given summer day, the valley floor shimmers silently in the heat. Five months of the year unmerciful heat dominates the scene, and for the next seven the heat releases its grip only slightly. The highest mountain in Death Valley National Park is the 11,049 foot Telescope Peak. The vertical drop from the peak to the Badwater Basin is twice the depth of the Grand Canyon. We will be taking an easy walk across the lowest place in the western hemisphere at the Badwater Salt Flats on Friday and hiking Wildrose (neighbor to Telescope Peak) on Saturday.



Getting There

        DIRECTIONS:  From San Jose, take 101 South to the 10th St exit/152 East. Take I-5 South for 124 miles. Take CA-46 exit toward Lost Hills/Wasco for 25 miles. Take CA-99 South to CA-58 East Mohave/Tehachapigo. Take exit #167 CA-14 toward Mojave/Bishop and turn left on Midland Trail CA-14 North. Turn on W Inyokern Rd/CA-178 for 12 miles then turn right to follow CA-178 all the way into the park. CA-178 meets up with CA-190. Follow CA-190 around till you get to the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. We will be at campsites #36-#40 in Furnace Creek Campground.

Drive time is 8 hours Vehicle Fee $20 - Camping $15/person Dogs not allowed

To reserve a spot for camping contact Anna J. at (408) 806-7675 or annaj@wildrecovery.org


Walking the Walk

        Friday Hike (Level 2.5 - Miles: 10 - Elevation ~0')  Badwater Salt Flat: We will take a level walk across lowest place in the western hemisphere with an elevation of 282 feet below sea level. The salt flats at Badwater, in Death Valley National Park, are a place like no other in the world. With large honeycombs of salt linked together for miles and miles, the salt flats provide a hiking experience that can only be found in a place like Death Valley. Directions to Trailhead: In Death Valley National Park, travel South along Highway 178 from the Furnace Creek area. Badwater will be on your right hand side. There is no trail.

        Saturday Hike (Level 4 - Miles: 8.4 - Elevation ~2200')  Wildrose Peak trail: Wildrose Peak is the northernmost summit of the Panamint Mountains highest section. A rewarding hike on its own, it is also a good alternative when winter conditions prevent hiking Telescope Peak. The trail starts at the north end of the charcoal kilns and climbs steadily up a drainage thick with pinyon pine and juniper. Watch for weathered stumps of trees cut more than 100 years ago to be made into charcoal at the kilns. The final two miles of trail meanders along a forested ridge and switchbacks up the peak, revealing increasingly spectacular views. Other than a few scattered stands of limber pine, the rounded summit is exposed and windswept. Cautions: No water available at the kilns or along the trail; may have snow from December to April.

 

Know Before You Go

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Drive time is 8 hours Vehicle Fee $20 - Camping $15/person Dogs not allowed

To reserve a spot for camping contact Anna J. at (408) 806-7675 or annaj@wildrecovery.org



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