XEROX Mountaineering & Backpacking Club


When: Friday, November 30 through Sunday, December 2. Arrive anytime after noon on Friday and break camp by noon on Sunday. Stay the entire weekend or just come for a day.

Brief: A car-camp in the southern Mojave Desert with optional day hikes, rock climbing lessons/practice, or loafing. Elevation at the campground is 3200 feet.

What: Escape from civilization for a relaxing weekend of camping in the desert. Traditionally an unstructured weekend, rock climbing is always on the agenda, with instruction available for beginners. Easy to moderate day hikes can be arranged for those so inclined. We will be camping at Indian Cove Group Camp # 9, which can accommodate up to twenty people and seven vehicles, tents only - no RVs. There is a five dollar entrance fee to the National Monument, the charge is per vehicle and the permit is valid for five days. There is no water available at the campsite, but water can be obtained at the Ranger Station at the entrance to the Monument. There are tables, fireplaces, and toilets (pit) at the campground, but no firewood. If you have firewood around the house, and can find room, please bring some. Dogs are welcome, but park regulations require that they be kept on a leash during the day and in a tent or vehicle at night.

Where: Joshua Tree National Monument is located northeast of Palm Springs and approximately 140 miles east of Los Angeles. We will be at the Indian Cove Group Campground, Site # 9.

Weather: Weather can vary dramatically in the desert, conditions ranging from shirt sleeve weather to rain, cold, wind, and even snow are possible. Nighttime temperatures can justify winter clothing - even around the campfire.

Car Pooling: Since we are limited to seven vehicles, carpooling is recommended. I will try to coordinate car pool arrangements.

Topo Maps: Indian Cove 7.5 minute series (USGS), Twentynine Palms 15' series (USGS).

Directions: From the LA area take either the 91 freeway or I-10 east to the 60 freeway. From the San Diego area take I-15 and the 215 freeway north to the eastbound 60 freeway. The 60 freeway and I-10 merge at Beaumont, follow I-10 east to highway 62 and turn north. Enter the National Monument at the Indian Cove entrance - turn right on Indian Cove Road nine miles east of the town of Joshua Tree. The group campground is about 2.5 miles south on Indian Cove Road.

Questions/Reservations: To make reservations, get car pool information, or if you want more details, contact Randy Ortland at (805) 966-9422 day or evening or send him
e-mail at 71620.2666@compuserve:com