Indian Cove Car Camp

Joshua Tree National Park Xerox Mountaineering & Backpacking Club

Southern Mojave Desert Friday - Sunday, December 1-3, 1995

Brief: A weekend car-camp in the Southern Mojave Desert with optional day hikes, rock-climbing practice, or just plain relaxation. Elevation at the campground is 3,200 feet.

When: Arrive anytime after noon on Friday December 1st, and break camp by early afternoon on Sunday the 3rd. Stay the entire weekend or come for a day.

Description: This promises to be a relaxing weekend of camping in the desert. Traditionally a relatively unstructured weekend, easy to moderate dayhikes and rock climbing are typically on the agenda. A Saturday evening shared barbecue dinner has also become traditional, details will be provided later.

Joshua Tree National Park is located northeast of Palm Springs and approximately 140 miles east of Los Angeles. Formerly a National Monument, Joshua Tree was promoted to National Park status with the signing of the California Desert Protection Act on October 31, 1994. We will be camping at the Indian Cove Group Campground, Site #6.

Information: There is a five dollar per vehicle entrance fee to the National Park and this permit is valid for five days. Water is not available at the camp site but can be obtained at the Ranger Station at the park entrance. There are tables, fireplaces, and chemical toilets 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. The camp site can accommodate up to 25 people and seven vehicles, tents only - RVs are not permitted.

Weather: We have consistently experienced exceptional weather at this time of year, but weather in the desert can vary dramatically. Conditions ranging from shirt sleeve weather to rain, cold, wind, and even snow are possible. Night time temperatures can justify winter clothing - even around the campfire. From past experience this time of year we should expect daytime temperatures in the low 70s, and overnight lows around freezing, but be prepared for anything.

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 then 215 north to the eastbound 60. The 60 freeway and I-10 merge at Beaumont, follow I-10 east to highway 62 and turn north. Enter the National Park at the Indian Cove entrance - turn right on Indian Cove Road, nine miles east of the town of Joshua Tree, and about a quarter mile past the radio tower on the left. The group campground is about 2.5 miles south on Indian Cove Road.

Reservations: Since we are limited to 25 campers, reservations are required. To make reservations, coordinate car-pool arrangements, or if you need more info, contact the leaders.

Topo Maps: Maps that cover this area are the Indian Cove 7.5' series (USGS) and the Twentynine Palms 15' series (USGS). Also available is an excellent map published by Tom Harrison: Recreational Map of Joshua Tree National Monument, the scale is 1:125,000.

Leader: Randy Ortland 214/985-6441 (home)

Jack Cook 310/333-5214 (work)

(assistant)JCook:El Segundo

John McNelly 619-676-7819 (work)