Start: 03/24/2012 End:03/25/2012
Difficulty: Moderate. However, we will be packing in all of our own water, so be prepared for some extra weight.
We’re going to be backpacking the ~8 mile Boy Scout Trail in Joshua Tree National Park. According to some…
“The Boy Scout Trail spans an 8 mile transition zone between the high Mojave and low Mojave Desert, showcasing an extraordinary range of plants, cacti, trees and terrain along its path. The southern portion travels through an archetypal Joshua Tree forest, then edges higher into the lower reaches of a pinyon-juniper ecosystem. Moving north, the trail drops sharply into a rugged canyon, emerging in a broad plateau that hosts a variety of plants and succulents from the low Mojave and Colorado deserts. Observant hikers will note how even subtle elevation changes bring forth varying ecological compositions along each mile of this beautiful trail.”
Blah blah blah, this trip is gonna rock your socks. We’re going to be leaving bright and early, and we’ll only be hiking about 4 miles both days, so we should have plenty of time to explore the surrounding area when we stop for the night. Also, Joshua Tree is a desert (oooh!), so we’ll have to pack in all of our own water. Therefore, we’re going to try and run this trip as lightly as possibly. We’ll be sleeping under the stars (or a tarp, if the weather doesn’t cooperate), and learning the basics of what it means to do more by packing less!
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Meet: TBA Saturday morning
Return: TBA Sunday night
Pre-Trip Meeting: TBA
We’ll be going over all this at the pre-trip meeting, but you will need a comfortable sleeping bag that can handle temperatures as low as 35 degrees. We can give you advice on where to rent this if you need it. We can rent you a backpack and sleeping pad for free as well.