Joshua Tree CampingJourney to an oasis in the heart of the desert

California
California
3 Days
3 Days
Intensity
5/10
18.0 miles
18+

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About the trip

Venture into a desert wilderness teeming with life

Sculpted by the upheaval of magma and erosion over millennia, the park is dynamic portrait of natural forces. Dusted with snow in the winter, painted with blooms in the spring, the landscape is alive. Just when it seems the desert is still, shadows shift and the rocks are awash with the molten hues of sunsets.

On this journey, you will venture far beyond roads through desert fields of the park’s namesake trees with their arms upstretched to heaven. and follow footpaths to an oasis hidden among the boulders. A scramble through the Wonderland of Rocks will connect you to the roughness of the rock and to the core of what it means to be a sensitive visitor in a severe land.

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Level 5/10
California
3 Days
Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

Essential Gear
  • Backpack, sized 35-40 L
  • Tent (available to rent for an additional fee)
  • Sleeping Bag, rated 30 degrees or lower (available to rent for an additional fee)
  • Sleeping Pad (available to rent for an additional fee)
  • Water bottles or Camelbak, 3L total minimum capacity
  • Headlamp
  • Small towel or facecloth
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
Recommended Gear
  • Trekking Poles
  • Camera
  • Book
  • Journal

Wear

Essential Clothing
  • Approach shoes or trail running/hiking shoes/boots
  • Wool hiking socks, multiple pairs
  • Long sleeve base layers (synthetic and moisture wicking)
  • Long pant base layer (synthetic and moisture wicking)
  • Light synthetic shirt or tank for warmer days
  • Hiking pants or shorts (at least one pair should be long pants)
  • Insulating mid layers (fleece jacket or vest, down jacket)
  • Waterproof, windproof shell
  • Light gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Casual clothes for camp
  • Casual clothes for travel to town

What's Included

Included
  • Round Trip Transportation from Seattle
  • Licensed and medically trained guide team
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary
  • Group equipment
  • Park permits and fees
Not included
  • Airfare to Seattle
  • Personal gear and equipment
  • Meals not outlined in itinerary
  • Gratuity for guides

Weather

Expect daytime temperatures in the 70s. The nighttime temperature is typically in the 40s.

Flights

For those traveling from outside Los Angeles, you can plan to fly through either LAX or Palm Springs International Airport (PSP). Those arriving through LAX should plan to arrive by 10AM on day one of the itinerary. If you're planning on flying through Palm Springs, please arrive by 2PM. For anyone departing from Los Angeles or extending their stay in either direction, a city pick up will be arranged by our team. Departure should be booked for after 3PM from Palm Springs or after 7PM from LAX.

Training

This trip does not require technical climbing skills or experience. It does, however, require a moderate level of physical fitness. Trails are generally flat and smooth but there will be the opportunity to explore unique rock formations. The more balance and single-foot stability you have, the better. Give yourself adequate time to prepare, particularly if this form and intensity of exercise is new. Robust training recommendations are available to registrants.

Why this trip?

Recommended for...

This trip is recommended for those newer to hiking or camping, but who have a basic level of outdoor skills and fitness. Each day's hike has a relatively small amount of elevation gain and the trails are mild and clear, though you will be hiking in desert conditions. First time campers are encouraged to apply.