Feb 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm #1269630
I'm leading our Boy Scout troop to Havasupai in early April. I just found out that Havasupai is closed to visitors until May 1st due to flood damage from rains last year. I have 28 people signed up to go and now I need to find a new location.
I'm looking for ideas where I can take 20-30 scouts & adults on a 20 or so mile backpack over three days, two nights in early April. We are based in Orange County, Southern California, so it has to be within a one day drive. The Sierras and local mountains will still have lots of snow, so they're out. We've been to Joshua Tree and Anza Borrego many times. We're looking for something new. I've checked Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce and all have limits on group size much smaller than 20. Any other ideas?Feb 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm #1700585
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
Here's an idea. Death Valley.
The desert floor of Death Valley gets incredibly hot, even around April. However, there is the high country, and it goes all the way up into snow country on Telescope Peak. You could check with NPS to see what they recommend. Your whole trip would be centered on where you can find water. There are actually some large springs in the park, but you have to know where they are.
Further, many spots in Death Valley have deep history, and that could be worthwhile. I'm talking about places other than the Barker Ranch.
–B.G.–Feb 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm #1700620
@orienteeringFeb 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm #1700721
What about going as two separate groups, to Grand Canyon?Feb 23, 2011 at 6:09 pm #1700745
@saparisorLocale: Pacific Northwest
I've never been to either, so take these suggestions with a grain of salt. Maybe someone else can comment about backpacking there. Also, I'm just looking by distance, so it would be worth looking at daytime/nighttime temps for each in late April.
1. The Superstition Mountains/WIlderness outside Phoenix.
2. Saguaro National Park. Maybe too far, but, hey, it's a National Park.Feb 23, 2011 at 10:16 pm #1700867
Thanks for all the great ideas. I'll check them out. Any other cool areas that can accommodate a group?
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