Mojave Desert Trip

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March 26, 2017 all-day
Mojave Desert
Oogie Schmitt
Mojave Desert Trip @ Mojave Desert

Led by Oogie Schmitt – Travel to the Mojave desert and see a variety of wildflowers, many of which are blooming thanks to all the rains, plenty of desert landscape, Red Mountain Ghost town, Town of Trona, Searles Lake, and photograph the Trona Pinnacles at sunset.  Sleep overnight in Ridgecrest.  Visit the town of Randsburg on Sunday morning.  More details below including the itinerary.

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Mojave Desert Trip

Saturday – Sunday, March 25-26

*** Higher  profile vehicle preferred(SUV, Pickup Truck, AWD).  We will be driving a rough, dirt road to the Pinnacles  ***

Saturday, March 25:

Meet for breakfast around 7AM – 7:30AM at:

Molly Browns Country Cafe

24949 National Trails Hwy, Helendale, CA 92342

Phone:(760) 951-8282

Directions:  Take North D Street off I-15 until it turns into National Trails Highway.  Continue North until you will see the only Molly Browns Country Café right before you get to Helendale.


After breakfast, we will continue North stopping along the way to photograph desert landscapes and wildflowers. 

Take a left at Highway 58 until we reach Kramer Junction.  Then take Highway 395 North.

**** IMPORTANT ****

Be sure to bring plenty of water along with some food or snacks.  We will be out in the sun and we may be eating a late lunch as well as a late dinner.


We will stop at the towns of Red Mountain and Johannesburg.

We will continue on Highway 395 and stop for lunch at Ridgecrest.  If time permits, those sleeping over can get accommodations at some various lodging choices:

Hampton Inn & Suites Ridgecrest

104 Sydnor St, Ridgecrest, CA 93555

Phone: (760) 446-1968


Budget Inn and Suites Ridgecrest

Address: 831 N China Lake Blvd, Ridgecrest, CA 93555

Phone:(760) 375-1351


Economy Inn & Suites

Address: 416 S China Lake Blvd, Ridgecrest, CA 93555

Phone:(760) 375-1591


Quality Inn Near China Lake Naval Station

Address: 507 S China Lake Blvd, Ridgecrest, CA 93555

Phone:(760) 375-9731


After lunch, we will take Highway 178 to the town of Trona and Searles Lake bed.

Finally we will take a dirt road to the Trona Pinnacles for a sunset shoot and/or stay longer for Night-Sky photography.

Stay overnight in Ridgecrest.  We may not return until around 8:30 – 9PM or so thus we will want to discuss what and where to eat dinner.  

Sunday, March 26:

Meet for Breakfast – TBD

Drive to Randsburg and stay and photograph for as long as you want until you are ready to go home.


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