>Click here for the Black Canyon Trek webpage. 

 Hidden lakes, ghost towns, and a river oasis in the Sonoran Desert.

 2018 Picacho Trek

Paddling Trip To Explore The Rugged Volcanic Landscape Of Over 30 Miles Of The Lower Colorado River

Walters Camp, CA, to Fishers Landing, AZ

 

Hosted by Venture Crew 76 & the Aca Chapter of Cahuilla Lodge #127 

February 16 to 19, 2018

Cost: $125 Per Person; limited to 20 people ages 14 years old and above. 

Signup for both the Picacho Trek and Black Canyon Trek and receive a special discount of $335 for both treks.

 

Quick Links: >Download the Picacho trek Flyer >Download the Picacho & Black Canyon Info. & Registration Packet
>Registration Requirements >Requirements to Attend >Annual BSA Health and Medical Record Form
>Payment Schedule, Trek Itinerary, and Training Dates >Cost >Interactive Map with Photos & Float Plan via Google Maps

 

   OA members over 14 years of age and Ventures are invited to do a paddle trip through Imperial Wildlife Refuge and Picacho SRA during President's Day weekend, February 16 - 19, of 2018. This will be a 3 day, 34 mile trip down the Colorado River from Walters Camp, CA, to Fisher’s Landing, AZ. We will be exploring the river through the Imperial Wildlife Refuge and Picacho State Recreation Area. This area is the longest remaining natural area of the lower Colorado River. The river passes through an ancient volcanic area that contains hidden backwater lakes, abandoned gold mines, ghost towns, and lots of rugged terrain.

We will be camping Friday night at Walters Camp and then launching at 8AM on Saturday, Feb. 17, from Walters Camp (35 miles south of Blythe) and entering the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge. We will be paddling 14 miles to our first night’s camp at Beachcamp 4S on the northern end of Picacho SRA. As soon as we get into the main river channel after launch the surrounding terrain will go from open desert to jagged peaks that meet the river with a riparian shoreline. We will be stopping for a couple of short hikes to explore an old miner’s house and other scenic areas.

On the second day we will be paddling 6 miles to either Paddle Wheel Boat-In Camp or Taylor Lake Boat-In Camp. This is when we begin getting into the heart of this rugged landscape with the hidden lakes. We will have ample opportunity on the second day to hike over to the old mining town, explore the old railroad passes, and abandoned mines.

On the last day we will paddle the remaining 14 miles of our trip and make side hikes to explore a few of the hidden lakes and an abandoned gold mine. Along the way we will be passing through prime habitat to spot eagles, beaver, ospreys, bighorn sheep, burros, and coyotes.

We will finish our journey in the early afternoon at Fisher’s landing located next to Lake Martinez, north of Yuma, AZ. After packing up the boats and gear we will enjoy one of the BEST hamburgers around at a café located next to the boat ramp.

Prices are $125 per person. The price includes food, boats, PFDs, and paddles. If you signup for both the Picacho Trek and Black Canyon Trek for only $335 and save $20 on the overall price. There will be mandatory paddle craft training held this in Sail Cove at Lake Perris beginning this fall and through early spring. Check the dates in the calendar below.

 

   If you have any questions then please contact the trek adviser, James Hermes, at phone 760-537-0394 or email acachapter@gmail.com.

 

Registration

All Order of the Arrow members and venture scouts are welcome to participate in this trek. For insurance reasons, all OA members that are not registered members of Crew 76 will need to register as members for this trek. This can be done for little to no cost.

Venturers that are not registered members of Crew 76, but would still like to attend may do so. Your Crew must file a required touring plan and provide either 1 female or male adult leader registered in your respective crew (depending on if there are male or female youth venturers attending this trek).

Requirements to Attend

Scouts:

  1. Must complete BSA class III medical form (form no. 34412B).

  2. Must Complete Registration Form on page 10 of the Information & Registration Packet.

  3. Completed BSA safe swim defense within 12 months prior to this trip (February 16, 2018) and complete the required safety afloat training course that we will be holding this fall and winter.

  4. Classified as a “swimmer” per BSA regulations.

  5. Be a minimum of 14 years of age by February 16, 2018.

  6. All trek group members must fit into personal flotation device (PFD’s) that are being supplied, with all buckles securely fastened. Maximum torso circumference - 52 inches. If can’t fit into this sized PDF then you will need to supply your own.

Adults:

  1. Must complete BSA class medical form parts A, B, and C.

  2. Must Complete Registration Form on page 10 of the Information and Registration Packet.

  3. Completed BSA safe swim defense within 12 months prior to this trip (February 16, 2018).

  4. Classified as a “swimmer” per BSA regulations.

  5. Be a minimum of 18 years of age by February 16, 2018.

  6. All participants must fit into personal flotation device (PFD’s) supplied by the outfitter, with all buckles securely fastened. Maximum torso circumference - 52 inches. If you can’t fit into this sized PDF then you will need to supply your own.

   It is highly recommended that anyone attending this trip become familiar with the policies of the BSA safe swim defense and safety afloat.

Cost

The cost for the Picacho Trek will be $125 per person. The price includes camping fees at Picacho SRA, food, boats, PFDs, and paddles. The cost does not include transportation, tents, sleeping bags or pads, protective or general clothing, float bags, or other personal gear. Anyone wishing to participate in both the Picacho and Black Canyon Treks will receive a $20 discount for a total of $335 for both treks. All participants must attend at least one of the mandatory paddle craft trainings at Lake Perris SRA. Dates for these trainings are listed in the calendar below.

 For volunteer drivers who will not be participating on the trek on the river, there is no cost to attend. The cost of gas for 1 round trip is supplemental.

Payment Schedule, Trek Itinerary, and Training Dates

Date

Activity or Training

Location

Jan. 27

$50 Payment Due

 

9AM to 2PM,

Jan. 27

Required Safety Afloat Training. Everyone must attend at least one of these trainings.

Sail Cove at Lake Perris SRA ($10 fee per vehicle required to enter)

Feb. 10

Balance of Payment Due

 

Trek Dates

 

 

4PM,

Feb. 16

Meet at TA Travel Center in Coachella, depart for campgrounds at Walters Camp, CA.

TA Travel Center,  south of the Interstate 10 Freeway, 46155 Dillon Rd, Coachella, CA

8AM

Feb. 17

Launch Paddlecraft from Walters Camp

Walters Camp, CA

2PM

Feb. 19

Takeout at Fishers Landing, AZ, and lunch at the nearby cafe

Fishers Landing, AZ

6PM

Feb. 19

Meet at TA Travel Center to meet parents and trek officially ends.

TA Travel Center,  south of the Interstate 10 Freeway, 46155 Dillon Rd, Coachella, CA

  • Please be aware that the training dates and times for the safety afloat training are subject to change.
  • The watercraft that an individual trains in at the safety afloat course in March will be the watercraft that the individual will use on the actual trek in Black Canyon or Picacho.

 

 

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