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12-Mile Access – Friends Meteor Camp

As a part of the much bigger celebration of the Perseids Meteor Shower Campout, this trip will start at the 12 Mile Access to the Black Rock Desert, travel 6-10 miles north along the west shore  to the campout site (exact location varies year to year). In addition to Perseids we will be celebrating Dark Skies of Nevada of which the NCA boastsboast some of the starriest skies in the world. We will do a dark tour of the playa to enjoy the starry night. The Perseids Campout has a wonderful paella cookout, telescope viewing opportunities, and a blacklight scorpion hunt. Any bike set up for touring will work. Playa conditions can vary from hard like tarmak to soft like cake flower, medium to wide tires are a better choice. Camping on the playa is a unique experience.

Course found here.

By the numbers: 15-25 mile out and back to campsite; optional night playa ride. Climbing 0’. Level of difficulty 3

Where are we stopping as we travel?

  • 12 Mile Access
  • Black Rock Desert Playa
  • Group Campsite

What cool things am I likely to see on this trip? Tents (Group Campout) Telescope (Stargazing) Desertscape (Playa)

12-Mile Access - Friends Meteor Camp

Event Chairs: Stacey Wittek and Karleena Hitchcock


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