PS - Hurkey Creek Campout (Idyllwild)

  • Fri, August 02, 2019
  • 2:00 PM
  • Sun, August 04, 2019
  • 1:00 PM
  • Hurkey Creek Campground
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PLEASE NOTE:  This trip is currently maxed out.  You may put yourself on our wait list and should an opening come become available, we will notify you.

The Great Outdoors Palm Springs (GOPS) Chapter is giving back! This is a FREE campout for the first 50 Great Outdoors (GO) members who register.  We'll be staying in a group site where both tents and RVs are welcome. The weekend will include one complimentary dinner and two continental breakfasts.

Escape the summer heat and join us for a relaxing weekend. Sit around the campground, play cards, board games, go on your own hike, etc. The theme of this campout is relaxation verses a list of planned activities hour by hour.

Hurkey Creek Campground: Our campground is set high up in the San Jacinto Mountains (4,500') near the town of Mountain Center. Our group camp site is nestled in a grove of pine trees and offers a wide range of opportunities including beautiful scenery, a group fire pit, hiking and mountain biking trails and group activities. Just 9 miles away, the mountain town of Idyllwild offers the chance to shop, dine or visit the picturesque town’s museum. If it’s water you like, fishing and boating is available at nearby Lake Hemet.

Meals: We are providing a complimentary meal on Friday night consisting of: Hot Dogs / Buns, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Chips, Ice Cream and Bottled Water. We'll also provide continental breakfasts (coffee, danish or muffins and OJ) on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

You are on your own for Saturday activities, lunch and dinner. If you don’t wish to cook, there are many fine restaurants in the mountain town of Idyllwild (just 9 miles away). If you need a suggestion, the Trip Leader highly recommends Cafe Aroma (reservation probably needed).

There is a small store on SR-74 1 mile from the campground at Lake Hemet. Stores are also in the nearby town of Idyllwild. 

Schedule Of Events

Friday, Aug 2

  • 2 pm - Check-in at gate (your name will be on a list)
  • Before Dinner - Relax and enjoy. Grab a buddy and go on a hike, go mountain biking, etc. 
  • 6 pm - Hot Dog dinner with all the fixings or dinner on your own
  • 8 pm - Group campfire activities - bingo and popcorn

Saturday, Aug 3

  • 7 am - Continental Breakfast
  • During the day - relax and enjoy.  Grab a buddy and go on a hike, go mountain biking, etc. Check our camp board for any scheduled activities as a group.*
  • 5 pm Optional dinner/cookout at Gary's in Idyllwild. Bring side dish and beverage. RSVP sign-up in advance. Limited space.
  • 8 pm - Group Campfire activities

Sunday, Aug 4

  • 7 am - Continental Breakfast
  • During the day - relax and enjoy.  Grab a buddy and go on a hike, go mountain biking, etc. Check our camp board for any scheduled activities as a group.*
  • 1 pm - Clean up our campground area. Check Out. Safe travels home.

*Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.

Prices: This campout is free if you currently are a paid GO member. If not a GO member, you will have the option of joining for $25 per person for a one (1) year club membership during the online registration process. Each person going must complete a separate registration and electronically agree to our Terms and Conditions.You can also click here to join and then return to this page as well. Needless to say, there are no refunds for this trip.  ;-)

Campsite Amenities: We will be in Group Campsite D which has clean restrooms (which have electricity, flush toilets, running water and hot showers that take quarters), picnic tables, fire rings, water and level campground spots for your tent or RV. There is a small store near Lake Hemet on CA-74 with limited supplies. Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am. 

Amenities For RVs:  This is a dry camping event. There are no RV hookups for electricity, water or sewer but you can bring your RV to our group site. Fresh water spigots (bring a hose) are available around the campsite to fill your RV's fresh tank before parking on the very level ground in our site. Generators are allowed 6 AM – 10 PM (but please be considerate of the tent persons sleeping near you).There is a dump site ($15) located at the nearby Lake Hemet campground.

What to Bring:  Camp chair, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, shorts, one bundle of firewood per person. Please do not bring particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials. These cause the release of toxic gases when burned. Firewood is for sale at nearby Lake HemetWe recommend you read our suggested Ten Essentials.

CONSIDER GOING GREEN!  Please bring your own plates, cups, mugs, eating utensils, napkins, paper towels, camp soap, etc.  There are water spigots located in the camp or in the nearby restroom for washing dishes.

Directions: The Hurkey Creek Park & Campground is located at 56375 CA Hwy 74, Mountain Center, CA 92561. It is Located 4 miles SE of Mountain Center off of CA-74.


Due to heavy rains during the 2019 Valentine's Day storm, two of the major roads (SR-74 and SR-243) leading to Hurkey Creek were washed out during the 2019 Valentines Day storm. Hopefully one or both of them will reopen open prior to our campout.  As of 6/19/2019, the open routes to the campground are:

(1) CA/SR-74 from Palm Desert, CA to the campground is open. From Palm Desert, it is a 34 mile drive up the mountain with some windy sections. Turn right on Apple Canyon Road and then almost immediately left into Hurkey Creek Park & Campground. The GPS coordinates are: N33 40.526 W116 40.920. 

Google Map Driving Directions from your place of origin to the Hurkey Creek Campground via CA-74 - click here.

(2) CA/SR-371 from Anza, CA to Hurkey Creek is open.

Google Map Driving Directions from your place of origin to the Hurkey Creek Campground via CA-79/CA-371 (through Anza) - click here.

(3) CA/SR-74 from Hemet to the Hurkey Creek is only partially open. This route will be open with a pilot car escort from 4 AM to 8 AM and from to 6 PM to 12 PM Monday thru Friday and from 4 AM to 12 PM Saturday & Sunday thru 9/3/19. For the latest information on the CA/SR-74 road condition and closure - and enter "74".

(4) CA/SR-243 from Banning to the Hurkey Creek is closed at Lake Fulmor and isn't passable. For the latest information on the CA/SR-243 road condition and closure - and enter "243".

Climate & Elevation - The current forecast avg. is 86 high 55 low.  Check the weather forecast - click here.  The park is located at approximately 4,500’.

Contact/Questions:  Ed via email:

Photos: To see some photos from prior trips to Hurkey Creek - click here.

Children: There may be children present.

Quiet Hours - 10 PM -  6 AM

Cell Service - unknown

PetsPets are permitted if they are properly restrained and under the control of the owner. Dogs must be licensed, restrained on a leash not longer than six feet, and attended at all times. Please bring doggie bags and clean up any of their waste.  Please be aware there are snakes at this location.  

Health Problems/allergiesIt is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency.  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.

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