Upcoming Outings

    • Wed, January 19, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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    Bring your lunch for a picnic at the Oasis.

    Hike to discover fantastic views, artifacts of a failed resort, prehistoric Indian trails, 5 million-year-old evidence from when the Pacific covered the area, and a “dome oasis.” This is where the two branches of the San Andreas fault split.

    • Trail Length: ~3 miles 
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 300’
    • Trail Type: Out and back loop
    • Terrain: rocky, sandy areas, steep narrow climb  to the top, loose rocks.
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate - with some steep climbs and descents
    • 11.00 AM Meeting Place: Palm Springs PetsMart Ramon/Crossley   Map Here

    A seldom visited area that is part of the Ca State Parks. 

    Access to the trailhead requires a  vehicle  with high clearance. Rocky uneven 2 mile dirt/sand road.  Nothing difficult, just rough dirt road in spots. We will caravan as the roads are confusing.

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), lunch/ trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.

    Registration for this event is limited to Great Outdoors (GO) members only. If you're not a member, click here to join first. 

    Contact Hike Leader:  Scott Connelly  Email

    Carpooling may be available if offered by a driver with a high clearance vehicle. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling.

    Photos click here

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to: 760-902-1850

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 

    • Thu, January 20, 2022
    • 7:50 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Joshua Tree National Park
    • 0
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    Ranger Guided Tour - Discover the colorful lives of Bill and Frances Keys and learn how they survived and raised a family in the harsh desert environment on the Keys Ranch Tour. Explore the ranch house, school room, store, workshop, and more treasures from the 60 years the Keys called this area home. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, the property is located in a remote, rocky canyon in Joshua Tree National Park. Keys Ranch tours last 90 minutes and involve about a half-mile of walking.  Access to this area is limited to Ranger guided tours only.

    7:50 am Meet at Palm Springs PetSmart Ramon/Crossley Map for 8:00 am departure.

    Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver.  You are responsible for arranging your own transportation or ride share. 

    Directions to the Keys Ranch Gate - click here

    Payment:  You can pay with the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. You need to complete payment within 15 minutes or you will be timed out and will need to start over.

    Cancel: If you cannot attend, please notify the trip leader  as others may be on the waitlist. No refunds available.

    Contact trip leader: Scott Connelly - email click here

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to: 760-902-1850

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 

    • Thu, January 20, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Descanso Gardens and Oak Grove Park
    • 8
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    Great Outdoors Orange County/Long Beach presents

    Pop-Up

    Descanso Gardens and Oak Grove Park

    January 20, 2022 starting at about 9:30 AM

    Trip Leader: Doug Cable E-Mail : dccable2@verizon.net

    For those carpooling we will meet at the Federal SW Region Lab Park and Ride,4655 Lampson Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92845  We will leave the parking lot at 8:30 AM and should arrive at the Descanso Gardens about an hour later.


    This is the time to see Descanso Gardens in La Canada. The Camellias are in bloom. It is possible the roses will be, too. In January, the cherries and winter annuals are also in bloom. From Fall to Spring, the Camellias bloom in the Oak Forest. Descanso Gardens is known for having the largest Camellia collection in North America. In all seasons, the Japanese Garden is a pleasant and peaceful setting.We will have a leisurely stroll through the gardens. This is not the place for fast hikers. (you know who you are.) Masks are not required outdoors.


    Descanso Gardens is open daily except for Christmas. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm . There is ample free parking. The Boddy House mansion is open daily except Mondays from 10 am to 4 pm.

    The Sturt Haaga Gallery is open daily except Mondays from 10 am to 4 pm when an exhibition is on view. The gallery presents three 10-week exhibits per year. Call ahead to see if an exhibition is scheduled.

    Admission: General $15. Seniors 65 and over/Students $11..

    Descanso Gardens is located near the intersection of the 210 and 2 freeways. It is a 20 minute drive from downtown Los Angeles. The gardens are located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011.

    after we will go to Oak Grove Park and there is a trail there; again there will be no fast hiking. Oak Grove Park is located at 16265 Orchard Street, Fontana, CA 92335

    We will have a group luncheon at a suitable spot on Foothill Blvd that is agreeable to all. 

    Special COVID Related Requirements:

    Participants must comply with the following requirements as a condition of registering for this event:

    1. I will follow Federal, State and local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the leader.
    2. I will maintain social distance (min. 6') and wear a face mask if social distancing is not possible
    3. I will not attend if feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID.
    4. I will contact trip leader if I test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event 

     ‘I Accept’ and will comply with these requirements as a condition of participating in this event.

    NOTE:  Due to COVID restrictions, please DO NOT show up for this hike unless you have completed a registration process here and have answered the required COVID questions. Also, do not bring any unregistered guests on this hike.


     




    • Sat, January 22, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • via Zoom Teleconference
    • 20
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    California Great Outdoors - Board Meeting

    Saturday, January 22, 2022, 10 AM - 11:30 AM

    The Great Outdoors Board will meet on Saturday January 22, 2022 starting at 10:00 AM.  Due to COVID-19 our meeting will be conducted virtually via Zoom teleconference software.

    To attend this meeting - via Zoom teleconference - you must register for the meeting.  Once you are registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with a link to this particular meeting.  Save that email as it will contain a link (URL) to the meeting which includes the meeting number and password.

    All GO Board Members and Chapter Reps attending this meeting will need to register for this event.

    All GO members may attend this meeting if interested.

    If you have any questions, please contact Dennis Curran via email - Chair@GreatOutdoors.org.

    • Sun, January 23, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Claremont CA

    Sold Out. 

    Farmers Market, Botanical Garden, Museum of Art at Pomona College -private showing!. Registration fee includes entry into the Botanic Garden and docent guided tour. Last day to register is January 2, 2022.

    8:00 AM Meeting Place:  PetSmart Palm Springs, Ramon/Crossley   Map Here

    The meeting place in Claremont is, 9:45 AM in front of the Metrolink Claremont station.  There are benches, some parking, etc.  The approximate address is 200 1st street, Claremont CA.  Opposite the station is a bike shop.

    Carpooling may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing. Departure is at 8:15 AM. Distance to  Claremont Farmers Market is 84 miles, map click here.

    Itinerary:  Farmer's Market first,  Then, a quick tour of the museum, then lunch in the village, and the garden in the afternoon. Bring money for lunch and any incidentals....and wait, there's more:

    For those able to stay in Claremont until sunset there is the opportunity for a wonderful free experience.  The James Turrell "Skyspace" would be a memorable end to the day. Plan your carpool accordingly.

    https://jamesturrell.com/

    On January 23rd, the sunset is about 5:15PM.  That means that the show, lights, would start about 4:45PM.  We'd need to be there a few minutes early.  Assuming 2 hours at the Gardens, that would be about 90 minutes to relax, maybe catch something to drink, or just spend more time in the Garden.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dividing_the_Light

    Leader Guide: H.L. Todd email click here

    No refunds available unless there is a waitlist.

    Payment:  You can pay with the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. You need to complete payment within 15 minutes or you will be timed out and will need to start over.

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the trip leader that may affect your ability to complete the event. 

       


    • Sun, January 23, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Tunnels To Nowhere/Shoemaker Canyon Road Trail
    • 0
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    Date & Time Change to: Sunday January 23 @ 9 AM!

    Unfortunately when this hike was originally scheduled I forgot that our quarterly Corporate Board meeting had been scheduled for Saturday the 22nd.  

    Since I am required to attend the Board meeting, I have no choice but to change the date to Sunday vice Saturday.  I'm so sorry for this disruption.  I do hope that everyone who is signed up will be able to make it on Sunday.  

    Again my sincere apologies!

    Tunnels To Nowhere Hike

    (aka Shoemaker Canyon Road Trail)


    Start time: 9:00 A.M. Meeting Place: Trailhead at the gate.

    Details: Easy – 5.0 miles roundtrip

    Roundtrip - 1,404 ft gain/loss (easy slope)

    I would estimate this hike will not take longer than 2 hours or so.  The four hour listed for time includes going to Flappy Jacks (see below) for some yummy-licious food!

    This is the perfect hike for those you want to experience California's mountain wilderness without an arduous, strenuous and exhausting death march!  

    Easy, slow paced and relaxing trek with the option of gathering for late breakfast/brunch @ Flappy Jacks Pancake House afterward when we return via Azusa/Glendora!  

    I call this the Tunnels To Nowhere Hike, but officially is known as Shoemaker Canyon Road Trail, which is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Baldy, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. I would rate this as EASY as the change in elevation is hardly noticeable since it has a slow sloping gain.  The trail is primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

    This is an interesting hike with two abandoned tunnels, chaparral, and nice canyon views.

    Background:  In the early days of the Cold War in the late 1950's, the government decided that L.A. needed an escape route in case of a nuclear attack. Building Shoemaker Canyon Road was the supposed solution. But they soon abandoned this ill-conceived project, leaving a "road to nowhere" and nasty scars in some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain in the San Gabriels. Today, this well-graded dirt road penetrates several miles up the East Fork of the San Gabriel River, on the east-facing slope hundreds of feet above the water. And then it ends. No glamorous destination. The road just stops abruptly in the thick brush on a steep mountainside. The hike begins at the locked gate and proceeds up the road about 2.5 miles, passing through two long road tunnels in route. At the end of the second tunnel is where the maintained road ends. We will go through the second tunnel and then turn around to our starting point.


    Frederick and Doug traverse one of the Tunnels.

    Getting to the Trailhead: 

    From the 210 Freeway extension, driving East: Take Exit 40 to CA-39 N/State Road 39/ Azusa Road. Turn left on to CA-39/N Azusa Road.  Stay on CA-39 which turns into San Gabriel Canyon Road for approximately 11.8 miles.  Turn  right on E. Fork Road (crossing a bridge) for about 3.4 miles.  Turn left on Shoemaker Canyon Road for about 1.8 miles where you will dead-end at a parking lot. 

    From the 210 Freeway extension, driving West: Take Exit 40 to CA-39 N/State Road 39/ Azusa Road. Turn right on to CA-39/N Azusa Road.  Stay on CA-39 which turns into San Gabriel Canyon Road for approximately 11.8 miles.  Turn  right on E. Fork Road (crossing a bridge) for about 3.4 miles.  Turn left on Shoemaker Canyon Road for about 1.8 miles where you will dead-end at a parking lot. 

    The trail starts starts at the gate blocking the road.

    A National Forest Adventure Pass is not required for parking however it is always good to possess this or an America the Beautiful-National Parks Pass whenever parking in such areas.

    No Adventure Pass Needed - Previously a National Forest Adventure Pass was required for parking at this trailhead since it is within the Angeles National Forest. As of September 2016, the Recreation Enhancement Act restricts the requirement for an Adventure Pass to only sites that provide designated amenities, such as picnic tables, toilets, and trash receptacles. Visitors do not have to display a recreation pass if they park outside these sites.

    You may also use (but not required for parking at this location): 

    • The America the Beautiful — The National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass covers all:

      National Parks

      National Forests

      National Wildlife Refuges

      Bureau of Land Management sites

      Bureau of Reclamation sites

      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sites

    The parking lot can get full on weekends hence the early start time as well as recommending carpooling.

    What to Bring:

    You should bring your ten essentials (Click here for the list.), a day pack, water (2 to 3 liters), trekking poles, sunscreen, hat, trail snacks, lunch, and plan on wearing hiking boots or shoes (preferably waterproof).

    Carpooling is recommended to help reduce gas cost and parking. There is NO FEE for this trip.

    Lance Whitmier will be leading this hike.  

    He can be reached at:    President-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org 

    "I hiked this trail in Spring 2021 and was so surprised to see these tunnels (there are two of them) in the middle of nowhere!  This is a light-hearted easy-going trail with canyon views.  An extremely refreshing experience!  Definitely something different!"


    Richard K. and Lance at one of the tunnels encountered on this hike.

    A BIG shout-out to Richard K. for the beautiful black and white photographs used in this posting!

    Special COVID Related Requirements:

    Participants must comply with the following requirements as a condition of registering for this event:

    1. I will follow Federal, State and local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the leader.
    2. I will maintain social distance (min. 6') and wear a face mask if social distancing is not possible
    3. I will not attend if feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID.
    4. I will contact trip leader if I test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event 

     ‘I Accept’ and will comply with these requirements as a condition of participating in this event.

    NOTE:  Due to COVID restrictions, please DO NOT show up for this hike unless you have completed a registration process here and have answered the required COVID questions. Also, do not bring any unregistered guests on this hike.

    • Sun, January 23, 2022
    • 9:45 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Daley Ranch (Dixon Lake Entrance)
    Register

    Join us for our monthly Great Outdoors San Diego outing. This week we will be hiking the Sage Trail and Stanley Peak Loop on Sunday, January 23rd. This is a moderate 6.3 mile hike with around 1100 feet in elevation change near Escondido, California that features a great forest setting. This is an open invite to members or non-members and does not require an RSVP. Please be sure to mask-up when appropriate and social distance on the trail, which is very easy.

    Details: We will begin at the parking lot located off La Honda Drive at Dixon Lake, hike to Stanley Peak, and loop back. 

    Host: Tyler Roosden

    Trail: Sage Trail and Stanley Peak Loop

    Length: ~6.3 miles

    Difficulty: Moderate 

    Elevation Gain: ~1100 feet

    RSVP: No RSVP required. If we have a large group, please make sure you are masked and social distance.

    Meeting Location: Google Map - https://goo.gl/maps/4RhRtsMT4kkH9QEt7 

    Meeting Date & Time: Sunday, January 23 @ 9:45am - We will plan to start hiking at 10am

    Parking: Parking lot is available at the trailhead. Plan ahead and get there early to find a spot. 

    Cost: Free

    Time Commitment: Plan for approx 3-4 hours 

    Dogs: The trail is dog-friendly, must be on leash

    Trail Details: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/sage-trail-and-stanley-peak-loop 

     



    • Tue, January 25, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Cathedral City
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    • Meet Time: 9:00 AM
    • Meet at: Revivals Cathedral City parking lot Map click here
    • Trail Length: 4 miles
    • Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 1100’
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate * - uphill first mile
    • Type: Trail, old road
    • Trail Route: Loop

    See Cathedral City from a new angle: from above. This hike begins at the top of the CC cove and climbs steeply with great views of the city and across the valley to Joshua Tree. At the top the trail winds through a desert valley with great views of San Jacinto. The trail loops back on the dirt Dunn Road to the start. 

    Contact: Hike Leader Sherwood Covill email click here         

    You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

    What to bringTen Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), lunch/snacks, sun protection, layered clothing. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.

    * Moderate: generally suitable for novice hikers who want a bit of a challenge. The terrain will involve a moderate incline and may have some steeper sections.

    Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 


    • Tue, January 25, 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online Zoom meeting
    • 24
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    All -

    Due to the Coronavirus epidemic, the GOPS Monthly Core Group Meeting is being held as an on-line meeting of the Core Group Members, and is available to the public. The Core Group members will meet in an on-line meeting starting at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.

    GOPS Members can attend by registering for the meeting; Core Group members do not need to register. For best results, plan to use a computer or tablet equipped with a camera and microphone. Information on how to enter the meeting will be provided to registrants in their Confirmation and Reminder emails.

    • Wed, January 26, 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Mission Creek Preserve
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    Mission Creek, Stone House to Whitewater overlook. 5.5 miles, 700' elevation gain. The trail is in good condition, is not very steep, and is moderate in difficulty. With luck the recent rains will have brought in birds and a coyote sighting is a slight possibility.

    Meet at 8:30 at Carl Jr's on Palm Canyon Dr. at Racquet Club Rd.  Map - click here
    The last 4+ miles drive is on dirt and rocky roads; high clearance is not required.

    Contact Hike Leader: Joey Duhon email click here

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Hiking poles may be helpful.

    Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. 

    Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.

    Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to: 760-902-1850

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 

    • Fri, January 28, 2022
    • 3:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs
    • CANCELED DUE TO YOU KNOW WHAT
    • STAY SAFE OUT THERE


    • The Center’s 5th Annual INFO-A-GO-GO
    • Friday, January 28 from 3PM - 6PM
    • in The Compass Rose Ballroom
    • @ Margaritaville Resort, Palm Springs

    Let’s be honest, how many times have you thought, “Oh, I had no idea there was a club or organization like this in the desert?” It has definitely happened to us here @ The Center, so we created INFO-A-GO-GO, your one stop shop that features all the great LGBTQ+ groups, clubs, organizations, and things that the Coachella Valley has to offer.

    Climb onboard a Welcome Wagon for our snow-birds, new residents, retirees, as well as folks that have been here awhile, and see all that our amazing community has to offer to get plugged-in and involved. So please mark your calendars and help us spread the word!

    *January’s Center Social will also take place on this day at the Compass Rose Patio from 5 PM – 7 PM. Join us!




    • Sat, January 29, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Palm Springs
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    Meet: 10 am Sunrise Park Ramon/Sunrise near the Mizell Senior Center

    Join us for a bike ride through beautiful South Palm Springs. We will ride 10 miles on a variety of surfaces, residential streets, streets with bike lanes, and streets with light traffic. The ride will include some gentle hills. There will be lots of great homes to look at and super mountain views. Be sure to inflate your tires to the recommended PSI. 

    All riders are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet. You may want to bring a tire pump, spare tube, bike tools, water, sunscreen. 

    Contact John Ryan:  Email click here

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to: 760-902-1850

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 

    • Sun, January 30, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Joshua Tree Park
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    Save the Date

    Located in the Eagle and Coxcomb Mountains in the eastern part of Joshua Tree Park.

    8 or 9 miles and 1100' elevation gain

    Rated: Moderately Strenuous - will generally be challenging for an unconditioned person. The terrain will involve a steady and often steep incline


    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Hiking poles may be helpful.

    Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. 

    Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.

    Contact Hike Leader: 

    Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling.  Distance to trailhead is .

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.


    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to: 760-902-1850

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 

    • Sun, January 30, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Coronado Island - Centennial Park
    Register

    Come Join us for a Bike Ride around Coronado Island. It’s about 6 miles round trip. Light Activity, maybe Moderate. We will meet at Centennial Park, i will be there around 10:30am. We will depart for our bike ride promptly at 11am. Hope to see all you guys. 1101 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118

    Image result for coronado island ca


    • Wed, February 02, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • UTC Mall - Restaurant TBD
    Register

    The Great Outdoors San Diego (GOSD) Core Group meets every month on the 1st Wednesday of the month to conduct GOSD business and share a meal together. Members and interested others are welcome to join. If you'll be joining us, please RSVP so we can reserve the right number of seats at the restaurant.

    Westfield UTC La Jolla Mall Job Fair – NBC 7 San Diego

    Location: Westfield UTC Mall 4545 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122 

    Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm, Note: From 12pm-1pm official business will be conducted

    Parking: Free in lot.

    Contact: Tyler Roosden (651.497.1611)

     




    • Thu, February 03, 2022
    • Sun, February 06, 2022
    • Furnace Creek Campground, Death Valley, CA, Group sites 2 & 3
    • 0
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    February 3rd to 6th, 2022

    Have you ever wanted to “walk like an Egyptian” through golden sand dunes, search for hidden treasures like Indiana Jones, or lose yourself in the infinite depths of the nighttime desert sky?

    Join us as we explore Death Valley: one of the world’s most scenic, yet foreboding landscapes. Walk amid sand dunes, water sculpted canyons and salt flats that remain from ancient seas. On our journey, you may even catch sight of a Ring-tailed Cat, Kit Fox and Desert Bighorn Sheep as we venture through the rugged canyons and other magnificent geological features. Wildflowers, trees and shrubs tortured by the wind will amaze you throughout this beautiful land. Spectacular photo ops await, particularly in the magical, subtle light of dawn and dusk.

    Details

    We have reserved Group sites 2 & 3 at Furnace Creek Campground. There is a $30/vehicle National Park Service Entry Fee, good for 7 days, and payable at the kiosk. Your America the Beautiful Pass or Lifetime Senior Pass will also work. Group sites allow tents only.

    If you want to join this trip and plan to bring an RV/Trailer, there may be sites at Fiddlers Campground. Book your own site and register for this trip using the "external campsite" type. We do not have any RV sites reserved. https://secure.oasisatdeathvalley.com/booking/lodging  

    Campground amenities include flush toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, and potable water. Showers are located about a mile away at the Oasis Springs. $14 gets you a day pass to the pool and showers. A general store, restaurant, gas station, and visitor center are nearby as well. 

    Bring your 10 essentials, your camping & cooking gear, food, and a bundle or two of firewood. Dress in layers since the mornings can start cold with the day warming quickly and cooling just as quickly as the sun goes down. Sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat would be a good idea too.

    Registration:

    This campout is limited by the number of vehicles allowed at the group sites. If it looks sold out when you register, please add yourself to the wait list. Based on the number of vehicles from other registrants, you may still be added to the trip in the order added to the wait list if we can fit you in. 

    Things to do

    Activities will be based on weather, so there will be no set schedule. Sights are pretty spread out through the park, and will require some driving. Some ideas are:

    • Artists Palette 
    • Golden Canyon
    • Drive through Titus Canyon
    • Hike in Sidewinder Canyon (has a slot canyon)
    • Badwater Basin
    • Zabriskie Point
    • Hike the Natural Bridge Trail
    • Drive to Dante's view
    • Visit the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes or the Devil's Cornfield
    • Check out the Harmony Borax Works
    • See the "Racetrack"

    Campground Activities

    • We'll have a meet-n-greet on Thursday evening at about 6pm. Great Outdoors will provide some sausages/hot dogs that you can dress up with some sides. It'll be a meal. 
    • There will be a potluck scheduled for Friday evening. Please plan on main or side dishes, and Great Outdoors will provide some desserts. 

    Getting there

    Carpooling is recommended to help reduce gas consumption, parking costs, and the entrance fee. 

    GPS Coordinates are 36.466197, -116.866545 or search for Furnace Creek Campground, Death Valley. 

    Cancellation:

    Full refunds will be issued if cancelled by January 16th. No refunds will be issued after this date. 

    Contact:

    If you have any questions, please reach out to us at: Wes, fwsj69@gmail.com, 818-497-8654 or Steve, hikensteve@gmail.com, 951-318-0530. 

    We will send out additional emails to registrants with more details as the trip nears. 

    • Sat, February 05, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Palm Springs
    Join waitlist

    Meet: 10 am Sunrise Park Ramon/Sunrise near the Mizell Senior Center

    Join us for a bike ride through beautiful South Palm Springs. We will ride 10 miles on a variety of surfaces, residential streets, streets with bike lanes, and streets with light traffic. The ride will include some gentle hills. There will be lots of great homes to look at and super mountain views. Be sure to inflate your tires to the recommended PSI. 

    All riders are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet. You may want to bring a tire pump, spare tube, bike tools, water, sunscreen. 

    Contact John Ryan:  Email click here

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to: 760-902-1850

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 

    • Sun, February 06, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Aliso and Wood Canyons
    • 11
    Register


    Great Outdoors Orange County/Long Beach presents

    Aliso and Wood Canyons

    Day Hike

    February 6, 2022 starting at 8 AM

    Registration for this hike will open on January 16, 2022

    Trip Leader: Frederick Brown, tobyfred92@gmail.com, 562-754-1838

    Contact: Frederick Brown, tobyfred92@gmail.com, 562-754-1838

    Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park in south Orange County covers more than 4200 acres of scenic canyons, rock formations, meadows, old oaks, and is home to lots of wildlife. We will be traversing the northern portion of this beautiful area to the spectacular views of Alta Laguna Park, ‘Top of the World’, above Laguna Beach.

    Our hike will start at Canyon View Park in Aliso Viejo. We will go down Wood Canyon along Wood Creek, past the old corral, stopping at Dripping Cave. For those who want a more moderate hike, we will return to the starting point.


    The trails are closed for 3 days following major rain. To verify closure/access, Click here to check for alerts. No alternative hike is planned.

    Carpooling is recommended for participants who are vaccinated, because street parking is limited. DIRECTIONS: From the I-5 take El Toro Road west. Turn left at Moulton Pkwy. Make a right on Glenwood Dr. that turns into Pacific Park after crossing the toll road. Turn right on Canyon Vistas and Canyon View Park is on the left after 0.5 miles. There is street parking only. We will meet at the street gate to the park. Click here for a map showing Canyon View Park.

    WHAT TO BRING: Sturdy walking shoes or trail runners, at least 2 liters of water, sunscreen, hat, windbreaker/sweater if it is cool, cameras, and snacks. Also, bring your ten essentials and click here for the list. There is a portable toilet at the trail head, restrooms and water at Alta Laguna Park.

    Click here for the park website for you to check on conditions, maps, etc.


    Special COVID Related Requirements:

    Participants must comply with the following requirements as a condition of registering for this event:

    1. I will follow Federal, State and local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the leader.
    2. I will maintain social distance (min. 6') and wear a face mask if social distancing is not possible
    3. I will not attend if feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID.
    4. I will contact trip leader if I test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event 

     ‘I Accept’ and will comply with these requirements as a condition of participating in this event.

    NOTE:  Due to COVID restrictions, please DO NOT show up for this hike unless you have completed a registration process here and have answered the required COVID questions. Also, do not bring any unregistered guests on this hike.


     




    • Sun, February 06, 2022
    • 9:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Balboa Park - West Side of Bridge
    Register

    Balboa Park Hike around the perimeter. Roughly about 6 miles, moderate activity. I will be there around 9:45am. We will promptly leave at 10am. We will meet on the West Side part of the Balboa Park Bridge (Cabrillo Bridge) by the dog park (Nates Point Dog Park) 2500 Balboa Dr, San Diego, CA 92103. Hope to see you all there.  Dogs are welcome on a Leash.  Elevation gain is between 100-300 ft.


    If you have any questions the day of the hike you can text one of the hike leaders below:

    Steven Stowe: 619-309-5674

    Tyler Roosden: 651-497-1611


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    • Tue, February 08, 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 12241 Seal Beach Blvd; Rossmoor Center Seal Beach, CA
    • 12
    Register


    Monthly Chapter Meeting

    Tuesday February 8, 2022

    @ 6:30 PM


    Panera Bread

    12241 Seal Beach Blvd 

    Rossmoor Center

     Seal Beach, CA 90740


    At this meeting we will be discussing recent past events and planned activities for the next few months!  Oh yea, you have the option of eating too!  Hungry?  YUMMY!  Vegan Options Available!



    Suggested schedule will be:

    1.  6:30 PM  All members & Core Group arrive by 6:30 and either pre-order your food or order while on site.  Introductions, eat, socialize, toss around ideas/suggestions and make merry!  Each person is responsible for their own food and beverage ordering and payment. 

    2.  7:00 PM.  Core Group will begin their meeting per the agenda along with the general meeting where the various trip leaders will have a chance to highlight their recent and upcoming trips, and answer any questions.  

    Any and every member is allowed and encouraged to attend!  Please be aware that only Core Group Members are allowed to vote. 

    3.  Meeting will adjourn upon completion of agenda!


    SPECIAL COVID RELATED REQUIREMENTS:

    Participants agree to abide by the following as a condition of registering for this event:

    1 - Follow Federal, State, and Local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the event leader.
    2 - Maintain social distancing (min. 6') and wear a face mask if social distancing is not possible.
    3 - Do not attend if feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID.
    4 - Contact the event leader if you test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event.


    • Wed, February 09, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Palm Springs
    Join waitlist

    This hike offers some of the best 180 degree views of the Palm Springs area. A highlight of the trail is a view point high above Tahquitz Canyon with a view of the Falls. We will hike to the picnic tables at the top. The trail climbs in a series of switchbacks and traverses. Bring a lunch or snacks to enjoy at the tables at the crest as we relax before the trip down. 

    • Trail Length: 3.6 miles
    • Hike Time: 2.5 hours
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1000 ft
    • Trail Route: Out and back
    • Terrain: Established trail
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate: This hike is generally suitable for novice hikers who want a bit of a challenge. The terrain will involve a moderate incline and may have some steeper sections. 

    11:00 am Meet near the trailhead (map click here) at the Western end of Mesquite Ave. Palm Springs. There is no parking at the trailhead, but plenty of parking on Mesquite, about a block from the trailhead. Turn off  S Palm Canyon Drive to the West for several blocks and you will see the hike leader parked on Mesquite. 

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), trail snacks, sun protection, layered clothing. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. Hiking poles may be helpful

    Contact Hike Leaders: John Ryan  Email click here and Ralph Williams

    Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to: 760-902-1850

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 

    • Fri, February 11, 2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • Sun, February 13, 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Agua Caliente County Park Campground, 39555 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, Julian, CA 92036
    Register

    Great Outdoors - San Diego

    Agua Caliente County Park

    February 11-13, 2022

    Overview

    You're invited to join Great Outdoors San Diego (GOSD) for what's become our annual visit to Agua Caliente County Park to check out the wildflowers, which typically bloom there in early to mid-spring. Between the wildflowers, the amazing Agua Caliente campground (with showers and hot spring-fed pools), our not-to-be-missed nighttime search for scorpions by black light, the always-amazing Saturday night potluck, and a great group of campers, you won't want to miss this trip! If you are new to Great Outdoors, new to camping or maybe haven’t camped in a while, this is an excellent “starter” camping trip, given the excellent campground facilities and relative close proximity to urban San Diego.

    Our Campground

    Agua Caliente County Park is a 910 acre park with geothermally heated springs. The park is located just west of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in eastern San Diego County.

    Amenities at Agua Caliente include the soothing geothermal pools, coin-operated pay showers (50 cents in quarters per 4 minutes), flush toilets, potable water, shuffleboard and horseshoes, and a sun deck outside the pools for lounging. There is a small souvenir store nearby with very limited groceries, ice and firewood. The pools include an outdoor swimming pool, an outdoor wading pool for children, and an indoor 102 °F therapeutic spa.