North Fork Big Pine Creek Trailhead to Big Pine Lakes Backpack
August 14 - 20, 2022.
To apply for this backpack, you must click I’m interested. Please be aware that the trip leader will determine who is eligible for this trip. He will then send out a registration form. If you change your mind before receiving that registration form, please cancel on Wild Apricot. That form needs to be returned to him and payment made of the $40.00 fee. You need to return the fee and submit payment within 7 days of receiving the registration form or he will contact the next person on the waiting list, and you will forfeit your spot. No refunds after July 15, 2022.
As summer in Los Angeles and environs heats up, this is an opportunity to escape to the High Sierra. You‘ll notice stunning vistas along the way. Beautiful alpine flowers, tumbling waterfalls and serene lakes await you. In the evenings, you can watch the sunset wash the peaks with Alpenglow. We will hike up Big Pine Canyon to the Big Pine Lakes basin and establish a bae camp at Sixth lake, from where we will spend days exploring. Since this is a base camp style trip, people can shorten their stay as they see fit.
This trip is limited to 7 hikers plus the leader.
Although not part of the official trip, it is recommended to drive up on 8/14 and camp near the trailhead, Big Pine Creek Campground, to better acclimatize to the altitude of about 8,000 feet and rest up for the hike the next day.
8/15: Hike from the trailhead near the Big Pine Creek Campground to the shores of First Lake; 5 miles & 2350 ft gain. The trail goes up Big Pine Lakes Canyon, which was arved by the glaciers so is narrow and steep sided, passes the historic Lon Chaney cabin and 2 sets of waterfalls. This is likely to be a moderately strenuous day due to the altitude effects, so we will pause at First Lake to allow us to acclimatize.
8/16: Hike from First Lake to Summit Lake; 2.5 miles, 930 ft. gain. This will be our base camp. We will pass along 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Lakes enroute which are milky turquoise in color from the glacial powder carried down from the glacier.
8/17 – 8/19: Various day hikes to explore the Big Pine Lakes basin and the Palisade Glacier. We will have spectacular views of the Glacier and the Palisade Crest which averages 14,000 feet, and is the southernmost glacier in the United States. It is estimated to be about two miles in length and several hundred feet thick. The trip to the glacier tops out at about 13,000 feet.
8/20: Return to the trailhead via Black Lake.
You will need your ten essentials and appropriate backpacking gear. Please request a list if needed. Carpooling is recommended to reduce fuel costs and vehicle emissions.
Location Approx. Altitude
Big Pine Campground 7,700 ft
First Lake 10,033
Summit Lake 10,960
Third Lake 10,293
Fourth Lake 10,778
Fifth Lake 10,806
Sixth Lake 11,191
Proposed National Monument in the Chuckwalla Valley
Andrea Iniguez, California Wilderness Coalition (CalWild), Riverside County Public Lands Fellow and Linda Castro, Assistant Policy Director for CalWild, will provide an update on the momentum to create a new national monument in the California desert to protect important historical lands, cultural resources, and biodiverse species.
Conservation partners are working to preserve this region by establishing a new national monument, expanding wilderness areas, and designating a new wild and scenic river. The public lands conservation proposal is being organized to honor and recognize the Indigenous cultural histories of the Iviatim, Kwatsáan, Maarrenga’yam, Nüwü, Pipa Aha Macav (the Cahuilla, Chemehuevi, Mojave, Quechan, and Serrano) peoples; increase access to world-class nature for local residents and visitors; protect fragile desert wildlife and facilitate habitat connectivity; and help boost local economies. The California deserts are important habitat for an incredible number of imperiled and rare species, and almost the entirety of the proposed monument is critical habitat for the threatened desert tortoise
The Protect California Deserts campaign aims to accomplish the following:
This is an online Zoom meeting. The Zoom meeting login information will be sent in the confirmation and reminder emails.
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For information and questions Contact: Doug Wylie here
And now, at long last, after a two-and-a-half year hiatus...
The Great Outdoors Gay-Themed Film and Discussion Night
(Gay) Proudly Presents...
A surfer (Trevor Wright) finds comfort from his problems in the arms of his best friend's older brother (Brad Rowe). Lots of beach scenes -- it's very outdoorsy -- and lots of tenderness, this is a great film for celebrating pride in Coastal California. Shelter is one of the most highly rated gay-themed films ever made. You won't want to miss this encouraging, heartwarming story!
Date: Friday, August 19
Time: Social hour with pizza and drinks begins 6:00pm. Movie starts 7:00ish. Discussion to follow.
Location: The home of Claude Raffin on the Santa Barbara Mesa. (Ask for the address when you RSVP if you need it.)
Bring: A beverage for yourself and/or to share, and about $6-9 to contribute toward pizzas.
RSVP (required) by Thursday, August 18. RSVP by hitting the RSVP button. Seating is limited.
Looking forward to celebrating the return of Great Outdoors Movie Night with you!
CicLAvia—Meet the Hollywoods
Ride the rails and bike West Hollywood, Hollywood, and East Hollywood along car-free, open streets for the day. From the Hollywood Walk of Fame to West Hollywood's rainbow crosswalk, we invite you to come along for the ride as we walk, bike, roll, and stroll through some of LA's most iconic streets!
CicLAvia encourages the use to public transportation to its events. The Great Outdoors group plans to depart from the San Bernardino Depot Metrolink Station at 1170 N. 3rd St, San Bernardino CA 92418 (not to be confused with the San Bernardino Downtown Station) to LA Union Station. You will need to bring your own bicycles, which are welcome on the train.
Those wishing to carpool/caravan from Palm Springs should meet at Palm Springs PetSmart at Ramon/Crossley (Map) at 6:45 am for 7:00 am departure. If you want to rideshare and have extra space available on your bike rack or truck, you may so indicate when you register. Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Metro departs San Bernardino at 8:41am.
You can also meet us in Hollywood along the route. We will start at Hollywood/Vine Station from the Red Line from Union Station. When you register you will receive the cell # of Scott to contact.
There will be ample parking at the Station. Those planning to drive from Palm Springs to the San Bernardino Depot should bring vehicles capable of carrying bicycles.
The Great Outdoors group plans to return from LA Union Station to the San Bernardino Depot on the 3:38 pm train, arriving at the San Bernardino Depot at 5:15 p.m.
You are encouraged to download the Metrolink app to your smart phone containing all of its schedules. Once registered, you can buy your electronic ticket ($10 all day for Metrolink and all downtown subways). The machines at the depot are notoriously user unfriendly.
Other transportation options:
You are, of course, free to drive all the way to Los Angeles, to take both an earlier departing train (dep. 6:41 am arr. 8:22 am) or later returning train (dep. 5:38 pm arr. 6:16 pm). A meeting place in Los Angeles will be arranged for those departing earlier or later.
What to Bring: Water, small day back, sun protection and helmet.
Trip leaders :
Dan Haueter: Email
Scott Connelly: Email
Here are some things to know before you go:
Hubs are resting and meeting points along the route. Each hub has free basic bike repair, bike parking, an information booth, CicLAvia merchandise, free drinking water, and ADA-compliant restrooms. Some hubs include additional programming and activities.
Special COVID Related Requirements
This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated.
Health Problems/allergies: Advise hike leader of any medical or other issues that may affect your ability to complete this event.
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, August 23, 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.
Experience Shangra-La in the cool mountain air on a summer evening and enjoy the sunset from top of the tram. We will hike through pine forest in Long Valley to a secluded scenic overlook surrounded by granite boulder formations where few people visit. We will return to the Mountain Station at 6:15 PM for dinner at the Peaks Restaurant.
Meet at Valley Tram Station at 3:30pm. We will board the tram departing at 4:00 PM. If you need to purchase a ticket or pass, arrive nu 3:15 to purchase a ticket for the 4 pm tram. This is not the ride and dine ticket, as we will be dinning at the Peaks restaurant and not the Cafe.
You are welcome to join us for dinner if you can’t make the hike. Annual and Summer Pass holders receive 10% off regular cost of dinner.
Adult Tram ticket $29.95 Senior $27.95. Parking fee waived for pass holders and local residents.
What to Bring
Hike Leader Scott Connelly contact click here
Special COVID Requirements: This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated.
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.
SBVC - Santa Barbara Pride Festival
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Greetings fellow Great Outdoors Members!
After a COVID hiatus of two years, our old favorite the Pacific Pride Festival is returning to Santa Barbara! As always, your Great Outdoors will be manning an information booth/table, along with many other community organizations represented, along with entertainment and food! So come on down and check out a beautiful day of Pride out in the sunshine!
When: Saturday August 27th, 11AM
Where: Chase-Palm Park-on Cabrillo Blvd in Santa Barbara
Also, if you’re interested in helping out for a few hours with the GO info table, please let me know ASAP okay? As I always say, many hands make light work! So lets make this a light work day, and spread the work among a bunch of members! Hehe
Either as a volunteer, or just as an attendee, come on down and check out the first SB Pride in two years folks! See you there!
IT'S BOWLING NIGHT!
Saturday August 27, 2022
Registration for this event is limited to GO members. Nonmembers and guests may join Great Outdoors - click here.
Please join us for the Great Outdoors Palm Springs BOWLING NIGHT on Saturday, August 27, 2022 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. PLEASE ARRIVE BY 5:15 PM. BOWLING WILL COMMENCE AT 5:30 PM SHARP! Palm Springs Lanes is located at 68051 Ramon Road in Cathedral City. (click here for directions).
Each team will be comprised of 6 people. Palm Springs Lanes will provide each team free shoe rental, as well as a large pizza and 2 pitchers of soft drinks for each team (included in the cost per member). Additional food/drinks are available at the Snack Bar on a cash basis.
NOTE: Please wear your GREAT OUTDOORS T-shirts!
The cost to members for this event is $25.00 per person. Payment must be made at time of registration. Due to prepayment requirements we have with the bowling alley, there will be no refunds if you cancel this event. Please let Richard Dachman know if you cannot attend so we may plan accordingly.
This event is limited to 36 attendees.
For questions, please contact Richard Dachman via call/text 818-430-7114.
Special COVID Related Requirements:
This event requires all attendees to be members and to be fully vaccinated, submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE.
Send proof of vaccination to: membership-PS@Greatoutdoors.com
or text to: 619-922-5028.
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader if you wish.
Thank you for participating in the Great Outdoors club!
SBVC - Picnic with Flying Club
Sunday, August 28, 2022
Greetings Fellow Great Outdoors Members!
It’s that time of the summer again! The weather’s nice, the sun's out, and it's a perfect day for flying, so, we’re having the annual Flying Club Potluck Picnic! We’ll be having lunch with our friends from Unusual Attitudes, the LGBT flying club..
As always, GO will be providing the ‘meat and potatoes’ (burgers, hot dogs, and fixings) for the picnic, so you’re not ‘required’ to bring a dish, but, something to share would be an EXCELLENT thing, right??? So if you want to bring ‘Mom’s County Fair Prize Winning Apple Pie’, I say, HECK YEAH!!
So, the particulars:
When: August 28th, 11AM
Where: Goleta Beach Park
Cost: Free to all! (But, donations are appreciated, and the jar will be out folks!)
Registration isn’t required, but as it will help to have a good headcount, please register!
So bring your sunscreen, beach towel, or folding chair and come on down to the beach and enjoy a nice sunny afternoon with your friends at Goleta Beach!
See you there!
Are You Ready?
Come On Boyz!
Let's Get Soaking Wet!
2022 Summer Pool Party & BBQ!
Summer is here and it's Sunday Funday!
Sunday, August 28, 1 pm – 6 pm.
Registration for this event will close on August 26 or as soon the registration has reached its maximum attendance - sign up NOW!
This party will have a Registration Fee of $10 for all members.
Bring a guest for $15. We have a limited capacity of 40 for this event.
All attendees must register individually and pay the event registration fee. Once all of the requirements are met, you will be furnished the event address prior to the event.
Everyone required to show proof of vaccination at the door!
This pool party will be at a member's home in Huntington Beach.
The address will be included in the e-mail reminder and is close to Beach Blvd exit off the 405 in Huntington Beach.
BBQ will include burgers (including vegan option), side dishes and desserts.
We'll also provide a variety of soft drinks and bottled water.
Adult beverages are BYOB!
Sunday August 28:
What to Bring: Towel, swimsuit, suntan lotion, folding chair, flip-flops.
Summer is in full bloom!
Let's do this right!
Directions: To be provided via e-mail to those who register for this event.
Helpers: We need TWO cooks (Man the grill) -the helpers will have courtesy admission and will be welcomed @ noon with complimentary adult beverages.
Please email host Lance Whitmier via email:
President-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org if you can help.
This event includes indoor areas, including the use of restrooms, changing rooms and the kitchen, so the Great Outdoors COVID policy on indoor events will apply.
Refunds - There are no refunds for this event. However, we do request that, if you are unable to attend, cancel your registration so someone on the wait list might be able to attend in your place.
Questions/Contact and Registration Cancellations can be sent to:
Photos: Before taking photos, please ask the subject if that's OK with them... Some may not want their handsome faces to be splashed all over the internet.
Our first planning meeting at Manhattan In The Desert restaurant 6 pm.
We have the back room reserved.
Our second planning meeting is set for Oct 2.
Do you have ideas for camping trips and outings? Have you discovered a great adventure or a hidden gem?
In addition to overnight trips, we are also interested in ideas for day activities such as hikes, educational outings, tours, winter events, kayaking, backpacking, 4x4 outings, volunteer work projects, and any activity that would be of interest to the group.
We are also looking for speakers and programs for our monthly meetings and welcome your suggestions.
FYI, we'll be taking the results of this meeting with us to the October all-chapter Great Outdoors planning conference, where we'll match up calendars with the other chapters and finalize the 2023 trips for all 5 chapters.
We are also looking for new Trip Leaders. If you are interested let us know. You can work with a Trip Leader as an assistant in planning and leading a trip. We also have a one day Trip Leader training program scheduled for Saturday November 12, 2022.
Location address will be in your confirmation/reminder emails.
Contact Scott Connelly click here with your ideas and suggestion which will be considered at a planning session.
Special COVID Related RequirementsThis event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated.
SBVC – Morro Bay/Margarita Festival
September 8-11, 2022
More information coming soon!
Trip Leader: Please contact Joe Domingos at firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE THE DATE - 9/17/2022
Event details are being worked on. An email will be sent out when registraion is open for this event.
GO members only are invited to attend our POOL PARTY on Saturday, September 17th from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
This party has a Registration Fee of $10 for all members. When you register, you'll need to have your credit card ready and pay your registration fee within 15 mins. We have a capacity of 50. You do NOT need to bring a potluck dish! If you are not a member yet, you will not be able to register for this party. You can first join as a member online (click here) and then register for this pool party if you like.
This pool party will be at a member's home in Palm Springs. The address will be included in the e-mail acknowledgment only to those who have register for the event.
Lunch will be included. We'll also provide a variety of soft drinks and bottled water. If you want to drink "adult beverages," please BYOB. Please - NO GLASS anywhere near the pool. There will be some Raffle Prizes also.
Sunday, September 26
What to Bring: Towel, swimsuit (no nudity allowed), suntan lotion, folding chair, flip-flops.
Volunteer Helpers: We need 3 member at 2:00 pm to facilitate set up. Registration is free for the volunteers! Two clean-up volunteers / helpers willing to stay until 7:30 pm.
Contact: George Padilla via email: email@example.com
Nudity Policy: This event is NOT a clothing-optional event. Please read our nudity policy at - click here.
Refunds: There are no refunds for this event.
This event requires all attendees to be GO members, be fully vaccinated, submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy (4/26/2022) - CLICK HERE. Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to: 760-902-1850 if you haven't already sent yours in..
Health Problems/allergies: It 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 event leader if you wish.
Great Outdoors OC-LB Chapter presents
El Moro Canyon - Crystal Cove Day Hike
(Registration is open from August 28 through September 17, 2022)
Contact: Frederick Brown. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 562-754-1838
Come join our group for a pleasant moderate day hike in scenic El Moro Canyon located near Crystal Cove Park in Newport Beach, CA. We will be gathering at the trailhead adjacent to Lower Parking Lot in the Day Use Area. Day Use parking fee is $15.00 so please carpool / rideshare with others.
The hike will begin promptly at 8:00AM when we will proceed northward through the center area of the canyon. The path rises quickly at the 1.1 mile cut across. We will then hike along the perimeter of the park in a counterclockwise direction, passing various campground sites and making our way back to the lower use area trailhead. The total distance is roughly 9.0 miles with variation in elevation between 35 and 1800 feet.
Bring your ten essentials. Click here for list. Snack breaks will be taken at regular intervals. A scenic break is planned at the lower campground site on the east of the park with a beautiful panoramic view of the canyon and Pacific Ocean.
Driving southbound on the 405 FWY from Long Beach, take 73 HWY South in Costa Mesa. Exit the 73 at MacArthur Blvd. and head west toward the Pacific Ocean. (Note that the TOLL Road applies after the MacArthur Blvd. exit). Turn left at PCH in Newport Beach and head southbound. You will pass through Newport Beach village and Crystal Cove Park. Make a left at the El Moro Elementary school road. Keep right and you will see the Ranger Station entrance. After paying the day use fee, make your way past RV Park down the path to the lower and last parking lot adjacent to the amphitheater. Trailhead is at the edge of the parking lot.
After the hike, we can enjoy a refreshing dip in the ocean and a picnic on the beach. If you are interested, please bring swimming / beach attire and extra food.
Click here for a map of the parking area.
Click here for the park website.
Click here for a trail map of the park.
If you cannot attend, please cancel your registration, so the next person on the waiting list can have a chance to register.
SBVC - Monthly Membership Meeting
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Great Outdoors monthly meeting is at Creekside Restaurant, 4444 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara.
6:00pm for Core Group Meeting
7:00pm for General Membership Meeting
View the menu at https://www.thecreeksidesb.com/
We look forward to seeing you and getting re-acquainted. Come find out what we have planned this year, and what we are all about!
Please RSVP if you are coming.
Celebrate Fall. It's apple harvest time! Oak Glen is known for its historic apple orchards that produce incredible harvests and is an absolute delight to visit in the fall with beautiful farm country alive with autumn colors. Oak Glen goes all out for its festivals, and it feels like the entire town is one big fairground! Nestled mile-high in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, lies the Wildlands Conservancy’s Oak Glen Preserve. The preserve is home to the Conservancy’s Southern California Montane Botanic Garden, Los Rios Rancho and apple orchards, and nature preserve trails.
Our campground is located in the village of Oak Glen and adjacent to The Oak Glen Preserve. RV sites are pull through, 30 AMP hookup and are located across from the tent sites. There will be 2 tents per site and will not share with RV.
Schedule Of Events
Friday, Sept. 23
Saturday, Sept. 24
Sunday, Sept 25
Monday, Sept. 26
*Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.
Amenities: Full hookups for RVs, restroom with showers nearby, picnic tables, pool, spa, on-site restaurant/bar. No open campfires permitted. Propane campfires permitted. Fall apple harvest celebration with local vendor displays nearby. Across the street from the resort is an array of quaint shops and restaurants.
Los Rios Rancho is Southern California's largest historic apple ranch. It has a country store and cafe that features slow cooked meats, fresh baked goods, artisan crafts and seasonal fruit. Think apple pie!
What to Bring: Ten Essentials, camp chair, name tag, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, swimwear for pool/spa, potluck item for Saturday night.
Directions: 38955 Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa, CA 92399 MAP DIRECTIONS
Climate: Hist. Avg.: 82° / 50° Elevation: 4,734′
Refunds: Cancellation for a refund, minus $15 service charge, must be received by September 9, 2022. Contact trip leader to cancel.
Payments: Online credit card payment only.
Contact: Doug Wylie, Email click here or Scott C: Email click here
Photos: CLICK HERE
Pets: Pets are welcome. Remember leash and to pick up after pet.
Special COVID Requirements: This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. For more information - see the GOPS COVID Vaccination policy dated 4/26/2022 (click here).
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the event/hike.
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, September 27, 2022.
Behold the beginning of Fall season and join us at our booth and help support the newly established Idyllwild Pride group. To volunteer, select register and choose the time slot(s) that you would like to be at the booth. You can also register without a specific time.
Contact : Doug Wyle Email
Here’s your chance to help spread the word about Great Outdoors Palm Springs, meet new friends and have some fun! Google Map: Click Here
Programming / Events: click here: Idyllwild Pride Under the Pines
Saturday October 1st.
This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated for COVID
This is our second and final planning meeting.
GOSD Palomar Mountain Day Hike
Saturday October 8, 2022
You're invited to join us for the Great Outdoors San Diego (GOSD) Palomar Mountain Day Hike. It’s located in the Palomar Mountain State Park, a gem of a small State Park here in San Diego County. With an average elevation of 5000 feet, this three square mile park has some of the best mountain scenery in the county. White fir and incense cedar trees, normally found much farther north in the Sierras, are abundant here. The California Black and Valley Oaks should be in their full autumn colors. The weather may require a jacket in the morning but should warm up into the 70’s in the afternoon. Rain is highly unlikely in October. Dogs are not permitted on this hike.
Doane Pond Palomar Mountain
Expect a 1.5 to 2 hour drive time from San Diego. You will first need to reach Highway CA-76 E north of San Diego by driving north of San Diego on the I-15 and taking Exit 46 to CA-76 E. At Pala Mesa head east towards Palomar Mountain turning a slight left S. Grade Road/Palomar Mountain Road.
For a slightly shorter route, drive north on the I-15 and take exit 27 for Via Rancho Parkway. Follow signs to SD Wild Animal/Safari Park. Stay in the two right lanes and turn right onto E. Via Rancho Parkway. Continue onto Bear Valley Parkway for 5.8 miles. Use the right two lanes to turn right onto E. Valley Parkway. Continue onto Valley Center Road and drive 13.8 miles to a traffic circle. Take the first exit to CA-76 E.
From CA-76 E, take a slight left onto S Grade Rd/Palomar Mountain Rd. After 6.7 winding miles, turn left onto S Grade Road then another quick left onto State Park Road. Drive about 2.6 miles to the State Park entrance. There is an entrance fee of $10.00 per vehicle, so carpooling is highly encouraged. A California States Park Annual Pass will also get you in. If you're using Google Maps or MapQuest, the park's physical address is: 19952 State Park Rd. Palomar CA 92060.
Once inside the park, follow the signs to our meeting spot at the Doane Pond Parking lot. Please plan to arrive before 10:00 am, as we will leave for our hike at 10:00.
Autumn Leaves Palomar Mountain
Hike Description (total distance 7.8 miles)
We will be hiking two loop trails both starting at Doane Pond. In the morning we will hike the Lower Doane Valley and Lower French Valley Trails. This loop is rated moderate, 3.8 miles in distance, and should take about two hours. Highlights will include the Historic Weir Site on the Pauma Creek and a beautiful alpine meadow. The loop ends in the Doane Valley Campground, a short distance from the pond. We will have lunch at one of the picnic tables beside the pond.
In the afternoon we will hike the Thunder Spring and Chimney Flat loop. This is rated moderate, about four miles, and should take another two hours. On this loop we will pass a historic apple orchard and large incense cedar grove. We should be done with the hike and back to the parking lot by 4:00 pm.
As with all hikes, please be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, snacks, and your 10 essentials. For this hike, you’ll also want to bring lunch and warm clothes for the morning. Mobile phone reception is very limited in the Palomar Mountain State Park. Maps are available at the Park entrance.
This should be a great fall hike. Registration will soon be open on the GOSD website. For any questions about this hike, please contact the hike leader, Mark McCabe.
The Wait Is Over!
We’re celebrating Honky Tonk style!
Put on your Western attire as we gather to Camp It Up!
The conference is a campout consisting of all the Great Outdoors chapters.
We anticipate this selling out quickly so make your reservation NOW!
Held annually in October, GO OCLB is proud to host this year’s event!
The campout this year is going to be remarkable!
Delayed the past several years due to the pandemic and wildfires, we’re eager to reunite, reconnect, and celebrate!
O’Neill Regional Park is a major regional park in northeast Orange County, located along Trabuco Creek and Live Oak Canyon. Centrally located for the convenience of all Chapters!
The park encompasses 4,500 acres of canyon and riparian zone habitat. Heavily wooded with coastal live oak and sycamore trees, the hillsides surrounding the park feature cactus, wild buckwheat, sagebrush, and chaparral.
O’Neill Regional Park includes campgrounds and trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
We are camping at the Sycamore Flat Group Site.
Event fee: $75/person for Great Outdoors Members. Non-members must first join Great Outdoors ($25) before registering. For a second person in the same tent registration is $60 and in the same vehicle as the primary person.
RV & Tow Trailer Driver: $90/person. RV & Tow Trailer passenger same vehicle: $60/person
Electronic payment for the event fee is accepted on the GO website. No cash or paper check, please.
The number of vehicles will limit capacity. Carpooling is highly encouraged because there is no overnight overflow parking. There is limited space for RVs and tow trailers.
Cancellations and refunds: No refunds are granted for cancellations received after 9/16/22. There will be a $10 cancellation fee charged if cancelled by 09/16/2022.
What are you waiting for?
Don't just sit there!
Registration is Open!
This three-day, two-night campout begins at 4 pm on Fri. 10/14 at Sycamore Site D. Please avoid arriving early to allow GO OCLB time to set up the event. There will be welcome refreshments, a meet and greet, and a group campfire. Dinner is on your own. Join us for a movie night under the stars featuring a campy gay Western film.
Sycamore Site D is the headquarters for this campout. Gather here for hosted meals, the potluck, the quarterly board meeting and to hear announcements.
Sat. 10/15- 8 am-ish: Hot breakfast hosted by GO OCLB. A vegan option will be available.
After breakfast, many activities include a locally-led hike, area sightseeing, and a quarterly board meeting for chapter reps. Lunch is on your own. Please return by late afternoon (~5 pm) to prepare a country western-inspired dish for the big Saturday dinner potluck (~6 pm). GO OCLB will provide dessert.
Do dress up in Western attire for dinner. Best dressed wins a prize! After dinner, gather around the campfire for the chapter volunteer awards ceremony and raffle drawing.
Sun. 10/16- 8 am-ish: Continental breakfast hosted by GO OCLB. Vegan option will be available. Break camp, saddle up, and safe travels home. The campout ends at noon.
Amenities: Potable water, Showers, Flush toilets, Picnic Tables, and Fire rings.
Features: Nature center and amphitheater.
Parking: GO OCLB event volunteers to help guide tandem parking.
From LA, SB/VC, Palm Springs, and northern OC- Get on Interstate 5 South, drive to Laguna Hills, and exit 91 at El Toro Road. Turn left at Avenida de la Carlota. Turn left at El Toro Road. Drive 7.7 miles eastbound on El Toro Road past Valley Vista (on your right, see cross light) then Ridgeline (on your left, see cross light). Past Ridgeline, stay on the right lane. You will reach a Y-intersection where El Toro splits left into Santiago Cyn Rd, and right turns into Live Oak Cyn Rd. Veer right into Live Oak Cyn Rd. Cook’s Corner café at the Y-intersection will be on your left. Drive 3.5 miles on Live Oak Cyn Rd to O’Neill Regional Park entrance (address: 30892 Trabuco Cyn Rd. Trabuco Cyn, CA). Follow signs to Sycamore Flat Group Site. RV and tow trailer campers, please proceed to the designated site.
From San Diego and south OC: Get on Interstate 5 North, drive to Laguna Hills, and exit 91 at El Toro Road. Stay in the right lane. Turn right at El Toro Road. Drive 7.7 miles eastbound on El Toro Road past Valley Vista (on your right, see cross light) and Ridgeline (on your left, see cross light). Past Ridgeline, stay on the right lane. You will reach a Y-intersection where El Toro splits left into Santiago Cyn Rd, and right turns into Live Oak Cyn Rd. Veer right into Live Oak Cyn Rd. Cook’s Corner café at the Y-intersection will be on your left. Drive 3.5 miles on Live Oak Cyn Rd to O’Neill Regional Park entrance (address: 30892 Trabuco Cyn Rd. Trabuco Cyn, CA). Follow signs to Sycamore Flat Group Site. RV and tow trailer campers, please proceed to the designated site.
Pets: Dogs permitted on leash. Please clean up after your pet.
Quiet time: 10pm to 7am
RV sites & Tow Trailer sites- Limited pull-through and back-in sites are available. Water is available on-site, but there are no electric hookups. A dump station is accessible. Generator hours are from 8 am to 8 pm.
Alcohol is prohibited at O’Neill Regional Park.
No fires of any kind will be allowed on red flag days or as posted.
Obviously The 10 Essentials.
Recommended Gear: Tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, ear plugs, pillow, chair, camp stove with fuel and cooking utensils, lighter or matches, camp kitchen supplies, headlight or flashlight with batteries, cool and warm weather clothing, toiletries kit, hiking shoes, camp shoes, day pack, hat, sunglasses, and sunblock. Bring quarters to use the showers.
Food: Bring enough food for your Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, and dinner potluck item.
To reduce waste, bring your reusable plate, cup, and utensils. Single-use plates, cups, and utensils are available if needed.
There are nearby grocery stores for any forgotten items.
October average high temp: 80 F, average low temp: 56 F. October average rainfall: 0.6 inches. No snow.
Show Your Pride Raffle!
Show your pride in the backcountry and support GO OCLB! Buy a raffle ticket to win the Marmot Yolla Bolly 30 sleeping bag!
Details: Light 3-season sleeping bag with plenty of room to roll around*, 650 fill duck down to keep you warm to freezing temperatures, and it features a semi-rectangular shape with a full-length zipper. ISO comfort rating: 32 F, lower limit: 21 F.
The sleeping bag comes with a stuff sack measuring 8 x 16 inches. Claimed weight: 2 lbs. 3.5 oz. Activity: weekend camping and backpacking.
*Hunky model not included to roll around within the sleeping bag.
These may be updated/amended by the time of the event.
Participants must comply with the following requirements as a condition of registering for this event:
I will follow Federal, State, and local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the event leader(s).
I will not attend if feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID.
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.
Contact: Michael at BoardRep-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
SAVE THE DATE
Breakfast - Hike - Soak
Note: Have your credit card ready as you'll need it to pay your registration fees (breakfast & optional spa) within 15 mins. There are no refunds for this event. Address will be sent in reminder email sent 3 days prior to event.
9 AM - energized with breakfast, drive/carpool 10 minutes to the Long Canyon trailhead in Desert Hot Springs; directions click here. The hike is rated a moderate 4 miles total out and back in with minimum elevation gain. This trail is located in a wide wash between canyons leading into Joshua Tree National Park and was recently designated as part of the Sand to Snow National Monument.
After taking in the sites, we retrace our steps back to the trailhead and move onto Miracle Springs Resort & Spa for lunch at their indoor/outdoor Capri Restaurant and then “take the waters” in any of the mineral pools of different temperatures.
We have a special discounted group rate for the spa admission: $9 senior / $13 adult. Lunch not included. Option to sign up for the Spa and pay when you register for this event. No refunds.
Make sure you go to the correct Spa resort. There are two adjacent resorts, go to the Miracle Springs Resort & Spa to the North of the other spa, address is: Miracle Springs Resort & Spa 10625 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, CA
Bring: Swimsuit - Towel
Ten Essentials (click here), water, 1 or 2 liters recommended, snacks, sun protection, layered clothing , hiking poles may be helpful. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. Inclement weather may cancel.
Meeting location will be sent in a separate event reminder email.
You may attend either one or both.
DAY HIKE LEADER - SECTION I
8am - 12 pm
Be a Hike Leader! Not just someone who knows the way, but someone who applies safety, best practices, fun, and local knowledge to make a successful outing. In addition to the course outline we will discuss any issues with past hikes and plan for future hikes. We will review basic hike leader procedures and techniques and latest technology and information. Completing this course will provide participants with Day Hike Leader Certification. Also a good refresher for hike leaders.
Hike Leader Syllabus
Prerequisites: Great Outdoors member (click here to join). The course is for anyone interested in becoming a hiker leader, learning more about leading effective hikes, or becoming a more confident and capable hiker.
This Hike Leader Certification course is for hikers who are interested in learning new skills as well as experienced hike leaders who are looking to update or refresh their outdoor leadership skills. It is suitable for all ranges of hiker abilities, from novice up to very experienced hikers.
Objectives: Introduce participants to the skills, knowledge and attitudes of a trained hike leader, including appropriate risk management for day hikes. Present skills for leading a safe, environmentally responsible and enjoyable hike.
Content/Topics Covered: Hike planning, description, screening participants, trail group management, emergency management, medical issues on the trail, map reading and navigation, outdoor techniques, environmental protection, and problem solving techniques and scenarios.
Course Format: The training includes online instruction with group discussion and problem solving applications and trail-based scenarios.
Pre-Course Assignment: Review training manuals and video:
Link to Training Resources: Click Here
How to Lead a Hike: Video: Click Here
Printed manuals will be available at the Oct 14 all chapter conference and at the training location Nov 12 at no cost to participants.
Option to purchase and have manual(s) mailed to you upon registration.
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TRIP LEADERSHIP - OVERNIGHT EVENTS - SECTION II
1pm - 5 pm
One of the premier features of Great Outdoors is overnight trips. As a leader you will propose, research and design overnight trips. You will manage and administer the trip using leadership and group management skills. Completing this course will provide participants with Trip Leadership Certification.
Create a new trip or update a former trip.
Planning, scouting, securing reservations.
Finances and budget.
Create a trip description and promotion.
Secure all logistics including any permits, and support staff as necessary.
Communicate with participants to provide information and answer questions.
Conducting your trip, safety issues, group management issues - preventing and solving.
Location: Whitewater Preserve
Course Length/Hours: 4 hours.
Arrive: 8 am to ensure a parking space. Limited spaces, high demand.
Schedule: Start at 8:15 am and go to 4:30 pm with a lunch break. Coffee, tea, water provided. Bring a mug for hot drinks.
What to bring: Lunch, water bottle, mug for hot drinks. If you are taking the Hike Leader course bring day pack with your 10 essentials. If you are tent camping, bring food, camp gear, warm clothing.
Weather: Be prepared for cooler temperatures. NOAA spot forecast: click here
Facilities: Whitewater Preserve located in a beautiful canyon along the Whitewater river and part of the Sand to Snow National Monument. We will be in the visitor center back room with tables, chairs, TV monitor and restrooms. Trailheads located onsite. No cell service or Wi-Fi.
Carpooling Encouraged: Limited parking spaces available. Expect high visitor use to fill the parking lot. Arrive early! Vehicles line up at the gate to get in.
Camping (free) available on site at Whitewater Preserve. You can reserve a spot for camping when you register here for the training. Tent camping and small RV or trailer allowed if they will fit in the 20' parking spaces in the parking lot (you may take 2 spaces, one for your vehicle and one for you trailer) Restrooms, water, tables available. No fires of any kind. Only gas or propane for cooking. There are no trash containers -pack it out, no hookups and generators are prohibited. Arrive before 4:30 pm since the gates lock at 5 pm. No alcohol or smoking. Photos of the camp area click here.
Hotel/motel/RV accommodations located in the Palm Springs area which is approximately 30-40 minute drive to Whitewater Preserve training site.
Nearby KOA Desert Hot Springs has both tent and RV sites with hot water springs and nice facilities.
Address: Whitewater Preserve lies at the end of Whitewater Canyon Road, northwest of Palm Springs, off Interstate 10.
9160 Whitewater Canyon Road
GPS: 33.989075, -116.655673 (N33° 59.367' W116° 39.416')
Elevation: 2200' Get Directions
Scott Connelly, Chair Outdoor Experience: email click here
Course Preparation: We will send you a link to the Outdoor Experience Training Manuals. You are encouraged to review the material ahead of time.
Link to Training Resources: Click Here
Dos Picos County Park offers partial hookup sites (water/electric 20/30/50 amps), with paved driveways, fire rings, and tables. Coin-operated, hot showers, restrooms with flush toilets, and a waste water dump station. One tent and one RV (< or = 45ft.) or two tents will share each each site. Both inhabitants will have access to the water and electricity. There is plenty of overflow parking for extra vehicles.
The park is at an elevation of
Park brochure -
Schedule of Events
Sunday, November 20
Contact Trip Leader: Robert Varga - via email to email@example.com or text (760) 641-9112.
Prices: Prices listed are per person. Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.
Payments: This event is limited to GO members. When you register, you'll need to have your credit card (MC, VISA, Discover or Amex.) ready and pay your registration fee within 15 mins. If you are not a member yet, you can first join as a member online (click here) and then return here to register.
Refunds: Cancellation for a refund, minus $10, will be allowed only if there is a waitlist and must be received by . All cancellation requests must be sent to the Trip Leader (see email above).
What to Bring: Camp chair, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool/wet weather clothing, potluck item, one bundle of firewood per person and the Ten Essentials.
Climate: Average temperatures - high 71, low 60. View weather forecast - click here.
Pets: Are permitted if they are properly restrained and under the control of the owner. Dogs must be licensed, restrained on a leash no longer than six feet, and attended at all times. Please pick up after your pet. $1/night for each pet; you would pay upon arrival.
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader that may affect your ability to participate in this event.
Special COVID 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.
Watch for email announcement.
Please join us for the annual Great Outdoors Palm Springs Holiday Party. This special event will be held at the Miracle Springs Resort at 10625 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA, 92240. (click here for directions).
You must be a GOPS member to register for this event, but each member may bring a non-member guest. The attendance will be limited to 80 people. You must register before December 1, 2021.
We will provide a buffet-style dinner that includes appetizers, turkey, ham and vegetarian main courses, with many side dishes and desserts. Additionally, a full-service cash bar will be available for all beverages (alcohol and soft drinks). We will also have an ever-popular gift exchange, moderated by a special guest. If you choose to participate in this optional event, please keep the gift value to about $20.
The cost to members for this event is $20 per person. You must be a Great Outdoors member to register. Members may also bring one (1) non-member guest for $30. Payment must be made at time of registration and paid online with a credit card within 15 minutes. Members who are couples should register separately to avoid the additional $10 "guest" charge.
Refunds: There are NO REFUNDS for this event.
For questions, please contact (SocialEventsCoordinator-PS@GreatOutdoors.org)
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DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK - STOVEPIPE WELLS CAMPGROUND
TRIP LEADERS CLIFF CLUE AND JOEY DUHON
Note: Registration for this event will initially be limited to paid members of Great Outdoors. Paid members get "first crack" at our events. If you'd like to become a member to register for this campout - click here - and then return to this page.
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Prices: (Example 1) We have different pricing levels based upon you staying in a tent or RV in one of our sites, staying in a site you booked yourself (or in a nearby hotel/motel/friend's house). Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.
Select your registration that conforms to the following definitions:
Prices: (example 2) There is no charge for this event. Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.
Prices are based upon each person going being a GO Chapter paid member. You can join - click here - and then register for this campout. Other GO Chapter members should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email) in order to be added as a member of our Chapter for free. Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.
Prices: Prices are based upon you being a GO paid member. If not currently a GO member, you will have the option of joining at an additional $25 per person for a one (1) year club membership prior to registration. Each person going must complete a separate registration. You can click here to join.
RV's and tents may share sites - maximum of one RV and one tent on each site. When reserving an RV site, please select the smallest RV site which will accommodate your RV's length. RV sites come with water, electricity, picnic table and a fire ring. A dump station is located within the park. Some sites may not be completely level - we suggest bringing leveling blocks. Depending upon the RV site, tow vehicles may have to park in a nearby site. These are sites with mature vegetation surrounding the sites.
We will have a propane fire-pit for the group as open fires may be restricted in the camp to a designated area only.
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Saturday, Mar 18
Sunday, Mar 19
**Optional $15 fee for kayaking rental (a donation to: The Sea and Desert Interpretive Association). This fee will be collected when you register for this event.
Amenities: Restrooms have electricity, flush toilets, running water and hot showers that take quarters, picnic tables, fire rings, water and paved parking stalls. There is a dump station and water near the campground. There is a small store on 111 with limited supplies. Limited electric hookup may be available.
Amenities For RVs: This is a dry camping event. There are no hookups at each camp site. Fresh water is available at the dump site to fill your RV tank before arriving at your site. There is a dump site located near the park entrance. QUIET HOURS are from 10 pm to 6 am and generators may only be operated between 10 am and 8 pm.
What to Bring: Ten Essentials, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, shorts for kayaking, potluck item for Saturday night, two bundles of firewood - no particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials. These cause the release of toxic gases when burned. Firewood is for sale at the campground.
Don't forget your towel, swim suit and water shoes.
We recommend you read our suggested 10 essential items to bring - click here.
GO 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: (sample 1) I-10 east to Indio, take 86-S exit then turn left at Avenue 66, then right onto Highway 111. Go south about 13 miles to the Mecca Beach campground. For a Google Map of our location - click here. <<< fix link
Getting There: (sample 2)
Climate & Elevation - The current forecast avg. is 67 high 42 low. Check the weather forecast - click here. The park is located at 1300’. <<< fix link
Refunds: Cancellation for a full refund minus service fee of $5.00 must be received by March 14, 2017.
Payments: We are no longer using PayPal to accept trip registrations. You may now use any of these credit cards: MC, VISA, Discover or Amex.
Contact: Scott C. email: VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
Photos: To see some photos from prior trips to XYZ location - click here. <<< fix link
Children: There may be children present.
Quiet Hours - 10 PM - 7 AM
Smoking - is not allowed in San Diego County Parks.
Cell Service - not in the park but may available nearby. Details for specific carriers?
Pets: Pets 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. Dogs are not allowed in cabins or on trails. Please bring doggie bags and clean up any of their waste. Please be aware there are snakes and scorpions at this location.
Health Problems/allergies: It 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.
Contact Cliff Clue email click here
or Joey Duhon email click here
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