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    • Wed, March 10, 2021
    • 9:30 AM (PST)
    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (PST)
    • Online
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                   OUTDOORS EXPERIENCE 

     Covid Protocols - Event Leaders    

    Beginning April 15, 2021 all chapters are authorized to conduct outdoor gatherings with limits and conditions in compliance with Federal, State and local guidelines.

    All Event Leaders need to complete this training prior to leading and event. Independent study and self certification.

    Register here to acknowledge you are working on it and to receive updates.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the challenges of running a trip during COVID restrictions

    • Identify important considerations and limitations

    • Prepare for variable conditions on the day of the event 

    Review the following prior to leading an event: 

    If you have additional questions after reviewing all the resources required above, please send your questions or inquires to OE@greatoutdoors.org












    • Sat, May 15, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Mission Creek Preserve Desert Hot Springs
    • 0
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    Mission Creek Preserve, located in a transition zone between the Sonoran and Mojave deserts, the 4,760-acre Mission Creek Preserve has a rich species composition with flora and fauna representing both deserts.” - TWC 

    Will we hike from the preserve gate, past the main stone house to the Whitewater river overlook. Multiple opportunities for breaks and most of the tail is wide and flat. I was a ranger years ago for the conservancy, Mission Creek was one of the preserves I maintained and patrolled. I will share my knowledge of the history of the preserve.

    • Trail Length: 6 miles total

    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 100 feet

    • Difficulty Rating: moderate

    • Trail Type: out and back

    • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

    • Fees/Charges: free

    Departure Time: 8am from the gate, meet at gate.

    Location: Mission Creek Preserve - From Hwy 62 head northwest on Mission Creek Road. This is a well maintained dirt road that runs about 2 miles. Park in the lot next to the gate. Map click here

    Bring: Face cover, Ten Essentials, water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch/ 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.

    Carpooling:  Carpooling is not recommended except for members of the same household. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation.

    Cancel? If you cannot attend after registering, please cancel as others may be on the waitlist. You may cancel directly from your profile settings or notify the hike leader.

    Unless otherwise noted, registration for this event is limited to Great Outdoors members. To sign up as a memberclick here 

    Hike Leader: Chip Cline    Email click here

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

    Special COVID-19 Related Requirements:

    Participants will meet the following expectations 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 expectations as a condition of participating in this event”

    • Wed, May 19, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM (PDT)
    • Deep Creek Hot Springs near Hesperia CA
    • 5
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    Deep Creek Hot Springs is a popular, clothing optional, skinny-dipping spot on U.S. Forest Service land. It's got (1) hot springs, (2) a cold creek, (3) beach-like areas and rocks to hang out on.

    • Trail Length: 4 miles RT
    • Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,000 feet
    • Trailhead Elevation: 4400 feet
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate Plus - plan for an arduous hike back up from the hot springs.
    • Terrain: The trail is very narrow with steep drop-offs in some sections. There are two very steep sections. Some areas have loose sandy soil. Stream crossing may be up to 1-3 feet deep. The return hike is uphill with average slope of 8%. The area is home rattlesnakes, be careful around rock outcroppings.

    Meeting Location: 8 AM at PetSmart Ramon/Crossley, Palm Springs Map click here  We will caravan to the trailhead with a stop half way.

    Expected Time Of Return: 6:30 PM or later. 

    Road conditions to trailhead: Deep Creek is about 100 miles (2.5 hours) from Palm Springs and the last 6 miles of driving is on a washboard dirt road where you should have a high clearance vehicle. We will park at Bowen Ranch which is private property. Parking costs $10 per person (bring exact change). GPS coordinates for the Bowen Ranch House are: 34.363631, -117.162044 or N34 21.507 W117 09.871.  Click here for driving directions.

    Bring: Ten Essentials (click here), face mask, water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch and snacks. Hat, sunscreen and layered clothing are recommended; something to sit on (a towel is good enough), water shoes for the sometimes slippery hot tubs, and $10 cash for access fee. Hiking poles may be helpful. Sturdy hiking footwear and adequate drinking water are required. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).

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

    Photos:  Please ask before taking photos of people. Click here to see photos from some of our prior trips to Deep Creek.  

    GOPS Naked Policy:  Click hereHiking Requirements: Click here.

    General Notes from USFS website:

    Do not drink the water!

    The Hot Springs pools of Deep Creek contain a rare and sometimes fatal disease called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis. The disease is apparently contained in contaminated soil and transmitted to the Hot Springs pools as the warm water flows through and over the soil. It is advisable not to submerse your head.

    Hike Leaders:

    ScottVPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org (click here); or

    EdWebmaster-PS@GreatOutdoors.org (click here)

    Cancel: If you cannot make a hike for which you have registered please cancel as others may be on the waitlist. You may cancel directly from your profile settings or notify the hike leader.

    Unless otherwise noted, registration for this event is limited to Great Outdoors members. To sign up as a memberclick here 

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

    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.

    • Wed, May 19, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
    • The Internet
    • 15
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    Sunset Virtual Campfire

    Enjoy a mid-week virtual getaway evening with friends around a virtual campfire in the comfort of your own home! We'll have a images of a campfire and you can join in the conversation. Share your stay-at-home isolation with a dozen or so of your GOPS friends! 

    WHAT TO BRING: 

    You can join the Zoom meeting using your computer equipped with a camera and microphone (preferred); you can also use a smartphone with a camera.  Bring your own beverage and snacks.  Summer is upon us, so dress accordingly. 

    Dennis Curran is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Topic: PS - Virtual Campfire

    Time: Wednesday, May 19, 2021; 07:00 PM Pacific Time 

    Register early! Registration closes May 18.  Login information will be emailed to registrants a few days before the event.


    Event Leader: Dennis Curran Email click here

    Health Problems/allergies  It's virtual! No one leaves their home! So there aren't any! 


    • Sun, May 23, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • Mount Baldy aka Mount San Antonio
    • 0
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    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.

    Great Outdoors Orange County/Long Beach presents

    Mount Baldy Day Hike (rated Difficult)

    Sunday, May 23, 2021, 8 AM

    Contact: Frederick Brown. E-mail: fredincal346@gmail.com Phone: 562-754-1838

     Mount Baldy from Mount Ontario

    Come with us to Mount Baldy, the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains. We will be leaving from the trailhead at Manker Flats north of the Mount Baldy Village. You will need an Adventure Pass to park. The hike will leave at 8:00 AM. If coming from the west on the 210, exit Baseline Rd. and turn left at the first signal and then right on Padua. Then right on Mt. Baldy Rd. When you come to Manker Flats (the road has a median there, drive to near the end of the median), you can find parking along the road. If you arrive at the ski area, you have gone too far.


    From Manker Flats, we will follow the mountain road to San Antonio Falls which flows year round. Continuing on the road, at .six tenths of a mile, we will hit the trail up through San Antonio Canyon. Our next stop will be the Sierra Club's ski hut. After a rest there, we will continue across a rocky area, and then climb up the canyon to a ridge. From there, we will have a steep climb to the summit at 10,064 feet.

    On a clear day, it is possible to see as far as the Channel Islands, Mount San Gorgonio, Mount San Jacinto, the Santa Monica Mountains, and far out into the desert.

    At the summit, we will enjoy the views. People can eat the lunches that they have brought for the hike. After lunch, we will descend via the Devil's Backbone trail. This is a spectacular trail that descends to the Mount Baldy Ski Area. The trail is a narrow spine with dramatic drop offs on both sides,

    When we reach the Mount Baldy Ski Area lodge, we can partake of food and drink in the restaurant for those who wish to do so. Then we will hike down the ski area access road, back to our cars at Manker Flats. (Hikers may also opt to take the chairlift down.) Total gain/loss is 3,900 feet. Total mileage is 11.25 miles.

    For this trip, you will need a good pair of hiking boots. This is a difficult trip. You will also need to carry at least three liters of water. Click here to get your ten essentials you will need for the hike. An Adventure Pass is required for parking. For Information, click here. (there are 378 choices--a national park pass also works. Your trip leader will be checking people's supplies to be certain that you are prepared for the hike. There is no fee for this hike.

         

    Bring: Face mask, Ten Essentials, water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch/ snacks, sun protection, layered clothing, hiking poles may be helpful. Carry Emergency Contact Information. 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 not recommended except for members of same household. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing.

    Contact hike leader:  fredincal346@gmail.com

    Cancel: If you cannot make a hike for which you have registered please cancel as others may be on the waitlist. You may cancel directly from your profile settings or notify the hike leader.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.

    Unless otherwise noted, registration for this event is limited to Great Outdoors members. To sign up as a memberclick here 

    Clear any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.

    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.




     




    • Tue, May 25, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online Zoom meeting
    • 30



    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, May 25, 2021.

    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, May 26, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online Zoom
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        HIKING SAFETY PART I:

    PREVENTING FALLS AND STAYING FOUND

    The two most common incidents hikers face are falling and getting lost. Learn the important skills to keep upright and safe in a variety of hiking conditions, and how to "stay found," a critical hiker skill that means more than just not getting lost. One hour presentation followed by discussion and Q & A. 

    A good review for for both experienced hikers and  anyone headed out on the trail.

    Zoom meeting link and passcode will be send with registration confirmation and in the email reminder.

    Your host: Kirk Bell and Scott Connelly

    Outdoors Experience Committee 






    • Sat, May 29, 2021
    • 5:45 AM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • San Bernardino National Forest
    • 3
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    Black Mountain Fire Tower Hike
    Arrive time: 5:45am  

    Start time: 6:00am 
    Duration:  Around 4.5 hours or more depending on pace/# or breaks
    Distance: About 7.2 miles up and back
    Pace: Slow (uphill) to Moderate pace (mostly downhill)
    Difficulty: Strenuous -- Total Elevation: About 2600ft (some steep areas) -- Warning: Be in good physical condition for this hike.
    Location: Just off of Hwy 243 (left side of road) in Banning (a mile past the Forest Service Station--right side of the road). Map Click Here
    Hike Leader: David Stewart

    Details: The trail begins in chaparral at 5140 ft. and ends on the forested slopes of Black Mountain, elevation 7772 ft. at the Lookout Tower. There are excellent views of the Banning Pass and Mt. San Gorgonio. This trail passes through a Research Natural Area containing ecosystems used for research and study purposes.
    Additional info: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/recarea/?recid=26471
     
    IMPORTANT: Please bring a face mask, wear appropriate hiking shoes, adequate amount of water (at least 2 liters recommended), snacks, a hat (or sunscreen), and a wonderful attitude. Thanks. Also, pets are NOT allowed.

    Location/directions: Parking will be about 200ft. off of Hwy 243 in Banning on a paved dirt road, close to the trailhead. An Adventure Pass on the dashboard is suggested.  

    Bring: Face mask, Ten Essentials, water, sun protection, layered clothing, hiking poles may be helpful. Carry Emergency Contact Information. Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.

    Please call 760-320-2774 or email David at dhs321@gmail.com for inquiries.


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

    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, June 06, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Wed, June 09, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • California 38, Angelus Oaks, CA. San Bernardino National Forest
    • 6
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    Experience the cool mountain starlit sky among conifer forest at 6500' elevation. This is a great summer mid-week excursion where you will find a less crowded campground surrounded by mountain pines and vegetation. Jenks Lake and Santa Ana River are nearby and twenty-five miles to Big Bear Lake. Three nights of camping, hiking and exploring the area.

    All activities will require 6' social distancing, and if unable to maintain distance, a mask must be worn.

    Sun, June 6

    • 2:00 pm - Check-in  
    • 5:30 pm - Tea Time meet and greet BYOB. Dinner on your own
    • 7:00 pm - Group campfire activities

    Mon, June 7

    • 9:00 am - Kayaking Jenks Lake if available*
    • 2:00 pm - Hike*
    • 5:00 pm - Check white board*
    • 7:00 pm - Group campfire and raffle

    Tue June 8

    • 9:00 am - Hike* or 4x4 trip*
    • 1:00 pm - Big Bear town* 
    • 6:30 pm - Check white board*
    • 7:30 pm - Group campfire

    Wed, June 9

    •  12:00 pm - Check out

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

    Amenities and Notes:

    • Tents will be on the large spacious double sites separate from RV's
    • Flush toilets, picnic tables, grill/fire rings, and drinking water. Showers may be be available depending on COVID rules. 
    • Bears frequent the area; follow all food and garbage disposal regulations. Food storage lockers on site.
    • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov. - 'Buy It Where Your Burn It' Available on site at $8 a bundle, cash only
    • Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. Campfires must be kept small and in the fire ring
    • No display of firearms
    • Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am
    • Each "tent first person" registration includes parking for 1 vehicle. Second person sharing a tent must arrive with first person in same vehicle. No extra parking available.  Tent sites will not be shared with RV's.
    • Back into your site - safety requirement for emergency evacuation
    • Park all tires on pavement - environmental issues - strictly enforced
    • Specific campsite assignments will be sent a week before the event

    Notes/conditions for RVs:  This is a dry camping. Fresh water spigots available throughout camp and at the dump station. The dump site is located nearby ($10 fee)  Generators may be operated between 7 am and 10 pm. Maximum site size is 35 feet. Maximum of 2 vehicles per site. RV with tow vehicle attached upon arrival counts as 1 vehicle. If tow vehicle is not attached upon arrival, occupant is responsible for extra parking fees $8 per day. Your tow vehicle must fit on your site with all tires on the pavement. 

    What to BringFace mask, hand sanitizer, Ten Essentials, camp chair, daypack for hiking, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, firewood, some cash, and your name tag. Bring your senior Golden Age park pass if you have one.

    Hazard Warning!! - Dangerous intersection at entrance to camp from Highway 38 - limited visibility. Use extra caution when exiting the camp back on to the highway.

    Consider going green! Please bring your own plates, cups, mugs, eating utensils, etc. 

    Location/Directions:   Latitude 34.171955  Longitude  -116.875098

    Distance is approx. 70 miles from Palm Springs

    From I-10 take SR-38 North. From the Mill Creek Ranger Station it is approximately 18.8 to the campground entrance. Turn left into the campground. From the Big Bear Discovery Center take SR-38 towards Redlands for 25.8 miles and turn right into the campground.

    Nearby Trails:

    • Ponderosa Vista Nature Trail .6 mile
    • Whispering Pines Trail .5 mile
    • Rio Monte Trail 2.5 miles
    • Big Falls Trail .3 mile
    • Jenks Lake Trail 1 mile
    • Wild Horse Creek 5 miles

    Website: San Bernardino National ForestCampground map click here

    Climate:   Ave Temps: 77° / 44°     Current Weather click here

    RefundsCancellation for a refund, minus any service fee, must be received by May 29.

    Payment:  You can pay with the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. 

    Pets: Are welcomed. Must be kept on leash. Please pick up after your pet. 

    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.  

    Contact Leaders:

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

    Special COVID Related Requirements:

    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:

    1. I will follow Federal, State and local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the event leader(s).
    2. I will maintain distance (min. 6') and wear a 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.

    • Fri, June 11, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Sun, June 13, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • 10678 Sunrise Hwy, Descanso, CA 91948
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    Mount Laguna Campout


    Description

    Laguna Campground is a great mountain getaway just one hour east of San Diego, California in the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area. Campers can enjoy cooler temperatures, unique natural areas and an extensive trail system at this mountain facility from summer through early fall.Carpooling is not recommended except for members of same household. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation. 

    Facilities

    This large facility has five loops of campsites, with sites fairly close to one another. One campsite meets accessibility standards. The facility is equipped with campfire rings, flush toilet restrooms and coin-operated showers. Part of the campground is fenced off to protect the habitat of the endangered Laguna Skipper butterfly. Visitors are asked to respect the fence boundary and comply with the maximum site occupancy.

    Natural Features

    The campground sits at an elevation of 6,000 ft. in the Laguna Mountains. It is forested with pines and oaks that provide plenty of shade, in addition to a meadow. The area is home to many species of birds, as well as the endangered Laguna Skipper butterfly. Little Laguna lake is located just a short distance from the campground and is an excellent hiking destination for photographers and visitors looking to explore the area. 

    Recreation

    The Laguna Mountain Recreation Area is known for great horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking trails. Visitors can get their boots dusty on the Laguna Meadow Trail system or access a segment of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from California to the State of Washington. Wildflowers are usually abundant in April and May on the Big Laguna Trail, which takes visitors past Big Laguna Lake. In wet years there is water in Big Laguna Lake by December or January and ducks and other birds can be found. The trail presents a number of options to the user. A return to the trailhead parking can be made by cutting through the Laguna Campground or by taking the Pacific Crest Trail north. Families can learn about the area's flora and fauna by attending educational programs at the facility's amphitheater. Or for history buffs, the El Prado Cabin located at nearby El Prado Campground, is the first ranger cabin built in the Cleveland National Forest in 1911. The San Diego State University Observatory also sponsors "Star Parties" for campers most Saturday evenings during the summer (schedule can be obtained at the nearby visitor center or by calling 619-473-8547).

    Contact Leader:  Matthew Schreiner, matthew.schreiner@mac.com, 949.394.9607            

    Weekend Schedule

    Friday, June 11, 2021

    2:00 PM Arrival

    5:00 PM Meet & Greet

    Saturday, June 12, 2021

    9:00 AM Hike

    8:00 PM Bonfire

    Sunday, June 13, 2021

    12:00 PM Leave camp 


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

    Special Covid Related Requirements:

    Participants will meet the following expectations as a condition of registering for this event:

    1. I will follow state and local Covid advisories and cancel my participation if such guidance changes before the date of the event.
    2. I will bring and wear face coverings and agree to follow the state guidance in place as well as follow the directions of the Leader.
    3. I will maintain appropriate social distancing as recommended and follow the guidance of the Activity Leader.
    4. I will not attend if feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID.
    5. I will contact Trip Leader if I test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event to support contact tracing

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


     




    • Thu, June 17, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Sun, June 20, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Dogwood Campground, Lake Arrowhead, CA
    • 0
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    Come up to the mountains and reconnect with nature after a tough year. Dogwood is a beautiful campground in the San Bernardino mountains with abundant pines, cedars, oaks, and dogwoods, the tree that gives the campground its name.

    The towns of Lake Arrowhead and Crestline are nearby with grocery stores, restaurants, and many small stores offering a variety of goods. 

    There are 2 short easy hikes within the campground, and other hikes are a short drive to the trailheads. The Pinnacles hike offers amazing views of the mountains and the high desert. Heart Rock in Crestline is an easy hike that ends where the stream has carved a heart shape in the rock. The Heap's Peak Arboretum is another easy stroll with information about the San Bernardino Mountains (free, but requires an Adventure Pass (can be purchased in Crestline or Lake Arrowhead) or America the Beautiful pass for parking). 

    Campground Amenities and Notes:

    Flush toilets, drinking water, picnic tables, fire rings with grills, food lockers (bears and other wildlife frequent the area), and showers. (note: as of now, the showers are closed due to Covid, however, they may be open at the time of the campout. Will update as more is known.) 

    Pets are allowed in the campground, and must remain on a leash.

    Firewood: Avoid transporting pests and "buy it where you burn it". Firewood is sold throughout the mountain, and is available at the campground for $8/bundle.

    Note on RV/Trailer sites:

    Please read the details below carefully. If your vehicles will not fit, according to the information below, please do not take the site. 

    Sites have a 30 amp electric hookup. There is no water or sewer connection, but there is a dump station onsite and the fee is collected by the campground.

    If you have a trailer, both the trailer and tow vehicle must fit on the paved slab.

    If you have an RV and bring a towed vehicle, it must fit on the paved slab.

    All sites are 11' wide, so if you have bump-outs, make sure they will fit.

    Site 86: Driveway 25' long, 25' RV or small pop-up trailer.

    Site 87: Driveway 33' long, 30' RV or max 23' trailer

    Site 89: Driveway 25' long, 25' RV or max 21' trailer

    Site 85 (Friday to Sunday only): Driveway 37' long, 35' RV or max 25' trailer

    If the RV sites are not all taken, they will be used for Tent sites, and people will be added from the wait list.

    Note on Tent sites:

    There is no extra parking at this campground.

    Each tent site registration includes parking for 1 vehicle. Second person sharing a tent must register at the same time, and must arrive with first person in same vehicle. No extra parking available. Tent sites will not be shared with RV's. 

    Getting there:

    The entrance is located at 34.230932, -117.214715. (map link)

    From San Bernardino, travel north on Hwy 18 toward Lake Arrowhead. Just before Rim of the World High School, turn left (north) onto Daley Canyon Access Road (3 miles west of Arrowhead Ranger Station). Turn right into the campground entrance. This road will bring you straight into the campground.

    Itinerary:

    Steve & Wes usually have a pretty relaxed itinerary. Below are the times or activities that are set. 

    Thursday:

    2pm - Arrive and check in. Please do not arrive early. 

    Evening - campfire activities

    Friday:

    Morning - Pinnacles hike (since it will probably be really busy on the weekend)

    6pm - We normally have a potluck, but it will depend on Covid restrictions and protocols, and attendees comfort levels. More to follow. 

    Evening - campfire activities

    Saturday:

    Breakfast provided by Great Outdoors - Steve & Wes will start your day with eggs, pancakes, fresh fruit, and coffee. 

    Free day - short hikes, explore the towns, see the Arboretum. 

    Sunday: 

    Checkout - noon checkout is strictly enforced by the campground.

    Cancellation: 

    Cancellations received before May 30 will receive a refund. After this date, no refunds will be given. 

    Special COVID Related Requirements:

    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:

    1. I will follow Federal, State and local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the event leader(s).
    2. I will maintain distance (min. 6') and wear a 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.

    Contacts:

    If you have any questions, please contact Wes at fwsj69@gmail.com or 818-497-8654

    • Tue, July 20, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Fri, July 23, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (PDT)
    • Idyllwild CA
    • 11
    Register

    Experience the cool mountain star-lit sky among conifer forest camping at Idyllwild Regional Park. This is a great summer mid-week excursion where you will find an uncrowded campground surrounded by mountain pines and vegetation. Three nights of camping, hiking and exploring the village shops and restaurants.

    Tuesday, July 20

    • 12:00 pm - Check-in  
    • 6:00 pm - Meet and greet BYOB. Dinner on your own
    • 7:00 pm - Group campfire activities 

    Wednesday, July 21

    • 9:00 am - Hike or other activity *
    • 2:00 pm - Explore Idyllwild 
    • 5:00 pm  
    • 6:30 pm - 
    • 7:00 pm - Group campfire and raffle

    Thursday, July 22

    • 9:00 am - 4 wheel drive road trip to Thomas Mountain*
    • 1:30 pm - Hike board* or see Idyllwild 
    • 6:30 pm - Optional group dinner in town*
    • 7:30 pm - Group campfire

    Friday, July 23

    •  1:00 pm - Check out

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

    Amenities: Restrooms have flush toilets, hot showers that take quarters, picnic tables, fire rings, and drinking water. The town of Idyllwild is 1/2 mile away with shops and restaurants.

    Amenities For RVs:  This is a dry camping event.  There is a dump site located nearby at Lake Hemet.  Generators may  be operated between 7 am and 10 pm.

    What to Bring: Ten Essentials, camp chair, daypack for hiking, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing,  potluck item, firewood, quarters for showers. The are water spigots located in the camp.

    Consider going green! - Please bring your own reusable plates, cups, mugs, eating utensils, etc. 

    Directions 54000 County Playground Road, Idyllwild, CA 92549             Map Click Here.

    Website:  IDYLLWILD REGIONAL PARK

    Climate:   Ave High 80  Ave Low 47        Weather forecast click here

    Photos:  Click Here

    RefundsCancellation for full refund must be received by July 1, half refund up to July 12, no refunds after July 13.

    Payment:  You can pay with the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. 

    Contact: Trip Leader John Niedzwiedz: Click here email

    Pets: Pets are welcomed. $2 per day pet fee payable upon arrival. Must be kept on leash.  Please pick up after your pet. 

    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

     

    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.

    Special COVID Related Requirements:

    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:

    1. I will follow Federal, State and local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the event leader(s).
    2. I will maintain distance (min. 6') and wear a 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.


    • Sat, July 24, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PDT)
    • via Zoom Teleconference
    • 30


     

     

    California Great Outdoors - Board Meeting

    Saturday, July 24, 2021, 10 AM - 11 AM

    The Great Outdoors Board will meet on Saturday July 24, 2021 starting at 10:00 AM.  Due to COVID-19 our meeting will be conducted virtually via Zoom teleconference software.

    Registration for this meeting will be opened up closer to the actual meeting date. Please check back.

    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.

    • Sat, July 31, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Aliso and Wood Canyons
    • 11
    Register

    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.

    Great Outdoors Orange County/Long Beach and Laguna Beach Pride present

    Aliso and Wood Canyons

    Day Hike

    July 31, 2021 starting at 8 AM

    Contact: Doug Cable. E-mail: dccable@verizon.net. Phone: 949-922-1452

    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, stopping at Dripping Cave. For those who want a more moderate hike, we will return to the starting point.

    For those wanting a more rigorous hike, they will roceed up Mathis canyon to the West Ridge and then on upwards to Alta Laguna Park. After a snack break and rest stop we will take the West Ridge trail high above Laguna Canyon Road back to the trailhead. The total hike will be about 8 miles, 600 ft. elevation gain/loss, and take about 4 hours.

    The trails are closed for 3 days following major rain. To verify closure/access, check Alerts at: http://www.ocparks.com/. No alternative hike is planned.

    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.

    WHAT TO BRING: Sturdy walking shoes or trail runners, face mask, 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 link to the park website for you to check on conditions, maps, etc.

    Hiking Requirements - You will need to be in good physical condition for this hike. 

    Carpooling is not recommended except for members of same household. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing. 

    Cancel: If you cannot make a hike for which you have registered please cancel as others may be on the waitlist. You may cancel directly from your profile settings or notify the hike leader.

    Unless otherwise noted, registration for this event is limited to Great Outdoors members. To sign up as a member, click here

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

    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, August 08, 2021
    • 8:00 AM (PDT)
    • Abalone cove Park, 5970 Palos Verde Drive South, Rancho Palos Verde, CA 90275
    • 9
    Registration is closed

    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.

    Great Outdoors OC/LB Chapter presents

    Abalone and Sacred Coves Day Hike

    Sunday, August 8 2021 starting at 8 AM