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Dr. Brian Henen is the lead biologist for the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center located in Twentynine Palms, Calif. The Marine Corps’ conservation program gives imperiled desert tortoises 'head-start' on survival.
By sustaining and bolstering the population of tortoises at the Combat Center, the Marine Corps hopes to help the desert tortoise on its road to recovery. With more than 400 tortoises of varying ages remaining at TRCRS, additional releases will be occurring for the next 10 years. Information obtained through the monitoring of the tortoise releases will shed additional light on the species’ life history. A desert tortoise may be present. Additional information - click here.
6:30 - 7:45 pm Core Group* Meeting
7:45 - 8:00 pm Social Period
8:00 - 9:00 pm Speaker - Dr. Brian Henen - Desert Tortoise
* Core Group - AKA "Board Of Directors"
All members and non-members are welcome to attend all meetings.
The Center is located at 1301 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA. It is on the same side of Palm Canyon as Denny's restaurant, on the up canyon side Meeting room is on the Third Floor. Click here for Google map directions.
SOLD OUT. PLEASE JOIN THE WAIT LIST TO BE NOTIFIED OF CANCELLATIONS.
Great Outdoors San Diego
Santa Cruz Island Campout
April 26 - 28, 2019
(3 days, 2 nights)
Breathtaking ocean views and relaxing beach time is practically guaranteed at Santa Cruz Island. Join your Great Outdoors friends as we return to this classic getaway. Set on the eastern part of the island, the Scorpion Canyon Campground is about a 3/4 hike from the pier and is sheltered from harsh ocean winds.
The largest of California's Channel Islands, Santa Cruz Island is one of the five islands that make up the Channel Islands National Park. The island is rich in cultural history, magnificent landscapes, and unique flora and fauna. Native American Indians inhabited the island for over 10,000 years and Europeans explored and ranched on the island for over 150 years. Over 600 plant species, 140 land birds, 11 land mammals and a handful of amphibians and reptiles call the island their home. The island fox and island scrub-jay are exciting finds, as they're unique to the island, found nowhere else in the world.
The trip will begin on Friday, April 26th (9:00 AM departure from the dock at Ventura harbor) and will conclude on Sunday, April 28th in the early evening (4 PM return to Ventura harbor). We’ve taken care of the campsite and boat transportation over to the island, so all you have to do is register online, and you’re set. As part of the trip, a two-person ocean kayak will be available for individuals to use to explore the incredible coastline. Sign-up sheets will be available at the campsite to reserve your time on the water. Campsite space is limited as we only have 15 spots available. So register early to reserve your space!
There are no services provided on the island. So you'll need to bring all items that you will need during your stay. To keep our impact on nature as small as possible, we will not be providing disposable plates and utensils, we are requiring that everyone bring their own reusable plates and utensils. Potable water is available at the campsite. There is a 1/2 mile to 1 mile walk to the campsite from the pier. So make sure you’re completely mobile; we recommend that if you're taking a cooler, make sure it has wheels. (Some restrictions apply from the transportation provider. Click here for additional information.) Don’t forget your 10 essentials.
This jewel off our coast offers some of the most beautiful ocean and landscape views to be had in southern California, we hope to see you there!
Cancellation Policy: You can cancel for a full refund on or before April 1, 2019. Any cancellations after April 1st, 2019 will not be eligible for a refund.
7:00 AM Arrive @ Ventura Harbor, check-in
8:00 AM Boat departs for Santa Cruz Island
10:00 AM Arrival @ Santa Cruz Island
1:00 PM Day Hike
6:00 PM Meet & Greet Tea (Mai-Tai Luau)
7:39 PM Sunset
6:14 AM Sunrise
9:00 AM Day Hike: Smugglers Cove (7.5 miles round-trip)
6:00 PM Potluck
7:40 PM Sunset
Sunday 6:13 AM Sunrise
10:00 AM Day Hike: Potato Harbor (5 miles round-trip)
3:00 PM Check-in for boat departure
4:00 PM Depart the island for the mainland
5:00 PM Arrive @ Ventura Harbor
*Times are estimated and subject to change without notice.
Click here for directions to Island Packers.
Contact Information: SANTA CRUZ SCORPION
1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura CA 93001
National Park Services Rules & Regulations:
· 1/2 mile to 1 mile hike to campground. Visitors must carry all their own gear.
· Primitive camping. Tent camping only, no electricity/water/sewer site hook-ups at this campground. Bring low profile tents and extra food for weather delays. Partial shade from trees. Picnic table, food storage box, and drinking water provided. No stores or services.
· Quiet time is enforced at 10:00 pm.
· Proper food and trash storage is required. Food/trash storage lockers are provided at each site. Recommend hard-sided container (i.e., action packer) to further protect food/garbage from animals.
· Visitors are required to pack out what they pack in, including garbage.
· No campfires or charcoal fires. Only enclosed gas camp stoves are allowed.
· Smoking is only allowed on beach areas at Scorpion, Smugglers, and Prisoners Harbors.
· Avoid contact with deer mice. Hantavirus has been found in island deer mice. For more information visit: https://www.nps.gov/chis/planyourvisit/hantavirus.htm.
· To help prevent the introduction of nonnative species the following items may not be brought to the park: pets; live or potted plants; soil; cut flowers; firewood or any untreated, unfinished wood (including hiking sticks); corrugated boxes; tools or equipment with attached soil; motorized vehicles; bicycles; and single-use plastic grocery bags.
· No fishing in marine reserves. California fishing license and ocean enhancement sticker required to fish outside marine reserves.
Icehouse Canyon to Timber Mountain Day Hike
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Start time: 7:30 A.M. Meeting Place: Trailhead near the restrooms.
Details: Moderate – 9.0 miles – 3355 ft gain/loss – Trail: Icehouse Canyon
The scenery is stunning. Precipitous canyon walls rise steeply into the blue sky. Soaring peaks and ridges contour the skyline. Huge boulders dot the canyon bottom. A year-around creek provides a delightful soundtrack. Majestic fir, pine, and cedar reach to the sky while alder, oak and sycamore fill out a shady canopy in places. Snow can linger in shadowy recesses long into the spring and early summer. Old cabins and cabin ruins sprinkled along the lower canyon remind hikers of a simpler yesteryear.
The V-shaped canyon starts at Icehouse Canyon above Baldy Village and extends east a mile and a half and 2600 feet to Icehouse Saddle, a conspicuous notch in the Telegraph-Ontario Ridge. The classic, hand-built trail provides a portal for a web of trails which extend deep into the magnificent high country. The upper half of the trail lies within the Cucamonga Wilderness, a 12,781-acre sanctuary set aside by federal law to remain pristine and wild. From the saddle to the top of Timber Mountain is another 700 feet and roughly 1 mile. For those not wishing to go on to the peak, the saddle provides a nice resting and waiting place. Returning back to the trail head, we have the option of taking the Chapman Trail, which adds one additional mile to the trip, making the entire trip about 10 miles.
Getting to the Trailhead:
From the 210 Freeway extension, driving east: Exit Baseline Road in Claremont. Turn left on Baseline. In one block turn right onto Padua Avenue. In 1.7 miles turn right onto Mt. Baldy Road (stop sign). After 7.2 miles you pass the Angles National Forest Mt. Baldy Visitor Center in Mt. Baldy Village. Continue 1.5 miles to the Icehouse Canyon entrance. Veer right and park in the large parking area.
From the 210 Freeway extension,driving west:In Upland, exit Mountain Ave./Mt. Baldy Exit, Exit 54. Turn right and proceed north on Mountain Ave. Drive 5 miles to Mt. Baldy Road. Turn right (north) and after 5 miles you pass the Angles National Forest Mt. Baldy Visitor Center in Mt. Baldy Village. Continue 1.5 miles to the Icehouse Canyon entrance. Veer right and park in the large parking area.
The trail starts at the east end of the large parking lot, just to the right of the ruins to the old Ice House Canyon Resort. A National Forest Adventure Passor a National Parks Passis required for parking.You will need to obtain this before April 27, as the Mount Baldy Visitor Center will be closed when we start. Here is a link to locations that sell the pass.
The parking lot can get full on weekends. You should bring your ten essentials (listed here), a day pack, water (2 liters), trekking poles, sunscreen, hat, trail snacks, lunch, and plan on wearing hiking boots or shoes (preferably waterproof), as well as cold weather clothing. Carpooling is recommended to help reduce gas cost and parking. There is NO FEE for this trip.
Contact: If you have any questions about this event, please email our VPO - here.
We have a social hour at 7 PM, and dinner service will begin at about 7:30 PM. Each person is responsible for their own food and beverage bill. We have a $50 minimum for our group. The Core Group will be meeting briefly at 7 PM during the social hour and all are welcome to participate and give input. However, only Core Group Members can vote during this part of the meeting. The general meeting will start at 8 PM so that the various trip leaders will have a chance to highlight their recent and upcoming trips, and answer questions from the participants.
Where: Marie Callender's Restaurant & Bakery,16930 Beach Boulevard, Westminster, CA, 92683 (map) We meet in the back corner past the salad bar (sometimes the receptionist is not aware of our meeting).
Great Outdoors Orange County/Long Beach presents
Bridge to Nowhere
Contact: Frederick Brown. E-mail: email@example.com.
This is an interesting trip to view one of man's failed attempts to overcome nature.
We begin at the parking lot at the end of the road to the East Fork of the San Gabriel River. GPS Coordinates are: 34.237156,-117.765051.Directions: From I-210, take Azusa Ave (Hwy 39) North for 12 miles. It becomes San Gabriel Canyon Road. Turn right on E. Fork Road, over bridge and then 5 miles. At hairpin turn, stay straight onto Camp Bonita Road for about 1 mile. Parking lot is at end of road. The parking lot fills up early, so we will be leaving the trail head at 7 AM.
We follow the river up the canyon. Wear long pants, because the poison oak is abundant along this trail. Also, wear some shoes that you do not mind getting wet, as we will be wading across the San Gabriel river 12-14 times along the way.
The trail gains about 1,000 feet over 4.8 miles making this a fairly easy hike.
When we reach the bridge, we may see bungee jumpers going over the side. The bridge itself is a beautiful curved concrete arch bridge high above the waters of the canyon. After spending sufficient time at the bridge, we will retrace our steps.
Bring your ten essentials - click here. Bring at least two liters of water and food for lunch and snacks. Carpooling is recommended to help reduce gas cost and parking. An Adventure Pass is required for parking. For Adventure Pass Information - click here
This trip is free.
Quarterly Great Outdoors "Corporate" Board Meeting
All Members Are Invited
The Great Outdoors (GO) Board of Directors meets four times a year - once each quarter. The meetings usually occur in January, April, July and October. The Board also convenes an Annual Conference each year in October.
The Board meets to approve prior meeting minutes, review the corporation's financial state, pending committee projects/reports and what's going on in each Chapter. They also set the date for the next meeting.
Each Chapter is responsible for sending their Chapter Representative to the meeting.
Our next meeting will be on Saturday, May 11th in Cathedral City, CA.
To ready more about our Board of Directors - click here.
If you have any questions prior to the meeting, please email our Chair - Peter Emond-Worline at Chair@GreatOutdoors.org
Note: The Board takes a short break for a hosted lunch.
Robert Varga and Jim Simonsen have invited us all to the Game Night/Pool Swim party on Saturday May 11, 2019 at their beautiful home in PALM DESERT
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM – POOL/SWIM TIME
6:00 PM to 6:15 PM - SOCIAL PERIOD
6:15 PM to 7:00 PM – POTLUCK DINNER
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – GAME TIME
WHAT TO BRING:
1) Potluck Item to share
2) Your own beverage(s)
3) Table Games you want to play (Great Outdoors provides many games)
4) Bathing suit, towel and pool chair if you plan to use the pool
NOTE: Bring potluck dishes/snacks/etc. "ready to serve" in a serving bowl or dish, including any needed serving utensils.
PLEASE DO NOT ask our hosts to provide access to their ovens or bowls, spoons, etc.
Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts!
Please call Richard Dachman at 818-430-7114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in hosting Game Night.
To view photos from our past game nights - click here.
To view our Game Night guidelines - click here.
To view our pool nudity policy - click here.
Activities and excursions in the area abound. Visit St. George Temple and historic sites; hike to several pools inside a slot canyon at Red Cliffs; go fishing at Quail Creek State Park; rent an ATV/UTV, kayak, boat or wave runner at Sand Hollow SP.
Nearby St. George is the gate way to the National Parks in Southern Utah. From Snow canyon, take a day trip Zion NP (51 miles), Bryce Canyon (141 miles) or Kolob Canyons (43 miles) home to spectacular finger canyons with soaring cliffs and the world’s largest free-standing arch.
Getting there option: Spend a night enroute at Sams Town RV Park and casino, Las Vegas. Stay in the section off Boulder highway. Make you own reservation. We have 10 pull thru 70' sites reserved for Tuesday, May 14 that are located together. Call (800) 562-7270 and request to reserve a site under name of Scott Connelly, Great Outdoors.
Schedule Of Planned Activities & Events
Tuesday - 05/14/2019
- 3 PM - Optional - RV arrive a day early. You may reserve extra day when registering. Not available for tent campers.
Wednesday – 05/15/2019
Thursday - 05/16/2019
Friday - 05/17/2019
Saturday - 05/17/2019
*Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.
Registration: Prices are based upon each person being a GO Chapter paid member. You can join - click here - and then register for this campout. Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition. We have different pricing levels based upon whether you are in a tent, an RV driver, passenger or in a nearby motel. Option for adding early arrival on Tuesday. Please complete all the information requested regarding size of RV (length and width) so we can place you in an appropriate site.
RV's and tents will not share sites - maximum of one RV and one vehicle on each site. When registering for an RV site, please indicate the size of your RV: length and width with slide outs extended, in the registration form. RVs are allowed to bring in an attached tow vehicle at the gate at no additional cost. Depending upon site limitations, tow vehicles may need to park in the overflow parking area.
If you or your camp mate arrive in separate vehicles, you will be responsible to pay the extra vehicle fee of $15 per day.
Amenities All: There are flush toilets and 2 free men’s showers. Nearby St. George restaurants, groceries, gas, movie theaters and historic sites (8.2 - 11.2 miles, 10-18 minutes). Potable water throughout the campground.
Amenities for Tent Campers: Large Group site with fire ring, 3 BBQ grills (charcoal), a very large Ramada with 8 tables, 2 potable water spigots.
Amenities for RVs: RV Electric Sites have 30-amp power and water; free dump station. Some sites may share water hookup - bring a hose Y connector.
Motel accommodations: It is 14 miles, 25 minutes from St. George, Ut. These are next to each other and near I-15 at the Bluff St. exit. There is a Denny's a block away.
Climate: Hist. Avg.: 70-78° / 48°. Be prepared for cool nights and warm days. Check weather forecast and plan accordingly. Park elevation 3,100 to 4,100 feet.
Quiet Hours – 10:00 PM to 8:00 AM.
Pets: Pets are permitted if they are restrained and under the control of the owner. Dogs must be on a leash and attended at all times. Dogs are allowed only on West Canyon and Whiptail Trails.
Cell Service – None at the park. Cell reception outside of park.
What to Bring:
Directions: Snow Canyon campground - Map click here
From Interstate 15, take Exit 8 and travel west on St. George Boulevard until you come to Bluff Street. Turn right and stay in the right lane until you see the sign for Snow Canyon. Turn left on Snow Canyon Parkway and travel west for four miles. Turn right on Snow Canyon Drive and go three miles to the campground. It is 365 miles from Palm Springs. Time zone is Mountain Time. It is 14 miles/25 minutes from St. George Ut. Address: 1002 Snow Canyon Drive, Ivins, UT 84738. Phone:(435) 628-2255.
Refunds: Cancellation for a refund must be received by 05/01/2019 via email to: click here.
Payments: Although a PayPal screen will appear requesting payment via PayPal, you can scroll down on that screen and pay with a credit card without needing a PayPal account.
Contacts: If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of your trip leaders:
Photos: To see some photos from a scouting prior trip :
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.
GOSD Day Outing: Dripping Springs Trail
Throughout the year, GOSD hosts a number of events and activities that are designed to explore this wonderful place we call home. This month, we’re heading northeast to explore an area that many have passed by, but not many have explored. It’s in the Agua Tibia wilderness east of Temecula just over the Riverside County line. “Agua tibia” translates as “warm water”. This will be one of our more strenuous hikes, so please be ready for a challenge. We hope to see you out there - and bring a friend!
Hike Leader: Steve Hedge
Meeting Time: 8:30 AM (We need to start as early as possible. So please be on time.)
Distance: 8-10 miles (out and back)
Difficulty Level: Moderate to strenuous
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Elevation Gain/Loss: Up to 3,100’/3,100’ depending on mileage and how far we hike.
Trail Use: Dogs allowed
Description: This trail has an optional additional loop that, if hiked, would bring us to around 20 miles round trip. We will NOT be doing that loop. We will be taking the clockwise approach to the loop (Wild Horse Trail).
Because of the elevation gain, we will only hike in about 4-5 miles. We will then stop for a lunch break and return the same way we came in. We will monitor the group’s stamina to determine when we’ll stop and return.
For more information about this area, please see the book Afoot and Afield San Diego County by Schad and Turner, 2017 second edition, pp. 207-209. This also provides some information on the Agua Tibia wilderness.
For drivers taking the 15 north from San Diego. There are two exits for 79. You will be taking the FIRST 79 exit – 79 East Temecula parkway. Please allow at least one hour drive from San Diego to the parking lot for the trail head.
From I-15 exit at Temecula Parkway (CA-79), drive 10 miles east on CA 79 to Dripping Springs Campground, on the right (south) side of the road. If the campground is closed, you can park outside and walk 0.4 mile past the campsites to reach the inner trail head, where you sign in at a register before entering the Agua Tibia Wilderness. The trial mileage given here is keyed to the inner trail head.
As always, please be sure to bring plenty of water, snacks and sunscreen, if not a hat as well. For this trip, please plan to bring a light lunch too.
We hope to see you there!
For any questions this event, please contact the event lead, Steve Hedge.
This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. For more information about this trip:
Hike Deep Creek Hot Springs near Hesperia, CA
Meeting Location: 8 AM at Hunter's on Arenas - click here for Google map directions. If you plan on driving direct to the trailhead you can find some directions on the Deep Creek Volunteers website - click here.
Expected Time Of Return: 6:30 PM or later. We may stop in Yucca Valley for dinner
Registration for this hike is required to acknowledge waiver electronically.
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 dirt road where you should have a high clearance vehicle. We will park at Bowen Ranch which is private property Parking costs $5 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.
Getting to the hot springs themselves requires wading across a cold creek
Bring: Ten Essentials (click here), 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, gas money for carpooling, a five-dollar bill for parking. Sturdy hiking footwear and adequate drinking water are required. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).
Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by a driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. If you do carpool, please contribute to the driver's round trip gas cost.
Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels
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.
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 here.
Scott: VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org (click here) or
Ed: Webmaster-PS@GreatOutdoors.org (click here)
Mount Baldy Day Hike
Come with us to Mount Baldy, the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains. We will be leaving from the trail head 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 a 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 a list of vendors, 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.
Explore art, history, and culture of the American West from the first inhabitants and early settlers as well as western movies and TV of our early day. Who was your favorite cowboy? Displays include artifacts of western living and culture. Lunch at the local café. Explore on your own following lunch.
The Autry was established in 1988 by actor and businessman Gene Autry as "Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum" to explore and share the comprehensive story of the American West and its multiple cultures and interpret its significance. Its Griffith Park collection includes 21,000 paintings, sculptures, costumes, textiles, firearms, tools, toys, musical instruments, and other objects. The museum presents contemporary and historical exhibitions.
Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by a driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for carpooling. Be kind you your ride share driver and share travel expenses.
Members only until May 1 when registration will be open to guests and nonmembers if space is available. Refund for cancel may be available if minimums are met.
Contact Trip Leader Scott Connelly EMAIL - click here
6:30 - 7:45 pm Core Group Meeting
7:45 - 8:00 pm Social Period
8:00 - 9:00 pm Program: Events, Trips, Hikes - Preview of upcoming events as well as a review of some past events.
All members and non-members are welcome to attend all meetings. Please click on the "Register" button to let us know you plan on attending this meeting.
We normally meet at The Center on the 4th Tuesday of each month for our Core Group and General Membership Meetings. .
Hike and Tent Camp Mt. Baldy
Here's your chance to hike to the top of Mount San Antonio, colloquially referred to as Mount Baldy.
We have several options for this trip:
Where to meet?
OPTION 1 - Carpool: Meet at 7:00 am in front of Hunters Nightclub in Palm Springs. Click here for Google Maps directions to Hunters.
Hike Leader David can accommodate 3 people with backpacks (or, inquire about possible carpooling with members of your chapter). Parking is available off the road near Hunters.
Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by a driver. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation or ride share.
It is approximately a 2 hour drive to our starting point.
Car Parking Spots To Campsite Options
After meeting at the ski lift ticket booth, we will relocate cars closer to the hike trail head. You'll park your car on the side of the road and leave it there overnight.*
We will then start our hike along the fire/service road up to the campsite.
Start Time: 9:30 am
Hike Duration: About 2 hours
Distance: 3.6 miles, 1,700 ft. elevation gain
Difficulty: Moderately strenuous
While hiking up the fire/service road (gradual incline), one is rewarded with fabulous views of this pristine forest as we slowly ascend. We will take appropriate breaks along the way.
*IMPORTANT! - Every car parking on the along the road MUST have an Adventure Pass or National Parks Pass card on the dashboard.
For more information about passes and permits - click here. PLEASE observe the speed signs/limits while driving on Mt. Baldy Rd.
Tent Campsite Cost: For those tent camping overnight, each tent permit costs $10.00 (for 1 or 2 people) - bring cash. Reservations are not required for tent spaces. Tent permits are purchased at the bottom ski lift booth.
Tent Cabin Rental: Click Here to Reserve
Once we arrive at the campsites (near the Top of the Notchrestaurant), you have a few options to consider:
Start Time: Around 15 minutes after hikers from below arrive at the campsite.
Start Location: Meet outside the Top of the Notch restaurant.
Duration:About 5 hours or less round trip
Distance: 6.5 miles, 2,300 ft up and back to the campsite / restaurant
Pace: Slow, with appropriate breaks
Difficulty: VERY Strenuous
Terrain: Dirt, rocky -- WARNING: There are two short areas where the trail is either quite narrow and/or some very steep drop-offs.
Be mindful of the ALTITUDE as the hiking will be in the 7,800 ft - 10,066 ft. range.
Around 9:30 am, we will head back down to the where the cars are parked. Or, you can take the ski lift back down - you'll need to have (or purchase) a ski lift ticket.
Before leaving breakfast option- the Top of the Notch Restaurant & Bar serves a hearty breakfast from 7 to 11 am. If the majority would like to stay for breakfast, we will. The trip Leader will try to arrange for a better group rate (single rate is $13).
If no one is interested, we will head back down earlier than 9:30 am.
Note: Online registration required to acknowledge waiver electronically.
IMPORTANT: Please wear appropriate hiking shoes, bring plenty of water (2 liters or more recommended), food** (snacks / lunch / dinner / breakfast), a hat, sunscreen, In Case of Emergency (ICE) contact Information and a wonderful attitude. Please - no alcohol is to be consumed while on the hiking trails.
** Eating at the Top of the Notch Restaurant & Bar is an option for meals.
Weather - Inclement weather conditions will cancel this backpacking / hiking event.
Contact: Please call David at 760-320-2774 (home #) for inquiries or email him at:
It is the highest peak of the San Gabriel Mountains, and the highest point in Los Angeles County, California. The peak is within the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and the Angeles National Forest.
Mount San Antonio's sometimes snow-capped peaks are visible on clear days and dominate the view of the Los Angeles Basin skyline. The peak is pyramid shaped, with a steep south face (Baldy Bowl) and a shallower north face.
Great Outdoors Orange County/Long Beach and Laguna Beach Pride present
Emerald Canyon/Bommer Ridge Day Hike
Contact: Frederick Brown. E-mail: email@example.com.
This moderate hike loops through coastal canyons in the heart of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. The route follows tree shaded Willow and Emerald Canyons, passing weather carved rock formations and meadows. The hike also includes Emerald and Bommer Ridges with panoramic vistas of the ocean, coastline, and San Joaquin Hills.
We start at the northwest corner of the parking lot at the trail head and start up Willow Canyon, traversing Willow Ridge, Laurel Canyon, Emerald Canyon, Bommer Ridge and Big Ben Trail. The hiking trail boasts the coveted shade of sycamore and oak trees, large sandstone boulders, and grassy oak woodlands. The total distance covered is approximately 6.5 miles with an elevation of 1, 400 feet.
The hike will begin promptly at 8:00 AM. Please arrive prepared with the recommended 10 essentials. You can find the list at: https://www.rei.com/blog/hike/10-essentials-every-hiker-always-carry Snack breaks will be taken at regular intervals.
Directions to the trail head:From the 405 Freeway in Irvine, take the Laguna Canyon Road (Hwy 133) exit, and drive approximately 5 miles south to the signed Laguna Coast Wilderness parking lot on the right, just south of the El Toro Road intersection.
Following our day hike, we may enjoy lunch and the drag show which is part of the Pride Festival. There is no fee for this hike. The parking Fee is $15.00. Ride sharing is encouraged.
Click here for the link to the park website for you to check on conditions, maps, etc.:
Bring your ten essentials - click here. Bring at least two liters of water and food for lunch and snacks. Carpooling is recommended to help reduce gas and parking. costs.
This is one of the area's most sought out attractions. Reservations are required months in advance. An unforgettable sound experience for those who seek deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and introspection. All Sound Baths are 60-minute sonic healing sessions that consist of:
You will be resting comfortably in the deeply resonant, multi-wave sound chamber while a sequence of quartz crystal singing bowls are played, each one keyed to the energy centers or chakras of the body, where sound is nutrition for the nervous system. The results are waves of peace, heightened awareness, and relaxation of the mind and body.
The Integratron website click here.
Option to visit the nearby Giant Rock after the sound bath: This seven-story giant boulder is the site of UFO conferences, Hopi spiritualists, and a “rejuvenation machine.” This is your chance to see where the UFO's allegedly landed back in the 40's! Historical photos and brief history will be provided.
The Integratron is a structure designed by ufologist and contactee George Van Tassel. Tassel claimed the Integratron was capable of rejuvenation, anti-gravity and time travel. He built the structure in Landers, California (near Joshua Tree), supposedly following instructions provided by visitors from the planet Venus. The Integratron machine was started in 1957, the structure was erected in 1959.
Registration opens April 23 to non-members and guest if space is available.
Refunds available if there is a waitlist.
Contact: Scott Connelly: EMAIL
El Capitan State Beach Campout: June 6-9, 2019
This extremely popular beach west of Santa Barbara off U.S. Highway 101, is a perfect place to enjoy camping, hiking, surfing, picnicking, and beach walking.
Lush sycamores and oaks flourish along El Capitán Creek at the entry to the state beach. Tall bluff-top groves are visible for miles along the terraced coastline. At El Capitán, the moderate climate brings cool fog during the summer months. A stairway provides access from the bluffs to the beach area.
The 2018 AIDS/LifeCycle bike ride from SF to LA is scheduled to pass directly by El Capitán on Day 6 of the tour (Friday, June 7th). Like last year we will be on the bike route to “cheer-on” the riders as they pass the campground on their way toward Paradise Pit in Santa Barbara! (27 miles to go for ice cream!) Bring your homemade signs, flags, cowbells/noise makers and streamers!
El Capitán SB is located off Hwy 101 seventeen miles west of Santa Barbara. From Hwy 101 North- or Southbound, take Exit 117 for El Capitan State Beach. Proceed south toward the ocean and the park entrance. PLEASE NOTE: This is a tent camping trip - sorry no RV’s. Reservations are under “Scott Kuther” sites 87, 88, 89, 90 & 91
Parking is limited to 3 cars per campsite on a first come, first serve basis. All vehicles must remain on the parking pavement and must not extend into the roadway beyond the campsite number or limit line. A $10 per day parking fee will be charged by the campground for all others, so please carpool if at all possible.
Trip Cost: $50
Bring your ten essentials (listed on GO website at: www.greatoutdoorsla.org/essen.html), camping/cooking gear, firewood, food, warm/cool weather clothing and swimming suits if you plan to do water activities or sunbathe.
Cancellation policy: full refund available until May 29th. Contact Scott below if you need to cancel.
Contact: Scott Kuther at firstname.lastname@example.org or (760) 333-4563
Great Outdoors OC/LB presents
Crown Valley to Cabin Creek Beginner Backpack
Contact: Frederick Brown: E-Mail : email@example.com. Phone: 562-754-1838
Mid June is a great time to get away to the Sierra Nevada Moutnains. This is Spring in the Sierra. Temperatures are moderate. The weather is usually beautifully clear.
Driving to Crown Valley Trailhead on June 7, the day before the backpack begins is recommended. We will be leaving from the trailhead around 9 AM on June 8.
After leaving the spirngs, we will soon enter the Wilderness Area. Out trail becomes more gradual as we hike through the forest.
We will reach out destrination at Cabin Creek at 8,330 feet, having covered about 4.5 miles.
On the second day, we can take a day hike, exploring other lakes in the area, such as Crown Lake.
On the third day, we will break camp and head back to the trailhead and home. Total distance with backpacks will be 9 miles with a gain/loss of about 1,500 feet.
The third day, we will retrace our steps from the first day, and drive back to Orange County/Long Beach.
You will need your ten essentials. Click here for the list. For a list of recommended gear, contact the trip leader. Carpooling is recommended to help reduce gas cost and parking.
To go on this backpack, you must click on the "I'm interested" button and the trip leader will contact you.. This trip is limited to a total of six people.
San Bernardino National Forest
Big Bear, California
Sunday June 9 thru Wednesday June 12, 2019
Serrano Campground is a beautiful place for campers to come to enjoy beautiful Big Bear Lake. It is a scenic and fairly modern campground that provides access to a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.
Natural Features: The campground is located in the San Bernardino Mountains, within walking distance of the lake. Accessed by the Rim of the World Scenic Byway, the campground is situated in a mountainous, pine forest setting. Sagebrush grows alongside the paved roads.
Recreation: Visitors enjoy access to a number of hiking and mountain biking trails found within a short distance of the campground. The Alpine Pedal Path takes you around Big Bear Lake, and passes next to the campground. Bring a bike, or rent one locally. The Cougar Crest Trail is nearby and provides access to the Pacific Crest Trail. The Big Bear Ranger Station is within a mile of the campground. Rangers can provide maps of the area and answer any questions about trails.
Fishing and boating at Big Bear Lake are popular activities. The campground does not provide direct access to the lake, but a boat ramp is available about a mile away. There is lake access across the road from the campground. Anglers can look forward to a possible catch of trout, bass, catfish, carp, bluegill and crappie, among others. You can swim and kayak in Big Bear Lake at various locations, including one a short walk from the campground. You can visit the Big Bear Discovery Center for many things including educational programs - interpretive trails, maps, etc.
Campground Amenities: Accessible Flush Toilets - Campfire Rings - Drinking Water - Fire Rings - Firewood Vendor - Grills - Picnic Area - Showers (no quarters needed) - Tent Pads - Trash Collection. There is no WiFi service at the campground. Cell phone coverage provided by major carriers in the Big Bear area yet some phones may not have all the different bandwidth within their 4G service. Two supermarkets and a K-Mart are located a short drive from the campground.
Campsites will be shared between tents and RVs; either an RV and a tent or two tents will share each site. Double sites will be shared by four tents. Carpooling is suggested wherever possible; parking is limited to one extra car per site.
Campground Amenities For RVs: Snowberry loop camp sites have 30 and 50 amp service and water services. Summer Wind loop camp sites have no electrical services, but have water spigots spaced throughout the campground. All of our RV sites have paved entrance pads. A dump station is located within the campground - bring $10 cash. A fresh water spigot is available at the dump station. Consider driving up the mountain without fresh water to save on fuel (but be aware there could be a line to get water once there...).
Parking: Only one vehicle is free on each of our sites. Extra vehicles at a site are charged $7 a night. We have built extra vehicle costs into our trip pricing and will reimburse our members if they are charged for "extra" parking at the camp out. Late arrivals may need to park in the overflow area after they drop off and set up their tent, depending on the available space at the site. The overflow parking is located along the roads bordering the campground.
Climate: Low 80’s / Lows Mid 40's
Final itinerary will be sent out the week of the camping event; details may change.
Sunday June 9
Monday June 10
Tuesday June 11
Wednesday June 12
● 12 Noon Check out
* Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.
What to Bring:Ten Essentials, camping/cooking gear, swimsuit and/or water shoes if you plan on going kayaking or swimming, hat and sunscreen, food, warm/cool/wet weather clothing, potluck item for Saturday night, 1-2 bundles of local firewood for the group campfire - 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. Read about the Buy It Where You Burn It firewood program - click here. Bring cash (or credit card) for optional events. Bring a bike if you have one - a bike path around the Lake passes through the campground.
FS Adventure Pass: No pass is required for camping at the Serrano campground. An Adventure Pass is required for off-road vehicle use and for hiking on these 4 trails: Grays (currently closed, due to eagle nesting), Woodlands, Cougar Crest & Pine Knot. The Adventure Pass is for the car, and covers all occupants of the car. The Senior Pass substitutes for the Adventure Pass. When used, the Senior Pass is left on the dash with signature side facing upwards. The Adventure Pass costs $30 per year, or $5 per day. It can be purchased at most 7-Eleven's, and online.
If someone comes to the campground for day use, they purchase a day use pass at the campground kiosk for $7, and do not need a FS Adventure Pass.
Pets: Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on 6' leash. Please pick up after your pet and dispose of waste properly. Please be aware there are rattlesnakes at this location.
Note: You must be a paid member of one of the five Great Outdoor (GO) Chapters to register for this event. If not currently a member, you can join at registration. Each member must individually sign into their own account in order to register for this event.
Address: Serrano Campground, 40800 N Shore Dr, Fawnskin, CA 92333; (909) 866-8021. Google map link - click here.
Directions from San Bernardino Via Hwy. 330/Hwy.18:
From I-10 East. Take exit 77B to merge onto CA-210 W/Foothill Fwy toward Highland/Running Springs/CA-330. Take exit 81 to merge onto CA-330 N. CA-330 N transitions into Hwy 18 in the town of Running Springs. Continue onto CA-18 N/Blvd. When you arrive at the Big Bear Lake, there is a signal light at the bridge/dam. Turn left onto CA-38 to Fawnskin. Go approximately 3 miles to Fawnskin. Driving through Fawnskin, continue approximately another 3 miles. Continue onto CA-38/N Shore Drive. Turn right onto North Shore Lane. Turn left into Serrano Campground.
Directions from Redlands via 1-10 to Hwy.38:
Take I-10 East to Redlands. Take the University Street exit, EXIT 80. Turn left (northbound) on University Street. Turn right onto E. Lugonia Avenue/CA-38. Continue on State Highway 38 into Big Bear City, to E. Big Bear Blvd. Turn left onto E. Big Bear Blvd./SR-38. Turn right onto Greenway Drive/SR-18/SR-38. Turn left onto North Shore Drive, CA-38. Continue on North Shore Drive/Hwy 38, approximately 2 miles west of the Stanfield Cutoff. You will go past the Big Bear Discovery Center. Make a left hand turn onto North Shore Lane. Turn right into Serrano Campground.
Payments: Payments may be made online at registration using your credit card.
Refunds: Cancellation for a refund minus service fee of $5.00 must be received by May 26th. You must email the Trip Leader if you need to cancel.
Children: There may be children present. Parents or guardians will need to complete a special liability release form for minors before attending this event. Contact the Trip Leader below for further information.
Trip Leader/Contact: Dennis - President-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
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 camp out leader if you wish.
Come join Great Outdoors as we enjoy a long weekend in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains. With the hot summer days approaching, imagine yourself cooling off in the river, white water rafting, or relaxing along the shore. We have reserved shaded river-side campsites at Headquarters Campground, located about 10 miles from Kernville. In Kernville, you can grab a meal, shop for groceries, or visit the shops downtown.
This year, California has received large amounts of snow on the Sierras, and it's all going to come down the Kern as it melts. In speaking with our whitewater outfitters, they are expecting a PERFECT year for rafting... one of the best in a long time! Perfect flows expected, and the water has time to warm up in Lake Isabella, giving the lower Kern River its 65-70 temperature. The full day trip is about 6 hours from start to finish (about 3.5 hours on the water) with numerous class III & IV rapids, and includes a big, hearty lunch halfway through. We should be back by 4 pm.
In addition, located about 45 min north of the campground is the Trail of 100 Giants – part of the southernmost giant sequoia groves, with an easy and relaxing trail that winds through towering redwoods. While in the area, another 30 minutes up the road is the moderately challenging, but gorgeous Watchtower Hike. You may also consider going to Peppermint Falls where the creek has carved “tea cups” from the granite, creating small swimming holes, before cascading over the rock face into the valley below, pictured below.
We’ll have our traditional potluck on Friday evening, so bring a main or a side dish that showcases your camping culinary genius. Great Outdoors will provide the desserts.
Amenities include vault toilets and drinking water. There are no showers available, so bring your solar shower. Sorry, there are no trailers or RV's allowed on this trip.
Picture from previous Great Outdoors Kern River rafting trip
Questions - contact one of our Trip Leaders:
Wes - firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve - email@example.com
Cancellation policy: Camping fee refunds will be given only if you cancel registration prior to May 31st. If you signed up and paid for the optional rafting, you will receive a partial refund until May 5th ($127), and no refunds after May 6th.
Day Event - Mission Bay Kayaking/SUP Boarding
EVENT SPACE LIMITED TO 25 PARTICIPANTS
It’s become an annual summer tradition for us in GOSD to meet up at Aqua Adventures on Mission Bay and go kayaking and stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding as a group. Those who want to kayak can kayak. And those who want to SUP board can SUP board. Renting a kayak costs $20/hr for a single and $25/hr for a tandem. SUP board rental cost is $25/hr. Each person will pay for his/her rental there that morning. Lockers are available.
We'll be out on the water for at least an hour, stopping at one of the beaches out in the bay, then heading back. It’s always a great time, as we even see some wildlife on the way, including sea lions!
We'll meet at 10 AM at Aqua Adventures and rent our gear. We should be in the water by 10:30 AM. Please plan to bring clothes you can get wet in, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat if you like. You might also bring a dry change of clothes, if not a towel for the shower as well. Some of us may go grab lunch afterwards.
Event lead: Brent Sammons
Location: Aqua Adventures
1548 Quivira Way
San Diego, CA 92109
Please register via our website so we know to expect you.
We hope to see you there!
Mount San Jacinto
Contact: Lance Whitmier. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 657-250-5466
This is an excellent day hike that gets you away from the Summer heat and turmoil of the Long Beach/Orange County metropolis. We will take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway from the desert up into the San Jacinto Wilderness.
From the tram station, we will have a steep descent down to reach the trail to the top of the mountain. For about the first two miles, we will hike through a beautiful evergreen forest, passing through Round Valley.
We then begin an ascent to the Wellman Divide, which is a good spot for a rest and snack because of its great views.
We begin a long uphill traverse toward the peak. Although we will still be in the forest, it thins as we ascend. Thus, we will have increasingly great views of the desert beneath us. Just before the summit, we will come to a stone cabin. From there, we have about 100 yards of scrambling to reach the top. After lunch, we will return by the same route.
Plan to meet at the tram ticket counter by 8am! Parking is $8.00 per car. Tickets are $25.95 for adults or $23.95 for 65+ (subject to change). Getting to the tram: From Interstate 10, take the Palm Springs Exit (Highway 111) and drive 9 miles to Tramway road. Turn right and follow the road 3.5 miles to its end at the Tramway parking lot. The tram takes us from Palm Springs to the 8,500 feet of altitude.
The summit is at 10,833 feet, giving us a gain/loss of 2,333 feet. The round trip is about 11 miles of hiking.
You should bring your ten essentials (listed here), a day pack, water (2 liters), trekking poles, sunscreen, hat, trail snacks, lunch, and plan on wearing hiking boots or hiking shoes (preferably waterproof), as well as cold weather clothing. Carpooling is recommended to help reduce gas cost and parking. There is NO FEE for this trip.
Great Outdoors San Diego
Sequoia & Kings Canyon
July 4 - 7, 2019
(4 days, 3 nights)
Originally established in 1890 as General Grant National Park, the park was greatly expanded and renamed to Kings Canyon National Park on March 4, 1940. The park's namesake, Kings Canyon, is a rugged glacier-carved valley more than a mile (1,600 m) deep. Other natural features include multiple 14,000-foot (4,300 m) peaks, high mountain meadows, swift-flowing rivers, and some of the world's largest stands of giant sequoia trees. Kings Canyon is north of and contiguous with Sequoia National Park, and the two are jointly administered by the National Park Service as the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Sunset CampgroundOur group campground that only permits tent camping., So therefore no trailers or RV’s will be permitted on this trip. Our campground permits up to 30 participants.
Sunset campground is centrally located in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in central California's rugged Sierra Nevada range. This campground is at an elevation of 6,500 feet. A number of hiking trails begin within walking distance of the campground including the one mile trail to the General Grant Tree.
Sunset campground is located in a mixed evergreen forest of sugar pines, incense cedar, fir and sequoia trees. Summer days can be warm and dry with cool nights. Wildlife is abundant and includes black bear, mule deer, gray squirrel, golden-mantled ground squirrel, and a variety of resident birds, among many others. The dynamic landscape of the park evolves from geologic processes working over millennia to sculpt granite, marble and other forms of rock. Here in the parks are canyons carved by rivers and glaciers, towering rugged peaks and miles of underground caverns. Found throughout the park are thousands of lakes and ponds and miles of rivers and streams.
Group sites A & B are for tents only and have paved parking areas. No recreational vehicles are allowed. The two group sites include 6 picnic tables, fire rings and 6 bear boxes. Flush toilets and potable water are available in the campground. Each group site can accommodate 15-30 people. Vehicles are not allowed to drive in to sites for unloading ice chests or supplies. Food lockers dimensions for all campsites are 47" long X 33" deep X 28" high. Group sites are located across the street from Grant Grove Village.
Kings Canyon National Park is easily accessible from Fresno, California. Take HWY 180 East from Fresno, and proceed 55 miles to Kings Canyon National Park. Three miles east of the Big Stump Entrance Station you will find Sunset campground on your left.
Don’t forget your 10 essentials.
Cancellation Policy: You can cancel for a full refund on or before June 15, 2019. Any cancellations after June 15, 2019 will not be eligible for a refund.
By registering for this trip you agree to the terms and conditions of Great Outdoors. If you are unfamiliar with these please click here Terms and Conditions.
2:00 PM Arrive @ Sunset Campground, check-in
6:00 PM Meet & Greet – Hot Dogs & Hamburgers provided
8:17 PM Sunset
5:41 AM Sunrise
9:00 AM Day Hike – Pack a lunch
10:00 AM Day Hike – Pack a lunch
8:19 PM Sunset
5:42 AM Sunrise
12:00 PM Depart campground
Special Note: Since this is an extended trip, there will be two Potluck nights.
Questions? Contact our Trip Leader Matthew - VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org
Great Outdoors OC/LB Chapter presents
Yosemite National Park Intermediate Backpack
Interested in spending a week in early July in Yosemite National Park and the Hoover Wilderness. This intermediate backpack is your chance to see and enjoy spectacular Sierra Nevada scenery.
We will leave from the trailhead (about 7,100') at Mono Village Resort at the Twin Lakes outside of Bridgeport, CA at 7 AM on Jul 7. From there, we will backpack 8 miles on the first day to Crown Lake. We will go through forests until we come out onto an open bench with views of Sierra peaks and the Sawtooth Ridge. Going through fields of flowers, we will arrive at Barney Lake (8,260'). From there, we will climb steep switchbacks to the junction with the Peeler Lake trail. Then we will climb past Robinson Lakes, through a hemlock forest and climb to Crown Lake at 9,440'.
On day two, we will go south, passing crestal Snow Lake, known for its golden trout. After rounding the lake, we will cross meadows to reach Rock Island Pass at 10,240'.We will descend from the pass, leaving the trail to cross Rancheria Creek, and then hiking up to Arndt Lake at 9,234'. Distance covered about 5 miles.
Day three will be a rest day. On Day four, we will backpack North to Rock Island Pass, and continue North to Peeler Lake. We will pass through the Kerrick Meadow as we follow Rancheria Creek. Before Buckyeye Pass, we will turn East, coming to Peeler Lake at 9,490'. Distance traveled will be about 5 miles.
On day five, we will have our second rest day. On our last day, we will backpack about 7.5 miles, retracing our route of the first day after we pass the junction of the Crown Lake Trail. Total distance covered will be about 27 miles.
You will need your ten essentials. Click here for the list. For a list of recommended gear, contact the trip leader. Bear cannisters are required. Carpooling is recommended to help reduce gas cost and parking.