Upcoming Campouts

    • Fri, September 23, 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • Mon, September 26, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Oak Glen Retreat 38955 Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa, CA
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    Celebrate Fall. It's apple harvest time! Oak Glen is known for its historic apple orchards that produce incredible harvests and is an absolute delight to visit in the fall with beautiful farm country alive with autumn colors. Oak Glen goes all out for its festivals, and it feels like the entire town is one big fairground! Nestled mile-high in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains,  lies the Wildlands Conservancy’s Oak Glen Preserve. The  preserve is home to the Conservancy’s Southern California Montane Botanic Garden, Los Rios Rancho and apple orchards, and nature preserve trails.

    Our campground is located in the village of Oak Glen and adjacent to The Oak Glen Preserve.  RV sites are pull through, 30 AMP hookup and are located across from the tent sites. There will be 2 tents per site and will not share with RV.

    Schedule Of Events

    Friday, Sept. 23

    • 1:00 pm Check-in  -No Early Arrival
    • 3.00 pm - Pool/Spa time
    • 4:00 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*
    • 5:30 pm - Teatime meet and greet. Bring your favorite beverage.
    • 6:30 pm - Optional group dinner at local restaurant - Apple Annie’s  
    • 8:00 pm - Group campfire activities* 

    Saturday, Sept. 24

    • 9:00 am - Hike Wildland Conservancy Oak Glen Preserve*
    • 11:30 am - Visit Historic Heritage House*. Bring picnic lunch. Meet at Wildlands Conservancy parking lot north end.
    • 1:00 pm - Live music at the Retreat's clubhouse
    • 2:30 pm - Edward-Dean Museum & Garden group tour*
    • 6:00 pm - Potluck Theme:  Fall Harvest. Fresh apple cobbler dessert provided
    • 7:00 pm - Group campfire activities

    Sunday, Sept 25

    • 9:00 am - Hike at Bogart Regional Park ($10 per vehicle) *
    • 1:00 pm - Live music at the Retreat's clubhouse
    • 2:00 pm - Pool/Spa time
    • Group dinner at local restaurant
    • 8:00 pm - Group campfire activities

    Monday, Sept. 26

    • Noon - Check-out

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

    Amenities:  Full hookups for RVs, restroom with showers nearby, picnic tables, pool, spa, on-site restaurant/bar. No open campfires permitted. Propane campfires permitted  Fall apple harvest celebration with local vendor displays nearby. Across the street from the resort is an array of quaint shops and restaurants.

    Los Rios Rancho is Southern California's largest historic apple ranch. It has a country store and cafe that features slow cooked meats, fresh baked goods, artisan crafts and seasonal fruit. Think apple pie!

    Trails:  Chaparral Loop 2.3 miles 350' elevation. Others side trails at the Preserve.

    What to Bring Ten Essentialscamp chair, name tag, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, swimwear for pool/spa, potluck item for Saturday night.

    Directions: 38955 Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa, CA 92399 MAP DIRECTIONS 

    Climate:  Hist. Avg.:  82° / 50°    Elevation4,734′

    RefundsCancellation for a refund, minus $15 service charge, must be received by September 9, 2022. Contact trip leader to cancel.

    Payments: Online credit card payment only.

    Contact: Doug Wylie, Email click here  or Scott C: Email click here

    Photos: CLICK HERE 

    Pets: Pets are welcome. Remember leash and to pick up after pet.

     

    Special COVID Requirements: This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. For more information - see the GOPS COVID Vaccination policy dated 4/26/2022 (click here)

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


    • Sun, October 02, 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • Palm Springs
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    This is our second and final planning meeting. 

    Do you have ideas for camping trips and outings? Have you discovered a great adventure or a hidden gem? 

    In addition to overnight trips, we are also interested in ideas for day activities such as hikes,  educational outings, tours, winter events, kayaking, backpacking,  4x4 outings, volunteer work projects, and any activity that would be of interest to the group.

    We are also looking for speakers and programs for our monthly meetings and welcome your suggestions.

    FYI, we'll be taking the results of this meeting with us to the October all-chapter Great Outdoors planning conference, where we'll match up calendars with the other chapters and finalize the 2023 trips for all 5 chapters.

    We are also looking for new Trip Leaders. If you are interested let us know. You can work with a Trip Leader as an assistant in planning and leading a trip. We also have a one day Trip Leader training program scheduled for Saturday November 12, 2022.

    Location address will be in your confirmation/reminder emails.

    Contact Scott Connelly click here with your ideas and suggestion which will be considered at a planning session.

    Special COVID Related Requirements
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. 


    • Wed, October 05, 2022
    • 4:30 PM
    • Palm Springs
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    Ready to get outside with the mild weather quickly approaching?

    Great Outdoors invites you to our planning meeting to schedule hiking and bike outings for the next several months.

    Location is at members residence with complimentary roasted chicken/salads/desserts.

    Early arrival 4:30 pm spa/pool time; 5:30 eat and plan hike and bike rides.

    We are also looking for new Hike Leaders. If you are interested let us know. You can work with a hike Leader as an assistant in planning and leading a trip. We also have a one day Hike Leader training program available November 12.

    Meeting address will be in registration confirmation email.

    Contact VP of Outings click here with your ideas and suggestions .

    Special COVID Related Requirements
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated 

    • Thu, October 06, 2022
    • Sun, October 09, 2022
    • Two Harbors, Catalina Island
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    -- ARRRRGH MATEYS! --

    A pirate weekend on Catalina Island?! Sounds like a parrr-ty!

    Join us for Buccaneer Days, the 32nd annual pirate-themed weekend that takes over Catalina’s rustic Two Harbors village for a legendary 3-day party. And for the first time ever, Great Outdoors LA plans to gay up this typically straight pirate-and-wench-fest!!  We have planned a relaxing and raucous weekend!

    See: Buccaneer Days Promo Video (2018).

    Weekend festivities include:

    • Relaxing island nature, swimming, hiking, kayaking, ocean views
    • Group tent cabins, shower
    • 3 nights of DJs and live bands
    • Treasure hunt & costume contest!





    Ahoy, me butt pirates  COSTUMERY AND CAROUSING EXPECTED!
    Come in your finery or walk the plank!

    Me hearties, get yarrgh outfits ready! Unleash your inner wench or Captain Hook drag. But come on ye gays, let’s get creative! – what about Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and Wendy? Let’s show these straighties what a real costume parrghty looks like… Be a pirate ship! A skeleton! A lobster? Little Marrghrmaid? Skull & crossbones on rainbow flags? Get to werk!  Treasure chests, gold doubloons, riches and finery, this is arrrrrrrrrrgh time to shine, mateys!



    -- ADVENTURE AWAITS --

    Your Captain, Bryan “Booty Plunderer” Matsumoto has charted this island expedition, and invite ye to set sail for Two Harbors, the rustic port of Catalina Island. It takes some effort,  but she be worth it!

    Island wenches from our previous Catalina campout!



    Two Harbors Campground - Tent cabins

    Avast ye seamen! Our campground is on a bluff with an ocean view. We have booked 4 tent cabins for 24 pirate campers. Each site has:

    • A simple canvas & wood enclosure with 6 army-style cots
    • A porch, shade structure, picnic table, fire pit with cooking grate
    • Coleman 2-burner cooking stove with propane
    • Water faucet sink, porta-potty toilets
    • Free open-air (cold water) shower. (For hot showers, walk to the village)

    This allows us to enjoy our own group campground, away from the event area in the village.  So you can relax whenever you want, and check out the entertainment as you like.  (If we had opted to tent camp, then we would have to bring all our camping gear, and be surrounded by tons of other people).



    Two Harbors village (10 min walk) has a few amenities:

    • The ferry pier & Visitor Services:  Arrange for gear haul, extra firewood, propane delivery, questions.
    • General Store: Sells food, beverages, alcohol, camping items, souvenirs ($$ island prices)
    • Restaurant & barThere is a fast food burger restaurant, a casual restaurant, a bar, and much more gruel & grog will be set up for this event. Expect lines however. Bringing some of your own food will save on costs & waiting. Cocktails include the famous "Buffalo Milk" (Kahula, creme de cocoa, vodka & whipped cream).
    • Restroom: Faucets, flush toilets and coin-operated hot showers (bring quarters/cash; there is a change machine)
    • Dive & Recreation Center: Rental kayaks, mountain bikes, snorkel gear, etc. May go quickly because of the weekend, so reserve once we get to the island.

    Outdoor Activities: There will be plenty of time to enjoy the island's nature. We will have some optional organized activities, but you are also free to spend your time as you wish on this trip.

    • Beach time: Swimming, snorkeling, lounging, just below our campground

    • Short hiking trails: Explore the isthmus trail to see the other side of the island.

    • Long hiking trails: 12 miles RT to Little Harbor on the other side of the island, secluded beach

    • Kayaking: Rentals available

    • Snorkeling: Bring your own gear or rental 

    Buccaneer Days event entertainment: Thar be a full schedule of DJs, bands, treasure hunt and costume contest. Feel free to parrrghty, or just relax back at camp!


     Pics from our previous Catalina campout


    -- SCHEDULE OF EVENTS --

    Thursday, October 6

    • Depart: San Pedro, via Catalina Express ferry  (at your booked time, see below) (1 to 1-1/2 hours at sea) Arrive: Catalina Island, Two Harbors Village.

    • Check-in time is 2:00 pm. If you arrive early, enjoy the village and beach.
    • Settle in at camp, meet folks, relax, explore island, beach.
    • 5 pm:  Group dinner "Gruel & Grog" at our campground. Our first meet & greet meal will be provided and we will discuss plans for the weekend.  BYO drinks.
    • Entertainment @ Two Harbors Village: DJs & bands

    Friday, October 7

    • Optional hike, beach time, swimming, kayak/scuba rental, read, explore island
    • Meals to be determined by group. Group potluck TBD, will coordinate campers ahead of time.
    • Entertainment @ Two Harbors Village: DJs & bands

    Saturday, October 8

    • Optional hike, beach time, swimming, kayak/scuba rental, read, explore island
    • Meals on own (can coordinate as a group, cook separately or eat out)
    • Entertainment @ Two Harbors Village: DJs and bands, Treasure Hunt, Costume Contest

    Sunday, October 9

    • Lazy morning, enjoy making breakfast or meals to be determined by group
    • Check-out of cabins by 11:00 am.
    • Relax on beach or at village until your scheduled ferry departure



    HEAVE HO... HERE BE THE DETAILS 


    Baggage tip! Allen here brought his backpacking pack, a duffle, and a rolling cooler to bring the max amount of stuff comfortably. You can see this is the 10 minute walk down to the village and ferry pier. It is uphill coming to the campground. (You can opt to pay for gear haul if you want)

    What to bring: 

    • Sleeping bag, swim suit, towel, costumes/outfits! Clothes for warm days and cool or warm nights.  10 essentials including hat, sunscreen. Toiletries, shampoo/soap, earplugs, head lamp.

    • Optional: Rolling cooler with food & drink, wine & cheese, etc. BYO alcohol (drink responsibly please). Plate, utensils, cup. Tip: Pre-meal-plan with your friends or cabin: who will bring cooler, ingredients, what to cook as a group. 

    • Optional: Camp chair, book, games, power bank to charge electronics, decor.

    • Optional: Gear haul is available for $6 per item, round trip. You can arrange this at Visitor Services at the pier. A truck will bring your baggage from the pier to the campground, and on departure day, back to the pier. But don’t bring the kitchen sink… you still have to carry your gear from the ferry to the end of the pier!

    • We have ordered some firewood and propane gas, and can order more as needed.

    • Please read the extensive ferry travel policies, baggage restrictions and travel restrictions, including Tips for Campers. 





    Expenses

    • The fee for this trip is more than our typical campouts because of island prices. It includes the group tent cabin for 3 nights/4 days, plus your 3-day Buccaneer Days event ticket at a group rate. 
    • Trips are open to paid Great Outdoors members. If not currently a member, simply register here to begin your $25 one year membership (select Los Angeles chapter). Then, return to this page and register for the trip. Each person going must complete a separate registration, to acknowledge our liability waiver condition.

    Separate expenses on your own:
    • Buy your ferry ticket: 

      • Our camping + event fee does not include your ferry ticket. Everyone must purchase and reserve their own ferry ticket to the island and back.
      • Once your trip registration is confirmed, simply book online at https://www.catalinaexpress.com/schedule-fares.html   or call (800) 613-1212. (Adult up to 54 yrs: $83, Senior (55+ yrs): $76
      • Select departure from SAN PEDRO, arrival to TWO HARBORS.

      • Most of us will want to depart 10/6 on the earliest ferry, and return 10/9 on the late afternoon ferry. (You are free to reserve what works for your schedule, for example if you need to arrive Friday)

      • Masks are required while aboard the boat.

    • Parking:
      • Directions: Catalina Express 95 Berth, San Pedro, CA 90731

      • The ferry terminal parking lot charges $20/day. That adds up.  Try our group carpool website to coordinate a carpool so you can split the fee.

      • Or find street parking several blocks away. Arrive early to drop off your things with someone, then park and walk back. 

      • Long Beach Transit drops off at the Ferry terminal. Or Lyft/Uber.

    • Meals, drinks.  


    Vaccine requirement:

    Please send your proof of Covid-19 vaccination & booster to Corrado at Treasurer-LA@GreatOutdoors.org since we’re sleeping in shared quarters (How to get the new booster!)

    We also encourage you to get the free Monkeypox vaccine if you are in a risk category - it’s easy. See LA County Public Health’s website for latest information. Protect yourself and the community!



    Trip Cancellation and Waitlist Policy:

    Please read carefully. If you register, pay and later must cancel, please understand that due to the reservation costs of this trip:

    • If canceled by September 20, a full refund is possible. 

    • Between September 21-30, a partial $150 refund is possible. 

    • After September 30, no refunds can be issued. 

    • However, a full refund may be issued if you can find another person to take your place, or if the vacancy can be filled from the waitlist.

    If you need to cancel, please let us know ASAP, so we can notify the next person on the waitlist. Please email the trip leaders: Bryan Outreach-LA@GreatOutdoors.org , and Corrado Treasurer-LA@GreatOutdoors.org



    Landlubbers: Practice ye pirate lingo

    Shiver me timbers, there’s limited space, so heave ho!

    • Fri, October 14, 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Sun, October 16, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • O'Neill Regional Park
    • 57
    Register


    The Wait Is Over!


    We’re celebrating Honky Tonk style!

    Put on your Western attire as we gather to Camp It Up!

     


    Overview

    The conference is a campout consisting of all the Great Outdoors chapters.

    We anticipate this selling out quickly so make your reservation NOW!

    Held annually in October, GO OCLB is proud to host this year’s event!

    The campout this year is going to be remarkable!

    Delayed the past several years due to the pandemic and wildfires, we’re eager to reunite, reconnect, and celebrate!


    Venue

    O’Neill Regional Park is a major regional park in northeast Orange County, located along Trabuco Creek and Live Oak Canyon.  Centrally located for the convenience of all Chapters!

    The park encompasses 4,500 acres of canyon and riparian zone habitat. Heavily wooded with coastal live oak and sycamore trees, the hillsides surrounding the park feature cactus, wild buckwheat, sagebrush, and chaparral.

    O’Neill Regional Park includes campgrounds and trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

    We are camping at the Sycamore Flat Group Site.


    Registration

    Event fee: $75/person for Great Outdoors Members. Non-members must first join Great Outdoors ($25) before registering.  For a second person in the same tent registration is $60 and in the same vehicle as the primary person.

    RV & Tow Trailer Driver: $90/person. RV & Tow Trailer passenger same vehicle: $60/person

    Electronic payment for the event fee is accepted on the GO website. No cash or paper check, please.

    The number of vehicles will limit capacity. Carpooling is highly encouraged because there is no overnight overflow parking. There is limited space for RVs and tow trailers.

    Cancellations and refunds: No refunds are granted for cancellations received after 9/16/22.  There will be a $10 cancellation fee charged if cancelled by 09/16/2022.


    What are you waiting for?

    Don't just sit there!

    Registration is Open!



    Itinerary

    This three-day, two-night campout begins at 4 pm on Fri. 10/14 at Sycamore Site D. Please avoid arriving early to allow GO OCLB time to set up the event. There will be welcome refreshments, a meet and greet, and a group campfire. Dinner is on your own. Join us for a movie night under the stars featuring a campy gay Western film.

    Sycamore Site D is the headquarters for this campout. Gather here for hosted meals, the potluck, the quarterly board meeting and to hear announcements.

    Sat. 10/15- 8 am-ish: Hot breakfast hosted by GO OCLB. A vegan option will be available.

    After breakfast, many activities include a locally-led hike, area sightseeing, and a quarterly board meeting for chapter reps. Lunch is on your own. Please return by late afternoon (~5 pm) to prepare a country western-inspired dish for the big Saturday dinner potluck (~6 pm). GO OCLB will provide dessert.

    Do dress up in Western attire for dinner. Best dressed wins a prize! After dinner, gather around the campfire for the chapter volunteer awards ceremony and raffle drawing.

    Sun. 10/16- 8 am-ish: Continental breakfast hosted by GO OCLB. Vegan option will be available. Break camp, saddle up, and safe travels home. The campout ends at noon.


    Campground Details

    Amenities: Potable water, Showers, Flush toilets, Picnic Tables, and Fire rings.

    Features: Nature center and amphitheater.

    Parking: GO OCLB event volunteers to help guide tandem parking.

    Directions:

    From LA, SB/VC, Palm Springs, and northern OC- Get on Interstate 5 South, drive to Laguna Hills, and exit 91 at El Toro Road. Turn left at Avenida de la Carlota. Turn left at El Toro Road. Drive 7.7 miles eastbound on El Toro Road past Valley Vista (on your right, see cross light) then Ridgeline (on your left, see cross light). Past Ridgeline, stay on the right lane. You will reach a Y-intersection where El Toro splits left into Santiago Cyn Rd, and right turns into Live Oak Cyn Rd. Veer right into Live Oak Cyn Rd. Cook’s Corner café at the Y-intersection will be on your left. Drive 3.5 miles on Live Oak Cyn Rd to O’Neill Regional Park entrance (address: 30892 Trabuco Cyn Rd. Trabuco Cyn, CA). Follow signs to Sycamore Flat Group Site. RV and tow trailer campers, please proceed to the designated site.

    From San Diego and south OC: Get on Interstate 5 North, drive to Laguna Hills, and exit 91 at El Toro Road. Stay in the right lane. Turn right at El Toro Road. Drive 7.7 miles eastbound on El Toro Road past Valley Vista (on your right, see cross light) and Ridgeline (on your left, see cross light). Past Ridgeline, stay on the right lane. You will reach a Y-intersection where El Toro splits left into Santiago Cyn Rd, and right turns into Live Oak Cyn Rd. Veer right into Live Oak Cyn Rd. Cook’s Corner café at the Y-intersection will be on your left. Drive 3.5 miles on Live Oak Cyn Rd to O’Neill Regional Park entrance (address: 30892 Trabuco Cyn Rd. Trabuco Cyn, CA). Follow signs to Sycamore Flat Group Site. RV and tow trailer campers, please proceed to the designated site.

    Pets: Dogs permitted on leash. Please clean up after your pet.

    Quiet time: 10pm to 7am

    RV sites & Tow Trailer sites- Limited pull-through and back-in sites are available. Water is available on-site, but there are no electric hookups. A dump station is accessible. Generator hours are from 8 am to 8 pm.

    Alcohol is prohibited at O’Neill Regional Park.

    No fires of any kind will be allowed on red flag days or as posted.


    What to Bring

    Obviously The 10 Essentials.

    Recommended Gear: Tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, ear plugs, pillow, chair, camp stove with fuel and cooking utensils, lighter or matches, camp kitchen supplies, headlight or flashlight with batteries, cool and warm weather clothing, toiletries kit, hiking shoes, camp shoes, day pack, hat, sunglasses, and sunblock. Bring quarters to use the showers.

    Food: Bring enough food for your Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, and dinner potluck item.

    To reduce waste, bring your reusable plate, cup, and utensils. Single-use plates, cups, and utensils are available if needed.

    Area Info:

    There are nearby grocery stores for any forgotten items.

    Weather

    October average high temp: 80 F, average low temp: 56 F. October average rainfall: 0.6 inches. No snow.

    Show Your Pride Raffle!

    Show your pride in the backcountry and support GO OCLB! Buy a raffle ticket to win the Marmot Yolla Bolly 30 sleeping bag!

    Details: Light 3-season sleeping bag with plenty of room to roll around*, 650 fill duck down to keep you warm to freezing temperatures, and it features a semi-rectangular shape with a full-length zipper. ISO comfort rating: 32 F, lower limit: 21 F.

    The sleeping bag comes with a stuff sack measuring 8 x 16 inches. Claimed weight: 2 lbs. 3.5 oz. Activity: weekend camping and backpacking.


    *Hunky model not included to roll around within the sleeping bag.


    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 not attend if feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID.

    3. 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.

    Any questions?

    Contact: Michael at BoardRep-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org


    • Sun, November 20, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Wed, November 23, 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • 17953 Dos Picos Park Road, Ramona, CA 92065
    Register

    Registrations opens Noon Sept. 20. 

    Dos Picos County Park is located in Ramona, California. Its name is Spanish for "two peaks," xderived from the two prominent mountains nearby. The surrounding ranchland and steep rocky slopes help preserve its secluded atmosphere. This park is known for its magnificent Oak trees. The landscape is a mixture of chaparral, open grassland, and oak woodland. Coyote, fox, possum, skunk, and raccoon are all seen in the park regularly. Look up to the sky to view birds like great blue herons, egrets, ducks, red-shouldered hawks, woodpeckers, and western bluebirds. California quail are afoot in the early mornings, while the evening skies are filled with the sounds of barn, screech, and great horned owls.

    The campground has coin-operated showers. The city of Ramona is minutes away when driving. You may purchase food and other supplies there.

    Maximum RV length is 40 feet. One RV and one tent will squeeze into a single site. The sites are a little small for both an RV and a tent, but it is doable with some imagination, patience, and kindness. Both parties can share the electrical and other site amenities. The water spigots at these sites are unique. It is housed in a plastic box that sits below ground level.

    Tent campers, all the sites are gravel. Your tent will likely be pitched on gravel. Please bring blow-up mattresses or cots to sleep on, so you are not sleeping on gravel. Tents should also bring extension cords.

    Only one car is allowed to park at each site. The extra vehicles can park in the overflow lot for a total of $9, which is paid by GOPS. The overflow parking lot is NOT close. It’s located on the opposite side of the campground from our sites, so car camping would NOT be a good choice, please bring a tent.

    Leashed dogs are welcome at $1/night/dog. Campers will pay for their own dogs upon check-in at the campground.

    Sites 63 & 69 are ADA sites. If you have an ADA placard, please let the trip leader know.

    We will have access to the indoor pavilion and its outdoor picnic area. It is located in the middle of all our sites. There is a massive charcoal grill and firepit, GOPS will supply the charcoal. Bring meat to grill if you like. The use of that pavilion and its outdoor space was an additional cost that was figured into the cost of this campout. Typical weather in this are in November is high 73, low 42.

    Cancellation policy: cancel for full refund minus any service fees on or before Nov 13th, 2022.

    Dos Picos County Park Campground

    17953 Dos Picos Park Road

    Ramona, CA 92065

    (760) 789-2220

    Directions:

    From Coachella Valley, fastest route:

    1. Take Hwy 74 into the mountains

    2. Turn left on SR371 through Anza Valley

    3. Turn left on SR79 towards Oak Grove and Warner Springs, CA

    4. At Santa Ysabel turn right onto SR78 towards Ramona, CA

    5. SR78 turns in to SR67 (a.k.a. Main St) in Ramona, CA

    6. Turn left on Mussey Grade Road towards Rosemont, CA

    7. Turn right on Dos Picos Park Road

    8. Campground will be on the left

    Schedule of Events

    Disclaimer: the following schedule is tentative and could change without notice. Check-in and Check-out are set in stone, no changing those.

    Sunday, November 20

    • 2:00 pm - Check-in (please don't arrive early)
    • 5:00 pm – Meet and Greet, in the Pavilion, bring finger food to share if you want
    • 7:00 pm – Dinner on your own, but you’ll probably be satiated from grazing the finger food, so join the group fire early!
    • 8:00 pm - group fire, please bring firewood

    Monday, November 21

    • 7:00 am – coffee and breakfast items in the Pavilion
    • 10:00 am – local hike somewhere close by
    • 1:00 pm – activity on your own or impromptu group activity
    • 6:00 pm – PotLuck dinner in the Pavilion
      • If you want to grill on the communal charcoal grill, we will begin heating it at 5:30pm, please plan accordingly
    • 8:00 pm - group fire, please bring firewood

    Tuesday, November 22

    • 7:00 am – coffee and PANCAKE BREAKFAST in the Pavilion!
      • Campout host will be making our happy campers pancakes and eggs with mild peppers and bacon mixed in
    • 10:00 am – local hike somewhere close by
    • 1:00 pm – activity on your own or impromptu group activity
    • 5:00 pm – dinner on your own
    • 7:00 pm - group fire, please bring firewood

    Wednesday, November 23

    • 7:00 am – Coffee and breakfast items in the Pavilion
    • 9:00 am - pack up and clean up, say our tearful goodbyes
    • 12:00 pm - Check out

    Contact Trip Leader: Robert Varga -  email click here  

    Prices:  Prices listed are per person.  Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

    Payments:  This event is limited to GO members.  When you register, you'll need to have your credit card (MC, VISA, Discover or Amex.) ready and pay your registration fee within 15 mins. If you are not a member yet, you can first join as a member online (click here) and then return here to register.

    What to Bring:  Camp chair, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool/wet weather clothing, potluck item, one bundle of firewood per person and the Ten Essentials

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader that may affect your ability to participate in this event.

    Special COVID Requirements

     This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated for COVID.

    • Tue, January 03, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Fri, January 06, 2023
    • 12:00 PM

    This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. For more information about this trip:




    • Thu, March 16, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sun, March 19, 2023
    • 12:00 PM

    This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. For more information about this trip:




    • Mon, March 27, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Fri, March 31, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Stovepipe Wells
    • 100

    SAVE THE DATE  

    DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK - STOVEPIPE WELLS CAMPGROUND

    4X4 ADVENTURE 

    TRIP LEADERS CLIFF CLUE AND JOEY DUHON





    Note:  Registration for this event will initially be limited to paid members of Great Outdoors. Paid members get "first crack" at our events. If you'd like to become a member to register for this campout - click here - and then return to this page.

    The Salton Sea is one of the most enigmatic places in the Southwest. It is a unique place with many hidden treasures and secrets that are not well known. It has been forgotten as a busy tourist attraction of bygone years. .....

    Prices: (Example 1) We have different pricing levels based upon you staying in a tent or RV in one of our sites, staying in a site you booked yourself (or in a nearby hotel/motel/friend's house).  Each person going must complete a separate registration.  We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

    Select your registration that conforms to the following definitions:

    • RV is a vehicle designed as temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, travel or season use. RVs may be motorized (motorhomes) or towable (travel trailers, folding camping trailers and truck campers).
    • Tent: a collapsible shelter of fabric stretched and sustained by poles and used for camping.

    Prices:  (example 2) There is no charge for this event.  Each person going must complete a separate registration.  We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

    Prices are based upon each person going being a GO Chapter paid member. You can join - click here - and then register for this campout. Other GO Chapter members should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email) in order to be added as a member of our Chapter for free. Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

    Prices: Prices are based upon you being a GO paid member. If not currently a GO member, you will have the option of joining at an additional $25 per person for a one (1) year club membership prior to registration. Each person going must complete a separate registration. You can click here to join.  

    RV's and tents may share sites - maximum of one RV and one tent on each site. When reserving an RV site, please select the smallest RV site which will accommodate your RV's length. RV sites come with water, electricity, picnic table and a fire ring. A dump station is located within the park. Some sites may not be completely level - we suggest bringing leveling blocks. Depending upon the RV site, tow vehicles may have to park in a nearby site. These are sites with mature vegetation surrounding the sites.

    We will have a propane fire-pit for the group as open fires may be restricted in the camp to a designated area only.

    Schedule Of Events

    Friday, Mar 17

    • Noon - Check-in at Mecca Beach Campground
    • 4:00 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*
    • 6:00 pm - Tea Time meet and greet BYOB. Dinner on your own
    • 7:00 pm - Group campfire activities & may include PowerPoint or movie about Salton Sea area

    Saturday, Mar 18

    • 9:30 am - Kayaking along the shore**
    • 2:00 pm - Hike slot canyon Mecca Hills Wilderness or other hike posted on camp board*
    • 6:00 pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share).  GO will provide desserts.
    • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire

    Sunday, Mar 19

    • 9:30 am - Hike*
    • 11:00 am - Clean up campground areas. Check Out. Safe travels home.

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

    **Optional $15 fee for kayaking rental (a donation to: The Sea and Desert Interpretive Association).  This fee will be collected when you register for this event.

    Possible Activities  Miles  Elevation  Misc Notes
    Shopping in nearby Julian  33   Think Everything Apples!
    Moonlight Canyon hike  1.8  350  
    Mountain Palm Oasis hike  3  600  
    Torote Canyon loop hike 6.5  1,500'  
    Cold Canyon hike  3.0  650'  

    Amenities:  Restrooms have electricity, flush toilets, running water and hot showers that take quarters, picnic tables, fire rings, water and paved parking stalls. There is a dump station and water near the campground. There is a small store on 111 with limited supplies. Limited electric hookup may be available.

    Amenities For RVs:  This is a dry camping event. There are no hookups at each camp site. Fresh water is available at the dump site to fill your RV tank before arriving at your site. There is a dump site located near the park entrance.  QUIET HOURS are from 10 pm to 6 am and generators may only be operated between 10 am and 8 pm.

    What to BringTen Essentialscamping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, shorts for kayaking, potluck item for Saturday night, two bundles of firewood - no particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials. These cause the release of toxic gases when burned. Firewood is for sale at the campground. 

    Don't forget your towel, swim suit and water shoes.

    We recommend you read our suggested 10 essential items to bring - click here. 

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

    Directions: (sample 1)  I-10 east to Indio, take 86-S exit then turn left at Avenue 66, then right onto Highway 111.  Go south about 13 miles to the Mecca Beach campground. For a Google Map of our location - click here.  <<< fix link

    Getting There: (sample 2)

    • Address:  39555 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, Julian, CA 92036
    • GPS Coordinates: 32°57'02.1"N 116°18'16.4"W or 32.950581, -116.304558
    • Google - Map Link: click here   <<< fix link 
    • Be sure to carpool if you can and fill your gas tank before heading to camp because the nearest gas is in Borrego Springs (30 miles) or Julian (33 miles).

    Climate & Elevation - The current forecast avg. is 67 high 42 low.  Check the weather forecast - click here.  The park is located at 1300’.  <<< fix link

    RefundsCancellation for a full refund minus service fee of $5.00 must be received by March 14, 2017.

    Payments: We are no longer using PayPal to accept trip registrations.  You may now use any of these credit cards:  MC, VISA, Discover or Amex. 

    Contact: Scott C. email: VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org

    Photos: To see some photos from prior trips to XYZ location  - click here.  <<< fix link

    Children: There may be children present.

    Quiet Hours - 10 PM - 7 AM

    Smoking - is not allowed in San Diego County Parks.

    Cell Service - not in the park but may available nearby.  Details for specific carriers?

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

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

    • Fri, May 12, 2023
    • Sun, May 14, 2023
    • Idyllwild, CA

    This event is being planned by the Palm Springs Chapter. For more information about this trip:

    • Please check back here for updates;

    • Please contact one of our Trip Leaders below:
    • VPO-PS@greatoutdoors.org






    • Thu, July 13, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • Mon, July 17, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sweetwater Summit Regional Park, Bonito CA
    • 100

    SAVE THE DATE  

    Contact Cliff Clue email click here

    or Joey Duhon  email click here



    THIS IS A SAMPLE DESCRIPTION. DUPLICATE THIS EVENT AND THEN EDIT ONLY THE COPY AND DON'T FORGET TO REPLACE THE ABOVE PHOTO AND TEXT BELOW. JUST DELETE ALL THIS TEXT IN RED. 

    Note:  Registration for this event will initially be limited to paid members of Great Outdoors. Paid members get "first crack" at our events. If you'd like to become a member to register for this campout - click here - and then return to this page.

    The Salton Sea is one of the most enigmatic places in the Southwest. It is a unique place with many hidden treasures and secrets that are not well known. It has been forgotten as a busy tourist attraction of bygone years. .....

    Prices: (Example 1) We have different pricing levels based upon you staying in a tent or RV in one of our sites, staying in a site you booked yourself (or in a nearby hotel/motel/friend's house).  Each person going must complete a separate registration.  We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

    Select your registration that conforms to the following definitions:

    • RV is a vehicle designed as temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, travel or season use. RVs may be motorized (motorhomes) or towable (travel trailers, folding camping trailers and truck campers).
    • Tent: a collapsible shelter of fabric stretched and sustained by poles and used for camping.

    Prices:  (example 2) There is no charge for this event.  Each person going must complete a separate registration.  We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

    Prices are based upon each person going being a GO Chapter paid member. You can join - click here - and then register for this campout. Other GO Chapter members should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email) in order to be added as a member of our Chapter for free. Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

    Prices: Prices are based upon you being a GO paid member. If not currently a GO member, you will have the option of joining at an additional $25 per person for a one (1) year club membership prior to registration. Each person going must complete a separate registration. You can click here to join.  

    RV's and tents may share sites - maximum of one RV and one tent on each site. When reserving an RV site, please select the smallest RV site which will accommodate your RV's length. RV sites come with water, electricity, picnic table and a fire ring. A dump station is located within the park. Some sites may not be completely level - we suggest bringing leveling blocks. Depending upon the RV site, tow vehicles may have to park in a nearby site. These are sites with mature vegetation surrounding the sites.

    We will have a propane fire-pit for the group as open fires may be restricted in the camp to a designated area only.

    Schedule Of Events

    Friday, Mar 17

    • Noon - Check-in at Mecca Beach Campground
    • 4:00 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*
    • 6:00 pm - Tea Time meet and greet BYOB. Dinner on your own
    • 7:00 pm - Group campfire activities & may include PowerPoint or movie about Salton Sea area

    Saturday, Mar 18

    • 9:30 am - Kayaking along the shore**
    • 2:00 pm - Hike slot canyon Mecca Hills Wilderness or other hike posted on camp board*
    • 6:00 pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share).  GO will provide desserts.
    • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire

    Sunday, Mar 19

    • 9:30 am - Hike*
    • 11:00 am - Clean up campground areas. Check Out. Safe travels home.

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

    **Optional $15 fee for kayaking rental (a donation to: The Sea and Desert Interpretive Association).  This fee will be collected when you register for this event.

    Possible Activities  Miles  Elevation  Misc Notes
    Shopping in nearby Julian  33   Think Everything Apples!
    Moonlight Canyon hike  1.8  350  
    Mountain Palm Oasis hike  3  600  
    Torote Canyon loop hike 6.5  1,500'  
    Cold Canyon hike  3.0  650'  

    Amenities:  Restrooms have electricity, flush toilets, running water and hot showers that take quarters, picnic tables, fire rings, water and paved parking stalls. There is a dump station and water near the campground. There is a small store on 111 with limited supplies. Limited electric hookup may be available.

    Amenities For RVs:  This is a dry camping event. There are no hookups at each camp site. Fresh water is available at the dump site to fill your RV tank before arriving at your site. There is a dump site located near the park entrance.  QUIET HOURS are from 10 pm to 6 am and generators may only be operated between 10 am and 8 pm.

    What to BringTen Essentialscamping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, shorts for kayaking, potluck item for Saturday night, two bundles of firewood - no particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials. These cause the release of toxic gases when burned. Firewood is for sale at the campground. 

    Don't forget your towel, swim suit and water shoes.

    We recommend you read our suggested 10 essential items to bring - click here. 

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

    Directions: (sample 1)  I-10 east to Indio, take 86-S exit then turn left at Avenue 66, then right onto Highway 111.  Go south about 13 miles to the Mecca Beach campground. For a Google Map of our location - click here.  <<< fix link

    Getting There: (sample 2)

    • Address:  39555 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, Julian, CA 92036
    • GPS Coordinates: 32°57'02.1"N 116°18'16.4"W or 32.950581, -116.304558
    • Google - Map Link: click here   <<< fix link 
    • Be sure to carpool if you can and fill your gas tank before heading to camp because the nearest gas is in Borrego Springs (30 miles) or Julian (33 miles).

    Climate & Elevation - The current forecast avg. is 67 high 42 low.  Check the weather forecast - click here.  The park is located at 1300’.  <<< fix link

    RefundsCancellation for a full refund minus service fee of $5.00 must be received by March 14, 2017.

    Payments: We are no longer using PayPal to accept trip registrations.  You may now use any of these credit cards:  MC, VISA, Discover or Amex. 

    Contact: 

    Photos: To see some photos from prior trips to XYZ location  - click here.  <<< fix link

    Children: There may be children present.

    Quiet Hours - 10 PM - 7 AM

    Smoking - is not allowed in San Diego County Parks.

    Cell Service - not in the park but may available nearby.  Details for specific carriers?

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

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

Past Campouts

Thu, September 08, 2022 SBVC - Morro Bay/Margarita Festival
Wed, August 31, 2022 PS - Trip Planning Aug 31
Sun, August 14, 2022 PS - Barton Flats Oso Group Camp
Thu, July 28, 2022 LA - Agnew Meadows (Mammoth)
Wed, July 13, 2022 OCLB - Grand Teton National Park Trip with Day Hikes
Sun, July 10, 2022 PS - Camping - Idyllwild Regional Park
Sun, June 12, 2022 PS - Guajome Campout
Thu, May 26, 2022 SBVC - Aliso Park Campout
Thu, May 12, 2022 PS - Sequoia Park Three Rivers CA
Fri, May 06, 2022 OCLB - Yosemite National Park
Fri, April 29, 2022 SD - Catalina State Park Campout
Thu, April 21, 2022 SBVC - Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Sun, April 10, 2022 PS - Cottonwood Campground Joshua Tree NP
Thu, March 24, 2022 LA - Central Coast and Morro Bay Camping
Wed, March 16, 2022 PS - Hike / Bike Planning Meeting Wed March 16 at 6pm
Thu, March 10, 2022 PS - Campout - Agua Caliente County Park
Fri, March 04, 2022 OCLB - Pinnacles National Park Campout
Sat, February 26, 2022 CORP and OCLB - Outdoors Experience - Hike and Trip Leader Training
Thu, February 17, 2022 PS - Salton Sea - Mecca Beach Campground
Fri, February 11, 2022 SD - Campout - Agua Caliente Regional Park
Thu, February 03, 2022 LA - Death Valley, Furnace Creek Camping
Fri, January 14, 2022 SBVC - Majestic Yosemite National Park
Fri, January 07, 2022 OCLB - Cottonwood Campout
Tue, December 21, 2021 PS - Hike / Bike Planning
Thu, November 25, 2021 SD - Campout - Death Valley National Park
Sat, November 20, 2021 SD - DAY ACTIVITY - MISSION BAY BIKE RIDE
Mon, November 15, 2021 PS - Joshua Tree Park Ryan Camp
Tue, October 12, 2021 PS - Hike / Bike Planning
Thu, October 07, 2021 PS - Camp: Lone Pine/Western Film Festival
Mon, October 04, 2021 PS - Trip Planning For 2022
Mon, September 13, 2021 PS - Trip Planning For 2022
Thu, September 09, 2021 PS - Silent Valley Camp Resort Campout
Tue, September 07, 2021 PS - Trip Planning For 2022
Thu, August 19, 2021 LA - Camping Trip Quaking Aspen, Sequoia National Forest Campout
Fri, August 13, 2021 SBVC - Gem Lake Backpack (Intermediate)
Tue, July 20, 2021 PS - Camping - Idyllwild Regional Park
Thu, June 17, 2021 LA - Dogwood Campground (Lake Arrowhead)
Fri, June 11, 2021 SD - Mount Laguna Campout
Sun, June 06, 2021 PS - Camping - Barton Flats
Thu, April 15, 2021 OCLB - Caspers Wilderness Car Camp
Fri, November 06, 2020 SBVC - Lucidity Festival - CANCELLED
Thu, September 17, 2020 PS/SBVC - CANCELLED - Hearst San Simeon SP
Tue, August 25, 2020 SBVC - cancelled - Jalama Beach
Fri, August 07, 2020 PS - Cancelled - Big Bear Barton Flats
Thu, July 23, 2020 PS - Death Valley Pt 2 - Virtual Tour
Sun, July 12, 2020 PS - Cancelled - Rock Creek Tent Camping
Thu, July 09, 2020 PS - Death Valley Pt 1 - Virtual Tour
Fri, June 12, 2020 PS - Name That Campout-Jeopardy
Sun, June 07, 2020 PS - CANCELLED - Guajone Regional Park, Oceanside
Thu, June 04, 2020 SBVC - El Capitan State Beach
Thu, May 28, 2020 PS - Staycamp -Saline Valley - Virtual Tour
Fri, May 22, 2020 Cancelled - SD - Campout - Lake Edison
Thu, May 21, 2020 SBVC - CANCELED: Aliso Park Campground-Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival and Cuyama Valley Exploration
Fri, May 15, 2020 PS - Staycamp - Lake Perris Virtual
Fri, May 15, 2020 CANCELLED - CORP - Lake Perris Jamboree
Fri, May 01, 2020 PS - Yosemite High Sierra Camps - Virtual Tour
Thu, April 30, 2020 SBVC - CANCELED: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Wed, April 29, 2020 PS - Deep Creek Hot Springs - Virtual Tour
Wed, April 22, 2020 PS - Earth Day 50 Years - Wild and Scenic Short Films
Thu, April 16, 2020 PS - Virtual- Joshua Tree NP (Cottonwood Campground)
Thu, April 16, 2020 PS - Cottonwood Campground Joshua Tree NP
Mon, March 30, 2020 PS - Cancelled - Emma Wood State Beach Campout
Fri, March 27, 2020 SD - Campout - Agua Caliente Regional Park
Thu, March 12, 2020 SBVC - Morro Bay Campout/Cayucos Sea Glass Festival
Thu, March 12, 2020 PS - Organ Pipe Cactus
Thu, February 27, 2020 LA - Joshua Tree N.P. - Jumbo Rocks Campground
Tue, February 11, 2020 PS - Ski Outing Big Bear
Thu, February 06, 2020 PS - Salton Sea - Mecca Beach Campground
Fri, January 17, 2020 SD - Mojave National Preserve & Mitchell Caverns Campout
Fri, January 17, 2020 SBVC - Yosemite National Park
Sat, December 28, 2019 PS - Tecopa Hot Springs
Thu, November 28, 2019 LA - Ensenada, Mexico (Condo Or Hotel)
Thu, November 14, 2019 PS - Kartchner Caverns
Thu, October 24, 2019 PS - Joshua Tree NP (Black Rock Campground)
Fri, October 11, 2019 SBVC/CORP - 41st Annual GO Conference, Jamboree & Campout
Thu, September 26, 2019 PS - Silent Valley Camp Resort
Wed, September 18, 2019 SBVC - Overnight Trip Planning Meeting
Wed, September 18, 2019 PS - Trip Planning For 2020
Thu, September 05, 2019 SBVC - Morro Bay State Park
Thu, August 15, 2019 LA - Rock Creek Canyon (near Mammoth)
Fri, July 12, 2019 PS - Silverwood Lake - Cancelled
Thu, July 04, 2019 SD - Kings Canyon National Park
Sat, June 22, 2019 PS - Mt Baldy Hike and Camp
Thu, June 13, 2019 LA - Kern River Camping and Rafting
Sun, June 09, 2019 PS - Big Bear (Serrano Campground)
Thu, June 06, 2019 SBVC - El Capitan State Beach Campout
Sat, June 01, 2019 PS - Mt Baldy Hike and Camp
Thu, May 23, 2019 SBVC - Bates Canyon-Los Padres National Forest-Arroyo Grande Strawberry Fest!
Wed, May 15, 2019 PS - Snow Canyon-St. George Utah
Fri, April 26, 2019 SD - Santa Cruz Island Camp Out
Thu, April 18, 2019 SBVC - Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Thu, April 11, 2019 PS - Joshua Tree NP (Cottonwood Campground)


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