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Upcoming & Past PS Chapter Camping Trips

    • Thu, July 09, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom on line
    Join us to see some of the best attractions of Death Valley. Explore areas not open to the public, where you must be escorted with Park Service personnel. See some remote hiking locations with special attractions. One includes a rare ore cart still on the  tracks in the mine audit. Learn and see how and why the rocks move on the racetrack lake playa.

    We will experience Death Valley via multimedia virtual presentation. See how to get to some remote location and  amazing and unique attractions, hikes, hot springs, 4WD day trips and historical points of interest.  

    You are invited to a scheduled Zoom meeting: Click on the link below to automatically join the meeting:

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 898 1321 6028

    Password: 128072


    • Barker Ranch Manson hideout, before and after the fire
    • The Racetrack
    • Funeral Slot Canyon
    • Visit the site of the Superintendents summer house
    • Scotty's Castle 3 tours: Main house, Underground Tunnels, Lower Vine Ranch
    • Marble Canyon and UFO petroglyphs
    • Sulfur Mine
    • Paleontology Canyon
    • US Borax company town site 
    • Behind the scene NPS points of interest
    • Amargosa Opera House and Motel inside tour

    • Sun, July 12, 2020
    • 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Thu, July 16, 2020
    • 10:30 AM (PDT)
    • East Fork Campground, Inyo National Forest
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    Rock Creek Tent Camping

    East Fork Campground, Inyo National Forest

    July 12- 16, 2020

    Trip Overview

    Located in the Eastern Sierra, about one hour north of Bishop, Rock Creek Canyon is famous for its glacially carved valley where more than 50 lakes are linked by hiking trails surrounded by 13,000-foot peaks. This is a gorgeous high-altitude trip (our East Fork Campground is at 9,000 ft) with many options to suit a variety of interests.  We have two moderate hikes planned: Ruby Lake and Gem Lake.  For our non-hikers, numerous options are available: fishing, boat rentals, horseback riding, car trips to Mammoth, Mono lake, Devil’s Postpile – these and other sites are within close proximity.

    Tent Camping, East Fork Campground:  We’ll stay in the East Fork Campground.  Given the size restrictions of our sites, this will be a “tent-only” camping trip.  RVs and/or vehicles with trailers, or any vehicle longer than 20 feet, cannot be brought on this trip.  There are no electrical outlets at our sites and cell phone service at the campground may be difficult and/or nonexistent.   The campground has drinking water and flush toilets. Each campsite also has a table, bear-proof food locker, and fire ring.  Pay phones and hot showers are located at Rock Creek Lake Resort, about 5 minutes’ drive. 

    Pets: Pets will not be allowed on this trip, no exceptions

     What you need to bring:  

    • Camping equipment, food: Tent, sleeping bag and pad, cooking stove and utensils, foldable camping chair (for the campfire), food for four days, four nights, and 1 bundle of firewood (to donate for our group campfires).
    •  Hiking gear and clothing: knapsack, water, the 10 essentials, sun protection, etc.  Make sure to bring warm clothing in case the nights and mornings are cold.  Although highly unlikely, frost can occur even in summer given our high altitude.  Rain gear is also necessary, just in case.  Make sure you bring sturdy hiking boots.  Hiking poles are strongly recommended.  We DO NOT recommend hiking in sneakers!  For your safety, flip flops, water shoes or other open toe/sandal-type shoes will not be allowed on any of our group hikes.
    • Personal items and medications.  Aspirin can help with high altitude headaches – especially upon arrival and the next day, until our bodies acclimate.
    • Food Storage:  Extra stuff sacks to label and store your food in bear-proof lockers.  This is active bear country (and coyote and raccoon country!).  All participants will be required to store all their food and toiletries in bear-proof lockers provided on-site.  These are shared food lockers so labeling your stuff is a good idea.  For your safety and for the safety of others, you cannot store any food in your tent or in your car.
    • Remember: Make sure you have completed all of your grocery shopping and have a full tank of gas before you leave Bishop


    Sunday, 7/12 – Check in any time after 2PM – no exceptions.  Starting around noon, as our sites become available, the leaders will be assigning the sites and parking spaces.  This process takes time.  Please do not arrive early and do not set up camp without leader approval.  Thank you for your understanding!

    We’ll be hosting a pre-dinner “meet and greet”/Tea around 4:30 with snacks and beverages. BYOB.   After introductions we’ll review the hiking options and activities   Group campfire after diner

    Monday – Moderate Hike to Gem Lakes   Our goal is to hike about 3 ½ miles on gradual terrain up to Gem Lakes, have lunch and return (7 miles roundtrip).  Our tailhead at Mosquito Flat is at about 10,000 ft elevation and total gain is about 900 ft.  Since this is day one at very high elevation, we may decide to turn around early, but we’ll still see an incredible string of lakes: Mark, Marsh, Heart and Long Lakes     We’ll be hosting a pre-dinner Tea around 4:30 with snacks and beverages. BYOB.   Group campfire after diner

    Tuesday – Moderate Hike to Ruby Lake   Taking the Mono Pass trail, this is a shorter and steeper hike (900 ft elevation gain, 4.2 miles roundtrip) up to pristine Ruby Lake.  Along our route we’ll see stunning views of Mt Morgan and Rock Creek Canyon from above.  Trailhead for this hike is also at 10,000 ft.  Ruby Lake is situated in a remarkable glaciated cirque.  We’ll explore the area and make a day of it

    Wednesday – Options in Rock Creek Canyon and Beyond– We’ll divide up into groups, depending on who wants to do what:

    • Afternoon Horseback Ride to Canyon Panorama – Assemble at Rock Creek Pack Station (about 5 minutes’ drive from our campground) for a trail ride up the Mono Pass trail, with fantastic views of Mt Morgan.  This is a two-hour trip.  Cost $65.  All levels, beginners welcome!
    • Boating on Rock Creek Lake – The Rock Creek Resort, next to our campground, rents rowboats by the hour.  This is an angler’s paradise, known for Rainbow and Brown Trout
    • Sight Seeing: Mammoth Hot Creek and Convict Lake – The famous Mammoth Hot Creek is just 45 minutes away by car.  Close by is Convict Lake resort, marina and hiking paths.  The upscale Convict Lake restaurant offers fine dining in an intimate and casual setting.

     Weds night Farewell Dinner:   Depending on the group’s response, we may organize a farewell dinner at Tom’s Place Resort – located about 15 minutes away at the bottom of the canyon, next to Hwy 395.

    Thursday – Check out is at 10:30

    Getting There :   Rock Creek canyon is about 30 miles north of Bishop on Hwy 395.  Take Rock Creek Lake exit at Tom’s Place, turn left and climb 10 miles up into the Canyon on a paved road. Travel time to the campsite is between 6 -7 hours from Palm Springs, depending on your route and assuming no traffic.  

    Remember, top off your tank in Bishop – don’t forget!

    Cancellation Policy

    If you need to cancel and request a refund, your written request for a cancellation must be received no later than June 12, 2020; after that, refunds will only be made if a suitable replacement can be found in a timely manner. 


    Leader: Mike Seay 631 546 8951

    Leader: John Ryan 562 228 2448

    Topo Map

    Camping Equipment and Rentals : REI Rancho Cucamonga

    Available to members only. To purchase a membership, click here.

    Registration fees

    • Tent, 1st person: $85.00
    • Tent, 2nd person: $75.00

    • Fri, August 07, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Sun, August 09, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Big Bear, CA

    Cancelled due to Covid-19.  The campsite will not open anytime this summer.

    • Thu, September 17, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Sun, September 20, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • San Simeon, CA

    This trip is in the planning stages.  For further information, contact: or

    • Sun, November 29, 2020
    • 12:00 PM (PST)
    • Wed, December 02, 2020
    • 11:00 AM (PST)
    • Joshua Tree NP, CA
    • 30

    Tentative based current Covid-19 conditions and restrictions  

     Our camp is located at the  south end of Joshua Tree National Park at an elevation of 3,000-feet. Unparalleled views of the Colorado Desert with wide, dark and uninterrupted views of the night sky. A variety of nearby hiking and touring activities and cooler temperatures at the higher elevation. The southern section of the park is often overlooked and less visited. It provides a more remote experience and offers a variety of sites to explore.

    We have large spacious group sites for tents only. Three nights and four days.  RV sites are located a short distance just up the hill in Loop A Enter the Type of RV and Length when registering.

    Nearby attractions and hikes:

    • Pinto Basin Sand Dunes
    • Hike to "Car Wash" Old Dale Road
    • Sylvia Wash
    • Sunset hike from site A13 to the boulders on the ridge
    • Morton’s Mill
    • Mastodon Peak
    • Ruby Lee mill site and well
    • Lost Palms Oasis
    • Petroglyph Canyon
    • Travel into the main part of the park to Hidden Valley, Keys View, Skull Rock, Twin Tanks, Split Rock, Live Oak, Cholla Cactus Garden
    • Tour WWII desert training camp and General Patton Museum
    • 4WD: Pinto Basin Rd, Corn Springs, Red Canyon, Meccacopia Trail
    • Mecca hills slot canyon hikes: Painted Canyon Ladders

    Prices are based upon each person going 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.

    Contact Trip Leaders:

    Schedule of Events

    Sunday, Nov 29 

    • Noon or earlier if sites are open - Check-in 
    • 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 

    Monday, Nov 30

    • 9:00 am - Hike or other activity posted*
    • 6:00 pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share)
    • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire (bring firewood)

    Tuesday, Dec 1

    • 9:00 am - Hike or other activity posted *
    • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire

    Wednesday, Dec 2

    • 12:00 pm Check out

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

    Amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets (no showers); shade Ramada’s, picnic tables, fire rings, water and paved parking. No cell service or WiFi. 

    RV sites: Fresh water is available at the nearby dump station, no hookups. RV sites are a short walk to our group tent site. 

    What to BringCamp chair, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, potluck item, two bundles of firewood and the Ten EssentialsPets welcomed. Park entrance fee $30 or bring you entry pass. 

    DirectionsI-10 east to Cottonwood Spring - exit 168.  Go north 8 miles to campground. GPS coordinates: 33° 44.650' -115° 48.848'. Google Map Directions - Click Here


    Payments:  We accept the following credit cards:  MC, VISA, Discover or Amex.

    RefundsCancellation for a refund f must be received by Nov 25, 2020.   All cancellations must be sent to the Trip Leader (see email above). 

    Pets: Are welcomed. Must be kept on  leash. Please pick up after your pet. Be aware there are snakes and scorpions at this location.  Pets are not permitted on park trails or in the back-country.

    Photos: To see some photos from prior trips2018Album-1,  Album-2,  Album-3

    Campground Map and NPS website Click Here

    RV Camping:  Campground Map. Generator use is permitted only from 7-9 am, noon-2 pm, and 5-7 pm. 

    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 trip/ hike leader if you wish.


Past events

Fri, June 12, 2020 PS - Name That Campout-Jeopardy
Sun, June 07, 2020 PS - CANCELLED - Guajone Regional Park, Oceanside
Thu, May 28, 2020 PS - Staycamp -Saline Valley - Virtual Tour
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
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)
Mon, March 30, 2020 PS - Cancelled - Emma Wood State Beach Campout
Thu, March 12, 2020 PS - Organ Pipe Cactus
Tue, February 11, 2020 PS - Ski Outing Big Bear
Thu, February 06, 2020 PS - Salton Sea - Mecca Beach Campground
Sat, December 28, 2019 PS - Tecopa Hot Springs
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 PS - Trip Planning For 2020
Fri, August 02, 2019 PS - Hurkey Creek Campout (Idyllwild)
Fri, July 12, 2019 PS - Silverwood Lake - Cancelled
Sat, June 22, 2019 PS - Mt Baldy Hike and Camp
Sun, June 09, 2019 PS - Big Bear (Serrano Campground)
Sat, June 01, 2019 PS - Mt Baldy Hike and Camp
Wed, May 15, 2019 PS - Snow Canyon-St. George Utah
Thu, April 11, 2019 PS - Joshua Tree NP (Cottonwood Campground)

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