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Upcoming PS Chapter Camping Trips

    • Wed, May 15, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Sun, May 19, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Snow Canyon State Park, UT
    • 4
    THINK ZION NATIONAL PARK WITHOUT THE CROWDS! Snow Canyon State Park is a 7,400-acre scenic park tucked amid lava flows and soaring sandstone cliffs in a strikingly colorful and fragile desert environment.  Marvel at the majestic views and the subtle interplay of light, shadow and color dancing across canyon walls.  Located in the Red Cliff Desert Reserve, established to protect the federally-listed desert tortoise and its habitat, the park offers opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing and photography.  There are 17 easy to moderate hiking trails ranging from .5 miles to 8 miles as well as two difficult trails ranging from 1.5 miles to 3.5 miles. There is also a three-mile paved walking/biking trail.

    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

    • 3 PM - Check In no earlier than 3 PM
    • 6 PM – Meet and Greet (bring your favorite snacks/beverages)
    • 7 PM - Dinner on your own
    • 8 PM – Campfire

    Thursday - 05/16/2019

    • 7:30 AM - Morning coffee provided along with breakfast muffins
    • 9:00 AM - Hike or Day Trip Excursion TBD
    • 6:00 PM - BBQ – Grill your own meat.  GO will provide sides and desert. 
    • 8:00 PM - Gather around the campfire.

    Friday - 05/17/2019

    • 7:30 AM - Morning coffee provided along with breakfast muffins
    • 9:00 AM - Hike or Day Trip Excursion TBD
    • 6:00 PM - Potluck  Bring a salad, side and/or main dish. Desserts provided.
    • 8:00 PM - Gather around the campfire.

    Saturday - 05/17/2019

    • 7:30 AM - Morning coffee provided along with breakfast muffins
    • 9:00 AM - Hike or Day Trip Excursion TBD
    • 6:00 PM - Dinner on your own or possible group dinner in town.
    • 8:00 PM - Gather around the campfire.

    Sunday, 3/17

    • 7:00 AM - Morning coffee provided along with breakfast muffins
    • 12 Noon - Clean up campground areas.
    • 2:00 PM - Check Out. Safe travels home

    *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 TuesdayPlease 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. 

    • Claridge Inn 1187 S. Bluff St  Website
    • Quality Inn, 1165 S, Bluff St. Website

    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

    • Ten Essentials (click here), camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, camp chair, potluck item for Friday night. 
    • Bring two bundles of firewood. There is no firewood available at the campground, closest store is St. George.  As an alternative to bringing firewood, we will have one or more propane fire pits. Instead of purchasing firewood consider bringing a propane tank as your contribution to the evening campfires.
    • Do not bring particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials. These cause the release of toxic gases when burned. 
    • Please consider "Going GREEN" by bringing your own reusable cups, mugs, plates, bowls and utensils. Water spigots are available for washing dishes.

    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.

    • Sat, June 01, 2019
    • 7:00 AM
    • Sun, June 02, 2019
    • Mount Baldy CA

    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:

    • You can drive yourself up and back all in one long day; or,
    • Stay overnight in your tent or rent a tent cabin

    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.

    OPTION 2 - Drive yourself and park at the Mt. Baldy Ski Lift parking lot. Meet the group coming from Hunters at the ski lift ticket booth at approx. 9:15 am.  Click here for Google Maps directions.

    Car Parking Spots To Campsite Options

    Hike To Campsite Take Ski Lift Up To Campsite 

    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

    Pace: Slow

    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.

    After meeting at the ski lift ticket booth, you'll leave your car in their parking lot overnight.

    You'll need to purchase ski lift ticket(s):
    • $15 one way up, hike to peak and then hike all the way back down the same day; or
    • $15 one way up, hike to peak and back to the campsite, tent overnight and then hike back down the next day; or
    • $25 round trip. This option offers an opportunity to hike to the peak, stay overnight in a tent at the campsite and take the ski lift back down the next day; you can also just hike to the peak and then take the ski lift down the same day with no camping.
    The ski lift has wonderful scenery along the 20 minute climb to the campsite area.

    Purchase your ski lift ticket(s) online a week or two ahead.  To purchase ski lift tickets - click here.  There is a senior (65+) discount when you purchase two days.

    You can also purchase 
    various meal options with a ski lift ticket for the Top of the Notch restaurant  (dinner, breakfast or both) - click here

    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: 

    • Set up camp and hang out for the rest of the day; or
    • Hike to peak and set up camp later. The views are stunning up and back!  You'll have plenty of time to set up camp, before sunset, when we return.
    For those who are interested hiking to Mt. Baldy Peak
    Approx 11:45 AM

    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

    DifficultyVERY 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. 

    • Sun, June 09, 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Wed, June 12, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Big Bear, CA
    • 25

    Serrano Campground
    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

    • 2:00 PM Arrival; Site numbers will be provided via email before the event or look for the Great Outdoors banner. Call if needed (Dennis - 760 587-8042)
    • 3:00 PM Gather for trip to Big Bear Historical Museum.
    • 6:00 PM Tea meet and greet. Bring appetizers you would like to share. Take head count for optional Big Bear Lake Boat Tour Monday at 2:00 PM

    Monday June 10

    • 9:00 AM Depart for hike
    • 10:00 AM Gather for  4x4 trip* / Buy or pack lunch
    • 1:15 PM Depart for a Big Bear Lake Boat Tour at 2 PM. 2 hour lake tour approximately  $22,  cash or credit card / $2 discount for Seniors/Military. The Tour Boat has a bar and snacks available for sale.
    • 6:30 PM Potluck Dinner
    • Sunset Campfire and 50/50 Raffle. Head count for optional kayaking.

    Tuesday June 11

    • 9:00 AM Gather for kayaking on your own.  1 or 2 hr. Kayak rental rates for 2019 for 2 hour trip are approximately $35 for a 1-person kayak, $45 for a 2-person kayak.  Bring cash or credit card. Dress appropriately.
    • 1:00 PM Gather for 4x4 trip, hiking and/or going into town. *
    • 6:00 PM Dinner on your own
    • 7:00 PM Campfire.

    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 -

    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.

    • Fri, July 12, 2019
    • Sun, July 14, 2019
    • Silverwood Lake, CA

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

    • Please check back here for updates;
    • Add yourself to our "I'm Interested" list by registering; and/or
    • Please contact our PS Chapter VPO - via email:

    • Fri, August 02, 2019
    • Sun, August 04, 2019
    • Idyllwild, CA

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

    • Please check back here for updates;
    • Add yourself to our "I'm Interested" list by registering; and/or
    • Please contact one of our Trip Leaders below:
    Ed via email - click here

    Pete via email - click here

    By registering here, you're not signed up for this event nor are you guaranteed a spot once Trip Notes are actually published.

    Please Note: Due to the popularity of some of our events, we may initially limit registrations to members only. Non-Members will be given a chance at a future date to register if space is still available. Members need to be signed in with their email and password in order to register for member only events.

    • Sun, October 27, 2019
    • Tue, October 29, 2019
    • Joshua Tree NP, CA

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

    • Thu, November 14, 2019
    • Mon, November 18, 2019
    • Kartchner Caverns, AZ

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

Past events

Thu, April 11, 2019 PS - Joshua Tree NP (Cottonwood Campground)

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