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Upcoming & Past PS Chapter Camping Trips

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

    Sorry, this event has been cancelled.  It may be rescheduled at a later date.  If you have any questions, please contact our PS Chapter VPO - via email: VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org


    • Fri, August 02, 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Sun, August 04, 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • Hurkey Creek Campground
    • 0
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    FREE CAMPOUT - SAY WHAT?

    The Great Outdoors Palm Springs (GOPS) Chapter is giving back! This is a FREE campout for the first 50 Great Outdoors (GO) members who register.  We'll be staying in a group site where both tents and RVs are welcome. The weekend will include one complimentary dinner and two continental breakfasts.

    Escape the summer heat and join us for a relaxing weekend. Sit around the campground, play cards, board games, go on your own hike, etc. The theme of this campout is relaxation verses a list of planned activities hour by hour.

    Hurkey Creek Campground: Our campground is set high up in the San Jacinto Mountains (4,500') near the town of Mountain Center. Our group camp site is nestled in a grove of pine trees and offers a wide range of opportunities including beautiful scenery, a group fire pit, hiking and mountain biking trails and group activities. Just 9 miles away, the mountain town of Idyllwild offers the chance to shop, dine or visit the picturesque town’s museum. If it’s water you like, fishing and boating is available at nearby Lake Hemet.

    Meals: We are providing a complimentary meal on Friday night consisting of: Hot Dogs / Buns, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Chips, Ice Cream and Bottled Water.  We'll also provide continental breakfasts (coffee, danish or muffins and OJ) on Saturday and Sunday mornings. 

    You are on your own for Saturday activities, lunch and dinner. If you don’t wish to cook, there are many fine restaurants in the mountain town of Idyllwild (just 9 miles away). If you need a suggestion, the Trip Leader highly recommends Cafe Aroma (reservation probably needed).

    There is a small store on SR-74 1 mile from the campground at Lake Hemet. Stores are also in the nearby town of Idyllwild. 

    Schedule Of Events

    Friday, Aug 2

    • 2 pm - Check-in at gate (your name will be on a list)
    • Before Dinner - Relax and enjoy. Grab a buddy and go on a hike, go mountain biking, etc. 
    • 6 pm - Hot Dog dinner with all the fixings or dinner on your own
    • 8 pm - Group campfire activities - bingo and popcorn

    Saturday, Aug 3

    • 7 am - Continental Breakfast
    • During the day - relax and enjoy.  Grab a buddy and go on a hike, go mountain biking, etc. Check our camp board for any scheduled activities as a group.*
    • 8 pm - Group Campfire activities

    Sunday, Aug 4

    • 7 am - Continental Breakfast
    • During the day - relax and enjoy.  Grab a buddy and go on a hike, go mountain biking, etc. Check our camp board for any scheduled activities as a group.*
    • 1 pm - Clean up our campground area. Check Out. Safe travels home.

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

    Prices: This campout is free if you currently are a paid GO member. If not a GO member, you will have the option of joining for $25 per person for a one (1) year club membership during the online registration process. Each person going must complete a separate registration and electronically agree to our Terms and Conditions.You can also click here to join and then return to this page as well. Needless to say, there are no refunds for this trip.  ;-)

    Campsite Amenities: We will be in Group Campsite D which has clean restrooms (which have electricity, flush toilets, running water and hot showers that take quarters), picnic tables, fire rings, water and level campground spots for your tent or RV. There is a small store near Lake Hemet on CA-74 with limited supplies. Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am. 

    Amenities For RVs:  This is a dry camping event. There are no RV hookups for electricity, water or sewer but you can bring your RV to our group site. Fresh water spigots (bring a hose) are available around the campsite to fill your RV's fresh tank before parking on the very level ground in our site. Generators are allowed 6 AM – 10 PM (but please be considerate of the tent persons sleeping near you).There is a dump site ($15) located at the nearby Lake Hemet campground.

    What to Bring:  Camp chair, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, shorts, one bundle of firewood per person. Please do not bring particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials. These cause the release of toxic gases when burned. Firewood is for sale at nearby Lake HemetWe recommend you read our suggested Ten Essentials.

    CONSIDER GOING 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: The Hurkey Creek Park & Campground is located at 56375 CA Hwy 74, Mountain Center, CA 92561. It is Located 4 miles SE of Mountain Center off of CA-74.

    - SPECIAL NOTE - 

    Due to heavy rains during the 2019 Valentine's Day storm, two of the major roads (SR-74 and SR-243) leading to Hurkey Creek were washed out during the 2019 Valentines Day storm. Hopefully one or both of them will reopen open prior to our campout.  As of 6/19/2019, the open routes to the campground are:

    (1) CA/SR-74 from Palm Desert, CA to the campground is open. From Palm Desert, it is a 34 mile drive up the mountain with some windy sections. Turn right on Apple Canyon Road and then almost immediately left into Hurkey Creek Park & Campground. The GPS coordinates are: N33 40.526 W116 40.920. 

    Google Map Driving Directions from your place of origin to the Hurkey Creek Campground via CA-74 - click here.

    (2) CA/SR-371 from Anza, CA to Hurkey Creek is open.

    Google Map Driving Directions from your place of origin to the Hurkey Creek Campground via CA-79/CA-371 (through Anza) - click here.

    (3) CA/SR-74 from Hemet to the Hurkey Creek is only partially open. This route will be open with a pilot car escort from 4 AM to 8 AM and from to 6 PM to 12 PM Monday thru Friday and from 4 AM to 12 PM Saturday & Sunday thru 9/3/19. For the latest information on the CA/SR-74 road condition and closure - click here

    (4) CA/SR-243 from Banning to the Hurkey Creek is closed at Lake Fulmor and isn't passable. For the latest information on the CA/SR-243 road condition and closure - click here

    Climate & Elevation - The current forecast avg. is 86 high 55 low.  Check the weather forecast - click here.  The park is located at approximately 4,500’.

    Contact/Questions:  Ed via email: EdEmondWorline@gmail.com

    Photos: To see some photos from prior trips to Hurkey Creek - click here.

    Children: There may be children present.

    Quiet Hours - 10 PM -  6 AM

    Cell Service - unknown

    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. Please bring doggie bags and clean up any of their waste.  Please be aware there are snakes 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.

    • Thu, September 26, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sun, September 29, 2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • Silent Valley Camp, Poppet Flats
    • 13
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    Silent Valley Club is an exclusive (not open to the public) camping full service resort located 3500 feet up in the scenic San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California, between Banning and Idyllwild. Great Outdoors has arranged a special group gathering with adjacent sites and full access to all facilities and amenities. You are invited to join us for the cooler temperatures located here and spacious and wooded campground. Our first trip here was in 2017 and is back by popular demand with great reviews and feedback from our members who attended.

    Schedule of Events*

    Thursday, September 26

    • Noon - Check-in at the gate. Your name will be on the list. No guest or day use visitors allowed.
    • 2:00 pm - Pool/spa time
    • 4:00 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*
    • 5:30 pm - Tea Time meet and greet BYOB.
    • 6:00 pm - Dinner on your own (local restaurant available on site)
    • 7:00 pm - Group camp activities*

    Friday, September 27

    • 6:30 am - Coffee and continental breakfast provided
    • 9:00 am - Hike - Fuller Ridge Trail to overview** - a top rated hike!
    • 2:00 pm - Pool/spa time or other posted on camp board* 
    • 6:00 pm - Restaurant group dinner or dinner on you own.
    • 7:00 pm - Group camp activities* 

    Saturday, September 28

    • 9:00 am - Hike nearby location or visit Idyllwild* 
    • 2:00 pm - Pool/spa time or other posted on camp board* 
    • 6:30 pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share)
    • 7:00 pm - Group Camp activities* 

    Sunday, September 29

    •  9:30 am - See camp board* 
    • 11:00 am - Check-out time

    * Check campground white board for activities updates

    Amenities: Wi-Fi located at registration near restaurant, restrooms have electricity, flush toilets, running water and hot showers. All campsites have electricity, paved sites and shade. Cell service Verizon is limited and spotty. 

    THINGS TO DO

    • General Store
    • Heated swimming pools and spa
    • Pool tables
    • Restaurant
    • Laundromat
    • Cocktail lounge
    • Outdoor concerts
    • Arts & crafts activities
    • Tennis courts
    • Park-wide wireless internet for a fee
    • Biking - all areas except section B

    What to Bring:  Ten Essentials, camp chair, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, swim suit, bicycle, potluck item for Saturday night. Propane gas fire ring or tank if available. No open fires allowed. 

    RV campers: Bring water pressure regulator, the pressure is very high! All sites are full hook-up, electric, water and sewer.

    Prices: This is a 3 night, 4 day event and priced accordingly.

    Registration notes: Tents and RV's will share sites. These are large sites and room to set up tent in the grass area. Electric available for tents; bring electric extension cord. Registration will close 3 weeks prior to the event. Last day to register is September 4, 2019. All persons must register and be on the roster to be admitted at the gate. No visitors allowed.  You must be a paid GO member to attend this event.  You may apply for Membership ($25 per year) during the registration process if you wish.

    Directions:

    • I-10 to Hargrave St. in Banning. Take CA-243 to Poppet Flats. 
    • Address: 46305 Poppet Flats Road, Banning CA 92220
    • Map - Directions: click here

    Climate:  Low: 53   High: 87 Mean: 70

    Photos:  Prior trip to Silent Valley - click here

    Refunds Cancellation for a refund must be received before September 1.

    Contact:  Menard Jaramillo or Scott Connelly

    Pets:  Dogs are welcomed. Must be kept on leash. Please clean up after your pet. No pets at Village Center.

    ** Fuller Ridge HikeWe will take Hwy. 243 to the Black Mountain Truck Trail to the Fuller Ridge Campground/Trailhead. High clearance vehicles recommended for the 8 mile dirt Black Mountain Truck Trail.

    • Distance:  4.5 miles 
    • Total Elevation: 850'
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • Type: Out and back 
    • Hike time:  2 – 3 hours


    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/trip leader if you wish.


    • 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

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)

You may filter the Palm Springs Chapter event selections by clicking on one of these links:
     Hikes - Camping Trips - BackpackingTraining - Misc. EventsSocial Events - 
Game Nights Meetings - All Events

To see all the events by the other GO Chapters, click on one of these links:
     
Hikes - Camping - Backpacking - Training - Misc. Events Social Events -  Game/Movie Nights -  Meetings - All Events

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