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    • Sun, October 13, 2019
    • 2:00 AM
    • Tue, December 31, 2019
    • 12:00 AM
    • online




    We are using an "event" format to sell short sleeve Cotton T-shirts, short sleeve Tri-Blend T-shirts and Cotton Caps, all emblazoned with the GOPS Logo.  Each item is available in one color, and sizes are limited. Order soon for best selection!


    The 100% cotton t-shirt, is available in Indigo Blue shown below. The shirt includes  a large logo, silk-screened on the front and back. After you select the Cotton T-shirt, you'll be asked to pick your shirt size.  Multiple orders may require an additional registration.


    For the Tri-blend T-shirt (which are moisture-wicking and stretch), you can purchase one of two styles: Regular Logo and Faded Logo. All shirts are Denim Blue.  The shirt includes a left pocket logo, silk-screened on the front only. There is no printing on the back.  Multiple orders may require an additional registration.


    The Cotton T-shirts are available for $15. The Tri-blend Tshirts is available in Regular Logo for $15 and with Faded Logo for $10. Shirts are available in M, L and XL sizes, as long as supplies last. 


    GOPS Logo Caps are available for $15 each. The Cotton are available in Khaki, with an embroidered logo on the front and in one adjustable size. 


    We are taking payments online only. After you submit an order, you'll be taken to an online payment screen. You can pay with your credit card.


    GOPS Merchandise Orders will be available for pickup at our membership meetings (6:30-8:00 PM), 4th Tuesday of each month, The Center, 1301 N. Palm Canyon, 3rd floor, Room 3. This is a not-so-subtle ploy to get you to attend a membership meeting! You can also purchase a shipping option for your order. Shipments are by USPS Priority Mail. 

    If you have any questions, please contact us via email:

    • Sat, October 19, 2019
    • Mt. Baldy

    Date: Saturday, Oct. 19

    Difficulty: Advanced / Strenuous

    Length: 11 miles 

    Elevation: 4,500 feet of elevation gain

    ⚠️ Warning ⚠️ 

    This hike is intended for experienced hikers looking for a unique challenge. If you are afraid of heights, are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with scrambling over loose rocky slopes, and/or do not enjoy prolonged steep climbs – this is not the hike for you. Rather consider these two upcoming moderate options: 

    Take the route less travelled to the summit of Mt. Baldy, along the way summiting its two neighbors to the north – Pine and Dawson Mountains. The views are never less than epic, your reward for undertaking a hike that John Robinson – the celebrated historian of the San Gabriel's – described as “more bang for the buck per mile than any other hike” in that mountain range.

    You must RSVP directly to trip leader Matthew Bokach at to join this trip, and please let him know what kind of vehicle you’ll be driving, how many it holds, and (if it’s high-clearance) if you’d be willing to drive folks about 7 miles on a gravel road to the trailhead. If we don’t have enough high-clearance vehicles to get everyone to the trailhead, there is a wide turnout only 0.5 miles before it that will serve as a good parking spot for other types of car. There’s no reason to be concerned about the drive – I can make it nearly the entire way in my Honda CR-Z (as low-slung as they come), but there is a small hill 0.2 miles before the trailhead that is just washed out enough to block most small standard vehicles from proceeding any further. Matthew will respond to all registrants with details on when and where to meet.

    There is a fantastically-detailed description of the hike, along with several photos, here:

    (However, I have no idea how the author of this page came up with a distance of 7.4 miles. Every other source lists it as at least 11 miles).

    Please wear sturdy hiking boots, and it is highly recommended that you show up with the ten essentials listed here. Hiking poles are also recommended by multiple folks who’ve written about this hike.

    Group size is capped to ten given the advanced nature of this hike. While pets are usually allowed on hikes in a National Forest, I’m requesting no pets on this hike given the conditions.

    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, October 19, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Mount Baldy
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    Great Outdoors Orange County/Long Beach presents

    Mount Baldy Day Hike

    Saturday, October 19, 2019 starting at 8 AM

    Contact: Lance Whitmier E-mail:

    Mobile: 657-250-5466

    Come with us to Mount Baldy, the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains. We will be leaving from the trail head at Manker Flats north of the Mount Baldy Village. An Adventure Pass or National Park Pass is required to park. The hike will begin at 8:00 AM. If coming from the west on the 210, exit Baseline Rd. and turn left at the first signal and then right on Padua. Then right on Mt. Baldy Rd. When you come to Manker Flats (the road has a median there, drive to near the end of the median), you can find parking along the road. If you arrive at the ski area, you have gone too far. 

    From Manker Flats, we will follow the mountain road to San Antonio Falls which flows year round. Continuing on the road, at six tenths of a mile, we will hit the trail up through San Antonio Canyon. Our next stop will be a the Sierra Club's ski hut. After a short break there, we will continue across a rocky area, and then climb up the canyon to a ridge. From there, we will have a steep climb to the summit at 10,064 feet.

    On a clear day, it is possible to see as far as the Channel Islands, Mount San Gorgonio, Mount San Jacinto, the Santa Monica Mountains, and far out into the desert.

    At the summit, we will take a 30-45 minute lunch break and enjoy the views. After lunch, we will descend via the Devil's Backbone trail. This is a spectacular trail that descends to the Mount Baldy Ski Area. The trail is a narrow spine with dramatic drop offs on both sides,

    When we reach the Mount Baldy Ski Area lodge, options are available for food and/or drinks in the restaurant for those who wish to do so. Then we will hike down the ski area access road, back to our cars at Manker Flats. (Hikers may also opt to take the chairlift down.) Total gain/loss is 3,900 feet. Total mileage is 11.25 miles.

    For this trip, you will need a good pair of hiking boots/shoes. This is a difficult trip but so worthwhile. Recommendation is to carry at least three liters of water. Click here to get your ten essentials you will need for the hike. An Adventure Pass or National Park Pass is required for parking. For a list of vendors, click here.  Your trip leader will be checking people's supplies to be certain that you are prepared for the hike. There is no fee for this hike.

    • Sun, October 20, 2019
    • Palomar Mountain


    Event Announcement: 

    GOSD Palomar Mountain Day Hike

    10:00 am October 20, 2019

    You're invited to join us for the Great Outdoors San Diego (GOSD) Palomar Mountain Day Hike. It’s located in the Palomar Mountain State Park, a gem of a small State Park here in San Diego County. With an average elevation of 5000 feet, this three square mile park has some of the best mountain scenery in the county. White fir and incense cedar trees, normally found much farther north in the Sierras are abundant here. The California Black and Valley Oaks should be in their full autumn colors. The weather may require a jacket in the morning but should warm up into the 70’s in the afternoon. Rain is highly unlikely in October. Dogs are not permitted on this hike. 

    Doane Pond Palomar Mountain


    Expect a 1.5 to 2 hour drive time from San Diego. You will first need to reach Highway 76 north of San Diego by driving north of San Diego on the I-15 and taking Exit 46 to CA-76 E.  At Pala Mesa head east towards Palomar Mountain.

    For a  slightly shorter route, drive north on the I-15 and take exit 27 for Via Rancho Parkway. Follows signs to SD Wild Animal/Safari Park. Stay in the two right lanes and turn right onto E. Via Rancho Parkway. Continue onto Bear Valley Parkway for 5.8 miles. Use the right two lanes to turn right onto E. Valley Parkway. Continue onto Valley Center Road and drive 13.8 miles to a traffic circle. Take the first exit to CA-76 E.

     From CA-76 E, take a slight left onto S Grade Rd/Palomar Mountain Rd. After 6.7 winding miles, turn left onto S Grade Road then another quick left onto State Park Road. Drive about 2.6 miles to the State Park entrance. There is an entrance fee of $10.00 per vehicle, so carpooling is highly encouraged. A California States Park Annual Pass will also get you in. If you're using GoogleMaps or MapQuest, the park's physical address is: 19952 State Park Rd. Palomar CA 92060.

    Once inside the park, follow the signs to our meeting spot at the Doane Pond Parking lot. Please plan to arrive before 10:00 am, as we will leave for our hike at 10:00.

    Autumn Leaves Palomar Mountain

    Hike Description (total distance 7.8 miles)

    We will be hiking two loop trails both starting at Doane Pond. In the morning we will hike the Lower Doane Valley and Lower French Valley Trails. This loop is rated moderate, 3.8 miles in distance, and should take about two hours. Highlights will include the Historic Weir Site on the Pauma Creek and a beautiful alpine meadow. The loop ends in the Doane Valley Campground, a short distance from the pond. We will have lunch at one of the picnic tables beside the pond.

    In the afternoon we will hike the Thunder Spring and Chimney Flat loop. This is rated moderate, about four miles, and should take another two hours. On this loop we will pass a historic apple orchard and large incense cedar grove. We should be done with the hike and back to the parking lot by 4:00 pm.

    As with all hikes, please be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, snacks, and your 10 essentials.  For this hike, you’ll also want to bring lunch and warm clothes for the morning, and lunch and snacks. Mobile phone reception is limited in the Palomar Mountain State Park. Maps are available at the Park entrance.

    For any questions about this hike, please contact the hike leader, Mark McCabe.

    • Sun, October 20, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Forest Falls
    Join waitlist

    Bearpaw Aqueduct Trail

    Hike during Fall Colors

    • Trail Length: 5 miles (3 hr.)  
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 700’
    • Trailhead Elevation: 4400’
    • Trail Type: Out and Back Loop
    • Terrain: rocky, uneven loose soil, steep drops offs
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate + due - to steep narrow drop off.
    • 8:30 AM Meet at  PetsMart, Ramon/Crossley, PS.   Map Here
    • or 9:30 AM at Mill Creek Ranger Station on Hwy 38 at Bryant St.:  Map Here

    We will hike in the forested area along the Aqueduct Trail (atop the aqueduct pipe that powers the ConEd hydroelectric plant at the entrance to Mill Creek Canyon). The hike combines views from Yucaipa Ridge and the twists and turns of the oak-lined Aqueduct Trail. We will traverse a few loose, steep parts on this trail, sturdy footwear with good traction is required. Trekking poles might be useful.

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch and snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. 

    Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.

    Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).

    Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.

    Contact Hike Leaders:  Scott C. Email 

    Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. Departure is at 8:30 AM. Distance to trailhead is 55 miles, approximately 60 minutes.

    Bearpaw Reserve is 600 acres of steep, spectacular mountains with a seasonal 110 foot waterfall. Vegetation includes incense cedars, ponderosa and coulter pine, chaparral, and oracle oaks—a rare hybrid between black oaks and canyon oaks.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

     Photos Click Here

     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.

    • Tue, October 22, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 1301 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
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    6:30 - 7:45 pm   Core Group Meeting
    7:45 - 8:00 pm   Social Period

    7:45           pm Hike Leaders meeting / planning
    8:00 - 9:00 pm   Program:  FAVORITE HIKES - 


    Speaker Scott Connelly, VPO Great Outdoors will discuss and present some of his favorite hikes. In this audio visual presentation you will see some of the best hiking adventures. Other hike leaders will also be present to showcase upcoming hikes. Come meet your hike leaders!

    All members and non-members are welcome to attend all meetings. Please click on the "Register" button to let us know you plan on attending this meeting.

    We normally meet at The Center on the 4th Tuesday of each month for our Core Group and General Membership Meetings. 

    The Center is located at 1301 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA. It is on the same side of Palm Canyon as Denny's restaurant, on the up canyon side Meeting room is on the Third Floor.  Click here for Google map directions.

    During the social period of the meeting we will be distributing GOPS T-shirt and Hat orders. T-shirts and hats will also be available for purchase, as long as supplies last. We'd like the help of a volunteer from 6pm to 8pm to help distribute orders and sell merchandise. Please reply to if you are able to volunteer!

    • Tue, October 22, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Center, 1301 N. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs

    Save Oswit Canyon 

    Watch for updates for upcoming opportunities to help us save this unique and valuable canyon.

    There have been some very positive developments regarding Oswit Canyon (if you’re not familiar, it’s west of S. Palm Canyon and is home to endangered Bighorn sheep and some of the most spectacular hiking trails in Palm Springs).  It  was slated for development but due to the work of the Save Oswit Canyon group, we now have the potential to purchase and  preserve this gorgeous environment.  You can learn more here: .

    It takes tens of thousands of years for an alluvial fan to form, and the Oswit Cone in South Palm Springs is one of the top eco-tourist destinations in Palm Springs, bringing in thousands of hikers, photographers, artists and nature lovers every year from around the world.

    Unfortunately, this very last undeveloped alluvial fan was slated for a massive housing development. We took it upon ourselves to prevent the permanent destruction of this geological, historical and biologically unique place in our city.

    View photos of our past hikes in Oswit: Click Here

    News article click here and here for Desert Sun

    For questions about the event, contact Scott Connelly, email click here

    • Thu, October 24, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sun, October 27, 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • Joshua Tree NP, CA
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    Black Rock Campground, Joshua Tree National Park

    Yucca Valley, California

    Thursday October 24 thru Sunday October 27, 2019

    Join us for a near-the-end-of-summer retreat located in the northwest corner of the Joshua Tree National Park at an elevation of 4,000 feet. The road to Black Rock Canyon dead-ends at the campground. Camp sites are located on a hillside at the mouth of the canyon surrounded by Joshua trees, junipers, cholla cacti and a variety of desert shrubs. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring with restrooms, flush toilets and water nearby. If you forget to bring a piece of equipment, shopping facilities are only five miles away in the town of Yucca Valley. Campsites vary in size. Campsites will be shared between tents. RVs will occupy their own site (no hookups). Carpooling is suggested wherever possible.  The hills behind the campground offer a variety of hiking trails. Spend free time enjoying the local desert scenery around the camp or venture out on a hike or scenic drive. We'll also have an off-road trip. We encourage off-road drivers to attend the event for the day with no fee if they take campers on the off-road trip.  The Black Rock Campground site information and campground map is available here.

    Natural Features: The campground is located in the Little San Bernardino Mountains, at the northwest corner of Joshua Tree National Park. Accessed off Highway 62, the campground is situated in a high desert setting, in a Joshua Tree forest setting

    Recreation: Campers enjoy access to a number of hiking trails which are accessed from the campground. The Black Rock Canyon Trail leads to an overview of the Coachella Valley, and the High View Nature Trail provides a panorama of Yucca Valley. Campers may also travel to tour Joshua Tree National Park on their own (Senior Pass or entrance fee required).

    Campground Amenities: Accessible Flush Toilets - Campfire Rings - Drinking Water - Fire Rings - Firewood Vendor - Grills - Picnic Area -  Tent Pads - Trash Collection.  Cell phone coverage provided by major carriers in the Yucca Valley area. There is no WiFi service at the campground. Several supermarkets, a number of restaurants and a WalMart are located a short drive from the campground along Highway 62. There are no shower facilities at the campground; bring wet wipes. Pay showers are available near the JTNP Visitor Center at Coyote Corner located at the corner of Hwy. 62 and Park Blvd. ($5.00 for 7 minutes).

    Campground Amenities For RVs: Camp sites have no electrical services, but have water spigots spaced throughout the campground. All of our RV sites are on dirt pull-through sites.  A dump station is located within the campground - bring $10 cash. A fresh water spigot is available at the dump station. 

    Parking:  Parking is limited to two vehicles per site; extra vehicles are not permitted. A vehicle with trailer is considered two vehicles, as is an RV with a tow vehicle. The overflow parking is located along the road at the entrance to the campground.

    Climate: Low 80’s / Lows Mid 40's: more detailed weather forecasts will be provided the week before the campout.


    Final itinerary will be sent out the week of the camping event; details may change.

    Thursday October 24

    • 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).
    • 6:00 PM Tea meet and greet. Bring appetizers you would like to share. Take head count for offroad/4x4 trip on Friday. Dinner on your own.
    • Sunset Campfire

    Friday October 25

    • 7:00 AM coffee and danish
    • 9:00 AM Depart for hike
    • 10:00 AM Gather for 4x4/Offroad trip / Pack lunch
    • 3:00 PM Gather for a hike to the High View Nature Trail
    • 6:30 PM Potluck Dinner and 50/50 Raffle
    • Sunset Campfire

    Saturday October 26

    • 7:00 AM coffee and danish
    • 9:00 AM Gather for hike on Black Rock Canyon Trail
    • 2:00 PM Gather for 4x4 trip or hike
    • 5:00 PM Dinner on your own 
    • 7:00 PM Campfire.

    Sunday October 27

    • 7:00 AM coffee and danish
    • Noon - checkout

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

    What to Bring: Ten Essentials, camping/cooking gear, hat and sunscreen, food, warm/cool/wet weather clothing, potluck item for Friday 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. Bring cash (or credit card) for optional events. 

    Pets: Dogs must be kept on 6' leash. No pets on trails. 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.  By attending any event sponsored by Great Outdoors Palm Springs, you hereby agree to adhere to the GOPS Policies concerning Code of Conduct.

    Address: 9678 Black Rock Canyon Rd, Yucca Valley, CA 92284.   Google map link - click here.  


    From I-10: Take exit 117 for Highway 62 (Twentynine Palms Highway) and travel north approximately 20 miles towards Yucca Valley.  Turn right on Joshua Lane.  Drive approximately 5 miles to Black Rock Campground.

    Payments: Payments may be made online at registration your credit card.

    Refunds: You must email the Trip Leader if you need to cancel at

    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, October 25, 2019
    • Santa Barbara, CA

    Annual Halloween Party - Friday, October 25

    Private Residence in Santa Barbara, CA

    Are you ready!  It's again that ghostly time of year to celebrate All Hallows Eve!

    Our theme this year is 'Angels and Demons'

    What better way to celebrate it then with your friends of the Great Outdoors!

    Come join us for that bewitching hour in your most glorious, spookiest, amazingly ghoulish costume that one could ever imagine!

    The date is Friday October 25. Bring a favorite snack or munchy and your favorite adult type beverage.

    The bewitching time begins at 7:30 PM

    The location will be revealed to you when we confirm your presence.

    A suggested donation of $5 will be welcome!

    Prepare to be delighted and amazed, we in the spiritual world await you!

    • Sat, October 26, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Near the Beach Blvd/405 Exit in Huntington Beach

    Great Outdoors Orange County - Long Beach

    Pot Luck BBQ and Pool Party!

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       OC/LB is hosting a BBQ - Pool Party on Saturday October 26 beginning @ 2 PM

    Its time we did a little bit of socializing and have an opportunity to relax and enjoy each other's company.  So GO OC/LB is hosting a get together in the pursuit of laughter, smiles and general sillyness.  So come join us for an afternoon of delight.

        KISS!  KISS! KISS!  Keep It Simple Sugar!  KISS!  KISS!  KISS!

    OC/LB will be providing hamburgers (vegan option available), potato salad & drinks!  And all the fixings (onion, lettuce, pickles, tomato, mustard & ketchup)! 

    To help calculate the amount of food and drinks required, please register as early as possible up to and including Friday (25th).  Shopping will occur Saturday morning.   

    What edible items can you bring?  Glad you asked!  Any compatible side dish, chips, desserts (pie, cookies, etc.) or other items that you think will tickle our fancy.  If there are any special drink that you prefer bring a few of those too!  

    There is one mandatory requirement:  Each attendee MUST  submit to Lance 2-3 songs to assist in creating a playlist for the event!  He will need the name of the song and the artist.  Please submit the songs when you register or send him a separate email at least 1 day prior to the event.  The music is on YOU!

    Other considerations:  Bring a towel!  And if you have a beach chair bring it!  And it may get chilly as day turns to night so you might want to bring a light jacket.  And yes, there is a jacuzzi (a small one).


    Doors Open @ 2 PM on Saturday October 19.

    Social Hour & Music & Pool Time & Drinks begin @ 2 PM.

    Grilling begins @ 3; Food will be ready about 3:15 - Hamburgers cook relatively fast!

    Address:  The address will be sent to you upon registration - however the event will take place within 1 mile of the Beach Blvd (South) exit off the 405 in Huntington Beach.

    Phone: 657-250-5466 

    We look forward to seeing you there, if you have any questions, please contact Lance Whitmier at

    • Sun, November 03, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • Central Gabrielino Trail

    Explore one of the lushest, most beautiful canyons on the Angeles National Forest with Great Outdoors on this moderate-difficulty, 12-mile / 1800-feet of elevation gain, out-and-back hike.

    We’ll meet at 8:00 am at the Redbox parking lot, located at the intersection of Mt. Wilson Road and the Angeles Crest Highway (CA-2), roughly 13 miles from La Cañada Flintridge. Parked cars must display a valid Adventure Pass. There are several other nearby parking options in case the lot is full. We’ll start the hike at 8:30.

    The Gabrielino Trail stretches in a 25-mile long semicircle from Pasadena to Chantry Flat. We’ll be hiking the central stretch of the trail along the West Fork of the San Gabriel River. Our starting point at Redbox is the highest point on the trail at ~4600 feet. We’ll steadily descend over six miles to the Devore trail camp, at ~2900 feet, where we’ll stop for a break before retracing our steps back to Redbox. Note that the second half of the hike is the uphill part! The trail is shaded nearly the entire way – the West Fork canyon is one of the lushest, most-forested areas on the Angeles NF. Those wishing for a shorter hike can turn around at the Valley Forge trail camp (roughly 5 miles round trip) or at the West Fork trail camp (roughly 10 miles round trip). The Gabrielino Trail is well-maintained by local mountain biking clubs, which means that we’ll need to keep our eyes open for bikers for the entire hike.

    There’s no group size limit for this hike as none of it is in designated Wilderness. However, we highly recommend you RSVP so that we can reach you in the event of changed conditions. As always we recommend you show up with the “ten essentials” as listed here. Temperatures might vary over the course of the hike, so we recommend you bring at least one removable layer. Long pants are recommended over shorts as there’s a stretch of the trail that goes through scratchy brush – and poison oak is in ready supply. Reach out to hike leader Matthew Bokach at with any questions. Also please let me know if you would like to carpool and/or are able to drive a carpool.

    Photos courtesy of Robin McGuire.

    Contact: Matthew Bokach at

    Pets: Pets 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/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.

    • Sun, November 03, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Palm Springs Parade Route


    Great Outdoors Palm Springs will have a Marching Unit in the Palm Springs Pride Parade being held on Sunday November 3.  We will have a marching unit and a fleet of decorated Jeeps with outdoor equipment. We have room for 25 members to walk in the parade along side the vehicles. Volunteers will receive a complementary T-shirt to wear in the parade. Come join us in celebrating the PS Pride Event!

    Sunday, November 3 - Pride Festival & Parade 

    • 8:00 am  Staging for Pride Parade (time and location along N. Palm Canyon not yet finalized)
    • 10:00 am - Noon, PS Pride Parade - Step off at Tachevah and Palm Canyon Dr. Travels South to Amado.

    Volunteers  will receive complimentary T-shirts the day of the parade, and need to specify their T-shirt size as part of their registration. T-Shirts are to be worn during the parade.

    Walkers are encouraged to wear hiking or backpacking gear (shorts, knapsacks, hiking boots or hiking shoes, hats, water bottles, etc.

    In order to allow sufficient time to print the complimentary T-shirts, registration closes October 22. If you have questions please contact

    • Tue, November 05, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Fountain Valley Marie Callender's 18889 Brookhurst St. Fountain Valley, CA 92708
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    Registration is closed

    Monthly Chapter Meeting

    November 5, 2019, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

    We meet at

    Fountain Valley Marie Callender's

    18889 Brookhurst St.

    Fountain ValleyCA 92708


    Ask the receptionist where Great Outdoors is sitting.

    At this meeting we will be going over the upcoming events for November and December. We will have a report from the delegates who attended the 2019 All Chapter Conference.

    We have a social hour at 7 PM, and dinner service will begin at about 7:30 PM. Each person is responsible for their own food and beverage bill. We have a $50 minimum for our group. The Core Group will be meeting briefly at 7 PM during the social hour and all are welcome to participate and give input. However, only Core Group Members can vote during this part of the meeting. The general meeting will start at 8 PM so that the various trip leaders will have a chance to highlight their recent and upcoming trips, and answer questions from the participants.  


    Fountain Valley Marie Callender's

    18889 Brookhurst St.

    Fountain ValleyCA 92708

    Phone: 714-963-6791


    We will let the receptionist know where we are sitting.

    • Sat, November 09, 2019
    • 7:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    • East Indio Hills Trailhead Golf Center Drive and Avenue 42 Indio, CA


    Make a difference on Public Lands and join other volunteers to restore and clean up the East Indio Hills Trail. Removal of invasive plants, trail cleaning and plant trimming are just some of the ways to improve this trail experience for others in the future.  Free t-shirts for participants while supply lasts!  Snacks and water to refill your bottles will be available.  Bring your gloves, wear long pants and sturdy shoes  Don't forget your sun protection.

    7:15 AM Meet at PetsMart Palm Springs, Ramon/Crossley- Click Here for Map.  Carpooling may be available

    Or meet at trailhead at Golf Center Drive and Ave 42, Indio Map Click here

    Contact Scott Connelly, email click here


     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.

    • Wed, November 13, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • Jo's Diner Mission Hills


    807 W Washington Street
    (Corner W. .Washington & Falcon St.) San Diego, CA 92103

    Free parking behind restaurant (Parking lot entrance off Falcon St.) 

    The Great Outdoors San Diego (GOSD) Core Group meets every month on the 2nd Wednesday of the month to conduct GOSD business and share a meal together. Members and interested others are welcome to join. If you'll be joining us, please RSVP so we can reserve the right number of seats at the restaurant.

    We hope to see you then!

    GOSD Core Group

    • Thu, November 14, 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Mon, November 18, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Kartchner Caverns, AZ
    • 4

    Your adventure awaits! Join us and explore the wonders of the southwest Sonoran desert. This trip offers a variety of activities and accommodates all types of camping options - tents, RV's and cabins - with full camp amenities including electricity and water. Both caves are open, and we have reserved all the spots on both cave tours. Local hiking trails are near our camp and a variety of day trips to local attractions are available. 

    The story of Kartchner Caverns is one of discovery, exploration, secrecy and preservation. The main attraction at this national park is a cave so pristine it’s entered via an airlock-sealed tunnel. It’s beautifully riddled with stalagmites, quartz formations and one of the world’s longest soda-straw stalactites.

    The cave was discovered by two college students back in the 70’s and its existence was kept secret for 14 years until they secured protection to keep it natural and pristine, making it a very rare cave undisturbed by humans. Experience their excitement of discovery of this stunning limestone cave, which contains a wide variety of unique minerals and formations. Water percolates from the surface and calcite formations continue to grow. Southeastern Arizona has a wealth of cultural, historical and natural resources. There are many opportunities for half or full day side trips in the surrounding area. Renew your sense of discovery and experience new and exciting secrets of the desert and meet new friends in outdoor adventures.

    Registration options include: Tents, RV’s, Camper Cabins and Motel. If you want a cabin, reserve it soon as they sell out fast.

    Registration is available to  Great Outdoors members only. You may join and purchase a membership - Click Here For Membership - which will then allow you to register.

    Registration options – Signing up: After you select your registration type, you can scroll down and add additional information such as RV size, carpooling, etc. You will have the option to stay another night with a day trip on Monday to Chiricahua National Monument and check out on Tuesday.  You pay later once we determine the average cost of the extra campsites and divide it up evenly. 

    Cave Tours:  The two cave tours are totally different, so expect to see and experience different features. We have a discounted group price for cave tours.  Once your register for this event, you'll be sent a confirmation email.  It will include a link to another page where you can purchase cave tours at a discounted price - $20 per tour, per person.  You can also - click here - to purchase cave tour tickets for our group tours.

    Big Room Tour  Length: ½ mile. Time: 1¾ hours. Saturday.

    The Kartchner Cavern story is about amazing discoveries past, present, and future. Marvel at the many strange and colorful formations. Learn about the cave fauna, both living and ancient. Experience the wonder of the cave’s discovery and learn about new scientific research and discoveries as ongoing studies continue.

    Rotunda/Throne Tour  Length: ½ mile. Time: 1½ hours. Sunday.

    Discover the role that water plays in creating the caverns. You will see the discoverers' original trail, 45,000-year-old bat guano, delicate formations and “Kubla Khan,” the largest column formation in Arizona.

    Camper Cabins* are located nearby and you can reserve them directly - click here. These cabins sell out fast, so reserve as soon as possible. If you want to share a cabin, contact Gary Fritzen click here.

    Motels* are available in Benson (9 miles) and Motel Six (7 miles) at the I-10 turnoff. 

    * If you reserve a cabin or motel, you must also register for this event using the “Reserved own accommodations” option. You will also need to purchase a park pass to enter the park/campground.

    RV campers: Sites have 30 amp electricity & water. RV dump station is nearby.

    Tent campers: Electricity and water available at each site. Expect cold nights, consider bringing electric heater and/or electric blanket.

    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. Park and set up accordingly to share space; all vehicles need to fit in the assigned paved areas, so park efficiently allowing space for your site companion.

    Showers  - at restroom building near campsites. No extra charge.

    Cell Service - yes -WiFi - limited, near Visitor Center is best.

    What to Bring: Ten Essentials, camping/cooking gear, camp chair, food, warm/cool weather clothing, ear plugs for sleeping, electric extension cord and electric heater. Bring potluck item and an appetizer for ‘tea’ along with your favorite beverage. Bring a bundle of firewood for the group campfire (available if no fire restrictions), we will also have a propane fire pit.  Firewood may also be purchased on site.

    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 nearby restroom for washing dishes.

    Restrictions: Check for open fire, no smoking restrictions upon arrival, no display of firearms.

    Address: 2980 S Hwy 90 Benson, AZ 85602

    Directions: Click here.  434 miles and about 6 hrs. from Palm Springs. Take I-10 Exit 302 south on Hwy 90. GPS: N31° 50.146' W110° 20.681'. Or alternate less traffic route, take I-8.

    Weather: Average temps: 71° - 31°. Current Weather: Click Here

    Photos Of Area - click here

    Dark Sky Park - Kartchner Caverns State Park is designated an International Dark Sky Park - click here - to read more about their designation. Consider limiting your outdoor lights at your campsite and experience the dark sky.

    Prices: This is a 3-night, 4-day event and priced accordingly. Option to stay another night with a Tuesday departure. If payment is not completed within 7 days, your registration may be cancelled.

    Schedule of Events*

    *Check white board at camp for updates and details

    Thursday 11/14

    • 2:00 pm   Check-in at the gate. Your name will be on the list.
    • 6:00 pm   Meet and greet ‘tea’. Bring a beverage and appetizer to share.
    • Dinner on your own.

    Friday 11/15

    • 6:30 am   Coffee and continental breakfast
    • 9:00 am   Hike and or exploration* 5 mile 955’ Guindani Loop
    • 12:30 pm Hike or day trip* Titan Missile site
    • 6:30 pm   Potluck and Group campfire activities

    Saturday 11/16

    • All day      Kartchner Caverns celebrating 20 yrs. as a state park,
                       with fun activities, events and celebrations all day!
    • 6:30 am    Coffee and continental breakfast 
    • 9:15 am    Cave tour #1A - Big Room - tour begins at 9:45 am. Meet at Discovery Center. (Sold Out - see 10:15 am tour)
    • 10:15 am  Cave tour #1B - Big Room - tour begins at 10:45 am. Meet at Discovery Center.  To purchase this tour - click here.
    • 12:30 pm  Hike or day trip*      
    • 6:30 pm    Dinner on your own. Group campfire activities

    Sunday 11/17

    • 6:30 am    Coffee and continental breakfast
    • 8:50 am    Cave tour #2A - Rotunda/Throne - tour begins at 9:20 am. Meet at Discovery Center. (Sold Out - see 9:30 am tour)
    • 9:30 am    Cave Tour #2B - Rotunda/Throne - tour begins at 10:00 am. Meet at Discovery Center.  To purchase this tour - click here.
    • 12:30 pm  Day hike and or exploration*
    • 6:30 pm    Dinner on your own.  Group dinner at nearby restaurant*.

    Monday 11/18 

    • 6:30 am    Coffee and continental breakfast
    • 8:00 am    Day trip to Chiricahua National Monument* - if staying over
    • 12:00 pm  Check out if not staying until Tuesday.

    Tuesday 11/19

    • 12:00 pm  Check out

    Cancellation Policy: Cancellations for a full refund must be received by Oct. 31, 2019. No refunds for cave tours unless there is a wait list.

    The Discovery Center is located a short distance from campground. The facility consists of the front desk, a theater presentation, museum, gift shop, an amphitheater, and food concession. 

    In the Tenen–Tufts Theater, a video presentation (15 minutes long) plays twice an hour. The program highlights the discovery aspect of the cave. The museum contains exhibits on cave formations, cave life, hydrology, and history.

    The Bat Cave Cafe is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Cafe offers freshly made salads, sandwiches, wraps, quesadillas and individual pizzas, as well as a variety of drinks and Blue Bunny Ice Cream treats. Enjoy your meal in a relaxing patio atmosphere surrounded by our Hummingbird Garden


    Caves are mysterious and unfamiliar to humans. These dark caverns pique our curiosity and lead us to seek answers for our many questions.

    Introductory panels in the geology exhibits show how caves form, why the formations look as they do and locations of other caves. Other displays are specific to Kartchner Caverns, one of the most-studied public caves. It ranks in the top ten caves worldwide for its unique mineralogy.

    Though geology is the focus of many of the museum displays, exhibits also showcase cave and surface ecology, paleontology, archaeology, and history. The cave ecosystem is dependent upon a summer colony of cave myotis bats. Their guano nurtures a miniature world of amazing creatures. Explore the regional displays to educate yourself on the area’s plants, animals, and other attractions found above ground.  Paleontological studies inspired displays describing the area’s distant past. Bones, many from extinct animals, were discovered during the caverns’ development.  Evidence of human habitation on the park property is also displayed.


    The park has modern restrooms located at the Discovery Center, Campground and Trail Head. Restrooms are within easy access of rental cabins and campgrounds.

    Dump Station

    The Dump Station is located along the main road on the south end of the park adjacent to the campground entrance. The station consists of two 110’ lanes, two pumps, waste receptacle and a non-potable water source. Lanes may be accessed from either end, in either direction. A paid camping permit is required to use the dump station.

    Showers are located in the campground restroom buildings at the upper west end of each campground loop. Use of showers is included in the camping permit fee, there are no separate charges for their use. Flush toilets and sinks with handicapped accessibility are also located in the restroom building. Two showers are located in each of the men’s and women’s restrooms, and a single shower is located in the family restroom.

    Pets Policy - Pets are allowed in all outside areas but they must be leashed. Pets are not allowed inside any of the buildings or on cave tours except for service animals. Pets should not be left unattended in vehicles in the parking lot or left unattended outdoors. Ensure that pets have access to a water source. Pets should be restricted to trails and developed areas due to potentially harmful desert plants and cactus

    Hiking Trails: Ocotillo Trail, The Guindani Trail, The Foothills Loop Trail

    Discovery Center

    Please arrive one hour prior to your tour time to see the video presentation and museum exhibits. Please leave all items in your vehicle except appropriate clothing and method of payment if purchasing tickets.


    • Campfires are allowed within designated fire rings. Two commercial fire rings are provided (one in each loop) for the purpose of enjoying a campfire. Solid bottom, self-contained propane stoves or charcoal grills are allowed for cooking at your campsite.
    • Wood gathering is not permitted. Wood can be purchased from camp host.
    • Pets must be on a leash. Do not leave pets unattended outdoors. Pet waste must be picked up and disposed of.
    • Drive and park on designated, paved areas only.
    • Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. – 7 a.m.

    Please arrive at the park prior to 6 p.m. The entrance gates will close at 10 p.m. and access will not be available until 7 a.m.

    Cave Tours

    Kartchner Caverns is now following established nationwide protocols to prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome, a fungal disease that is killing bats. We request that if you have been in another cave or mine since 2005 you do not wear or bring any of the same clothes or shoes as on your other cave trips. If you arrive to Kartchner Caverns wearing shoes that have been in another cave, you will be asked to visit a White Nose Syndrome Decontamination Station, where your shoes will be sprayed down with rubbing alcohol to kill the fungus. Thank you for working with us to protect our bats! 

    The following are NOT permitted on cave tours:

    • Pets (except certified service animals meeting ADA standards). Please do not leave pets in vehicles.
    • Purses, handbags, backpacks, fanny packs, baby backpacks or other bags/items.
    • Binoculars or flashlights.
    • Photography or video equipment (to include phones, other electronic recording devices, and tripods).
    • Food, gum, tobacco products and drinks (including bottled water).
    • Strollers, walkers, crutches.
    • Touching or damaging formations (punishable by law).
    • Littering or tossing coins.

    Please plan to leave all items in your vehicle or in the lockers located on the rear patio of the Discover Center. Heavy clothing will not be necessary in the warm, humid cave. A coat or jacket appropriate to the outside weather is all that you will want to bring with you on tour.

    Nearby Attractions:

    Benson - The city of Benson is located ten miles North of the park and is a ten to fifteen minute drive.  Restaurants, lodging, fuel, banks, library (wi-fi), and groceries are available.

    Sierra Vista The city of Sierra Vista is located 20 miles to the Southeast of the park and is a 45–60 minute drive. Restaurants, lodging, fuel, banks, libraries, groceries, laundry, theaters, shopping centers. Visitors Bureau at 1011 N. Coronado Dr. Sierra Vista, AZ 85635.

    Fort Huachuca - An active military base established in 1877 as a base for American soldiers fighting the Indian Wars and was home to the Buffalo Soldiers. It is located 20 miles away adjacent to Sierra Vista and requires a 45–60 minute drive. The Fort Huachuca Museum highlights early military history. There are 27 miles worth of easily accessible but rugged hiking trails that wind through the canyons of Huachuca. Visitors will need a driver’s license and vehicle information when you register at the front gate.   Call (520) 533-3638.

    Tombstone - The “Town too Tough to Die” and location of the OK Corral and Boot Hill Cemetery (30 mi.)

    Bisbee - is located 50 miles Southeast of the park and requires an hour and a half drive.  It is a curious mix of the old and the new. The downtown historic district recalls the wild days as a booming mining town, while the newer parts of town carry on as a modern municipality. See the large, open Lavender Pit or take the Copper Queen underground mine tour and visit the local museum.

    Cochise Stronghold - is named for the legendary Apache chief who evaded U.S. troops by hiding in the rugged hills and canyons of the Dragoon Mountains. It is located about 45 miles from the park and takes 60–90 minutes to drive to. History, hiking trails await the visitor in this scenic “hideaway”. Phone (520) 364-3468 or (520) 364-6800.

    Chiricahua National Monument - Our destination for Monday

    Titan Missile Museum - is located about 25 mi south of Tucson on I-19. That has an inert Titan II intercontinental ballistic missile in the silo, as well as the original launch facilities.

    San Pedro River Riparian Natural Area - This natural area is a long vegetated strip, thirty seven miles long, down the center of the San Pedro River valley. The San Pedro House serves as a visitor center and trailhead and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. It is located 30 miles to the Southeast and requires an hour and 15 minute drive. It is an ideal location for hiking and nature viewing, Phone (520) 439-6400.

    Patagonia - Patagonia is a defunct mining town that is now surrounded by opportunities for hiking and wildlife viewing. It is located 40 miles from the park, an hours drive, and has restaurants and a selection of shops featuring uniquely crafted works of art and antiques. The Nature Conservancy has a riparian area that meanders through the Cottonwood lined Sonoita Creek south of town. 15 miles further south of town, off of Highway 82, is Patagonia Lake State Park and Sonoita Creek State Natural Area.

    Coronado National Memorial - Located 40 miles south at the border. Cave tours and hiking trails, Joe’s Canyon Trail (3 mi).

    Emergency Services

    Contact the Discovery Center, the gatehouse, or a camp host in person or call (520) 586-4141 during business hours to report an emergency. After hours call 911. Ambulance and hospital facilities are available in the town of Benson.

    References and further reading

     Campground Map:

    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.

    • Sat, November 16, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
    • 14

    Great Outdoors Orange County/Long Beach present

    Whiting Ranch Day Hike

    November 16, 2019 starting at 8:30 AM

    Contact: Doug Cable. E-mail: Phone: 949-922-1452

    Limestone Canyon and Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park encompasses about 4,300 acres of riparian and oak woodland canyons, rolling grassland hills, and steep slopes of coastal sage scrub and chaparral. The park is highlighted by scenic rock formations, including the beautiful Red Rock Canyon, our destination.

    Our hike will go up Borrego Canyon, through old growth forest. At 2 miles out, we will arrive at Red Rock Canyon. The last portion of trail into the Red Rocks is sandy and rocky so boots or sturdy walking shoes are recommended. We will spend time there to enjoy the sights and a snack.This part of the hike is easy.

    On our way back, we will take the Billy Goat Trail circling around to the Serrano Trail. The Billy Goat Trail is intermediate.(Those not wishing to take the longer hike can retrace their steps to the Parking Lot.)

    With Billy Goat, the total hike will be about 10 miles and take about 4.5 hours. Afterwards, those who wish can gather for lunch at a nearby food court.

    The park is closed for 3 days following rain. To verify access, call the park at (949) 923-2245 or check for alerts by clicking here. No alternative hike is planned.

    DIRECTIONS: Just south of the El Toro Y (where the 5 and 405 meet) take Bake Parkway East. After about 5 miles, turn left on Portola Parkway. The park entrance and parking is just past the Ralphs shopping center on the right. (26741 Portola Parkway, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610). Parking is $3.00 in exact change. The lot tends to fill up by 8:30, so it is best to get there early. WHAT TO BRING: Sturdy walking shoes, boots, or trail runners, at least 1 quart water, sunscreen, a hat, windbreaker/sweater, cameras, binoculars, snacks, and money for parking and lunch. Also, click here and bring the ten essentials. No dogs. This event is free for members and guests.

    • Wed, November 20, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara, CA

    Core Group Meeting starts at 6 pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7 pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President, Joe D. via email:

    • Thu, November 21, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Living Desert Palm Desert


    GO member Richard Miller will present a historical and geological synopsis of the Coachella Valley and lead a tour of the Living Desert Zoo. Part of the tour will include an easy hike of the lower trails at the base of Eisenhower Peak. Those that wish to continue on to the advanced hike of the Eisenhower loop will complete the loop and meet  back at the zoo for more tour options.


    1. The Inner Loop is a flat, sandy trail through a palo verde and smoketree desert riparian woodland. Graphic signs along the path will help you interpret the desert world. This quarter-mile trail is a brief fifteen minute interlude.

    2. The Middle Loop extends you out a bit further with the same desert riparian woodland and then onto a rocky desert mountain slope or bajada. You will also experience a desert wash or arroyo and can visit the interpretive exhibit of the San Andreas Fault with broad views highlighting key features along the faultline along the northern edge of the Coachella Valley. This trail is about one mile long on a smooth dirt path, and includes interpretive signage. Excepting the dip into the wash, it is a very gentle rise and fall as you travel the loop.

    3. The Wilderness Loop is for the adventurous or those ready to be adventurous and is shown in this trip. This trail traverses a very rocky desert canyon if you travel the loop in a counter clockwise manner, or a desert mountain ridge if you travel in a clockwise manner. Either way you peak at a covered picnic area at 1,000 feet elevation and can clearly see Eisenhower Peak at 1,952 feet. The path is narrow, but well marked. You will climb over, scramble around, or jump from one boulder to another in the canyon. This desert experience is intimate, the opportunities for wildlife viewing exceptional and the views of the Coachella Valley at the top are spectacular. The trail is 3.5 miles long from the junction with the Middle Loop or 5 miles from the trailhead. Hike leader Scott Connelly.
    • Eisenhower trail Length: 5 miles
    • Hiking time: 3 hrs
    • Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 700’
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate Advanced - some steep areas

    Admission to Living Zoo:

    • Adult: $24.95
    • Individual membership: $79.95 includes 2 guest passes
    • Dual membership: $99.95 includes 2 guest passes (sign up with a buddy for the best value)

    Explore  exhibits and the animals and plants at the Living Desert following the hike. Ice cream at the cafe following the hike.

    • Meet: 8:00 AM at PetsMart Ramon/Crossley (Map)
    • Or 8:30 AM at Living Desert entrance  (Map)

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch and/or snacks. Hat, sunscreen and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.

    Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for the advanced part of the hike for the Eisenhower loop .  Click here for more information.

    Non members and guest registration may be available 3 days prior if space is available.

    You may purchase a 1 year Great Outdoors membership for $25: Click Here

    Contact: Scott Connelly email click here

    Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver.

    Photos click here

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

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

    • Sun, November 24, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • North of Santa Clarita

    Join Great Outdoors LA on an easy, low-elevation hike that takes in lots of interesting geology and vegetation, in a part of the Angeles National Forest that few people ever visit. The highlight of the hike is getting into the bottom of the extremely narrow Fish Canyon, where we'll walk in the dry creek bed as far as folks want. Traveling a mile up the canyon and then turning around would result in about a 10-mile hike.

    To get there: drive north up I-5 to the Templin Highway exit. Turn right (east) onto Templin Highway and follow the road about 4 miles as it twists down to Castaic Canyon. Ignore all possible turns, and keep your eyes open when you see a sign that warns that the road ends in 700 feet. We'll park on the shoulder at the large barrier and gate across Templin at the intersection with the road to the right that goes to the hydroelectric plant.

    Don't take that right turn - a large sign offers the same warning.

    Location: 37775 Templin Hwy, Castaic, CA 91384

    We begin our trek by hiking down the 6N32 road to the old (decommissioned) Cienega Campground. Along the way you'll see why the road is closed to vehicles - a previous flood washed out a large section of the pavement, making it safe only for pedestrians and bicycles. 

    The geology here is a fascinating mix of sandstone strata and igneous conglomerate. Keep your eyes open the entire hike for the relatively rare Chalk Dudleya (Dudleya pulverulenta) that sprout on the canyon walls. Cienega Campground sits within a long narrow valley where multiple canyons converge, and the vegetation here changes from a typical riparian community to oak savannah. After getting to the end of this valley the trail ends and we'll enter the rock-strewn bed of Fish Creek as it emerges out of the extremely narrow Fish Canyon. 


    This is the best part of the hike, with weathered sandstone walls so close you'll feel like you can reach out and touch them while traveling over multi-colored granite and other igneous rocks in the streambed. We can travel as far up Fish Canyon as folks want. The total hike if we travel a mile up the canyon before turning around would be about 10 miles.

    This is a practically flat hike, with only about 550 feet of elevation gain in the first 4 miles. 

    Be sure to bring plenty of water as Fish Creek is mostly dry this time of year. The first half of the hike will be cool as the sun hasn't yet gotten over the top of the eastern wall of the canyon and it's likely that a cool breeze will be blowing down the canyon as higher-elevation air sinks in the face of the rising sun. But the return hike out will likely be hotter. Sunblock is a necessity and bug spray is recommended as the shadier areas can get a bit buggy. There are patches of poison oak along the trail that are easy to see and avoid. This is rattlesnake country so high boots are also recommended. The trail is in overall great shape with only a few short stretches where it's a bit overgrown. Bring plenty of snacks and a light lunch. 

    Where: Templin Highway, 4 miles northeast of the exit from I-5.

    Contact: Matthew Bokach,

    We recommend you read our suggested 10 essential items to bring

    Pets: Pets 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/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.

    • Tue, November 26, 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Deer Springs Trailhead Santa Rosa Mountains
    • 4

    This hike is recognized as a great way to immerse yourself in the San Jacinto wilderness while enjoying views of Strawberry Valley and surrounding peaks. 

    • Meet location: Hunters, Palm Springs at 7:30 AM. Map click here.
    • Alternate location: San Jacinto Ranger Station, 54270 Pine Crest Ave, Idyllwild at 9:00 AM. Map click here.
    • Time: 7:30 AM at Hunters, or 9:00 AM at Ranger Station in Idyllwild with parking permit purchased from Ranger Station Idyllwild.
    • Distance/elevation: 8 miles out and back with 1,800 feet elevation gain topping at 7,440’
    • Terrain: Dirt, rocky trail
    • Hiking Time: 2.5 hours up, lunch break, 2 hours down.
    • Difficulty: Moderate Plus due to altitude, distance, and grade. Please be comfortable with your ability to undertake this hike.
    • Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.

    A dubious legend proclaims that a Native American couple were prohibited from being together, so they jumped from Suicide Rock together rather than live apart. We’re aiming to avoid adding to the legend with any mishaps on this hike. So come prepared with the Ten Essentials (click here) , at least 2 liters of water, and since bugs have been reported on the trail, make sure your insect repellent is fresh. Bring trail snacks/lunch, sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Trekking poles may be helpful. Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.

    Trail Description: About a mile north of Idyllwild, along Highway 243, lies one of San Jacinto’s more underused but well-maintained routes along the mountain’s west face: Deer Springs Trail. Starting at 5,600 feet, the trail climbs 4,400 feet through diverse forests. Surrounded by spindly, lifeless trees at the bottom, you’ll wander through spiky coulter pines, western red cedar and fairytale-like madrones, arriving in a forest of Jeffrey pines, their trunks reminiscent of dry, cracked earth, and dancing sugar pines at the top. Along the way, you’ll cross Strawberry and Suicide Rock junctions, and a route to San Jacinto Peak.

    Contact Hike Leader: Spencer Ballard EMAIL

    Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. Suggested carpool donation $10

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

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

    • Thu, November 28, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Sun, December 01, 2019
    • Ensenada, Mexico
    Registration is closed

    Get your passports/pass cards ready. We’re going to Mexico!

    Join Great Outdoors Los Angeles as we head to Ensenada to experience the sights and flavors of the city, and the Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s wine country.

    We will be staying at the Quintos Papagayo hotel, located on the ocean at the marina, with beautiful views and a nice walk along the ocean. The location is far enough away from the city to be quiet, but close enough to quickly head into town for some cuisine, shopping, or entertainment. We’ll have several sea-side bungalows, and some have full kitchens and living room areas where we can all get together to share our experiences, play games, or just hang out.

    Some of the things we plan to do:

    • Zip-lining – located about 1 hour south. You get a 2-3 hour adventure with 5 zip lines (including Mexico’s second longest zip line) and 5 skill bridges for about $20 per person (depending on the current exchange rate)
    • Wine tasting – the Valle de Guadalupe is Mexico’s largest wine region, and is home to more than 50 wineries, producing about 90% of Mexico’s wine. The tasting fees vary by winery with some being free to about $8.00 per person, and can vary between 4-7 wines per tasting, and some even offer some cheeses, breads, and dipping sauces, included with the wine tasting. It all depends on the winery. Compared to Napa or Temecula, they’re practically giving away wine tasting. We have already discovered some favorites, and look forward to finding more. You’ll also experience local cheeses, olives, and olive oil.
    • Beer – A couple of wineries also do craft beers. For example, at Cieli winery, you can enjoy a wine tasting and/or beer tasting, on the patio with a splendid view of the valley. Aguamala is highly recommended by the locals, but we haven’t yet been there. Let’s go!
    • The food! – you’ll find that the food is pretty inexpensive while being fresh and full of local flavor. Don’t be afraid to try something new.
    • Shopping – head to downtown Ensenada for some shopping where you’ll find stained glass, clothing, tequila, and many surprises. On the way back home, make sure to check out the Avenida de Artisinal (Hwy 1) south of Rosarito where streetside shops sell talavera and other local pottery.
    • (Picture from a previous trip)

    Accommodations - 4 Seaside Villas

    • Queen sized bed (sleeps up to 2 people), in a private room, in a 2 bedroom unit. (quantity = 4)
    • Full/Double sized bed (sleeps 1 person), in a shared room, in a 2 bedroom unit (quantity = 4)
    • Single bed (sleeps 1 person), in a shared room, in a 2 bedroom unit (quantity = 4)
    • You will be asked during registration if you have a preference of who you would like to share a room with (if anyone). We'll do our best to accommodate. 

    Because of the nature of this trip, there will be no refunds unless there is a waiting list, and if cancelled by November 3rd, 2019. So, be sure that you’ll be able to go before reserving your spot. We’re limiting this trip to no more than 16 people.

    You MUST have a passport or pass card issued by the US State Department, in good standing, and with an expiration date of May 2020 to enter Mexico. A birth certificate or a driver’s license will not allow you back into the United States.  Please verify the status of your passport or passcard before registering. 

    Mexican car insurance is required by Mexican Federal law. It is highly recommended that you get a policy and have it cover your entire length of stay (issued in 24 hour increments). It’s inexpensive, and it’s the law. You can get a policy online at I’ve shopped around, and have found it to be the least expensive option. To ensure my 2005 Nissan Frontier, it is about $12/day.  

    Check-In is not until 3:00pm, so plan your trip to arrive around then. 

    We plan on returning on Sunday, and the border crossing gets longer later in the day. Plan on having breakfast, and leaving soon after. You’ll have plenty of time to shop for pottery if you want, but try to get to the border early. On average, at 2pm, it should take about an hour to cross the border at San Ysidro (Tijuana), but there are no guarantees of course. Alternate crossings are available at Otay Mesa, or further east at Tecate.

    If you have any questions, please contact the trip leaders:

    Wes at 818-497-8654 (txt) or or Steve at 951-318-0530 (txt) or 

    • Sun, December 08, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • TBA

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    Save The Date!

    • Sun, December 08, 2019
    • 5:00 PM

    Dec 8, 2019

    • Mon, December 16, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    • Newport Beach

    Additional bus added.

    Call Kathy at Lets Go travel to reserve a spot.

    Experience an unforgettable view of Newport Beach's Christmas lights from the deck of a Hornblower yacht! Enjoy the twinkling lights as the homes and boats prepare for the famous Christmas Boat Parade. Listed as one of the top 100 holiday parades in the United States, the Newport Beach Boat Parade is an incredible display of festively decorated yachts and waterfront homes.

    • Boarding Glass of Champagne or Cider
    • Unlimited Soda, Coffee, Tea and Water
    • Four-Course Seated Dinner
    • Beer, Wine & Cocktails available for Purchase
    • DJ Entertainment for Dancing
    • Festively Decorated Yacht
    • Price is $149 

    Contact Kathy at Lets Go Travel directly to reserve and pay. Be sure to mention you are with Great Outdoors. This event is filling up fast, don't delay. 

    Click on "I plan to attend" so we can have a count on who is going in our group. Call or email Lets Go Travel to reserve: 760-320-3009 or email

    Contact Scott, Great Outdoors Palm Springs Email Click Here

    Meet at Dollar Tree parking lot at Sunrise/Vista Chino: 1717 E Vista Chino Palm Springs, CA 92262 to board the bus 4 pm.

    Details: 4 PM Departure from Palm Springs....Boarding at 6:30-7 PM, Departure back to the desert at 10, home by 12:30 a.m.

    We turn off the lights of the bus on the way home, and let everyone snooze.

    If you want to meet us at Newport Beach, you may also contact Kathy to reserve a spot and get a discount.

    You may also book directly and meet us at the dock, boarding at 6:30 

    Send Scott your confirmation number so we can coordinate seating together as a group.

    Non bus option: Call Kathy who can get a discounted price and arrange to have you seated with our group for dinner. or direct booking with Hornblower Cruises Click Here

    Phone:  888-467-6256

    • Wed, December 18, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara, CA

    Core Group Meeting starts at 6 pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7 pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President, Joe D. via email:

    • Sat, December 21, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • TBA

    Save this date - Sat. Dec 21 - watch for email announcement with details.

    Winter Solstice Interpreted hike let by naturalist Colin Barrows, conservation coordinator for Friends of the Desert Mountains.

    Discover and learn about the wildlife and plant life that we may encounter on our hikes here in the desert and surrounding mountains.

    Contact: Scott Connelly email click here

    • Sat, December 28, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Thu, January 02, 2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • Tecopa, CA

    Discover the wonders of the desert at the southern end of Death Valley!  

    Natural hot springs located in a relaxed desert environment. These are gender-segregated, no-clothing-mandatory, indoor hot pools for soaking that are open 24 hours. Tecopa Hot Springs Resort is a desert oasis that offers a variety of activities and amenities. Restaurants, live music, entertainment, hiking, off road adventures and many nearby attractions and interaction with some of the nicest people in the Mojave Desert. Large campground with 30 AMP RV hookup sites. Tents share sites with electricity, includes restrooms, showers, and unlimited entry into the hot springs. Tent sites are located on level gravel area among the RV's. We have the community center reserved for evening activities.  

    Schedule Of Events

    Sat Dec 28

    • 12:00 pm Check in, set up camp
    • 12:00 pm Pool time all afternoon
    • 5:00 pm Meet and greet tea, BYOB and appetizer to share 
    • 6:00 pm Dinner on your own or group at restaurant
    • 7:30 pm Group campfire and/or pool time

    Sun Dec 29

    • 9:30 am Hike* or road trip adventure*
    • 5:30 pm Potluck.  Dish for 4 to 6 persons*
    • 7:00 pm Group campfire and/or pool time

    Mon Dec 30

    • 9:30 am Hike or road trip adventure* 
    • 5:30 pm Tecopa Community Building Program* and Dining adventure 
    • 6:00 Social and appetizers
    • 6:30 Dinner - Bring something to grill on the charcoal grill and a side dish to share.  
    • Tue Dec 31 NEW YEARS EVE
    • 9:30 am Exploration adventure*
    • 5:30 pm  Community Building
    • 6:00 pm Tea time and gather for dinner.  Bring something to grill on the charcoal grill and a side dish to share.

    Wed Jan 1, 2020  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    9:30 am Check white board for activity planned

    Thur Jan 2

    Check out    

    * Check white board for hike/outings updates 

    Registration Notes:

    Registration includes admission to hot pools. 

    Registration is available to  Great Outdoors members only. You may join and purchase a membership - Click Here For Membership - which will allow you to register.

    Amenities:  Free Wi-Fi at the local community center library. No cell service. Bring drinking water (local water is not potable). RV dump station. Nearby restaurants. Market at Shoshone (8 miles). Pahrump,NV is 36 miles.

    Motel accommodations:

    What to Bring:WATER,the local water is not for drinkingTen Essentials, camp chair, electric heater/blanket for your tent,cash, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, potluck item, heavy duty tent stakes in case of wind, extension cord, electric blanket or heater, firewood/and or propane fire-pit and extra propane tank.

    Bring something to grill on the charcoal grill 

    You may also consider bringing or renting a 4x4 off road vehicle. We will explore nearby trails with 4x4 vehicles. Drivers may have passenger space available.

    DirectionsCampground Location map

    Located about 50 miles north of Baker CA via Hwy 127.

    ClimateHist. Avg.:  60° /35° Be prepared for cold nights. Tents can plug in electric heaters/blankets.30 AMP adapter for 120 outlet may be needed. See your RV neighbor for adapters.   Check weather forecast and plan accordingly.

    Possible Adventures:

    • New hike into  obscure volcanic canyon near Dante's View Death Valley
    • Amargosa River Canyon Hike  The Amargosa River
    • Shoshone Museum and historic walking tour
    • Dublin Gulch caves and Cemetery
    • Old Miner's Caves at Dublin Gulch in Shoshone.
    • Shoshone Wetlands Hiking Trail
    • Hike Tecopa hills loop or Tecopa Peak
    • Hikes in southern end of Death Valley
    • Saratoga Springs death Valley
    • China Date Ranch
    • China Ranch Water Fall and Slot Canyon
    • Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
    • Dumont Dunes
    • Salt Creek Hills nature trail
    • Saratoga Springs and Ibex Dunes
    • Death Valley hikes- Jubilee Pass
    • 4x4 Backcounty roads to old mine sites and points of interest.

    Refunds:  Cancellation for a refund due by 12/21/2019. 

    Contact: Scott Connelly Click Here 

    Photos from previous trips: Click Here 

    Pets: Are welcomed on a leash.


    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, January 11, 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • Cathedral City, CA

    • Wed, January 15, 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara, CA

    Core Group Meeting starts at 6 pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7 pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President, Joe D. via email:

    • Fri, January 17, 2020
    • Mon, January 20, 2020
    • Yosemite NP, CA

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

    • Fri, January 17, 2020