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    • Thu, December 09, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Joshua Tree National Park
    Register

    Description:  Lost Horse Loop Trail is a 6.8 mile trail located in Joshua Tree National Park just off the Keys View Road.  The trail follows the remains of the old service road for the mine which is located about 1.5 miles from the trailhead at elevation 4600-5120 feet.  The mine, over 100 years old, is one of the best preserved and most productive mines in Joshua Tree having produced 10,000 ounces of gold and 16,000 ounces of silver between the years of 1894 and 1931. 

    Historically, the mine was discovered by Johnny Lang while either looking for one of his lost horses or a stolen horse whose tracks took him to the Lost Horse Valley and the camp of Jim McHaney with his gang of cattle rustlers and horse thieves.  After being told he did not loose a horse, Johnny Lang left and on his way back ran into “Dutch” Frank Diebold.  After being shown a piece of ore, Johnny bought the rights to the mine for $1,000 from “Dutch.”  After a number of partners, Johnny was eventually forced to sell his share of the mine after his main partner, J.D. Ryan, hired a detective who caught him stealing.  Johnny didn’t go too far and settled in the next canyon near the mine now named Johnny Long Canyon.  In 1925, Johnny left a note on his cabin door saying he had left for food and bedded down for the night at the entrance to the canyon not too far from the mine.  He died that night and was not found until two months later by Bill Keys, owner of the Keys View Ranch.  After reporting his death to the county coroner, Mr. Keys buried Johnny where he was found near the Keys View Road just at the turn to the Lost Horse Mine parking area. 

    • Trail Length: 6.8 miles total
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 882 feet
    • Difficulty Rating: moderate
    • Trail Type: Loop.  
    • Hiking Time:  4-5 hours
    • Dirt road for 1 mile from Keys View Road to the trailhead parking area
    • Departure Time:  8:00 AM (Please arrive early for 8:00 am departure)
    • Departure Location:  Walmart Supercenter in Palm Springs at 5601 E. Ramon Road, cross street; meet at the north/east corner parking lot between 8:15 and 8:00 a.m.  Map click here             
    • Fees/Charges:  Joshua Tree Park entrance fee 

    Hiking Requirements:  Although the trail is fairly level, the elevation is at 4600 feet so you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike. Click here for more information.

    Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver.  You are responsible for arranging your own transportation or ride share. 

    Cancel: If you cannot make a hike for which you have registered please cancel as others may be on the waitlist. You may cancel directly from your profile settings or notify the hike leader.

    Contact hike leader: Beth Schneider Email click here

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.

    What to bringTen Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), lunch/snacks, sun protection, layered clothing. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Fri, December 10, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 2
    Register

    This is a fun and different journey than most! In Mecca there is a cave system called the Grottos where you climb over, under and around various rock obstacles, sometime in total darkness, sometimes on your belly and sometimes through narrow confined spaces. Headlamps advised, pants advised as well as gloves. If you prefer not to enter the grotto, you can wait outside the entrance for about 30 minutes until we exit the cave. The surrounding walls of the canyon are part of the colorful painted rock deposits

    • Trail Length: 6 miles
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1100'
    • Trailhead Elevation: 20
    • Trail Type: Loop out and back
    • Terrain: rocky, sandy areas, slot canyons, cave
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate-Strenuous* 
    • * Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.
    • 8:00 AM Meeting Place: PetSmart Ramon/Crossley, Palm Springs:     Map Here

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), headlamp for the grotto cave, gloves, water (2 to 3 liters recommended), and trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. Hiking poles may be helpful.

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

    • Please notify the hike leader if you cannot make a hike for which you have registered.

    Contact: Sherwood Covill: email click here or Scott Connelly: 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 8:00 am AM. Distance to trailhead  is 42 miles, approximately 55 minutes.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

    Additional Photos Click Here and Here

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Sat, December 11, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Pioneertown Mountains Preserve
    • 0
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    The Indian Loop trail is comprised of three separate trails: the Pipes Canyon, Indian Springs, and Chaparrosa Peak Trails. Points of interest along the trail include a wetlands area and the Olsen homestead ruins. We will be doing the hike backwards, hard part first and a nice stroll down pipes canyon. We will take breaks as needed.

    • Trail Length: 6 miles total
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 900 feet
    • Difficulty Rating: moderate advanced 
    • Trail Type: loop
    • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    • Fees/Charges: free

    Departure Time: 9am from the ranger station, meet at Pioneer Mountain Preserve Ranger Station. 

    Location: Pioneer Mountain Preserve - From Hwy 62 in Yucca Valley head North on Pioneertown Road, in 7.5 miles turn left on Pipes Canyon Road(dirt road). It's less than 1 mile to the ranger station. Stay to the right after the wash and park in the lot to the left. Walk to the ranger station. Map: https://maps.app.goo.gl/VvvrvGnMsGP5rzWZ7

    Bring: Face cover, Ten Essentials, water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch/ snacks, sun protection, layered clothing, hiking poles may be helpful. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.

    You are responsible for arranging your own transportation.

    Cancel? If you cannot attend after registering, please cancel as others may be on the waitlist. You may cancel directly from your profile settings or notify the hike leader.

    Unless otherwise noted, registration for this event is limited to Great Outdoors members. To sign up as a member, click here 

    Hike Leader: Chip Cline    Email click here

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Sun, December 12, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • DeSano Pizza Bakery, 4959 Santa Monica Blvd, LA 90029
    Register

    Holiday Party 2021 at DeSano Pizza Bakery!

    Sun, December 12, 2021, 

    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM 

    @ DeSano Pizza Bakery, 4959 Santa Monica Blvd, LA 90029

    Registration:  Members: $20 / Guests: $25

    Dress code: Holiday Festive!

    Join us Sunday, December 12th to celebrate the Holidays with Great Outdoors LA!

    Lots of Raffle prizes - Holiday Outfit and Mask Contest - Great food & drink!

    This year we'll be celebrating again at DeSano Pizza Bakery at 4959 Santa Monica Blvd, LA 90029  in East Hollywood!

    Meet our officers, congratulate our Volunteer of the Year, see friends and make new ones!

    Enjoy a delicious buffet of salads, appetizers and meatballs, a grand selection of wood-fired Neapolitan craft pizzas (specialty, meat, cheese and veggie) and delicious Italian desserts - including soft drinks and coffee. Enjoy alcoholic beverages (at your own cost) including wine and beer at the bar for a little extra holiday “spirit”!

    Win prizes for the “Most Holiday Spirit” outfit, and “Most Creative Face Mask”! Winners get first pick from our trove of raffle prizes!

    EARLY-BIRD BONUS! Register by December 7 and receive an extra raffle ticket - Increase your odds of winning a prize!  (Limit: one raffle prize per person)

    Raffle prizes:

    • 1-Year Great Outdoors memberships ($25 value)

    • $50 certificates for credit towards any Great Outdoors LA camping trip

    • Great Outdoors LA t-shirts

    • Black Diamond Astro headlamp

    • Magware magnetic lightweight utensil set

    • Barebones enamel camping mug set

    • Day hike first aid kit

    • Nomadix quick-dry body towel

    • Opinel folding pocket knife with wooden handle

    • REI "Earth is a co-op" tote bag

    • Diamond-studded pee-bottle (just kidding!)

    • What might you win?

    We will also be Announcing our 2022 Second Saturdays Hike-of-the-Month!

    Please bring delicious non-perishable dry goods/canned foods for a family in need this Holiday season! 

    COVID Requirements:

    • To attend, YOU MUST be fully vaccinated & BRING PROOF of vaccination (actual card or official proof on phone) on day of party (or restaurant/we will turn away)

    • We encourage getting a Covid test as well, 2 days beforehand. 

    • Please stay home if any signs of illness.

    • Protocols: Wear mask when not eating/drinking

    • To receive a link to a QR code and digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record: https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/


    Directions:  DeSano Pizza Bakery at 4959 Santa Monica Blvd, LA 90029 

    • Public transit: 5 blocks from the Metro Red Line Vermont/Santa Monica station

    • Parking: Lot or street

    • Near Akbar and The Eagle if you want to keep the party going!

    If you’d like to contribute photos for our year-in-review party slideshow, please email to Bryan at bmotzbmotz@gmail.com by December 10. Bring your hiking ideas for our calendar planning as well!

    Thanks to our Day Activities party planner: Mr. Joe Russo 704-564-1777



    • Sun, December 12, 2021
    • 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Miracle Springs Resort 10625 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA, 92240
    • 0


    GOPS HOLIDAY PARTY

    Sunday, December 12, 2021 4:30 to 8:30 PM

    Note:  Registration For This Event Is Now Closed

    Please join us for the annual Great Outdoors Palm Springs Holiday Party. This special event will be held at the Miracle Springs Resort at 10625 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA, 92240.  (click here for directions). 

    You must be a GOPS member to register for this event, but each member may bring a non-member guest. The attendance will be limited to 80 people.  You must register before December 1, 2021.

    We will provide a buffet-style dinner that includes appetizers, turkey, ham and vegetarian main courses, with many side dishes and desserts. Additionally, a full-service cash bar will be available for all beverages (alcohol and soft drinks). We will also have an ever-popular gift exchange, moderated by a special guest.  If you choose to participate in this optional event, please keep the gift value to about $20.

    The cost to members for this event is $20 per person. You must be a Great Outdoors member to register. Members may also bring one (1) non-member guest for $30.  Payment must be made at time of registration and paid online with a credit card within 15 minutes. Members who are couples should register separately to avoid the additional $10 "guest" charge.

    Refunds:  There are NO REFUNDS for this event.  

    For questions, please contact Byron Postma via email (SocialEventsCoordinator-PS@GreatOutdoors.orgor call/text (619) 922-5028.

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated, submit a copy of their completed vaccination card and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text it to: 760-902-1850

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical or special dietary concerns that may affect your ability to attend this event with Byron Postma. 

    • Mon, December 13, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Mission Creek Preserve
    Register

    This hike will take the Mission Creek trail from the Stone House to the PCT, then North to the high-point above the preserve, with views to DHS and the surrounding mountains. The elevation is from 2400 to 3500', and the round trip is approx. 8 miles and 4-5 hours.

    Rated Moderately Strenuous - Will be challenging for an unconditioned person. The terrain will involve a moderate incline and some steep incline.

    Bring 2-3 liters of water and snacks and/or lunch. Hiking poles are not essential but bring them if you prefer. 

    Meeting 8:00 in the parking lot next to Carl's Jr, at the corner of N. Palm Canyon and Racquet Club in Palm Springs, enter on Racquet Club.

    What to bringTen Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), lunch/snacks, sun protection, layered clothing. 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 this hike.  Click here for more information.

    Hike Leader: Joey Duhon email click here.

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Tue, December 14, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Palm Springs
    • 0
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    Meeting Location: Trailhead behind the Palm Springs Art Museum north parking lot.

    Hike Leader: Howard Goldberg

    Description: This is a one-way hike on two popular trails overlooking downtown Palm Springs. We will start by climbing the steep Museum Trail to its junction with the North Lykken Trail, then head gradually south down the mountain slopes to the west end of Ramon Road. The downward trail winds through granite boulders and offers views of the city, the valley and Tachevah Canyon. We will walk east on Ramon Road to lunch at a downtown restaurant.

    Length: 2.75 miles of hiking, about 1.25 miles of street walking (unless you arrange your own car shuttle or ride)

    Hiking time: 2 hours

    Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 900 feet

    Difficulty Rating: Moderate plus. Trail is steep and rocky.

    Expected time of return: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM depending where you park and whether you join the optional lunch

    Parking: DO NOT park in the lot by the Museum Trailhead. There is plenty of free unlimited parking along Belardo Road halfway between the start and the end of this hike. Note that the Downtown Parking Garage that has entrances in front of the Hyatt Hotel and on North Museum Drive has a four-hour time limit.

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), snacks to eat when we reach the picnic tables at the end of the ascent, sun protection, layered clothing. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.

    Poor weather conditions will cancel this hike.

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

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Thu, December 16, 2021
    • 6:00 PM
    • Tavern + Bowl East Village
    Register

    Join us for our holiday cheer bowling night at East Village Tavern + Bowl on Thursday, December 16th from 6-9pm. This is an open invite to members or non-members, please RSVP ASAP. A suggested donation of $10/person to cover the alley rental. Please be sure to mask-up when appropriate.

    Host: Tyler Roosden (651.497.1611)

    RSVP: RSVP requested. A suggested donation of $10/person to cover the alley rental costs.

    Meeting Location: Tavern + Bowl East Village

    Meeting Date & Time: Thursday, December 16 @ 6pm - 9pm.



    • Fri, December 17, 2021
    • 6:00 PM
    • Palm Desert, CA
    Register

    Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la, ... WildLights at The Living Desert is  transforming the zoo into a sparkling winter wonderland. This festive, annual tradition features more than a million colorful, sparkling holiday lights. 

    Food and beverages will also be available for purchase at the grill. 

    6:00 PM Meet at the main entrance, just inside by the Welcome Center and Christmas Tree. Group photo and then explore the grounds

    Wear you best holiday outfit and your name tag.

    Tickets $16.00, Living Desert members $14.00. 

    Advance purchase with timed entry required. Purchase tickets click here

    Your confirmation email will also have a link for you to purchase your ticket(s) in advance from the Living Desert. 

    Membership to Living Zoo 

    Contact: Scott Connelly email click here


    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Sat, December 18, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Palm Springs - Sky Valley
    • Trail Length: 4.5 miles 
    • Elevation Gain: 1000’
    • Trail Type: Loop
    • Terrain: rocky, sandy areas, loose rocks.
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate
    • 8:00 AM Meeting Place: Palm Springs PetsMart Ramon/Crossley   Map Here

    A little know canyon at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains. The route follows a narrow walled canyon with quartz dykes. Two waterfalls to climb with ladders. Continue to ridgeline to Flag Peak and down the ridge back to the vehicles.

    Vehicles  with high clearance needed to get to the trailhead over a rocky uneven road. Nothing difficult, just rough dirt road for about 2 miles.

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Hiking poles may be helpful.

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

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

    Contact Hike Leader:  Sherwood Covill  email click here.

    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.  Distance to trailhead is 12 miles .

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to: 760-902-1850

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

    • Sat, December 18, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • La Bella Fontana Park, 90 Corinthian Walk, Long Beach, CA 90803
    Register

    LONG BEACH/BELMONT-NAPLES BOAT PARADE AND DECORATION WALK

    December 18, 5:30p-9pm

    La Bella Fontana Park,   90 Corinthian Walk, Long Beach, CA 90803

    This will be the 75th annual Naples Christmas Boat Parade, where small boats sailing through the canals, big boats in Alamitos Bay and houses all around the islands will compete for holiday decoration bragging rights.

    Bring your Santa hat, a thermos of egg nog or hot chocolate with a favorite friend to see the boat parade through the Naples canals then walk among carolers through the adjacent neighborhood to view the amazing light and holiday themed displays. We will meet at Bella Fontana Park and walk 2 blocks to a great viewing area for the parade. Get there early as parking is challenging and more information will be provided for best areas and lots.

    Large boats decorated with lights parade along the peninsula at 6 pm. Small boats float through at 6:30 pm from the Appian Way Bridge. Interestingly enough, large and small boats go in opposite directions.

    Houses on Naples Island are famous for extraordinary displays of Christmas and Hanukkah lights. It makes the island a great Christmas destination in Southern California.


    • Sat, December 18, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Catherdral City, CA (Address to be provided once you have REGISTERED)
    • 1
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    ED AND PETER ARE HOSTING THEIR TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS PARTY/GAME NIGHT.  BE BRIGHT, BE FESTIVE, WEAR THAT UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATER!

     

    PARKING: There is ample street parking at Ed and Pete's home.

    NOTE: Registration for this event will be available starting November 24, 2020

    SCHEDULE:

    6:00 PM to 6:15 PM – SOCIAL PERIOD

    6:15 PM to 7:00 PM – POTLUCK DINNER 

    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – GAME TIME

    WHAT TO BRING:

    1) "Holiday-theme" Potluck Item to share, and your own beverage(s).  You'll be asked to pick a potluck category when you register.

    2) Table Games you wish to play  (Great Outdoors provides many games)

    NOTE:  Bring potluck dishes/snacks/etc. ready to serve in a serving bowl or dish, including any needed serving utensils.  PLEASE DO NOT ASK our game night hosts to provide access to their ovens or bowls, spoons, etc.

    Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts!

    Please call Richard Dachman at 818-430-7114 or e-mail to GameNightCoordinator-PS@GreatOutdoors.org if you are interested in hosting Game Night.

    To view photos from our past game nights - click here.

    To view our Game Night guidelines click here.


    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Sun, December 19, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Orocopia Mountains
    Register

    We will take I-10 to Red Cloud Rd to the mine and ruins, about 8 miles from I-10. Then we'll cross the valley and head along the abandoned train tracks to the old trestle. Then a short backtrack to the Red Canyon and up along the ridge. The return takes us through the flats to Box Canyon Road and back along I-10. We will take a break for lunch along the route.

    Be sure to arrive with a full tank of gas, some water or other beverage, and lunch/snacks.

    Meeting Location: 8:00 AM - PetSmart, Ramon/Crossley, Palm Springs - Map 

    Equipment Requirements:

    4-wheel drive high clearance vehicle with transfer case, trail rated tires, a spare tire and a full tank of gas. Bring water and trail snacks. Bring you trail radio, frequency 146.550

    Pets are welcome. 

    Drivers are welcome to bring passengers who can be registered as your guest when you register.  GO does not arrange rideshares.

    Contact Trip Leader: 

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated, submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE.  Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to: 760-902-1850

    Health Problems/Allergies:  Discuss any medical concerns with the trip leader that may affect your ability to complete the trip.

    • Tue, December 21, 2021
    • 6:00 PM
    • Palm Springs
    Register

    Greetings Hike and Bike leaders.

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

    Date: Tuesday, Dec. 21 at members residence with complimentary dinner.

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

    Meeting address will be in registration confirmation email.

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

    Special COVID Related Requirements
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE


    • Fri, December 24, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Palm Springs
    • 0
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    Save the Date. Watch for email announcement.

    Christmas Eve Hike - Experience one of our best local hikes as we cross the San Andreas fault into two lush palm oases. A great way to enjoy your holiday season in the outdoors.

    • Trail Length: 5 miles 

    • Hiking time: 3-4 hours
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 700 feet
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate
    • Trail Route:  Loop - out and back
    • Terrain: rocky trail, sandy areas
    • Meet at PetSmart (Ramon & Crossley) Time: 9:00 AM     Map click here

    • Or Meet at Coachella Valley Preserve Parking Lot 9:20 AM Map click here.

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Hiking poles may be helpful.

    Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. Be able to hike up steep, narrow canyon and along narrow ridge. 

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

    Contact Hike Leader: Scott Connelly: email click here

    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 9 AM. Distance to trailhead is 11 miles.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

    No dogs or pets allowed in the Preserve.

    Photos prior hike  click here   and here



    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Sat, December 25, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Palm Springs
    Register

    Ride from Tachquitz Golf Course to Ranch Mirage. We will visit the goats and the site of Lost World, a gay resort of the 80's.

    10 am meet at members house near the Tachquitz Creek golf course for a hot beverage and  holiday cookies. (address will be in confirmation email)

    10:30 am ride to Rancho Mirage and back, about 12 miles round trip. 

    All riders are strongly encouraged to wear helmets. Inflate your tires to the recommended PSI. You may want to bring a tire pump, spare tube, bike tools, water, sunscreen. 

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to: 760-902-1850

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

    • Sun, December 26, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tunnels To Nowhere/Shoemaker Canyon Road Trail
    • 3
    Register


    Tunnels To Nowhere Hike

    (aka Shoemaker Canyon Road Trail)


    Christmas Weekend!

    Sunday - December 26


    Did Santa bring you the toys you desired?

    Now that Christmas is over and done, let's get back outside and do an EASY hike!

    Start time: 8:00 A.M. Meeting Place: Trailhead at the gate.

    Details: Easy – 5.0 miles roundtrip

    Roundtrip - 1,404 ft gain/loss (easy slope)

    I would estimate this hike will not take longer than 2 hours or so.  The four hour listed for time includes going to Flappy Jacks (see below) for some yummy-licious food!

    This is the perfect hike for those you want to experience California's mountain wilderness without an arduous, strenuous and exhausting death march!  

    Easy, slow paced and relaxing trek with the option of gathering for late breakfast/brunch @ Flappy Jacks Pancake House afterward when we return via Azusa/Glendora!  

    I call this the Tunnels To Nowhere Hike, but officially is known as Shoemaker Canyon Road Trail, which is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Baldy, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. I would rate this as EASY as the change in elevation is hardly noticeable since it has a slow sloping gain.  The trail is primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

    This is an interesting hike with two abandoned tunnels, chaparral, and nice canyon views.

    Background:  In the early days of the Cold War in the late 1950's, the government decided that L.A. needed an escape route in case of a nuclear attack. Building Shoemaker Canyon Road was the supposed solution. But they soon abandoned this ill-conceived project, leaving a "road to nowhere" and nasty scars in some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain in the San Gabriels. Today, this well-graded dirt road penetrates several miles up the East Fork of the San Gabriel River, on the east-facing slope hundreds of feet above the water. And then it ends. No glamorous destination. The road just stops abruptly in the thick brush on a steep mountainside. The hike begins at the locked gate and proceeds up the road about 2.5 miles, passing through two long road tunnels in route. At the end of the second tunnel is where the maintained road ends. We will go through the second tunnel and then turn around to our starting point.


    Frederick and Doug traverse one of the Tunnels.

    Getting to the Trailhead: 

    From the 210 Freeway extension, driving East: Take Exit 40 to CA-39 N/State Road 39/ Azusa Road. Turn left on to CA-39/N Azusa Road.  Stay on CA-39 which turns into San Gabriel Canyon Road for approximately 11.8 miles.  Turn  right on E. Fork Road (crossing a bridge) for about 3.4 miles.  Turn left on Shoemaker Canyon Road for about 1.8 miles where you will dead-end at a parking lot. 

    From the 210 Freeway extension, driving West: Take Exit 40 to CA-39 N/State Road 39/ Azusa Road. Turn right on to CA-39/N Azusa Road.  Stay on CA-39 which turns into San Gabriel Canyon Road for approximately 11.8 miles.  Turn  right on E. Fork Road (crossing a bridge) for about 3.4 miles.  Turn left on Shoemaker Canyon Road for about 1.8 miles where you will dead-end at a parking lot. 

    The trail starts starts at the gate blocking the road.

    A National Forest Adventure Pass is not required for parking however it is good to possess.

    You may also use (but not required for parking at this location): 

    • The America the Beautiful — The National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass covers all:

      National Parks

      National Forests

      National Wildlife Refuges

      Bureau of Land Management sites

      Bureau of Reclamation sites

      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sites

    The parking lot can get full on weekends hence the early start time as well as recommending carpooling.

    What to Bring:

    You should bring your ten essentials (Click here for the list.), a day pack, water (2 to 3 liters), trekking poles, sunscreen, hat, trail snacks, lunch, and plan on wearing hiking boots or shoes (preferably waterproof).

    Carpooling is recommended to help reduce gas cost and parking. There is NO FEE for this trip.

    Lance Whitmier will be leading this hike.  

    He can be reached at:    President-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org 

    "I hiked this trail in Spring 2021 and was so surprised to see these tunnels (there are two of them) in the middle of nowhere!  This is a light-hearted easy-going trail with canyon views.  An extremely refreshing experience!  Definitely something different!"


    Richard K. and Lance at one of the tunnels encountered on this hike.

    A BIG shout-out to Richard K. for the beautiful black and white photographs used in this posting!

    Special COVID Related Requirements:

    Participants must comply with the following requirements as a condition of registering for this event:

    1. I will follow Federal, State and local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the leader.
    2. I will maintain social distance (min. 6') and wear a face mask if social distancing is not possible
    3. I will not attend if feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID.
    4. I will contact trip leader if I test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event 

     ‘I Accept’ and will comply with these requirements as a condition of participating in this event.

    NOTE:  Due to COVID restrictions, please DO NOT show up for this hike unless you have completed a registration process here and have answered the required COVID questions. Also, do not bring any unregistered guests on this hike.

    • Tue, December 28, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online Zoom meeting
    • 29
    Register



    All -

    Due to the Coronavirus epidemic, the GOPS Monthly Core Group Meeting is being held as an on-line meeting of the Core Group Members, and is available to the public. The Core Group members will meet in an on-line meeting starting at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, December 28, 2021.

    GOPS Members can attend by registering for the meeting; Core Group members do not need to register. For best results, plan to use a computer or tablet equipped with a camera and microphone. Information on how to enter the meeting will be provided to registrants in their Confirmation and Reminder emails.

    • Fri, December 31, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Palm Springs
    Join waitlist

    New Year's Eve. Hike the hills and canyons created by the San Andreas fault with outstanding geological features and great views from the ridge. 

    • Trail Length:   5.3 mi
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 900'
    • Trailhead Elevation: 20
    • Trail Type: Loop
    • Terrain: rocky, sandy areas, slot canyons
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate* Narrow canyon and switchbacks to the ridge. 
    • 9:00 AM Meeting Place: PetSmart Ramon/Crossley, Palm Springs:     Map Here. Meet at the north/east corner parking lot

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), and trail snacks. Sun protection 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 this hike.  Click here for more information.

    Optional lunch 

    • Pueblo Viejo Grill
    • Located at The Village at University Park
    • Address36901 Cook St, Palm Desert, CA 92211
    • Arrange your carpooling accordingly.

    Contact leaders: Sherwood Covill Email click here

     or Scott Connelly: 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 9 AM. Distance to trailhead (Golf Center Parkway/Ave 42) is 18 miles, approximately 30 minutes.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

    Additional Photos Click Here

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to: 760-902-1850

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

    • Wed, January 05, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • UTC Mall - Tender Greens
    Register

    LOCATION

    Westfield UTC Mall

    4545 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122 

    PARKING
    Free parking 

    The Great Outdoors San Diego (GOSD) Core Group meets every month on the 1st 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.

    Note: From 12pm-1pm official business will be conducted

    We hope to see you then!

    GOSD Core Group


    • Fri, January 07, 2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • Sun, January 09, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Joshua Tree National Park
    • 9
    Register


    OCLB Chapter presents

    Cottonwood Campground, Joshua Tree National Park - Jan 7,8,9 2022

    Trip Leader Contact: Michael M click email here: jadedtrojan@hotmail.com


    Stargazing and camping after the holidays?  Let’s go!

    Cottonwood Campground at Joshua Tree National Park is one of the best places for stargazing and camping after the holidays, or year round.  Located in the southern section of the park away from light polluting towns or cities, Cottonwood campground offers dark, uninterrupted views of the night sky that draw astronomers and constellation admirers alike. 

    Set in Colorado Desert landscape, Cottonwood campground overlooks flat, open desert shrub land, which offers a contrast to the Mojave Desert landscape featuring the Joshua trees of the park’s namesake, predominant in the northern area of the park.  Nearby is Cottonwood Springs Oasis, created from geologic activity, offering a verdant island of palm and cottonwood trees encircled by an ocean of desert landscape.  Cottonwood Springs’ Oasis is also the trailhead for nearby hiking trails.

    Registration: Limited to Great Outdoors members

    Start: Fri Jan. 7, 2022 2pm

    Ends: Sun Jan. 9, 2022 12pm

    Space left: 11

    Location: Cottonwood is the first campground from the South Entrance of Joshua Tree National Park, approximately 33 miles east of Indio.

    Directions: From Long Beach and Orange County, take Int. 10 East to Indio.  Take Exit 168 Cottonwood Springs Road, turn left, and drive to the South Entrance.  There is a $30 per vehicle fee to enter.  An America the Beautiful National Park Pass will waive the vehicle entry fee.  Drive 7 miles to Cottonwood Springs Visitor Center, turn right.  Follow signs to Cottonwood campground.  Proceed to Loop B. 

    Carpooling is encouraged because of limited parking at the campsites.  There is no overflow parking. 

    Important information

    Per park policy: NO WOOD OR CHARCOAL FIRE.  Propane is allowed.  

    NO CELL PHONE SERVICE within the park

    NO GAS stations within the park.


    Schedule:

    Fri Jan. 7th

    2pm Check in

    4pm- Welcome Tea, Meet & Greet

    6pm- Dinner on your own

    7pm- Group campfire


    Sat Jan. 8th

    9am- Local hike

    2pm- Head to General Patton Museum at Chiriaco Summit for museum visit or BYOB happy hour at camp.

    5pm- Dinner at Chiriaco Summit Coffee Shop & Restaurant after museum visit or Dinner on your own at camp. 

    7pm- Group campfire


    Sun Jan. 9th

    12pm- Check out 

    Amenities: Cottonwood campground offers potable water, restrooms with flush toilets, trash cans and recycling cans.  Campsites feature picnic tables and fire rings.  There are no showers.  

    Parking: 3 reserved campsites fit two vehicles each.  1 reserved campsite fits one vehicle.  Carpooling is encouraged.   

    RVs: No RVs on this campout.    

    What to bring: Ten essentials, Tent, Camp chair, Sleeping bag with sleeping pad or air mattress, Air pump with extra batteries for air mattress, Day pack for hiking, camp stove, matches or lighter, propane fuel, flashlight with batteries, lantern with batteries, cooking utensils, warm/cold weather clothing, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, toilet paper, toiletries kit, and hand sanitizer.  Please bring your own plates, cups, mugs and eating utensils.  There is very little shade.  You may want to bring a pop shade with anchor.   

    I will bring a portable propane fire pit for the group campfire.  You are welcomed to bring a portable propane fire pit if you have one.  

    Websiteswww.nps.gov/jotr www.generalpattonmuseum.com

    Climate: January Avg. high 63, Avg. low 39.  Mornings, evenings and overnight can get cold.  Bring warm clothing and dress in layers.  Bring an extra blanket.  Also, there is very little shade.  Wear sun protection: Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and long sleeve shirts. 

    Fees: $30 per vehicle entrance fee.  Camping fee $50 per individual.  Museum visit (optional) $11 per adult, $9 per senior or former military. 

    Food: Bring enough food and snacks for 3 days.  

    Pets: Pets are not allowed on hiking trails, in the back country or in park buildings.  LEASHED pets are allowed within 100 feet of roads, picnic areas, and campgrounds.  Please clean up after your pet.    

    Special COVID Related Requirements:

    These may be updated/amended by the time of the event

    Participants must comply with the following requirements as a condition of registering for this event:

    1.     I will follow Federal, State and local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the event leader(s).

    2.     I will maintain distance (min. 6') and wear a mask if social distancing is not possible.

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

    4.     I will contact Trip Leader if I test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event.

     ‘I Accept’ and will comply with these requirements as a condition of participating in this event.


    • Sat, January 08, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Palm Springs
    • 10

    Save the Date. Watch for email announcement.

    Coyote Hole Canyon is filled with petroglyphs and wildlife. We will hike to the small spring on a figure 8 trail so we can see as much as possible. Sandy washers and moderate inclines/declines are trail conditions with wildlife, wildflowers and multiple petroglyph sites.

    • Trail Length: 2 miles total

    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 200 feet

    • Difficulty Rating: moderate

    • Trail Type: out and back

    • Hiking Time: 1.5-2 hours

    • Fees/Charges: free

    Departure Time:10 am from the trailhead. Meet at the trailhead:

    Location: End of Easterly Drive in JT. From Hwy 62 head South on Sunburst Circle in Joshua Tree. In ½ mile turn South on Easterly Drive. In ¼ mile the road ends in a circle, stay to the right, park off the road, do not drive down the dirt road. 34.126345, -116.310345 Map click here 

    Carpooling:   You are responsible for arranging your own transportation. 

    What to bringTen Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), lunch/snacks, sun protection, layered clothing. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.

    Cancel? If you cannot attend after registering, please cancel as others may be on the waitlist. You may cancel directly from your profile settings or notify the hike leader.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.

    Unless otherwise noted, registration for this event is limited to Great Outdoors members. To sign up as a memberclick here 

    Hike Leader: Chip Cline    Email click here

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


     







    • Tue, January 11, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cathedral City
    • 10

    Save the Date. Watch for email announcement.




    What to bringTen Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), lunch/snacks, sun protection, layered clothing. 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 this hike.  Click here for more information.

    Hike Leader: John Ryan

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Fri, January 14, 2022
    • Mon, January 17, 2022
    • Yosemite Valley, Camp Curry
    • 0
    Join waitlist


    SBVC – Majestic Yosemite National Park

    Curry Village Tent Cabins

    January 14-17, 2022

    The Santa Barbara/Ventura County chapter is happy to host once again its annual trip to Yosemite on Martin Luther King Weekend 2022. Our lodging for the 3-night outing will be in Camp Curry, in heated tent-cabins that are comfortable but rustic.

    Yosemite is one of the most popular National Parks in the country and we in southern California are very fortunate to have it so close. If you have never seen it then this Great Outdoors trip is a good opportunity for you to be introduced to this special place. If you have been there one or more times, then you’ll understand why Great Outdoors has made a Yosemite visit an annual event.  The grandeur and majesty of the park are so enriching that Yosemite can be experienced and enjoyed again and again.  The sublime beauty of the park has inspired many for the last 150 years, but perhaps none more effusive than John Muir, who said of Yosemite, “It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.” Please join us in this temple of the great outdoors.

    The locus of this trip will be Yosemite Valley.  Our accommodations are tent cabins in Camp Curry, a rustic but charming village near the east end of the valley.


    Arrival should be after 4:00 pm on Friday afternoon.  Once everyone is settled in we will gather for tea in the village dining hall and perhaps decide to have dinner there.  Afterwards we might play games by the fireside or just relax in our cabins.

    On Saturday morning there will be choice of activities. Your outing organizer plans on leading a group on a hike up the Yosemite Falls Trail, a moderately strenuous hike, approx. 3 miles round trip, 1000 feet of elevation gain (all of which is at the very beginning of the hike in 60 switchbacks). It is a very scenic trail and will offer views from Columbia Rock of Yosemite Valley and close-up views of the lower falls. Some may wish to continue to the top of Yosemite Falls but it is strenuous hike that includes another 1700 feet of elevation gain in 2 miles and will take approximately another three-four hours (up and back).

       

    An alternative hike is to the top of Vernal Falls, following the Mist Trail (weather conditions permitting) and returning the same way or along the beginning section of the famous John Muir Trail.  The difficulty of this hike is characterized as moderate to strenuous, includes about a 1200 foot elevation gain, is 6-6.5 miles, and will probably take 3.5-4 hours. If you’re ambitious (and in condition) after reaching the top of Vernal Falls you could continue on to Nevada Falls, adding about 2 miles and another 700 feet in elevation gain.  If either/any of the hikes sound like too much of a challenge there are many other hikes and/or activities to choose from, such as walking the “loop” trail around the valley, a flat hike around the beautiful Mirror Lake, a ranger led nature walk, ice skating in Half-Dome Village, skiing and/or hiking at Badger Pass (if it is open).

    On Sunday you are free to do whatever you want, including nothing if that is your choice.  Breakfast at the majestic and beautiful Ahwahnee Lodge is recommended, then maybe reading, games, or conversation by one of the fireplaces. Reservations for the Ahwahnee dining room are not possible right now so go on your own, but not more than a party of four. Breakfast begins at 7:00 and is buffet only, cost is $32. Lunch starts at 11:30. 

    On Monday morning we must check out of the cabins by 10:00 am. 

    Even though we’ll be there in the middle of January we might not have winter conditions.  On our last visit in 2020 there was snow on the valley floor but the daytime temperatures in the 50s melted it quickly. The trip leader will inform you of the weather conditions a couple days before our arrival but you may also want to keep abreast of them by using the Yosemite National Park website. http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm 

    Driving & Directions:

    When driving to Yosemite in winter it is recommended to take CA Hwy 140 through Mariposa. It's the lowest- elevation route and therefore the least likely to be affected by snow and ice. Check highway conditions outside the park at the Caltrans website or call (800) 427-7623. Since weather conditions can change quickly, it is also recommended to check the current conditions inside Yosemite, check online or call (209) 372-0200. 

    Tire chains are required when you go to Yosemite in winter, and be prepared to use them, even if you have four-wheel drive. They may become mandatory at any time. You may be able to find chains for rent in Mariposa, but it's better not to count on it.


    What else?

    Cooking facilities/campfire rings are not available in Curry Village. However, there are several dining options near our cabins. You may bring snack food and drinks, but all food and scented items must be stored in the bear-proof storage locker in front of the cabin. This includes all food, food related items, toiletries, sundries and ice chests. Bears have a strong sense of smell and are attracted to anything they think will lead them to human food. Remember not to store these items in your vehicle or tent cabin. It is recommended to use sealed plastic containers for storing your food inside the bear boxes. This makes it easier to keep your food organized, and away from campground critters.

     

    Be sure to remember a flashlight or headlamp to find your way around Camp Curry at night. In addition, a sleeping bag or an extra blanket may help keep you warm at night. A pee bottle in your cabin will save a trip out into the cold in the middle of the night. Other things to bring:

    Warm outer gear appropriate for snow and/or rain 

    Layered under gear (long underwear, etc.)

    Hat, gloves, scarf, etc.

    Sunglasses, sun block (for your face), lip balm 

    Sturdy hiking shoes 

    Weather: Average daytime temperatures in January in the Yosemite Valley range from the 30s to the 50s. It will be colder at Badger Pass (7,200 ft.), which is about 3,000 feet higher than the valley. Conditions may vary between sun, clouds, rain, or snow. Be prepared for anything.

    Price: $175 for Great Outdoors members, or $200 for non-members (purchase of membership required for participation). 

    Trip Leader: Please contact Thomas Larson at thomassbca@yahoo.com

    • Sat, January 15, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Palm Springs, CA (Address and gate code to be provided once you have REGISTERED)
    • 20

    Richard Dachman and Dave 

    LaFraniere have invited us all to the Game Night on,  Saturday January 15, 2022 at their beautiful home in PALM SPRINGS.


    NOTE: This event will have a maximum capacity of 20 people

    NOTE: Registration for this event will open on January 1st close on JANUARY 13th!

    SCHEDULE:

    6:00 PM to 6:15 PM - SOCIAL PERIOD

    6:15 PM to 7:00 PM – POTLUCK DINNER 

    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – GAME TIME

    WHAT TO BRING:

    1) Potluck Item for at least 8 people 

    2) Your own beverage(s)!

    2) Table Games you want to play  (Great Outdoors provides many games).

    NOTE:  Bring potluck dishes/snacks/etc. "ready to serve" in a serving bowl or dish, including any needed serving utensils.  

    PLEASE DO NOT ask our hosts to provide access to their ovens or bowls, spoons, etc.

    Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts!

    Please call Richard Dachman at 818-430-7114 or email GameNightCoordinator-PS@greatoutdoors.org if you are interested in hosting Game Night.

    To view photos from our past game nights - click here.

    To view our Game Night guidelines click here.

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    • Sun, January 23, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Claremont CA
    • 10
    Register

    Farmers Market, Botanical Garden, Museum of Art at Pomona College -private showing!. Registration fee includes entry into the Botanic Garden and docent guided tour. Last day to register is January 2, 2022.

    8:00 AM Meeting Place:  PetSmart Palm Springs, Ramon/Crossley   Map Here

    The meeting place in Claremont is, 9:45 AM in front of the Metrolink Claremont station.  There are benches, some parking, etc.  The approximate address is 200 1st street, Claremont CA.  Opposite the station is a bike shop.

    Carpooling 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. Departure is at 8:15 AM. Distance to  Claremont Farmers Market is 84 miles, map click here.

    Itinerary:  Farmer's Market first,  Then, a quick tour of the museum, then lunch in the village, and the garden in the afternoon. Bring money for lunch and any incidentals....and wait, there's more:

    For those able to stay in Claremont until sunset there is the opportunity for a wonderful free experience.  The James Turrell "Skyspace" would be a memorable end to the day. Plan your carpool accordingly.

    https://jamesturrell.com/

    On January 23rd, the sunset is about 5:15PM.  That means that the show, lights, would start about 4:45PM.  We'd need to be there a few minutes early.  Assuming 2 hours at the Gardens, that would be about 90 minutes to relax, maybe catch something to drink, or just spend more time in the Garden.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dividing_the_Light

    Leader Guide: H.L. Todd email click here

    No refunds available unless there is a waitlist.

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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

       


    • Sun, January 23, 2022
    • 9:45 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Daley Ranch (Dixon Lake Entrance)
    Register

    Join us for our monthly Great Outdoors San Diego outing. This week we will be hiking the Sage Trail and Stanley Peak Loop on Sunday, January 23rd. This is a moderate 6.3 mile hike with around 1100 feet in elevation change near Escondido, California that features a great forest setting. This is an open invite to members or non-members and does not require an RSVP. Please be sure to mask-up when appropriate and social distance on the trail, which is very easy.

    Details: We will begin at the parking lot located off La Honda Drive at Dixon Lake, hike to Stanley Peak, and loop back. 

    Host: Tyler Roosden

    Trail: Sage Trail and Stanley Peak Loop

    Length: ~6.3 miles

    Difficulty: Moderate 

    Elevation Gain: ~1100 feet

    RSVP: No RSVP required. If we have a large group, please make sure you are masked and social distance.

    Meeting Location: Google Map - https://goo.gl/maps/4RhRtsMT4kkH9QEt7 

    Meeting Date & Time: Sunday, January 23 @ 9:45am - We will plan to start hiking at 10am

    Parking: Parking lot is available at the trailhead. Plan ahead and get there early to find a spot. 

    Cost: Free

    Time Commitment: Plan for approx 3-4 hours 

    Dogs: The trail is dog-friendly, must be on leash

    Trail Details: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/sage-trail-and-stanley-peak-loop 

     



    • Thu, February 03, 2022
    • Sun, February 06, 2022
    • Furnace Creek Campground, Death Valley, CA, Group sites 2 & 3
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    February 3rd to 6th, 2022

    Have you ever wanted to “walk like an Egyptian” through golden sand dunes, search for hidden treasures like Indiana Jones, or lose yourself in the infinite depths of the nighttime desert sky?

    Join us as we explore Death Valley: one of the world’s most scenic, yet foreboding landscapes. Walk amid sand dunes, water sculpted canyons and salt flats that remain from ancient seas. On our journey, you may even catch sight of a Ring-tailed Cat, Kit Fox and Desert Bighorn Sheep as we venture through the rugged canyons and other magnificent geological features. Wildflowers, trees and shrubs tortured by the wind will amaze you throughout this beautiful land. Spectacular photo ops await, particularly in the magical, subtle light of dawn and dusk.

    Details

    We have reserved Group sites 2 & 3 at Furnace Creek Campground. There is a $30/vehicle National Park Service Entry Fee, good for 7 days, and payable at the kiosk. Your America the Beautiful Pass or Lifetime Senior Pass will also work. Group sites allow tents only.

    If you want to join this trip and plan to bring an RV/Trailer, there may be sites at Fiddlers Campground. Book your own site and register for this trip using the "external campsite" type. We do not have any RV sites reserved. https://secure.oasisatdeathvalley.com/booking/lodging  

    Campground amenities include flush toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, and potable water. Showers are located about a mile away at the Oasis Springs. $14 gets you a day pass to the pool and showers. A general store, restaurant, gas station, and visitor center are nearby as well. 

    Bring your 10 essentials, your camping & cooking gear, food, and a bundle or two of firewood. Dress in layers since the mornings can start cold with the day warming quickly and cooling just as quickly as the sun goes down. Sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat would be a good idea too.

    Registration:

    This campout is limited by the number of vehicles allowed at the group sites. If it looks sold out when you register, please add yourself to the wait list. Based on the number of vehicles from other registrants, you may still be added to the trip in the order added to the wait list if we can fit you in. 

    Things to do

    Activities will be based on weather, so there will be no set schedule. Sights are pretty spread out through the park, and will require some driving. Some ideas are:

    • Artists Palette 
    • Golden Canyon
    • Drive through Titus Canyon
    • Hike in Sidewinder Canyon (has a slot canyon)
    • Badwater Basin
    • Zabriskie Point
    • Hike the Natural Bridge Trail
    • Drive to Dante's view
    • Visit the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes or the Devil's Cornfield
    • Check out the Harmony Borax Works
    • See the "Racetrack"

    Campground Activities

    • We'll have a meet-n-greet on Thursday evening at about 6pm. Great Outdoors will provide some sausages/hot dogs that you can dress up with some sides. It'll be a meal. 
    • There will be a potluck scheduled for Friday evening. Please plan on main or side dishes, and Great Outdoors will provide some desserts. 

    Getting there

    Carpooling is recommended to help reduce gas consumption, parking costs, and the entrance fee. 

    GPS Coordinates are 36.466197, -116.866545 or search for Furnace Creek Campground, Death Valley. 

    Cancellation:

    Full refunds will be issued if cancelled by January 16th. No refunds will be issued after this date. 

    Contact:

    If you have any questions, please reach out to us at: Wes, fwsj69@gmail.com, 818-497-8654 or Steve, hikensteve@gmail.com, 951-318-0530. 

    We will send out additional emails to registrants with more details as the trip nears. 

    • Sat, February 12, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Joshua Tree
    • 10

    Save the Date. Watch for email announcement.

    Hike Leader: Chip Cline and Beth Schneider



    What to bringTen Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), lunch/snacks, sun protection, layered clothing. 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 this hike.  Click here for more information.


    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Thu, February 17, 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • Sun, February 20, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Mecca Beach, Salton Sea, CA
    • 25

    This is a Save-the-Date page for the Mecca Beach Salton Sea campout. Details are in draft form, and may change before the event is opened for registration.

    The Salton Sea is one of the most enigmatic places in the Southwest. It is a unique place with many hidden treasures and secrets that are not well known. It has been forgotten as a busy tourist attraction of bygone years. Today, we have an amazing place to visit and explore. The sunsets and sunrises are stunning and peaceful. You should take the opportunity to experience it before it receding water levels cause it to change and vanish.

    One of the world's largest inland seas and lowest spots on earth at -227 below sea level, Salton Sea was re-created in 1905 when high spring flooding on the Colorado River crashed the canal gates leading into the developing Imperial Valley. For the next 18 months the entire volume of the Colorado River rushed downward into the Salton Trough. By the time engineers were finally able to stop the breaching water in 1907, the Salton Sea had been born at 45 miles long and 20 miles wide – equaling about 130 miles of shoreline. Salton Sea State Recreation Area covers 14 miles of the northeastern shore. Increasing salinity in the Salton Sea basin has limited the types of fish that can be found there to Tilapia. Kayakers, campers, birdwatchers, photographers and hikers can enjoy the site's many recreation opportunities.

    We will be camping at the Mecca Beach campground at the Salton Sea Recreation Area. The meet and greet, potluck and other activities will take place there. February is an ideal time to visit with mild temperatures.

    Activities include hiking a slot canyon in the Mecca Hills, a 4x4 excursion, an easy hike to the Visitor Center to view exhibits and a video on the Salton Sea, and a road trip to Niland area sites, including Salvation Mountain and East Jesus in Slab City, Obsidian Butte, the mud pot volcanoes, and the Salton Sea Reclamation Project.


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

    Amenities:  The Mecca Beach campground has restrooms that have electricity, flush toilets, running water and free solar hot showers  (Mecca Beach) or showers that take quarters (New Camp, 5 miles to the north), picnic tables, fire rings, shared drinking water and paved parking stalls. There is a small store on Highway 111 and another at the Visitor Center with limited supplies.

    Amenities for Tent Campers: This is a good campground for tent campers. The campsites are level, sandy, with trees provide some shade.  Sites are shared with another tent or an RV at the Mecca Beach campground. Parking is also shared between the two campers. If you want to share the space with another tent or a specific camper, send the Trip Leader an email and we will try and arrange it. 

    If you share a powered site you may be able share power with the RV.  Powered sites have 20, 30 & 50 amp service. Bring a long outdoor extension cord, an outdoor splitter and a 30 amp RV male to 15/20 amp female adapter plug to give you flexibility in sharing power with an RV. If you have questions about the electrical service sharing, send the Trip Leader an email to discuss it.

    February can have windy or rainy conditions or cold overnight temperatures that approach freezing. Check the weather forecasts before the campout, and be prepared for the weather conditions.  If you have questions about your gear, contact the Trip Leader via email to discuss it. 

    Amenities For RVs:  

    • RV Electric Sites – The RV powered sites have 20, 30 & 50 amp service, and water service. The RV sites will be shared with a tent or another RV. Bring a water hose splitter and a 50 to 30 amp adapter. The RV electric sites have a sewer connection. At the end of the campout, RV's should be able to dump using one of the individual site sewer connections vs. going to the New Camp dump site. The dump station located here is included in your registration fee. Fresh water is available at the dump site to fill your RV tank before arriving at your site if you registered for a non-electric RV site at the Mecca Beach campground.
    • RV Non-Electric Sites are dry camping sites – no hookups. QUIET HOURS are from 10 pm to 6 am and generators may only be operated between 10 am and 8 pm. See New Camp below for dump site information.

    Directions:   Take I-10 east to Indio, take the 86-S exit then turn left at Avenue 66, then right onto Highway 111.  Go south about 13 miles to the Mecca Beach campground. From San Diego take Highway 78 east, then left (north) on Highway 86 . Turn right at Avenue 66 and then right onto Highway 111. Go south about 12 miles to the Mecca Beach Campground. For a Google Map of our location - click here. 

    ClimateAverage for February: 76° / 43   U.S.Climate Data

    RV/Trailer Profile Information: We need information on your RV or pulled trailer in order to assign you a site you will fit into. Please enter or update your RV or Trailer information when you register.

    Photos: To see some photos from prior trip - click here

    PetsDogs are allowed. Must be kept on 6' leash.  Please pick up after your pet and dispose of waste properly. Please be aware there are snakes and scorpions at this location.  

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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

      • Fri, March 18, 2022
      • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


      This event is being planned by the Great Outdoors Palm Springs (GOPS) Chapter. For more information about this event:

      • Please check back here for updates; or
      • Please contact our Game Night Coordinator  - Richard Dachman at 818-430-7114 or email GameNightCoordinator-PS@greatoutdoors.org if you are interested in hosting Game Night.


      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.



      • Thu, March 24, 2022
      • Sun, March 27, 2022

      Save the date announcement at this point. 

      March 24-27, 2022, Morro Bay group campsite. 

      Trip Leaders: Joe Holliday and John Blasco.

      More details to follow. 


      • Sun, April 10, 2022
      • 2:00 PM
      • Wed, April 13, 2022
      • 12:00 PM
      • Joshua Tree National Park, Cottonwood Campground
      • 12

      Save The Date - Cottonwood Campground Joshua Tree National Park Campout.  

      Description: 

      The weather is warming up in April so join us for a campout at Cottonwood Campground in Joshua Tree NP!  Come explore Joshua Tree! We'll arrive on Sunday April 10 and stay for three nights and depart on April 13.  There will be hikes, 4x4 excursions, potluck dinner and other fun stuff! Join us!

      Tents will set up in three large group sites. RVs will park in individual sites in Loop A. There are water spigots in the campgrounds, flush toilets, but no power or showers. There is a fee to enter Joshua Tree National Park, so if you have a senior or veteran pass, bring it with you!  Registration for this event is limited to Great Outdoors members. 

      Contact Leader: Dennis Curran at dlcurran52@gmail.com and Joey Duhon at joey@j1958.com

      This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated, submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE. Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text it to: 760-902-1850

      Problems/Allergies:  Discuss any medical concerns with the trip leader that may affect your ability to complete the event.


      • Thu, April 21, 2022
      • Sun, April 24, 2022
      • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
      • 12


      SBVC – Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

      April 21-24, 2022

      More information coming soon!

      Trip Leader: Please contact Thomas Larson at thomassbca@yahoo.com

      • Thu, May 12, 2022
      • 12:00 PM
      • Sun, May 15, 2022
      • 11:00 AM
      • 43365 Sierra Drive Three Rivers, CA 93271
      • 30


      Save the Date! Watch for email announcement when it is open for registration.

      If you want to reserve a cabin, call Three Rivers Hideaway now to make a reservation. Mention you are with Great Outdoors.

      Whitewater rafting on the Kaweah River.

      Different levels of rafting offered, from beginners to advanced.

      Three Rivers Hideaway is a full service RV Park, with cabins & campground, tent sites near the river. Group event area with BBQ, and seating.

      Conveniently located 3.5 miles from the Foothills Entrance (Hwy. 198) to Sequoia National Park and 5 miles from Lake Kaweah. Three Rivers Hideaway is a quiet park on the banks of the Kaweah River

      Activities


      Prices are based upon each person going being a GO Chapter paid member  You can join - click here - and then register for this campout. Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

      Contact Trip Leaders:

      Schedule of Events

      Wednesday, May 11

      Optional first night in Tehachapi. Mountain Valley RV Park, Tehachapi. Optional overnight. RV Park: 661-822-1213

      Thursday, May 12 

      • 1:00 pm - Check-in 
      • 4:00 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*
      • 6:00 pm - Tea Time meet and greet BYOB. Dinner on your own
      • 7:00 pm - Group campfire activities