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Upcoming & Past PS Chapter Camping Trips

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

    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

    • 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: 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. 

      • 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.  


      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 and Joey Duhon at

      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: 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, 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


      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 

      Friday, May 

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

      Saturday, May

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

      Sunday, May

      • 11:00 am Check out

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

      CABIN RENTALS - Call the park (559-561-4413) to reserve and check prices.

      Cabin #1 sleeps four guests in two queen beds with a full kitchen. Cabin #2 sleeps three guests in one full size and one twin bed. All cabins feature AC, hot showers, cable TV, WiFi and linens. (No pets and no smoking).


      RV and campground facilities include a dump station, free showers, flush toilets, laundry room and WiFi.

      All sites have picnic tables with a fire ring and grill. Many are shaded and some have adjoining lawn areas.

      RV sites are (70′) deep by (25′) wide. 

      All Tent sites have fire ring and picnic table

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


      Climate:  May 84° / 51°

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

      Pets: We are pet friendly. We ask that you keep dogs on a leash at all times, do not leave them unattended and clean up any droppings. There is no additional fee for pets. Pets are not allowed in cabins.


      Campground Map and NPS website 

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

      RV Camping: 

      Health Problems/allergiesIt is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency.  Discuss any medical concerns with the trip/ hike leader if you wish.

      • Sun, August 14, 2022
      • 2:00 PM
      • Wed, August 17, 2022
      • 11:00 AM
      • Barton Flats US Forest Service
      • 100


      Join us for this mid summer getaway near Big Bear Lake with forests, lush sub-alpine meadows and sparkling lakes. Bring your tent or RV to the Oso Group Camp. Just 25 minutes from Big Bear Lake, the camp is at 6400’ elevation in the secluded Barton Flats area off of Highway 38. Nestled in alpine and fir forest, the site is equipped with multiple tables, a campfire circle and grills. Tent pads are shaded but group areas are primarily in the open. Drinking water and  flush toilets are onsite, with inexpensive pay showers just a 5-minute drive away (Barton Flats), there are no utility hookups (dump site available nearby), RV’s park in the dirt, gravel parking lot. Hiking, biking, scenic sky chair at Snow Summit, kayaking and boat tour are some of the activities available.

      Schedule Of Events

      Sunday, Aug 14

      2:00 - Check-in. No early arrivals.

      4:00 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*

      6:00 pm - Meet and greet BYOB, bring appetizer to share. Dinner on your own

      7:00 pm - Group campfire activities

      Monday, Aug 15

      9:00 am -

      1:00 pm - Hike *

      6:00 pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share).  

      7:00 pm - Group Campfire

      Tuesday, Aug 16

      9:00 am - Hike*

      Wednesday, Aug 17

      11:00 am - Clean up campground areas. Check Out. Safe travels home.

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


      The group campground offers one large group campsite, available for tent and RV camping. There are no utility hookups at the site and roads, as well as the parking area, are gravel and dirt. The site is equipped with multiple tables, a campfire circle and grills. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided at the campground. Tent pads are shaded but group areas are primarily in the open. We will have a propane fire-pit for the group if there are fire restrictions in effect.

      Need to Know:

      Bears frequent the area; carefully follow garbage disposal and food storage regulations

      Click here for more information on the San Bernardino National Forest

      Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit

      What to BringTen Essentials, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, potluck item for Saturday night, a bundle of firewood – obtain locally, see below.

      GO GREEN!  Please bring your own plates, cups, mugs, eating utensils, napkins, paper towels, camp soap, etc.  There are water spigots located in the camp or in the nearby restroom for washing dishes.

      Driving Directions: SR-38. Continue on State Highway 38. From the Mill Creek Ranger Station go approximately 22 miles to Oso Group Campground.  Map Click Here . Closest Town:  Angeles Oaks

       GPS Coordinates: 34° 10' 32.5380" N 116° 51' 44.8380" W 

      Climate & Elevation – 6400 feet.

      RefundsCancellation for a refund, minus any service charge, must be received by 

      Contact: Scott C. email:


      Quiet Hours - 10 PM – 6 AM

      Cell Service – Available depending on your carrier.

      Pets: Pets are welcomed, remember the usual - leashed and pick up and dispose of waste.

      Health Problems/allergies Discuss any medical concerns with the trip/ hike leader that may affect your participation in events.

      Emergency Contact Information   Dial 9-1-1 To report all other activities Call  Local Ranger Station  909) 855-8550 during business hours or (909) 382-2600.  After hours call (909) 383-5654.

      • Fri, October 14, 2022
      • 12:00 PM
      • Sun, October 16, 2022
      • 12:00 PM
      • To Be Determined

      Each year GO holds an annual conference/campout for all members.

      The dates are now set - Oct 14-16.  Our OCLB Chapter is now planning the event.  Please check back later for details

      For further information, contact:

      Lance via email at:

    Past events

    Mon, November 15, 2021 PS - Joshua Tree Park Ryan Camp
    Tue, October 12, 2021 PS - Hike / Bike Planning
    Thu, October 07, 2021 PS - Camp: Lone Pine/Western Film Festival
    Mon, October 04, 2021 PS - Trip Planning For 2022
    Mon, September 13, 2021 PS - Trip Planning For 2022
    Thu, September 09, 2021 PS - Silent Valley Camp Resort Campout
    Tue, September 07, 2021 PS - Trip Planning For 2022
    Tue, July 20, 2021 PS - Camping - Idyllwild Regional Park
    Sun, June 06, 2021 PS - Camping - Barton Flats
    Thu, April 15, 2021 OCLB - Caspers Wilderness Car Camp
    Thu, September 17, 2020 PS/SBVC - CANCELLED - Hearst San Simeon SP
    Fri, August 07, 2020 PS - Cancelled - Big Bear Barton Flats
    Thu, July 23, 2020 PS - Death Valley Pt 2 - Virtual Tour
    Sun, July 12, 2020 PS - Cancelled - Rock Creek Tent Camping
    Thu, July 09, 2020 PS - Death Valley Pt 1 - Virtual Tour
    Fri, June 12, 2020 PS - Name That Campout-Jeopardy
    Sun, June 07, 2020 PS - CANCELLED - Guajone Regional Park, Oceanside
    Thu, May 28, 2020 PS - Staycamp -Saline Valley - Virtual Tour
    Fri, May 15, 2020 PS - Staycamp - Lake Perris Virtual
    Fri, May 15, 2020 CANCELLED - CORP - Lake Perris Jamboree
    Fri, May 01, 2020 PS - Yosemite High Sierra Camps - Virtual Tour
    Wed, April 29, 2020 PS - Deep Creek Hot Springs - Virtual Tour
    Wed, April 22, 2020 PS - Earth Day 50 Years - Wild and Scenic Short Films
    Thu, April 16, 2020 PS - Virtual- Joshua Tree NP (Cottonwood Campground)
    Thu, April 16, 2020 PS - Cottonwood Campground Joshua Tree NP
    Mon, March 30, 2020 PS - Cancelled - Emma Wood State Beach Campout
    Thu, March 12, 2020 PS - Organ Pipe Cactus
    Tue, February 11, 2020 PS - Ski Outing Big Bear
    Thu, February 06, 2020 PS - Salton Sea - Mecca Beach Campground
    Sat, December 28, 2019 PS - Tecopa Hot Springs
    Thu, November 14, 2019 PS - Kartchner Caverns
    Thu, October 24, 2019 PS - Joshua Tree NP (Black Rock Campground)
    Fri, October 11, 2019 SBVC/CORP - 41st Annual GO Conference, Jamboree & Campout
    Thu, September 26, 2019 PS - Silent Valley Camp Resort
    Wed, September 18, 2019 PS - Trip Planning For 2020
    Fri, August 02, 2019 PS - Hurkey Creek Campout (Idyllwild)
    Fri, July 12, 2019 PS - Silverwood Lake - Cancelled
    Sat, June 22, 2019 PS - Mt Baldy Hike and Camp
    Sun, June 09, 2019 PS - Big Bear (Serrano Campground)
    Sat, June 01, 2019 PS - Mt Baldy Hike and Camp
    Wed, May 15, 2019 PS - Snow Canyon-St. George Utah
    Thu, April 11, 2019 PS - Joshua Tree NP (Cottonwood Campground)

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