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    • Thu, May 04, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
    • 7

    • Length: 5.5 miles.  
    • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    • Elev. Gain/(Loss): (-1,000') 
    • Difficulty:   Moderate
    • Route: Established trail, desert wash, and old road
    • One way with car shuttle
    • Beginning Elevation: 2600'
    Meet at 8:00 AM 
    Location: Hunters on Arenas (Map location)

    We'll carpool to a spot off of Indian Canyon, drop a few cars and then head for the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve in Morongo Valley and  hike down the canyon.

    • Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch and snacks.
    • Sun Protection and layered clothing 
    • Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).
    • Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. 
    • No dogs allowed 

    Hike Leader John N. contact 

    The trail enters a lush riparian oasis, then plunges through the wide, stream-fed wash of Big Morongo Canyon to northeast of Desert Hot Springs. Geological faults and steep canyon walls, and historical points of interest add to the variety of interesting features of this hike.

    Due to its location within this transition zone, the area is especially high in natural diversity. The natural spring fed desert oasis is one of the 10 largest Cottonwood and Willow riparian habitats in California. 

    Big Morongo Canyon Preserve - click here

    Photos prior hike 

    Registration required to acknowledge waiver electronically

    • Sat, May 06, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • 13


    • Departure Time: 8:00 AM
    • Departure Location: Hunter’s on Arenas
    • Trail Length:  4.7 Miles RT
    • Hiking Time: 3 – 4 hours
    • Elevation Gain: 4,262 to 4,580
    • Difficulty: Moderate +
    • Hike Leader:  Sherwood Covill

    This is a jewel of a hike not frequently traveled.  One is rewarded with two historical sites while being surrounded by some of the most magnificent landscape and views in the park.

    The hike starts by winding down the Lucky Boy wash into a canyon with large boulders which need to be navigated either under, around or over. Moderate boulder scrambling and skill will be helpful.  Shortly after leaving this area the trail comes to the no long active Queen mine.  This gold mine was active until 196l.  After briefly exploring the mine area the hike will continue along towering cliffs until it ascends to a ridge and the Eagle Cliff Mine.  There is very little left of the mine today.  As the trail continues from the Eagle mine it tops out on a plateau which runs along the top of the Eagle Cliffs.   It is here, somewhat hidden, a house built in the boulders which are its walls and part of the roof.  It is still very much intact.  It is believed that a small group of miners working at the nearby Eagle Cliff gold mine lived there.  The return hike will proceed back to the Queen mine to a shorter trail directly to the parking lot.  

    Bring Ten 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.  

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

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

    • Sun, May 07, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Mt. San Jacinto National Monument
    • 15

    • Meet 9:00 AM
    • at Hunter's on Arenas
    • Distance: 6 miles out & back
    • Total Elevation: 1400ft
    • Duration:  4-5 hours 
    • Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous 
    • Pace: Slow/Moderate
    • Terrain: Mostly Dirt, rocky
    • Altitude  range of 8400ft - 9700ft.
    • Location:  Tram Mountain Station / Long Valley

    Hike Leader: David Stewart

    • Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch and snacks.
    • Sun Protection and layered clothing.  Temperatures can be 30 degrees cooler.
    • Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).
    • Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.

    After a brief stop at the Long Valley Ranger Station to get a wilderness permit, we proceed on 2.5 miles of trails which leads to picturesque Round Valley. Fairly level trail, short climbs, moderately strenuous. Then on to Wellmans Divide: 1-mile hike with a 600 feet elevation gain. The view from here is truly spectacular. Looking west you can see the dome of the Palomar Observatory and to the southwest Tahquitz Peak Lookout. From this point (going down is Deer Spring Trail junction--PCT--Idyllwild), we'll turn around for more fantastic views while descending back to the Tram.

    To see map and photos here 

    Tram tickets: Adult - $25.95, Senior (62+) - $23.95, Summer Pass (May 1 - Aug 31) - $80.00, Annual Pass - $160.00.  No pets allowed.

    Please call 760-320-2774 or email for inquiries. 

    Poor weather and/or trail conditions will cancel hike.

    • Tue, May 16, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    • Hunter's On Areanas
    • 25

    Hike Deep Creek Hot Springs near Hesperia, CA

    Date: Tuesday May 16, 2017 8 am

    Meeting Location:  Hunter's on Arenas - click here for Google map directions.  If you plan on driving direct to the trailhead you can find some directions on the Deep Creek Volunteers website - click here.

    Trail Length: 1 mile down, 1 mile back up

    Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,000 feet

    Trailhead Elevation: 4400 feet

    Difficulty Rating: Moderate

    The return hike is uphill with average slope of 8%

    Expected Time Of Return: 6:30 PM

    Registration for this hike is required to acknowledge waiver electronically.

    Road conditions to trailhead: Deep Creek is about 100 miles (2.5 hours) from Palm Springs and the last 6 miles of driving is on a dirt road where you should have a high clearance vehicle. We will park at Bowen Ranch which is private property Parking costs $5 per person (bring exact change). GPS coordinates for the Bowen Ranch House are: 34.363631, -117.162044 or N34 21.507 W117 09.871.  Click here for driving directions.

    Getting to the hot springs themselves requires wading across a cold creek

    Bring: Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch and snacks. Hat, sunscreen and layered clothing are recommended; something to sit on (a towel is good enough, gas money for carpooling, a five-dollar bill for parking.  Sturdy hiking footwear and adequate drinking water are required. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).

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

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

    Deep Creek Hot Springs is a popular, clothing optional, skinny-dipping spot on U.S. Forest Service land. It's got (1) hot springs, (2) a cold creek, (3) beach-like areas and rocks to hang out on.

    Photos:  Please ask before taking photos of people. Click here to see photos from some of our prior trips to Deep Creek.  

    GOPS Naked Policy:  Click here.

    Contacts: (click here) or (click here)

    • Sat, May 20, 2017
    • 8:45 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Valley Station
    • 12

    • Meet time: 8:45 a.m. 
    • Meet Location: Tram's Valley Station
    • Departure 9:00 a.m. Tram
    • Duration: About four hours
    • Distance: 5-mile hike with 800-foot elevation gain
    • Pace: Slow to moderate
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • Suitable for physically fit beginners.
    • Meet Location: Tram’s Ticket / Waiting area no later than 8:45 a.m. so we can take the 9 a.m. tram. (An earlier carpool meetup downtown can be added upon request.

    Contact the hike leader, Howard Goldberg, at 917-692-5873.) 

    Bring Ten 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. 

    We’ll take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to an elevation of more than 8,500 feet to hike in the Mt. San Jacinto Wilderness. Temperatures at the tram’s Mountain Station can be 30 degrees cooler, so check at before you leave home to determine how much warm clothing to bring.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: You must pay for your own tram ride. The fee is $25.95, or $2 less over age 65, and you can buy ticket online in advance. A Summer Pass, which allows you to ride up the tram as many times as you want through August 31, is $80 and enables the holder to provide a guest a discount. The new $5 parking fee is waived if you show ID as a local area resident or summer or annual pass holder.

    After checking in at the Long Valley Ranger Station, we will hike the Round Valley Loop counterclockwise through pine forests. Bring snacks or lunch, plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, adequate hiking footwear and layered clothing appropriate for forecast temperatures.

    Registration required to acknowledge waiver electronically

    • Sun, May 28, 2017
    • 9:10 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
    • 9
    • Time: 9:10 am  San Jacinto Peak
    • Tram's Valley Station ticketing area
    • For the 9:30 am departure
    • Distance: 11 miles out & back
    • Summit: 10,834'
    • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft or 701 m
    • Difficulty: Strenuous due to altitude, hike distance and some minor bouldering. (Warning: if you tend to get altitude sickness at high elevation, please do not attempt this hike, or you are not in reasonably good shape.)
    • Terrain: Maintained trail, varied from dirt, rocky and some bouldering near the peak.
    • Hiking time: 7-8 hours depending on pace, includes time for lunch.

    Hike Leader: David Stewart

    Call 760-320-2774 or email David click here

    Registration required to acknowledge waiver electronically


    Tickets for the Tram: You will need to purchase a Tram ticket for this hike. Cost is $25.95 for Adults. AAA Auto Club offers a discount of 10%.  They do have tickets available each day.  But why take the chance (weekend mornings tend to sellout). I recommend purchasing online at least a day before the event. Remember, the tram departure we want to take is 9:30am SHARP -- TRAM TICKETS Click Here

    This all day outing is as good as it gets. The trip starts out by taking the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway almost a mile straight up into the San Jacinto wilderness. The first 2 miles of trail traverses a lovely pine forest, passing through Round Valley. The trail then begins a 1 mile accent to Wellman Divide, a great spot for lunch/snacks with breathtaking views. At this point the trail heads north towards the peak. The forest is somewhat open with the ground covered in lush vegetation, and ever more stunning views of the desert below. Near the summit you will encounter a small stone cabin, and after an easy rock scramble up a 100 yards or so, you will be at the peak. 


    • Sun, June 25, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • To Be Announced
    • 60



    One of the benefits of joining the Great Outdoors are social events. GOPS members and their guests are invited to attend this summer pool party with lunch provided by the Club. Pool parties are held at a member's home with a limited number of guests. 

    The details for this event are still in the planning stages. We will update this description with the final details prior to opening registration.

    Registrations are initially limited to GO members and their guests. If spots become available for the general public, we will open up slots for them here - so please check back.

    Members are free, member guests are $5.

    General public registrations (if the become available) will be $25 which includes a one year annual membership.

    The pool party location will be announced only to those who register for the event. 

    Lunch menu will be announced later with a vegetarian option.


    Sunday, June 25th

    • Noon - Arrive
    • 1 pm - Lunch
    • 5 pm - Departure

    What to Bring: Towel, swimsuit, suntan lotion, folding chair, flip-flops.

    Directions: To be announced to those that register for this event.

    Contact: Joe via email:

    Photos:  Before taking photos, please ask the subject if that's OK with them... Everyone doesn't want to be splashed all over the internet.

    Naked Policy:  Please this event is not a clothing optional event.  Please read our policy at - click here.

    Children:  Require a special waiver liability - contact Joe via email:

    Pets: Please leave your pets at home.

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

Past events

Thu, April 20, 2017 HIKE: Mission Creek-Whitewater
Tue, April 18, 2017 HIKE: MOON COUNTRY
Sat, April 15, 2017 HIKE: The Maze
Thu, April 13, 2017 HIKE: Cathedral Canyon
Sat, April 08, 2017 Bike: Whitewater River Route

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