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    • Thu, May 31, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Palm Springs Tram Mountain Station
    • 3
    Register

    Mountain Station Tram to San Jacinto Peak

    • Distance: 9 miles
    • Total Elevation: 2560'
    • Duration: 7 hours
    • Difficulty: Strenuous
    • Maximum Elevation: 10,800’
    • Minimum Elevation 8400’
    • Advisement: This is a high elevation hike with a lot of uphill hiking and some bouldering near the top. You need to be in good physical condition.
    • Type: Out and back loop
    • Terrain: Trail, rocky, and some non-maintained off trail route and bouldering
    • Meeting location: Tram valley station loading area: 9:15 AM
    • Departure time: 10 AM Tram 

    Tickets for the Tram:  $25.95 Adult, $23.95 Senior, Summer and Annual passes available. Recommend purchasing online at least a day before the event as tickets sell out, or arrive by 9 am to get in line to purchase a ticket. $5 parking fee waived for pass holders and local residents.  Our tram departure is 10 AM. Purchase tickets here: Palm Springs Tram Tickets

    DESCRIPTION

    This is hike is as good as it gets. Our adventure 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 through the Round Valley trail. The trail then begins a 1 mile accent to Wellman’s Divide which is a great spot for snacks/water break 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 meadows and desert/valley below. Near the summit you will encounter a small stone cabin, and after a rock scramble up 100 yards or so, you will be at the peak. John Muir considered the view from San Jacinto peak one of the most sublime on earth.

    After going back to the Tram, we can relax at the Tram's Lookout Bar/Lounge/Restaurant.

    What to bring: 3-liters of water, snacks, lunch, layered clothing, light jacket, (temperatures can be 30 degrees cooler at this elevation), gloves (optional), sun protection, good hiking footwear, hiking poles (recommended), Emergency Information Contact (ICE), and Ten Essentials

    Pets are not allowed.

    Inclement weather and/or trail conditions cancels this hike.

    Watch and read you email for last minute details and update.

    Hike Leaders (click to email):  David Stewart & Mike Seay

    Space is limited. Please register to reserve a spot, sign the electronic waiver, and receive any last-minute updates.

    Map: Tram Parking

    Trail Profile:


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

     

    • Thu, May 31, 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Register

    WANT A CLUB T-SHIRT?  

    NOW'S YOUR CHANCE TO ORDER ONE!


    We are using an "event" format to order 100% cotton or Sport-tek Ultimate Performance plyester/spandex t-shirts. For this first go-around, we need approximately 25 orders to get an order going. The first ordering of shirts will be held from now until May 31, 2018.  After that, we will close the ordering process.

    For the cotton t-shirts, you can order any of the six rainbow colors shown above, black, sport grey or sand. After you select either the short or long sleeve style, you'll then be asked to pick your color(s) and size(s).  You may order multiple shirts in one order.

    COTTON:


    For the Sport-tek Ultimate Performance Tees (which are moisture-wicking, stretch and tag-free), you can order only these six colors: black, white, heather grey, True Red, True Navy (dark blue) and True Royal (medium blue). The shirt is a 95/5 poly/spandex jersey and includes a left pocket logo, silk-screened on the front only. There is no printing on the back. After you select either the short or long sleeve style, you'll then be asked to pick your color(s) and size(s). You may order multiple shirts in one order.

    POLY BLEND:


    COLORS:


    The T-shirts are available for $15 for short sleeve and $17 for long sleeve versions, regardless of color, size or materials.

    T-shirts will be available for pickup at our June 26th membership meeting (8 PM). This is a not-so-subtle ploy to get you to attend a membership meeting! For any t-shirt not picked up, we will schedule another time and place for a 2nd round of pickups via email.  For long distance members, please email our President at the email below to make special arrangements for t-shirt delivery and any extra payment for packaging, shipping and handling costs.

    We are taking payments online only. After you submit an order, you'll be taken to a PayPal screen. If you have a PayPal account, you can use it or scroll further below on the PayPal payment screen and just use a credit card without needing a PayPal account.

    If you have any questions, please contact Dennis via email: President-PS@GreatOutdoors.org

    • Sun, June 03, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Palm Springs, CA (address to be provided once you REGISTER for this special event)
    • 3
    Register


    GOPS Members' Summer Pool Party

    GOPS members (and one guest per member) are invited to attend our SUMMER POOL PARTY on Sunday, June 3 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. 

    This party is FREE to all members (We have a capacity of 70); you do NOT need to bring a Pot Luck dish!   Each member can bring one (1) guest for a fee of $5.  If you are not a member yet, you will not be able to register for this party.  You can first join as a member online and then register for this pool party if you like.

    Each member and guest will be entered in a drawing for raffle prizes!  The lucky winners must be present to win.

    This pool party will be at a member's home in Palm Springs.  The address will be included in the e-mail acknowledgment only to those who have register for the event. 

    Lunch will include a variety of snacks, sandwiches, side dishes and desserts  Vegetarian options will be made available too.  We'll also provide a variety of soft drinks and bottled water.   If you want to drink "adult beverages," please BYOB.  

    Schedule

    Sunday, June 3rd

    • 11:00 am  - Arrive
    • Noon - Lunch includes vegetarian options (salads)
    • 4:00 pm - Departure

    What to Bring: Towel, swimsuit (no nudity allowed), suntan lotion, folding chair, flip-flops.

    DirectionsTo be provided via e-mail to those who register for this event.

    Contact: David Warren via email:  socialeventscoordinator-ps@greatoutdoors.org

    Photos:  Before taking photos, please ask the subject if that's OK with them... Some may not want their handsome faces to be splashed all over the internet.

    Naked Policy:  This event is NOT a clothing-optional event.  Please read our nudity policy at - click here.

    Children:  Require a special waiver liability - contact David if you plan to bring a child.

    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 leader if you wish.

    • Wed, June 06, 2018
    • 9:15 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Palm Springs Tram Mountain Station
    • 1
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    TRAM TO HUMBER PARK, IDYLLWILD:

    One way with shuttle van return.

    • Distance: 7.5 miles
    • Total Elevation: 1100'
    • Total Descent:  2700'
    • Difficulty: Moderate-Plus
    • Maximum Elevation: 8700
    • Minimum Elevation 6500
    • Type: One way with shuttle van return
    • Advisement: A lot of down slope hiking.Hiking poles may be helpful. Elevation gain 600 feet to Hidden Divide and total gain of 1100 feet. See trail profile chart below.  You need to be in good physical condition.
    • Meeting location: Tram station loading area: 9:15 AM
    • We need to be at the front of the line for first tram
    • Departure time: 10 AM Tram 

    Tickets for the Tram:  $25.95 Adult $23.95 Senior. Summer and Annual passes available. Recommend purchasing online at least a day before the event as tickets sell out. $5 parking fee waived for pass holders and local residents.  Our tram departure is 10 AM. Purchase tickets here: Palm Springs Tram Tickets

    DESCRIPTION

    Hike from Round Valley up to Hidden Divide and down to Willow Creek and down the Devils Slide switchback to Humber Park in Idyllwild. We will take time to enjoy the trail and interesting features on the way. This trail has been closed since the Mountain Fire in 2013 and is now open. Our van will meet us and take us to a local restaurant for a meal prior to returning to Palm Springs. Bring $$ for your restaurant meal after the hike. 

    What to bring

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

    The registration fee covers the cost of the van shuttle.

    Members only. Space is limited. Please register to reserve a spot, sign the electronic waiver, and receive any last-minute updates.

    Contact Hike Leader: Scott Connelly email

    Refund minus a $5 service fee only if there is a wait list.

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


     

    • Tue, July 24, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Fri, July 27, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Eastern Sierras
    • 1
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    The Cottonwood Lakes basin offers fabulous scenery and relatively easy access for hikers and anglers, and is one of the most popular destinations in the Eastern Sierras.  Our high altitude loop trip will take us to most of the lakes in the area with dramatic views of Cirque Peak and Mount Langley.  Given the popularity of the area, we’ve chosen a mid-week trip to ensure permit availability and access to the best camping spots.

    • Rating: Moderate on-trail backpacking, high elevation. 
    • Total Distance: About 13 miles over four days
    • Elevation range: between 10,000 and 11,100 feet

    First Day: We meet at 9:00am at the Cottonwood Lakes trailhead close to the Cottonwood Lakes campground (10,070 feet).  The first half of this 5 mile hike is a gentle ascent, often in shade, following Cottonwood creek.  The second half is marked by switchbacks that take us up into the basin.  We arrive at South Fork Lakes and set up our base camp (11,000 ft.)

    Day two:  We’ll take a leisure morning at camp and pack our lunch for a day hike to explore the area: Cirque Lake, Long Lake, High Lake and the approach to New Army Pass. We’ll gain about 500 feet throughout the day, hiking about 3.5 miles depending on our route.  Some may prefer a quieter, more meditative day in the camp

    Day three:  We’ll pack up and begin our four mile leisure tour of the Cottonwood chain of lakes, hiking in a clockwise direction, stopping frequently to enjoy the lakes and meadows with the magnificent Mount Langley in direct focus most of the day.  With minimal elevation gain we end up in secluded Muir Lake (11,100 feet).   

    Day four:  We’ll break camp and begin our 5.7 miles descent back down to the cars, dropping about 1,000 feet. 

    Arrive the day before:  All participants are strongly advised to travel the day before (Monday, July 23rd) and camp overnight at one of the two walk-in campsites in the area. This gives you the peace of mind of (i) performing your final gear check and (ii) ensuring that you begin acclimatizing to the high altitude a day before you hike. 

    Hiking capabilities/qualifications:  You must be in good physical condition, be able to hike five miles at high altitude (over 10,000 feet throughout the trip), and carry a backpack that weighs 35 pounds on-trail hiking gaining 1,100 feet.

    What to bring:  You’ll need your ten essentials and all required backpacking gear (food, stove, tent, sleeping bag, appropriate clothing, bear-proof food container, hiking poles, etc.).

    How to register:   After you complete the preregistration here, you will be contacted by the leader via phone to discuss your backpacking experience, equipment, and overall physical condition to participate in this high altitude, remote backcountry adventure.  This screening process is necessary to ensure your safety and the safety of the group and make the trip enjoyable to all.

    Leader: Mike Seay, email is m_seay@hotmail.com.  This trip is limited to a total of eight people.  

    Fees / Other:

    • (1)  Wilderness Permit and Fees: $10 per participant.  This covers the Wilderness Permit and other associated costs.  Payment will be collected at the trailhead
    • (2)  Food and Equipment: All participants will be responsible for their own food, tent, stove, bear canister, etc.  Participants are encouraged, however, to share stoves and cooking equipment to reduce weight of their packs.  No fires are allowed in the backcountry. 
    • (3)  Carpooling and arrival: Participants should arrive the day before and camp overnight at or near the trailhead to acclimate to the high altitude.  The leader will circulate a list of participants several weeks before the trip to facilitate carpooling and provides details on where to camp.


     


    • Tue, August 21, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Fri, August 24, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Bishop Pass
    • 6
    Register

    The Bishop Pass area is one of the most popular destinations in the Eastern Sierras, offering the visitor an amazing succession of beautiful lakes and spectacular views of the Inconsolable Range, Hurd Peak and Mount Agassiz. Our loop trip takes us into the Chocolate Lakes and the South Forth Bishop Creek basins.   Competition can be fierce for overnight permits in this area so we’ve chosen a mid-week trip later in the season to ensure access to the best camping spots.

    • Rating: Moderate on-trail backpacking.  Short hiking distances but with steep switchbacks at high elevation. 
    • Total Distance: About 10 miles over four days
    • Elevation range: between 9,700 feet and 11,200 feet

    First Day: We meet at 9:30am at the Bishop Pass trailhead next to South Lake (9,700 feet).  Day one follows the Bishop Pass trail until we reach the fork for Bull Lake, taking the side trail into the Chocolate Lakes valley. Total elevation gain 1,400 feet in just three miles to our camp at the second Chocolate Lake.  

    Day two:  Our second day takes us up the saddle and down past Ruwau Lake to Long Lake where we’ll search for the optimal spot and set up our two night basecamp.  We gain and lose about 300 feet during our 2 mile hike to Long Lake.  Arriving camp relatively early in the day, and unencumbered by the weight of our packs, we’ll organize an afternoon cross-country hike to explore lovely Margaret Lake.

    Day three:  We’ll pack our lunch for a full day of exploring the chain of lakes leading up to Bishop Pass: Saddlerock Lake, Ledge Lake, Bishop Lake and the Timberline Tarns. Some may prefer a quieter, more meditative day in the camp in Long Lake.

    Day four:  We’ll get a leisurely start to our day and hike the four miles back down to the cars, dropping 1,000 feet. 

    Arrive the day before:  All participants are strongly advised to travel the day before (Monday, Aug 20th) and camp overnight at the La Hupp or Willows campground.  This gives you the peace of mind of (i) performing your final gear check and (ii) ensuring that you begin acclimatizing to the high altitude a day before you hike

    Hiking capabilities/qualifications:  You must be in good physical condition, be able to hike four miles at high altitude (over 9,700 feet throughout the trip), and carry a backpack that weighs 35 pounds on-trail hiking gaining 1,400 feet

    How to register:   After you complete the preregistration here, you will be contacted by the leader via phone to discuss your backpacking experience, equipment, and overall physical condition to participate in this high altitude, remote backcountry adventure.  This screening process is necessary to ensure your safety and the safety of the group and make the trip enjoyable to all. 

    Leader: Mike Seay, email

    Fees / Other:

    •  Wilderness Permit and Fees: $10 per participant. This covers the Wilderness Permit and other associated costs. Payment will be collected at the trailhead

    • Food and Equipment: All participants will be responsible for their own food, tent, stove, bear canister, etc. Participants are encouraged, however, to share stoves and cooking equipment to reduce weight of their packs. No fires are allowed in the backcountry.

    •  Carpooling and arrival: Participants should arrive the day before and camp overnight at or near the trailhead to acclimate to the high altitude. The leader will circulate a list of participants several weeks before the trip to facilitate carpooling and provides details on where to camp.

    What to bring:  You’ll need your ten essentials and all required backpacking gear (food, stove, tent, sleeping bag, appropriate clothing, bear-proof food container, hiking poles, etc.).




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Sun, December 03, 2017 Holiday Party
Sat, December 02, 2017 HIKE: LOST PALMS OASIS JOSHUA TREE PARK
Sat, November 25, 2017 GEOLOGY HIKE PAINTED CANYON MECCA HILLS
Sat, November 18, 2017 HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR REDLANDS CA
Tue, November 14, 2017 Lecture: Owls and Other Crepuscular Night Birds
Sun, November 12, 2017 HIKE: Chaparrosa Peak
Mon, November 06, 2017 Hike: Murray Hill
Wed, November 01, 2017 Lecture: GHOST LAKE OF THE DESERT
Tue, October 31, 2017 Lecture: HIKING IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY
Mon, October 30, 2017 HIKE: WELLMAN DIVIDE
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Sun, October 22, 2017 MODERNISM BIKE RIDE
Sat, October 21, 2017 Hike Leader Training Refresher
Sun, October 15, 2017 INTERPRETED HIKE: ROUND VALLEY LOOP
Thu, October 12, 2017 Hike: South Lykken Trail
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Sun, August 06, 2017 National Monuments Presentation Update
Sun, August 06, 2017 GOPS Member Appreciation Pool Party
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