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

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    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 17, 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Wed, June 20, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Big Bear Serrano Campground
    • 4
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    Serrano Campground
    San Bernardino National Forest

    Big Bear, California

    Sunday June 17 thru Wednesday June 20, 2018

    Serrano Campground is a beautiful place for campers to come to enjoy beautiful Big Bear Lake. It is a scenic and fairly modern campground that provides access to a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.

    Natural Features: The campground is located in the San Bernardino Mountains, within walking distance of the lake. Accessed by the Rim of the World Scenic Byway, the campground is situated in a mountainous, pine forest setting. Sagebrush grows alongside the paved roads.

    Recreation: Visitors enjoy access to a number of hiking and mountain biking trails found within a short distance of the campground. The Alpine Pedal Path and the Cougar Crest Trail are nearby and provide access to the Pacific Crest Trail. The Big Bear Ranger Station is within a mile of the campground. Rangers can provide maps of the area and answer any questions about trails.

    Fishing and boating at Big Bear Lake are popular activities. The campground does not provide direct access to the lake, but a boat ramp is available about a mile away. There is lake access across the road from the campground. Anglers can look forward to a possible catch of trout, bass, catfish, carp, bluegill and crappie, among others.  You can swim and kayak in Big Bear Lake at various locations.  You can visit the Big Bear Discovery Center for many things including educational programs - interpretive trails, maps, etc.

    Last year we attempted this camp out in July but the thunderstorms were rather severe and we had to cancel for the comfort and safety of our group. This year we’re holding it in June and hoping for great weather for Great Outdoors members!

    Campground Amenities: Accessible Flush Toilets - Campfire Rings - Drinking Water - Fire Rings - Firewood Vendor - Grills - Picnic Area - Showers (no quarters needed) - Tent Pads - Trash Collection.  There is no WiFi service at the campground.  Cell phone coverage provided by major carriers in the Big Bear area  yet some phones may not have all the different bandwidth within their 4G service.  The campground does not have WiFi service.

    Tents and RVs will share sites.cell phone carriers up in Big Bear yet some phones don't have all the different bandwidth within their 4G service. 

    Campground Amenities For RVs: This is dry camping event. All of our RV sites have paved entrance pads.  A dump station is located within the campground - bring $10 cash.  A fresh water spigot is available at the dump station.  Consider driving up the mountain without fresh water to save on fuel (but be aware there could be a line to get water once there...).  Hookup sites may be available, but you'll need to book your own site for this event.

    Parking:  Only one vehicle is free on each of our sites. Extra vehicles at a site are charged $7 a night.  We have built extra vehicle costs into our trip pricing and will reimburse our members if they are charged for "extra" parking at the camp out.  Late arrivals may need to park in the overflow area after they drop off and set up their tent, depending on the available space at the site.

    Climate: Low 80’s / Lows Mid 40's

    Itinerary

    Sunday June 17

    ● 2:00 PM Arrival; Site numbers will be provided via email before the event or look for the Great Outdoors banner. Call if needed (Dennis - 760 587-8042)

    ● 3:00 PM Gather for trip to Big Bear Historical Museum.

    ● 6:00 PM Tea meet and greet. Bring appetizers you would like to share. Take head count for optional Miss Liberty Boat Monday at 2:00 PM

    Monday June 18

    ● 10:00 AM Gather for hiking* / 4x4 trip* up to Snow Summit / Buy or pack lunch

    ● 1:15 PM Depart for Miss Liberty Boat tour at 2 PM. 2 hour lake tour /  $22 cash or credit card / $2 discount for Seniors/Military. Miss Liberty has a bar and snacks available for sale on the boat. We have approx. 20 slots reserved for our group.

    ● 6:30 PM Potluck Dinner

    ● Sunset Campfire. Head count for optional kayaking.


    Tuesday June 19

    ● 9:00 AM Gather for kayaking / 1 or 2 hr.  Kayak rental rates for 2018 for 1-2 hour trip are $35 for a 1-person kayak, $45 for a 2-person kayak.  Bring cash or credit card.

    ● 1:00 PM Gather for 4x4 trip, hiking and/or going into town. *

    ● 5:30 PM Dinner on your own

    ● 7:00 PM Campfire and 50/50 Raffle.

    Wednesday June 20

    ● 12 Noon Check out

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

    What to Bring: Ten Essentials, camping/cooking gear, swimsuit and/or water shoes if you plan on going kayaking or swimming, hat and sunscreen, food, warm/cool/wet weather clothing, potluck item for Saturday night, 1-2 bundles of local firewood for the group campfire - no particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials. These cause the release of toxic gases when burned. Firewood is for sale at the campground. Read about the Buy It Where You Burn It firewood program - click hereBring cash (or credit card) for optional events.

    FS Adventure Pass:  No pass is required for camping at the Serrano campground.  An Adventure Pass is required for off-road vehicle use and for hiking on these 4 trails: Grays (currently closed, due to eagle nesting), Woodlands, Cougar Crest & Pine Knot. The Adventure Pass is for the car, and covers all occupants of the car. The Senior Pass substitutes for the Adventure Pass. When used, the Senior Pass is left on the dash with signature side facing upwards. The Adventure Pass costs $30 per year, or $5 per day. It can be purchased at most 7-Eleven's, and online.

    If someone comes to the campground for day use, they purchase a day use pass at the campground kiosk for $7, and do not need a FS Adventure Pass.

    Pets: Dogs are allowed. Must be kept on 6' leash. Please pick up after your pet and dispose of waste properly. Please be aware there are rattlesnakes at this location. 

    Note: You must be a paid member of one of the five Great Outdoor (GO) Chapters to register for this event. If not currently a member, you can join - here. Other GO Chapter members who are not registered on the GOPS website should contact our Webmaster (click here) who will verify your membership and then add you to our website so you can register for this event without paying for another membership.  Each member must individually sign into their own account in order to register for this event.

    Address: Serrano Campground, 40800 N Shore Dr, Fawnskin, CA 92333; (909) 866-8021.  Google map link - click here.  Camp host  is Donna and can be reached at (909) 866-8021.

    Directions from San Bernardino Via Hwy. 330/Hwy.18:

    From I-10 East. Take exit 77B to merge onto CA-210 W/Foothill Fwy toward Highland/Running Springs/CA-330. Take exit 81 to merge onto CA-330 N. CA-330 N transitions into Hwy 18 in the town of Running Springs. Continue onto CA-18 N/Blvd.  When you arrive at the Big Bear Lake, there is a signal light at the bridge/dam. Turn left onto CA-38 to Fawnskin. Go approximately 3 miles to Fawnskin. Driving through Fawnskin, continue approximately another 3 miles. Continue onto CA-38/N Shore Drive. Turn right onto North Shore Lane. Turn left into Serrano Campground.

    Directions from Redlands via 1-10 to Hwy.38:

    Take I-10 East to Redlands. Take the University Street exit, EXIT 80. Turn left (northbound) on University Street. Turn right onto E. Lugonia Avenue/CA-38. Continue on State Highway 38 into Big Bear City, to E. Big Bear Blvd. Turn left onto E. Big Bear Blvd./SR-38. Turn right onto Greenway Drive/SR-18/SR-38. Turn left onto North Shore Drive, CA-38. Continue on North Shore Drive/Hwy 38, approximately 2 miles west of the Stanfield Cutoff. You will go past the Big Bear Discovery Center. Make a left hand turn onto North Shore Lane. Turn right into Serrano Campground.

    Payments: Although a PayPal screen will appear requesting payment via PayPal, you can scroll down on that screen and pay with a credit card without needing a PayPal account.

    Refunds: Cancellation for a refund minus service fee of $5.00 must be received by June 10th.  You must email one of the contacts below if you need to cancel.  

    Children: There may be children present. Parents or guardians will need to complete a special liability release form for minors before attending this event.  Contact the Trip Leader below for further information.

    Trip Leader/Contact: Dennis - President-PS@GreatOutdoors.org

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

    • 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.


     


    • Thu, July 26, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sun, July 29, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Lone Pine Ca
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    Few places in California capture your spirit and imagination like Mt. Whitney and the visually stunning Alabama Hills. Hiking the Sierras with movie history! Hikes, docent led tour of Alabama Hills, private movie screening at the museum and hosted BBQ dinner. We have two campsite locations: tents and RV’s. Tent sites are at Whitney Portal Campground (group site) at 8600 feet and RV sites located in Lone Pine at the Boulder Creek RV Resort. Driving distance between the two sites is 20 minutes. RV participants need to reserve sites at their own expense. Request one of the 6 sites reserved by Great Outdoors. Boulder Creek RV Resort (directions) 760-875-4243. 


    Schedule of Events

    Thursday July 26

    Friday July 27

    • 10:00 am - Hike the Mt. Whitney trail 5 miles round trip, 1500’ elevation gain to the PERMIT ZONE BOUNDARY starting from the Whitney Portal Campground. Lunch at Lone Pine Lake 10,000 ft. Hike is rated moderate.
    • 4:00 pm - ‘Tea’ at group tent site. Dinner on your own.

    Saturday July 28

    • 9:00 am - Meet at intersection of Whitney Portal Rd and Horseshoe Meadow Rd. Map - click here (N36° 35.663' W118° 06.991’) We will then drive to the trail head and hike to Cottonwood Lakes area. Minimal elevation gain. Pack your own lunch for on the trail.  
    • 3:00 pm - Meet at Movie Museum for docent led (by the County Film Commissioner) driving tour of the Alabama Hills Movie sites.
    • 6:00 pm - Hosted BBQ dinner at the Boulder Creek RV Resort clubhouse. Beef, turkey and veggie burgers, salads, fruit, dessert.

    Sunday July 29

    •  1 pm - Check out

    What to Bring: Ten Essentials, camp chair, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing and firewood.

    Facilities: The tent campground is adjacent to Whitney Creek. Paved roads, vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Bears frequent the area, and campers are required to use the bear-proof food storage lockers provided in the campground. Firewood is available for purchase on-site, and a small convenience store with showers is nearby. No pets in group tent site.

    Attractions:

    Fishing Information - A one-day license is available at local sports shops.

    Directions: From U.S. Highway 395 in California, travel to the town of Lone Pine.
    - The Whitney Portal Campground (click here for directions) for tents is 13 miles west of Lone Pine on Whitney Portal Road.
    - The  Boulder Creek RV Resort (click here for directions) is located on U.S. Highway 395 on the southern outskirts of the town of Lone Pine, CA.

    Climate: Hist. Avg.:  60° /80°

    Refunds: Cancellation for a refund (minus service fee of $5.00) must be received by July 19, 2018.  RV owners responsible for cancelling their own site reservations.

    Trip Leaders:  Scott Connelly: Email      Lloyd Queen: Email

    Photos:  Click here for photos of Whitney Portal  

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



    • Tue, August 14, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Fri, August 17, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • IDYLLWILD COUNTY PARK
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    DETAILS UNDER CONSTRUCTION and registration will be open in the near future.

    Idyllwild Park is a great summer mid-week excursion where you will find an uncrowded campground surrounded by mountain pines and vegetation. Three nights of camping. Hiking, off road trip, exploring the village shops and restaurants, and campfire under the cool mountain starlit sky.

    Prices are based upon you being a GO paid member.  If not currently a GO member, you will have the option of joining at an additional $25 per person for a one (1) year club membership prior to registration. Each person going must complete a separate registration. You can click here to join.  Other GO Chapter members should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email) in order to be added as a member of our Chapter.  

    Schedule Of Events

    Tues, August 14

    • 12:00 pm - Check-in 
    • 6:00 pm - Tea Time meet and greet BYOB. Dinner on your own
    • 7:00 pm - Group campfire activities 

    Wed, August 15

    • 9:00 am - Hike to Nature Center *
    • 2:00 pm - Explore town of Idyllwild on your own*
    • 6:30 pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share)
    • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire and Raffle

    Thurs, August 16

    • 9:00 am - 4 wheel drive road trip to Thomas Mountain*
    • 1:30 pm - Hike board* or explore Idyllwild 
    • 6:30 pm - Optional group dinner in town
    • 7:30 pm - Group campfire
    Fri, August 17
    •  1:00 pm - Check out

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

    Amenities:  Restrooms have flush toilets, hot showers that take quarters, picnic tables, fire rings, and drinking water. The town of idyllwild is 1/2 mile away with shops and restaurants.

    Amenities For RVs:  This is a dry camping event.  There is a dump site located nearby at Hurkey Creek Campground.  Generators may  be operated between 7 am and 10 pm.

    What to Bring: Ten Essentials, camp chair,daypack for hiking, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing,  potluck item for Wednesday night, two bundles of firewood, quarters for showers.

    Directions 54000 County Plaground Road, Idyllwild, CA 92549

    Website:  IDYLLWILD REGIONAL PARK

    Climate: August:  55-86 degrees. 

    Refunds Cancellation for a refund minus service fee of $5.00 must be received by August 7, 2018.

    Payments:  Although a PayPal screen will appear requesting payment via PayPal, you can scroll down on that screen and pay with a credit card without needing a PayPal account.

    Contact: Trip Leader John Niedzwiedz: Email Click Here

    Pets: Pets are welcomed. $2 per day pet fee payable upon arrival. Must be kept on leash.  Please pick up after your pet and dispose of waster properly. 


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

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




    • Fri, September 21, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sun, September 23, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • OAK GLEN RETREAT, YUCAIPA
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    DETAILS AND REGISTRATION UNDER CONSTRUCTION


    Prices: 

     Prices are based upon you being a GOPS Chapter paid member. Other GO Chapter members should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email) in order to be added as a member of our Chapter.  Each person going must complete a separate registration.  We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.


    Schedule Of Events

    Friday, Sept 21

    • Noon - 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 

    Saturday, Sept 22

    • 9:30 am - 
    • 2:00 pm - hike posted on camp board*
    • 6:00 pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share)
    • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire

    Sunday, Sept 23

    • 9:30 am - Hike*
    • 11:00  am - Check-out time
    * Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.


    Amenities:  Full hookups. Pool, Spa, Restaurant.

    What to Bring: Ten Essentials, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, shorts for pool/spa, potluck item for Saturday night, bundles of firewood -

    Don't forget your towel, swim suit and water shoes.

    We recommend you read our suggested 10 essential items to bring - click here.  

    Directions: 

    Climate:  

    Refunds Cancellation for a refund minus service fee of $5.00 must be received by 

    Payments:  Although a PayPal screen will appear requesting payment via PayPal, you can scroll down on that screen and pay with a credit card without needing a PayPal account.

    Contact: Scott C: VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org

    Photos:  To see some photos from prior trips to XYZ location  - click here.  <<< fix link

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

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

    • Thu, November 08, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Tue, November 13, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Catalina State Park, Arizona
    • 33
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    "Tucson is a City That Encourages You to Explore. The food is delicious. The access to natural beauty is even better."1  Where desert and mountain environments meet to create an area of varied and unparalleled beauty. Our trip will center itself in the beautiful Catalina State Park at the base of the Mountains in the Coronado National Forest at elevations near 3,000 feet. Experience rugged peaks, scenic vistas, waterfalls, and desert scenery. Recharge your senses amid the splendor of  Arizona desert.  Sip hot beverages around a campfire and fall asleep beneath a star-studded sky. Challenge yourself on a variety of day hikes, returning to base camp each day to enjoy the fellowship of similarly emancipated city slickers. Explore the trails with our expert trail guides who know the area. The spacious campground provides both tent and RV opportunities with full amenities. Six days and five nights of adventure and relaxation. 1New York Times 


    Registration Notes
    : Membership Required to register for this trip.

    You can click here to purchase a 1 yr. $25 membership

    Other GO Chapter members should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email) in order to be added as a member of our registration system for free.

    RV's and tents will share sites. One RV and up to two tents on each site. These are large sites with mature vegetation surrounding the sites. We will have propane fire-pit for the group as open fires may be restricted in the camp to a designated area only.

    Amenities: Hot showers, flush toilets, water, electric hookup, picnic tables.

    What to BringTen Essentials, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, camp chair, potluck item and appetizer to share at tea time.

    Pets:  are welcomed. Must be kept on leash.

    Schedule *(check whiteboard at camp for details and updates):   

    -Optional-

     Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

    Tuesday Nov 6 and Wednesday Nov 7:  Book your own site for either 1 or 2 nights. We could caravan ( 325 to 340 miles depending  on route and then 142 miles to Catalina Park). Contact Scott if you are interested in this pre-trip to Organ Pipe.  Recreation.gov reservations.

    Thursday, November 8

    - 2 PM check in and set up camp 

    - Optional late afternoon hike: Pima Canyon Trail (3.9 mi; 670 ft elev gain)

    - Dinner on your own

    Friday, November 9

    - Santa Catalina Mts (Coronado National Forest)

    - Drive 15 miles from campground to trailhead

    - Hike Bear Canyon Trail to/from Seven Falls (7 mi; 900 ft elev gain)

    - Potluck dinner at the campground

    Saturday, November 10

    - Select one: Santa Rita Mts OR Chiricahua Mts (Coronado National Forest)

    - Drive 45 miles (Santa Rita Mts) OR 115 miles (Chiricahua Mts) to trailhead

    - Santa Rita Mts: Hike Kent Spring Trail (6 mi; 1600 ft elev gain) OR 

    - Chiricahua Mts: Heart of Rocks Loop (6.9 mi; 1600 ft elev gain)

    - Visit Mission San Xavier del Bac ($0)

    - Group dinner at a restaurant (optional; see list of options below)

    Sunday, November 11

    - Tucson Mountains (Saguaro National Park - west unit)

    - Drive 25 miles from campground to trailhead

    - Hike to Wasson Peak (4687 ft) via King Canyon, Hugh Norris, Sendero Esperanza, and Gould Mine Trails (7 mi; 1800 ft elev gain)

    - Visit Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum About 85% of the Desert Museum is  outdoors. ($25 adult, $22 senior) 

    - Dinner on your own

    Monday, November 12

    - Rincon and Santa Catalina Mountains (Coronado National Forest)

    - Hike Agua Caliente Loop (6 mi; 1400 ft elev gain)

    - Dinner on your own

    Tuesday, November 13

    - Check out

    Weather and elevation:  Hist. Avg.  79° /47°

    LocationCatalina State Park is about 2000 ft elevation; downtown Tucson is 2400 ft, Phoenix is 1100 ft, the Madera Canyon Lodge is 5000 ft, and Chiricahua Nat’l Monument entrance station is 5100 ft.

    MAP LOCATION CATALINA STATE PARK AZ

    Catalina State Park is located on State Highway 77 (Oracle Rd.) at mile marker 81, nine miles north of Tucson and six miles north of Ina Rd.

    Three suggested driving routes from Palm Springs to Tucson:

    - Via central Phoenix: I-10 only; 385 mi; 6.0 - 7.0 hrs depending on heavy PHX traffic (map here)

    - Via “Phoenix Cutoff”: I-10, AZ85, I-8, & I-10; 400 mi; 6.3 hrs (map here)

    - Via El Centro and Yuma: I-10, CA86, I-8, & I-10; 410 mi; 7.0 hrs (map here)

    Other Accommodations: Many motels in Tucson

    Refunds: Cancellation for a refund minus service fee of $5.00 must be received by October 30, 2018

    Contacts:  Kirk Bell:   Email   or  Scott Connelly: Email 

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

Past events

Thu, May 17, 2018 Zion National Park, Watchman Campground
Thu, April 26, 2018 Cottonwood Camp Joshua Tree Park
Wed, April 04, 2018 SWEETWATER REGIONAL PARK CAMPING
Thu, March 15, 2018 Anza-Borrego Dark Sky Campout
Fri, February 23, 2018 Salton Sea Camping
Fri, February 16, 2018 Yosemite Half Dome Village Tent Cabin Camp
Thu, February 08, 2018 Joshua Tree National Park
Fri, December 29, 2017 TECOPA HOT SPRINGS
Fri, November 17, 2017 Buffet Dinner Death Valley
Thu, November 16, 2017 DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
Fri, October 06, 2017 Camping/Conference - Table Mountain
Fri, September 22, 2017 LYTLE CREEK at Bonita Ranch
Sun, August 27, 2017 Burning Man 2017
Sun, July 23, 2017 Camping - Big Bear Lake
Thu, June 15, 2017 Kern River & Whitewater Rafting
Fri, June 02, 2017 SILENT VALLEY CAMPING
Fri, May 26, 2017 Viva, Las Vegas!
Fri, May 19, 2017 Camping - Bartlett Lake Bash
Thu, May 18, 2017 Pismo Beach Campout
Thu, May 11, 2017 All Chapter Jamboree - Sage Hill Campground
Fri, May 05, 2017 Lake Isabella/Remington Hot Springs Campout
Fri, April 28, 2017 Skyline-to-the-Sea Backpack
Sun, April 23, 2017 Warm Springs, Saline Valley (DVNP) Campout

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