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Wildflower season is a remarkable time in the desert and this is your chance to see one of our infrequent Superblooms as dry desert soils transform into carpets of sunflowers, poppies, and primrose.Tucked away in the south end of Joshua Tree National Park at an elevation of 3,000-feet, the campground offers unparalleled views of the Colorado Desert with wide, dark and uninterrupted views of the night sky. Scenic Cottonwood campground offers a variety of nearby hiking and touring activities and cooler temperatures at the higher elevation. One unique aspect of the region is the presence of Mojave and Colorado plant species. These includes ocotillo, Mojave yucca, Joshua trees, pinion pines, native palms and desert willow.
We have 2 spacious group sites for tents only. Three nights and four days. The moon will be in first quarter. RV sites are located a short distance just up the hill in Loop A. Enter the Type of RV and Length when registering.
There are several hikes nearby:Pinto Basin Sand Dunes, Sylvia Wash, Morton’s Mill and Mastadon Peak are easy to moderate and close by; or the longer Lost Palms Oasis: Map click here. Also travel into the main part of the park to Hidden Valley, Keys View, Skull Rock. Tour WWII desert training camp and General Patton Museum and dine at the historic Eagle Café. Black Eagle 4WD road to Kaiser Mine. Mecca hills slot canyon hikes.
Prices are based upon each person going being a GO Chapter paid member(day use does not require a GO membership). You can join - click here - and then register for this campout. Other GO Chapter members should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email) in order to be added as a member of our Chapter for free. Each person going must complete a separate registration.We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.
For further information or questions, contact Trip Leader:
John Niedzwiedz: Email click here
Schedule of Events
Thursday, April 11
Friday, April 12
Saturday, April 13
Sunday, April 14
*Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.
Amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets (no showers); shade Ramada’s, picnic tables, fire rings, water and paved parking. No cell service or WiFi.
RV sites: Fresh water is available at the nearby dump station, no hookups. RV sites are a short walk to our group tent site.
What to Bring: Camp chair, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, potluck item, two bundles of firewood and the Ten Essentials. Pets welcomed. Park use fee $25 or bring you entry pass.
Directions: I-10 east to Cottonwood Spring Exit 168. Go north 8 miles to campground. GPS coordinates: 33° 44.650' -115° 48.848'. Google Map Directions - Click Here
Climate: Day: 70s-80s & mild at night: 60s-50s.
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 must be received by April 04, 2019. Contact the Trip Leader to cancel.
Pets: Are Welcomed. Must be kept on leash. Please pick up after your pet. Be aware there are snakes and scorpions at this location. Pets are not permitted on park trails or in the backcountry.
Photos: To see some photos from prior trips: 2018, Album-1, Album-2, Album-3
Campground Map and NPS website - Click Here
RV Camping: Campground Map. Generator use is permitted only from 7-9 am, noon-2 pm, and 5-7 pm.
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 trip/ hike leader if you wish.
This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...
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Activities and excursions in the area abound. Visit St. George Temple and historic sites; hike to several pools inside a slot canyon at Red Cliffs; go fishing at Quail Creek State Park; rent an ATV/UTV, kayak, boat or wave runner at Sand Hollow SP.
Nearby St. George is the gate way to the National Parks in Southern Utah. From Snow canyon, take a day trip Zion NP (51 miles), Bryce Canyon (141 miles) or Kolob Canyons (43 miles) home to spectacular finger canyons with soaring cliffs and the world’s largest free-standing arch.
Getting there option: Spend a night enroute at Sams Town RV park and casino, Las Vegas. Stay in the section off Boulder highway. Make you own reservation.
Schedule Of Planned Activities & Events
Tuesday - 05/14/2019
- 3 PM - Optional -RV arrive a day early. You may reserve extra day when registering. Not available for tent campers.
Wednesday – 05/15/2019
Thursday - 05/16/2019
Friday - 05/17/2019
Saturday - 05/17/2019
Registration: Prices are based upon each person being a GO Chapter paid member. You can join - click here - and then register for this campout. Other GO Chapter members should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email) in order to be added as a member of our Chapter for free. Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition. We have different pricing levels based upon whether you are in a tent, an RV driver, passenger or in a nearby motel. Option for adding early arrival on Tuesday. Please complete all the information requested regarding size of RV (length and width) so we can place you in an appropriate site.
RV's and tents will not share sites - maximum of one RV and one vehicle on each site. When registering for an RV site, please indicate the size of your RV: length and width with slide outs extended, in the registration form. RVs are allowed to bring in an attached tow vehicle at the gate at no additional cost. Depending upon site limitations, tow vehicles may need to park in the overflow parking area.
If you or your camp mate arrive in separate vehicles, you will be responsible to pay the extra vehicle fee of $15 per day.
Amenities All: There are flush toilets and 2 free men’s showers. Nearby St. George restaurants, groceries, gas, movie theaters and historic sites (8.2 - 11.2 miles, 10-18 minutes). Potable water throughout the campground.
Amenities for Tent Campers: Large Group site with fire ring, 3 BBQ grills (charcoal), a very large Ramada with 8 tables, 2 water spigots - potable.
Amenities for RVs: RV Electric Sites 30-amp power and water; free dump station. Some sites may share water hookup - bring a hose Y connector.
Motel accommodations: It is 14 miles, 25 minutes from St. George Ut. These are next to each other and near I-15 at the Bluff St. Exit. There is a Denny's a block away.
Climate: Hist. Avg.: 70-78° / 48° Be prepared for cool nights and warm days. Check weather forecast and plan accordingly. Park elevation 3,100 to 4,100 feet.
What to Bring:
Directions: Snow Canyon campground - Map click here
From Interstate 15, take Exit 8 and travel west on St. George Boulevard until you come to Bluff Street. Turn right and stay in the right lane until you see the sign for Snow Canyon. Turn left on Snow Canyon Parkway and travel west for four miles. Turn right on Snow Canyon Drive and go three miles to the campground. It is 365 miles from Palm Springs. Time zone is Mountain Time. It is 14 miles/25 minutes from St. George Ut. Address: 1002 Snow Canyon Drive, Ivins, UT 84738. Phone:(435) 628-2255.
Refunds: Cancellation for a refund must be received by 05/01/2019 via email to: click here.
Contacts: If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of your trip leaders: Menard Jaramillo or Paul Ripley
Photos: To see some photos from a scouting prior trip :
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.
Hike and Tent Camp Mt. Baldy
Here's your chance to hike to the top of Mount San Antonio, colloquially referred to as Mount Baldy.
We have several options for this trip:
Where to meet?
OPTION 1 - Carpool: Meet at 7:00 am in front of Hunters Nightclub in Palm Springs. Click here for Google Maps directions to Hunters.
Hike Leader David can accommodate 3 people with backpacks (or, inquire about possible carpooling with members of your chapter). Parking is available off the road near Hunters.
Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by a driver. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation or ride share.
It is approximately a 2 hour drive to our starting point.
Car Parking Spots To Campsite Options
After meeting at the ski lift ticket booth, we will relocate cars closer to the hike trail head. You'll park your car on the side of the road and leave it there overnight.*
We will then start our hike along the fire/service road up to the campsite.
Start Time: 9:30 am
Hike Duration: About 2 hours
Distance: 3.6 miles, 1,700 ft. elevation gain
Difficulty: Moderately strenuous
While hiking up the fire/service road (gradual incline), one is rewarded with fabulous views of this pristine forest as we slowly ascend. We will take appropriate breaks along the way.
*IMPORTANT! - Every car parking on the along the road MUST have an Adventure Pass or National Parks Pass card on the dashboard.
For more information about passes and permits - click here. PLEASE observe the speed signs/limits while driving on Mt. Baldy Rd.
Tent Campsite Cost: For those tent camping overnight, each tent permit costs $10.00 (for 1 or 2 people) - bring cash. Reservations are not required for tent spaces. Tent permits are purchased at the bottom ski lift booth.
Tent Cabin Rental: Click Here to Reserve
Once we arrive at the campsites (near the Top of the Notch restaurant), you have a few options to consider:
Start Time: Around 15 minutes after hikers from below arrive at the campsite.
Start Location: Meet outside the Top of the Notch restaurant.
Duration: About 5 hours or less round trip
Distance: 6.5 miles, 2,300 ft up and back to the campsite / restaurant
Pace: Slow, with appropriate breaks
Difficulty: VERY Strenuous
Terrain: Dirt, rocky -- WARNING: There are two short areas where the trail is either quite narrow and/or some very steep drop-offs.
Be mindful of the ALTITUDE as the hiking will be in the 7,800 ft - 10,066 ft. range.
Around 9:30 am, we will head back down to the where the cars are parked. Or, you can take the ski lift back down - you'll need to have (or purchase) a ski lift ticket.
Before leaving breakfast option - the Top of the Notch Restaurant & Bar serves a hearty breakfast from 7 to 11 am. If the majority would like to stay for breakfast, we will. The trip Leader will try to arrange for a better group rate (single rate is $13).
If no one is interested, we will head back down earlier than 9:30 am.
Note: Online registration required to acknowledge waiver electronically.
IMPORTANT: Please wear appropriate hiking shoes, bring plenty of water (2 liters or more recommended), food** (snacks / lunch / dinner / breakfast), a hat, sunscreen, In Case of Emergency (ICE) contact Information and a wonderful attitude. Please - no alcohol is to be consumed while on the hiking trails.
** Eating at the Top of the Notch Restaurant & Bar is an option for meals.
Weather - Inclement weather conditions will cancel this backpacking / hiking event.
Contact: Please call David at 760-320-2774 (home #) or email him at email@example.com for inquiries.
It is the highest peak of the San Gabriel Mountains, and the highest point in Los Angeles County, California. The peak is within the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and the Angeles National Forest.
Mount San Antonio's sometimes snow-capped peaks are visible on clear days and dominate the view of the Los Angeles Basin skyline. The peak is pyramid shaped, with a steep south face (Baldy Bowl) and a shallower north face.
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