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    • 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
    • 0
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    Please Note All spaces sold out.  Only GO Members can join the waitlist.  We will notify you if any cancellations happen.  

    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, 1700’ 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-strenuous-high elevation and 1700' elevation gain.
    • 4:00 pm - ‘Tea’ at group tent site Whitney Portal camp. 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, salmon, veggie burgers, salads, fruit, dessert. Park to the left (west) of the Office as you enter from the highway.

    Sunday July 29

    •  1 pm - Check out

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

    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.

    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.



    • Tue, August 14, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Fri, August 17, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • IDYLLWILD COUNTY PARK
    • 12
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    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 which will allow registration as a member. 

    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. 

    Photos: Click Here

    Refunds Cancellation for a refund 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


       TRIP CANCELED

    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
    • 12
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    Nestled mile-high in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, within the historic farming community of Oak Glen, lies The Wildlands Conservancy’s Oak Glen Preserve. The 2,189 acre preserve is home to the Conservancy’s Southern California Montane Botanic Garden, Los Rios Rancho and apple orchards. The Preserve includes prominent peaks: Wilshire (8,707 feet) and Galena (9,324 feet) and a network of trails within the preserve.

    Our camp is located at Oak Glen Retreat in the village of Oak Glen and adjacent to The Oak Glen Preserve. RV sites are 30 AMP  hookup and are located across from the tent sites. Tents sites include electricity and water; 2 tents and 2 vehicles per tent site. 1 RV and tow vehicle per RV site. Open campfire permitted only if weather conditions are favorable. Propane campfires permitted.

    Registration Members Only - Prices are based upon you being a Great Outdoors Palm Springs member. To join and purchase a membership: click here

    Members from other chapters should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email)  to be added to our Chapter's website enable registration for our events.  Each person going must complete a separate registration.  

    Schedule Of Events

    Friday, Sept 21

    • Noon - Check-in 
    • 2:00 pm - Pool/Spa time 
    • 4:00 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*
    • 5:30 pm - Tea Time meet and greet. Bring your favorite beverage.
    • 6:30 pm - Optional group dinner at local restaurant*
    • 8:00 pm - Group campfire activities 

    Saturday, Sept 22

    • 9:00 am - Hike Wildland Conservancy Oak Glen Preserve*
    • 12:00 pm - Lunch at Riley's Los Rios Rancho
    • 6:00 pm - Potluck Theme:    Fall Harvest 
    • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire

    Sunday, Sept 23

    • 9:00 am - Hike*
    • 12:00 pm - Check-out time
    * Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.

    Amenities:  Hookups for RVs; tent sites have electricity & water. RV dump site nearby. Pool, Spa, Local Restaurants and Attractions, Fall apple harvest. Discount available - on site restaurant.

    Los Rios Rancho  is Southern California's largest historic apple ranch. It has a country store and cafe that features slow cooked meats, fresh baked goods, artisan crafts and seasonal fruit. Think apple pie! Needless to say, it will be a good location for hungry hikers to have a picnic! 

    Trails: Conifers of California, The Artist's Palette, Aquatic Ecosystems, Wetlands Boardwark, Chaparral Loop, Deciduous Forest, Stream Trail, Forest of Fir, Pioneer Loop, Falling Waters, Chaparral Vistas, Pisgah Peak.

    What to Bring: Ten Essentialscamp chair, camp table, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, swimwear for pool/spa, potluck item for Saturday night, firewood.

    Directions: 38955 Oak Glen Road Yucaipa CA 92399  MAP DIRECTIONS 

    Climate:  Hist. Avg.:  73° / 50°

    Refunds Cancellation for a refund must be received by September 1, 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: Scott C: VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org

    Photos:  CLICK HERE 

    Pets:  Pets are welcome. Remember leash and to pick up after pet.

     

    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.

    • Sun, October 28, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Tue, October 30, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Joshua Tree National Park, CA
    • 28

    Experience the majestic desert sunrises and sunsets among the giant boulders of Joshua Tree Park. This place is the stuff of camping dreams…starry nights, huge scale rocks, great hikes, beautiful sites and beautiful views. Explore nearby trails that traverse the boulders and visit some historical sites hidden by time and desert climate. We have reserved the most popular and best sites located among the largest boulders and includes the 'cove' sites. Walk up the boulders for best views overlooking the surrounding desert!

    Registration Members Only - Prices are based upon you being a Great Outdoors member. To join and purchase a membership: click hereMembers from other chapters should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email)  to be added to our Chapter's website to enable registration for our events.  Each person going must complete a separate registration.  

    Registration notes: Parking space is limited. Consider ride-sharing. RV driver must select a site that is long enough to accommodate both their rig and any tow vehicle. If you are bringing a tow vehicle, please indicate at time of registration. This includes if you are towing a trailer behind your vehicle. We need this information to assign sites. Tent campers may share a site with RV if parking space is available at the site. Parking for tent is limited to standard size vehicle.  RV's select site size that your rig and tow will  fit into. Select your registration that conforms to the following definitions.

    RV is a vehicle designed as temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, travel or season use.  RVs may be motorized (motorhomes) or towable (travel trailers, folding camping trailers and truck campers).

    Tent: a collapsible shelter of fabric stretched and sustained by poles and used for camping. 

    Schedule Of Events

    Sunday, Oct 28

    • Noon - Check-in 
    • 2:30 pm - Explore local trail Skull Rock 
    • 5:15 pm - Sunset hike nearby location top of the boulders*
    • 5:55 pm Sunset
    • 5:30 pm - Tea Time meet and greet. Bring your favorite beverage and appetizer.
    • 6:30 pm - Dinner on your own*
    • 7:00 pm - Group campfire activities - Site 01

    Monday, Oct 29

    • 9:00 am - Hike Crown Point Lookout*
    • 1:00 pm - Hike Samuelson Rocks or Split Rock*
    • 6:00 pm - Potluck  (bring a dish to share)
    • 6:00 pm - Dutch Oven demo - desert or stew preparation to share*
    • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire - Site 01

    Tuesday, Oct 30

    • 9:00 am - Hike*
    • 12:00 pm - Check-out time
    * Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.

    CARPOOLING ENCOURAGED - LIMITED PARKING SPACES please be sure to indicate if you are in a carpool for this event when you register.

    Amenities: Vault toilets, tables, fire ring.  NO WATER - BRING DRINKING WATER, Showers and  camp supplies available at town of Joshua Tree, Coyote Corner.

    Trails: Skull Rock, Crown Point Lookout, Samuelson Rocks, Live Oak and Ivanpah Tank, Split Rock, Twin Tanks and John's Camp.

    What to Bring: PLENTY OF WATER, Ten Essentialscamp chair, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, day pack for hiking, potluck item, firewood, ear plugs for sleeping and your name tag.

    Directions: Jumbo Rocks Campground is centrally located along Park Boulevard. The campground is approximately 12 miles from Twentynine Palms and 21 miles from the town of Joshua Tree.  MAP CLICK HERE

    Climate:  Hist. Avg.:  78° / 52°   Weather Forecast - click here

    Refunds Cancellation for a refund full must be received by October 21, 2018.  After that date, no refunds.

    Area Information: No cell service or WiFi. No dump station. No water. 

    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.

    Trip Leaders: Scott Connelly and John Niedzwiedz:  eMail click here

    Photos: Jumbo Rocks Campground  & Prior Jumbo Rocks Campout

    Pets:  Pets not allowed on trails. Must be on leash in camp. Snakes and scorpions may be present.

      

     Health Problems/allergies:  Discuss any medical concerns with the trip/ hike leader if you wish.

    Refunds
    CARPOOLING ENCOURAGED - LIMITED PARKING SPACES - please be sure to indicate if you are in a carpool for this event when you register.
    • Thu, November 08, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Tue, November 13, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Catalina State Park, Arizona
    • 27
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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:  Off season so the campground is pick a site upon arrival. Let's pick sites near site 71. 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  must be received by October 1, 2018 unless there is a wait-list.

    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.

    • Fri, December 28, 2018
    • 2:00 AM
    • Tue, January 01, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Agua Caliente County Park, San Diego, CA


    Save The Dates:  Dec 28, 2018 - Jan 1, 2019

    GOLA AND GOPS will be having a joint camping trip to bring in the New Year!

    Check back for Trip Notes.  We are in the process of preparing them.

Past events

Tue, June 26, 2018 T-Shirt Order: click register to shop
Sun, June 17, 2018 Big Bear Serrano
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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