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Escape the July heat with the Great Outdoors Palm Springs chapter at a campout at Big Bear Lake! Great Outdoors will be camping at the Serrano Campground, located near the north shore of Big Bear Lake, for three days, starting of Sunday July 23 and departing Wednesday July 26, 2017. Our sites will be in the Summer Wind loop, and are standard, dry-camping sites which will be shared between RVs and tents.
Serrano Campground is a beautiful place for campers to come to enjoy Big Bear Lake. It is a scenic and fairly modern campground that provides access to a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Drinking water, flush toilets and showers a located in the campground.
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.
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. We will organize a hike during the outing, and a off-road bike ride if people are interested. 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. Anglers can look forward to a possible catch of trout, bass, catfish, carp, bluegill and crappie, among others.
Nearby the campground is the Big Bear Discovery Center. Opened in 1998, the Big Bear Discovery Center is the largest visitor center in the Big Bear Valley. They have Adventure Passes, Hiking & Biking Maps, Maps of Forest Roads & Off-highway Vehicle Adventures, and Forest Service Permits. More info is available - click here.
The City of Big Bear is located a short drive from the campsite. Numerous services are located in and nearby Big Bear. More info is available - click here.
The campground offers more than a hundred sites for tent and RV camping. Each site is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible flush toilets, showers and drinking water are provided.
Activities and Amenities
Accessible Flush Toilets - Campfire Rings - Drinking Water - Dump Station - Educational Programs - Firewood Vendor - Grills - Host Interpretive Trails - Picnic Area - RV sites - Self Pay Station - Showers - Tent Pads - Trash Collection
In accordance with standard industry practices, Mountain Top Recreation will be assessing a $5 additional vehicle fee per night on the second vehicle in each single family campsite, and on the third and fourth vehicles in any double family campsite, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site. In the case of motorcycles, the first two are considered to be one vehicle and the third and fourth are also considered to be one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles. There is overflow parking along North Shore Lane for additional vehicles, at no charge. Additional vehicle fees are paid by the campers and reimbursed by GOPS. Click here to see the overflow parking location.
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Sunday July 23
Monday July 24
Tuesday July 25
Wednesday July 26
What to Bring - Ten Essentials, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, potluck item for Saturday night, 1-2 bundles of firewood for the group campfire, bought locally.
Pets - Dogs are allowed. Must be kept on 6' leash. Please pick up after your pet and dispose of waste properly.
Directions - click here.
Climate - Low 80’s / Lows Mid 40's
Refunds - Cancellation for a refund minus service fee of $15.00 must be received by July 9th.
Contact - Brian Davis via phone at 760-333-6842 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pricing - We have different pricing levels based upon you staying in a tent or RV in one of our sites or staying in a site you booked yourself (or in a nearby hotel/motel/friend's house). 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. Each person going must complete a registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.
Note: 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.
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.
Lytle Creek at Bonita Ranch offers spacious and shaded campsites located at 3000' elevation along the Lytle Creek canyon with cooler temperatures.
Schedule of Events*
Friday, September 22
Saturday, September 23
Sunday, September 24
*Check campground white board for activities updates
Amenities: Restrooms have electricity, flush toilets, running water and hot showers. All campsites have electricity, water and shade. RV sites have 30 AMPS and water. Dump station nearby.
THINGS TO DO*
Day Hiking at Lytle Creek - Cajon Pass Recreation Area
Viewing Scenery at Lytle Creek - Cajon Pass Recreation Area:
What to Bring: Ten Essentials, camp chair, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, potluck item and your entree item to grill on the barbecue for Saturday evening and an appetizer to share for Friday evening.
Pets: Are welcomed. Must be kept on leash.
Approx. 80 miles from Palm Springs
Address: 900 South Fork Road, Lytle Creek CA 92358
Map Directions - Click Here
Refunds: Cancellation for a refund minus service fee of $5.00 must be received by September 12, 2017
Contact: Scott Connelly - Click Here
GO Annual Conference
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Please click here to read all about this trip hosted by our Los Angeles Chapter.
Note: GO-PS members will need to register on the hosting Chapter's website for this trip. Your registration information there will be separate from your GO-PS information. Paid members of the GO-PS Chapter do not need to pay an additional $25 for a GO membership.
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