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    • Sun, July 23, 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Wed, July 26, 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Big Bear Lake (Serrano Campground)
    • 7

    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.

    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.


    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.

    Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information - click here.


    Sunday July 23

    • 2 PM - Arrival begins. Look for Great Outdoors Banner and placards. Call if needed (Brian 760-333-6842)
    • 6 PM - Teatime meet and greet. Bring appetizers if you would like to share.

    Monday July 24

    • 10 AM - Gather for consensus* on hiking and 4x4 trips*. Option for mountain biking at Snow Summit. Lift tickets about $40. Gear rental about $50. We can haul bikes up hill with 4x4 trip
    • 6:30 PM - Pot luck Dinner
    • Sunset Campfire followed by Bingx

    Tuesday July 25

    • 10 AM - Gather for consensus* of 4x4 trips, hiking and going into town.
    • 5:30 PM - Dinner on your own 50/50 Raffle

    Wednesday July 26

    • 12 Noon - Check out
    * Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.

    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

    PricingWe 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.

    • Sun, August 27, 2017
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Mon, September 04, 2017
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Black Rock City, Nevada

    The annual Burning Man event started on San Francisco's Baker Beach in 1986. In 1990, it moved to the Black Rock Desert (BRD) and has been there since. BRD is about 120 miles outside of Reno, NV. In 2008, 49,000+ people showed up; in 2009 - just over 44,000; in 2010 another new record - 51,454; in 2011 it officially sold out at 54,000+ for the first time in it's history. In 2012 - 56,149. In 2013, over 69,613 people attended the event! 

    What Is Burning Man? Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather to create Black Rock City (BRC) in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, dedicated to community, art, self-expression and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever. To learn more about this incredible experience, read about their culture (click here) and particularly their Ten Principles (click here). You can read more about Burning Man at their official website - (click here). Wikipedia has some background information - click here

    The 2017 Art Theme is "Radical Ritual" - click here to read more about it. 

    Dates: Sunday 8/27 - Monday 9/4, 2017 

    Cost: $425 each for an "Individual Sale" entrance ticket (plus S/H fees) + the cost of a week of camping (food, water, etc) + fuel to get there and back. An additional $80 (plus fees) will be required for each vehicle entering the event - you must purchase a vehicle pass for each vehicle. 

    You must register in advance for tickets (click here for important sale types and dates). And, you must have what's called a Burner Profile on file before the ticket sale starts (click here).  You should also have a an setup with using the same email address as listed on your Burner Profile.

    This is a "free form" Great Outdoors (GO) event. Free form means there are no GO trip notes, registration forms or extra fees.  We would like you to register here also so we can let you know about future Burning Man and GO trips.  You will need to register with the Burning Man organizers and pay their ticket fees. GO members (and friends) will join forces and enjoy this event as a group or as individuals. The event goes for one week - but, you can go for a shorter period of time if you wish. We will camp together (or not if you wish) and enjoy some shared activities and events. We have a Facebook page for our camp - called Burner Buddiesclick here.

    Once you actually purchase a ticket, email one of the contacts listed below as we keep a separate roster of those actually going to camp with us. 

    Note 1: You must create a Burner Profile prior to purchasing any admission ticket for 2017. To create a profile, visit this page: click here

    Note 2$990 & $1,200 Pre-Sale tickets - These are more expensive tickets. Part of your increased cost is to help out those who can't afford the full ticket price. Registration for this option begins at Noon on 1/25/2017 and ends at Noon on 1/27/2017. Further ticket information can be found online - click here. Don't forget to buy a Vehicle Pass when you purchase your ticket! 

    Note 3: Regular "Individual Sale" ticket ($425 each) registration begins at Noon on 3/22/2017 and ends at Noon on 3/24/2017. You'll need to have or create a Burner Profile prior to registering - see Note 1 above. Individual Sale tickets for the 2017 event start at Noon on 3/29/2017. Further ticket information can be found at - click here. Don't forget to buy a Vehicle Pass! You have to be ready to log in at precisely Noon and get into a ticket queue. Waiting even 2 minutes after Noon will result in not getting tickets for 2017. Tickets and vehicle passes were processed and sold out within 45 minutes in 2016. 

    Note 4: Other ticket options are available as well. Further ticket information can be found online - click here. Don't forget you'll need to buy a Vehicle Pass as well as a ticket! Tickets can also be found on the open market (e.g., - but you should never pay more than face value of the ticket to prevent scalping. Be very aware of counterfeit tickets (click here) when buying them on the open market - "buyer beware" applies to Burning Man tickets as well. 

    What's it like to camp there? Look at their First Timer's webpage - click here. Be sure to read their Survival Guideclick here (the 2017 version will come out soon). You should start reading their newsletter called Jack Rabbit Speaks - click here.

    Please Note: Burning Man is a clothing optional event. If nudity offends you, you should not attend this event! Our group is clothing optional as well (we will have naked people in our camp). 

    Each person is responsible for his/her own meals. We do not organize a collective kitchen or meals (as some other camps do). 

    Our group camp is a registered Theme Camp called Burner Buddies (and Nacho Daddies is part of our camp). You can read about Theme Camps or a Village. We don't charge any extra fee(s) to camp with us. We are a bunch of people who decide to camp together, share experiences and provide a place to be with others. Our Theme Camp issues Gay Cards (do you have an official one?), we host a large cocktail party with an abundant amount of snacks and when Nacho Daddies is part of us, we give away freshly made salsa, chips and cheese sauce (nachos). We have impromptu cocktail hours and share snacks with camp members. You are responsible for bringing everything you'll need - shelter (vehicle, tent(s), RV, etc.), shade, food, water, cooking equipment, bike, etc. Think of this as dry camping for a week. There are no shower facilities, but people take solar showers. Porta potties are placed throughout the event. Ice (cube or block) is available for purchase to keep your items cool. 

    If you'd like to join our group, purchase your ticket and then send us your name and email address and we'll keep you informed. Our camp is full. If space becomes available, we'll keep you posted.

    Additional Information/Contacts

    Ed at (760)282-GOPS or via email at: 

    - or - 

    Ron at (760)218-2802 or via email at:

    • Fri, September 22, 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sun, September 24, 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • 900 South Fork Road, Lytle Creek Ca 92358
    • 40

    Lytle Creek at Bonita Ranch offers spacious and shaded campsites located at 3000' elevation along the Lytle Creek canyon with cooler temperatures.      

    • Non members can purchase a $25  1 yr. membership while registering for this event. 
    • RV 1 or 2 persons $90
    • Tent $30 per person
    • Additional persons in RV $25 each.

    Schedule of Events*

    Friday, September 22

    • Noon - Check-in 
    • 6:00 pm - Tea Time: meet and greet. Bring appetizer to share and your favorite beverage.
    • Dinner on your own 
    • 7:00 pm - Group campfire activities 

    Saturday, September 23

    • 9:30 am - Nearby Hike Bonita Falls* 
    • 12:30 pm - Check camp board for schedule
    • 6:30 pm - Group Dinner: Bring your own entree to grill over a large Barbecue Pit and a side dish to share.
    • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire activities

    Sunday, September 24

    •  9:30 am - See camp board
    •  Noon - Check-out time

    *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.


    Day Hiking at Lytle Creek - Cajon Pass Recreation Area

    Viewing Scenery at Lytle Creek - Cajon Pass Recreation Area:

    What to BringTen 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


    • Fri, October 06, 2017
    • Sun, October 08, 2017
    • Table Mountain

    GO Annual Conference

    Save the dates! Full trip notes to follow. 

    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.

    • Thu, November 16, 2017
    • Sun, November 19, 2017
    • Furnace Creek Campground

    ***** SAVE THE DATES ****

    We are planning a camping trip to Death Valley. Details will be coming out later.  Please check back here and watch for an email announcement.

    For further information or details about this upcoming event, please send an email to:


Past events

Thu, June 15, 2017 Kern River & Whitewater Rafting
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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