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    • Fri, September 21, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sun, September 23, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • 1

    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. Campground Map Here

    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 
    • 2:30 pm - Hike Oak Glen Preserve Loop. David S.
    • 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.

    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:

    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.

    • Fri, October 12, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sun, October 14, 2018
    • 12:00 PM


    OCTOBER 12-14, 2018



    You will be redirected to San Diego Chapter to register.

    Come out and join the 2018 All Chapter Conference hosted by the San Diego Great Outdoors at Cuyamaca Rancho SP - Green Valley Campground.  

    This year marks the Ruby (40th) Anniversary of the Great Outdoors, for some this has been a journey for others this is new, in either case its a great way to connect with other like minded LGBT and allies.

    Message from the Corporate Chair:

    The Annual Conference is more than just a bunch of business meetings - it’s a full campout with planned activities for all those attending.  Check out their 40th Anniversary Theme!  Can you believe GO is 40 years old?  We will have the usual election of the following three GO Corp. Officers: 

    •             GO Chair of the Board Of Directors
    •             GO Secretary
    •             GO Financial Officer 

    Each Chapter elects or appoints a Board Representative to represent your Chapter at all GO Corp. meetings (usually four per year). 

    The GO Board also consists of the following appointed committees or positions: 

                Archives, Awards, Bylaws, Outings, Outdoors Experience Chair (formerly known as Wilderness Ed), Webmaster & Website Consolidation 

    If you are interested in running for, or nominating someone,for one of the three (3) elected positions or serving on one of our Committees, please let me know. Peter Emond-Worline

    We have a weekend full of fun activities planned for all participants, whether that is to reconnect with old friends or hike in a new area, we'll be offering something for everyone.

    A little about Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

    East of San Diego, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park offers respite from the dry Southern California landscape. The park’s 24,700 acres of oak and conifer forests and expansive meadows are broken by running streams.

    Located in the Peninsular Range of mountains, Cuyamaca Peak, at 6,512 feet, is the second highest point in San Diego County. From the peak, visitors can see Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to the east and the Pacific coastline to the west. Over half of the park’s acreage is designated as state wilderness.  

    Our Campground 

    Green Valley sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet and has a creek which runs through the middle of the campground.  We have 12 campsites for sleeping and one campsite designated as our event space.  

    Saturday Night Event

    What would a Anniversary be without a celebration, our celebration will be themed to the 1970s/80s.  So put on your bell bottoms, or dust off your parachute pants, and let's have some fun.  Prizes will be awards to the best dressed participants.

    Please click here to register and read all about this trip hosted by our San Diego 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.

    • Sat, October 13, 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Sun, October 14, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Chuckwalla Bench
    • 0
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    Less than two hours east of Palm Springs, the Chuckwalla Bench is a spectacular landscape abundant with wildlife and rare desert plants. The Chuckwalla Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) is home to North America’s biggest and most intact old-growth microphyll woodland, as well as some of California’s best desert tortoise habitat. Now remote and peaceful, the Chuckwalla Bench also features a rich history of human activity, from prehistoric and traditional Native American cultural sites, to historic gold miners’ trails. With hundreds of miles of trails and roads, across rugged mountains and sprawling vistas, there are endless opportunities for exploration. Join Mojave Desert Land Trust on October 13th and 14th for a rare chance to explore this invaluable piece of public land and learn its secrets. Logistics, camping gear, tasty back-country meals, and refreshing drinks are provided by the professional outfitters at Joshua Tree Excursions. Please contact Adam Henne ( for more details.

    Depart from Coachella Valley (meeting spot TBD at 1:00 pm on Saturday the 13th, returning late afternoon on Sunday. Transportation provided.

    Itinerary details will be added later and sent to registered guest.

    What to Bring: Personal Items and layered clothing for warm/cool weather. No pets allowed.

    This free event is sponsored and hosted by The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) who have invited us to participate. Representatives from BLM, Conservation Agencies, and Legislators will be present. This is not a Great Outdoors hosted event. The MDLT will be our featured program with speaker at our October 23rd general membership meeting.

    Great Outdoors Contact: Scott C:

    • Sun, October 28, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Tue, October 30, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Joshua Tree National Park, CA
    • 5

    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* Trail begins from camp site.
    • 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. Glen S. who lives in Joshua Tree Village MAP CLICK HERE has offered secure parking at his place for carpooling. Contact Scott if interested.

    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 Refund available only if there is a waitlist.

    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.

    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
    • 20
    "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):   


     Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

    Tuesday Nov 6 and Wednesday Nov 7: 

    Twin Peaks campground (34 tent only & 174 RV sits) All restrooms have running water & flush toilets, 3 have solar showers, potable water available throughout, tent pads raised & graded.

    We could get the group site that will accommodate both tents and RV's. Nov weather avg: 75 high/ 46 low. 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 and we can plan the details. 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.


    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 September 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, August 14, 2018 IDYLLWILD CAMPING
Wed, August 01, 2018 T-Shirt Order: click register to shop
Thu, July 26, 2018 Whitney Portal - Alabama Hills
Tue, July 24, 2018 Backpack: Cottonwood Lakes Loop
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
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
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, 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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