Great Times, Great Friends, Great Outdoors

    • Fri, April 28, 2017
    • Sun, April 30, 2017
    • Santa Cruz Mountains to the Pacific Ocean

    Sold Out.  Please inquire about the waiting list if there are any cancellations.  The Skyline-to-the-Sea is a hiking trail that descends from the ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the best backpacking routes in the Bay Area, and shows off eye-popping landscape in the South Bay woods, from towering old-growth redwoods to banana slugs creeping along the forest floor. We will start at Castle Rock State Park and stay at backpacker trail camps along the way. Our three days offers us the best opportunity to have easy-ish days of hiking at a moderate pace with plenty of time for enjoying the scenic environment featuring exotic sandstone formations, dense hardwoods, and Jurassic Park-like fern grottos. 

    Please click here to read all about this trip hosted by our Santa Barbara/Ventura County Chapter.

    Note:  GO-PS members will need to register on the SB/VC 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, May 04, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
    • 7

    • Length: 5.5 miles.  
    • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    • Elev. Gain/(Loss): (-1,000') 
    • Difficulty:   Moderate
    • Route: Established trail, desert wash, and old road
    • One way with car shuttle
    • Beginning Elevation: 2600'
    Meet at 8:00 AM 
    Location: Hunters on Arenas (Map location)

    We'll carpool to a spot off of Indian Canyon, drop a few cars and then head for the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve in Morongo Valley and  hike down the canyon.


    Bring:
    • Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch and snacks.
    • Sun Protection and layered clothing 
    • Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).
    • Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. 
    • No dogs allowed 

    Hike Leader John N. contact 

    The trail enters a lush riparian oasis, then plunges through the wide, stream-fed wash of Big Morongo Canyon to northeast of Desert Hot Springs. Geological faults and steep canyon walls, and historical points of interest add to the variety of interesting features of this hike.

    Due to its location within this transition zone, the area is especially high in natural diversity. The natural spring fed desert oasis is one of the 10 largest Cottonwood and Willow riparian habitats in California. 

    Big Morongo Canyon Preserve - click here

    Photos prior hike 

    Registration required to acknowledge waiver electronically


    • Fri, May 05, 2017
    • Sun, May 07, 2017
    • Lake Isabella

    Join the San Diego Chapter of the Great Outdoors in beautiful Kern County. We’ll be camping on the shores of Lake Isabella, which is currently filling up at a rate of 3-4 inches a day! In addition to the beautiful lake, we’ll be visiting Remington Hot Springs.

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

    Note:  GO-PS members will need to register on the SD 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, May 06, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
    • 13


                 

    • Departure Time: 8:00 AM
    • Departure Location: Hunter’s on Arenas
    • Trail Length:  4.7 Miles RT
    • Hiking Time: 3 – 4 hours
    • Elevation Gain: 4,262 to 4,580
    • Difficulty: Moderate +
    • Hike Leader:  Sherwood Covill

    This is a jewel of a hike not frequently traveled.  One is rewarded with two historical sites while being surrounded by some of the most magnificent landscape and views in the park.

    The hike starts by winding down the Lucky Boy wash into a canyon with large boulders which need to be navigated either under, around or over. Moderate boulder scrambling and skill will be helpful.  Shortly after leaving this area the trail comes to the no long active Queen mine.  This gold mine was active until 196l.  After briefly exploring the mine area the hike will continue along towering cliffs until it ascends to a ridge and the Eagle Cliff Mine.  There is very little left of the mine today.  As the trail continues from the Eagle mine it tops out on a plateau which runs along the top of the Eagle Cliffs.   It is here, somewhat hidden, a house built in the boulders which are its walls and part of the roof.  It is still very much intact.  It is believed that a small group of miners working at the nearby Eagle Cliff gold mine lived there.  The return hike will proceed back to the Queen mine to a shorter trail directly to the parking lot.  

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), lunch/snacks, sun protection, layered clothing. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.  

    Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels


    • Sun, May 07, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Mt. San Jacinto National Monument
    • 15


    • Meet 9:00 AM
    • at Hunter's on Arenas
    • Distance: 6 miles out & back
    • Total Elevation: 1400ft
    • Duration:  4-5 hours 
    • Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous 
    • Pace: Slow/Moderate
    • Terrain: Mostly Dirt, rocky
    • Altitude  range of 8400ft - 9700ft.
    • Location:  Tram Mountain Station / Long Valley

    Hike Leader: David Stewart

    • Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch and snacks.
    • Sun Protection and layered clothing.  Temperatures can be 30 degrees cooler.
    • Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).
    • Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.

    After a brief stop at the Long Valley Ranger Station to get a wilderness permit, we proceed on 2.5 miles of trails which leads to picturesque Round Valley. Fairly level trail, short climbs, moderately strenuous. Then on to Wellmans Divide: 1-mile hike with a 600 feet elevation gain. The view from here is truly spectacular. Looking west you can see the dome of the Palomar Observatory and to the southwest Tahquitz Peak Lookout. From this point (going down is Deer Spring Trail junction--PCT--Idyllwild), we'll turn around for more fantastic views while descending back to the Tram.

    To see map and photos here 

    Tram tickets: Adult - $25.95, Senior (62+) - $23.95, Summer Pass (May 1 - Aug 31) - $80.00, Annual Pass - $160.00.  No pets allowed.

    Please call 760-320-2774 or email dhs321@gmail.com for inquiries. 

    Poor weather and/or trail conditions will cancel hike.

    • Thu, May 11, 2017
    • Sun, May 14, 2017
    • Sage Hill Campground (Los Padres National Forest)


    Please click here to read all about it and to register for the All Chapter Jamboree.  Jamboree's are overnight camping trips where each of the Chapters participate and it is generally a fund raiser for our umbrella organization. 

    • Tue, May 16, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    • Hunter's On Areanas
    • 25

    Hike Deep Creek Hot Springs near Hesperia, CA

    Date: Tuesday May 16, 2017 8 am

    Meeting Location:  Hunter's on Arenas - click here for Google map directions.  If you plan on driving direct to the trailhead you can find some directions on the Deep Creek Volunteers website - click here.

    Trail Length: 1 mile down, 1 mile back up

    Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,000 feet

    Trailhead Elevation: 4400 feet

    Difficulty Rating: Moderate

    The return hike is uphill with average slope of 8%

    Expected Time Of Return: 6:30 PM

    Registration for this hike is required to acknowledge waiver electronically.

    Road conditions to trailhead: Deep Creek is about 100 miles (2.5 hours) from Palm Springs and the last 6 miles of driving is on a dirt road where you should have a high clearance vehicle. We will park at Bowen Ranch which is private property Parking costs $5 per person (bring exact change). GPS coordinates for the Bowen Ranch House are: 34.363631, -117.162044 or N34 21.507 W117 09.871.  Click here for driving directions.

    Getting to the hot springs themselves requires wading across a cold creek

    Bring: Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch and snacks. Hat, sunscreen and layered clothing are recommended; something to sit on (a towel is good enough, gas money for carpooling, a five-dollar bill for parking.  Sturdy hiking footwear and adequate drinking water are required. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).

    Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

    Deep Creek Hot Springs is a popular, clothing optional, skinny-dipping spot on U.S. Forest Service land. It's got (1) hot springs, (2) a cold creek, (3) beach-like areas and rocks to hang out on.

    Photos:  Please ask before taking photos of people. Click here to see photos from some of our prior trips to Deep Creek.  

    GOPS Naked Policy:  Click here.

    Contacts:

    ScottVPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org (click here) or

    EdWebmaster-PS@GreatOutdoors.org (click here)

    • Thu, May 18, 2017
    • Sun, May 21, 2017
    • Pismo Beach

    Great Outdoors SB/VC presents Pismo Beach Campout

    Here’s your chance to explore one VERY beautiful piece of the central coast!

    Pismo Beach was the site of the VERY first trip I ever led for Great Outdoors, so it has a special place in my heart. Its warm, sunny, and just plain beautiful for camping! There are beach walk options, playing in the surf, people (surfer!) watching, and just enjoying this beautiful location!

    Please click here to read all about this trip hosted by our Santa Barbara/Ventura Chapter.

    Note:  GO-PS members will need to register on the SB/VC 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.



    • Fri, May 19, 2017
    • Sun, May 21, 2017
    • Bartlett Lake · Carefree, AZ


    Barlett Lake Bash
    occurs twice a year always the 3rd weekend of May & September! This is not a Great Outdoors event. We post it here for those GOPS members who may be interested in attending another organization's outdoor camping and lake event.  Several GOPS members have gone for years and a nice size group went in 2016.

    Bartlett Lake Bash was started many years ago (around 1991) by gay men and lesbians who wanted to meet at the Lake. Bartlett was the closest and it was the first lake selected and has now become a tradition! Click here to read about Who, What, Where, When, Why & History of the event.

    Although this event is free, it's not free to camp in the Tonto National Forest.  You will need to buy a $8.00 pass (per night) if you are staying over night at the lake - click here for pass information.

    Visit www.BartlettLakeBash.com for details.  Read this page for the specific location on the lake - click here.  There is a link there to obtain driving directions.  It's approx. a 5 hour drive from the Palm Springs area.

    From their website:  This camping event is not sponsored by a person or any company; it's the people who keep the camping event alive. Each person is responsible for their own supplies and their own camp. The event takes place the 3rd weekend of May and September.

    If you're on Facebook, join their group - click here

    • Fri, May 19, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 816 N Fair Circle Palm Springs, CA, 92262

    Don/David's telephone number is (760) 320-2774

    Don & David are making their lovely pool available to members attending this event.

    PARKING: there is ample street parking available 

    SCHEDULE:

    5:00 PM to 6:00 PM - SWIM/POOL TIME

    6:00 PM to 6:15 PM – SOCIAL PERIOD

    6:15 PM to 7:00 PM – POTLUCK DINNER 

    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – GAME TIME

    WHAT TO BRING:

    1) Potluck Item to share, and you own beverage(s)

    2) Table Games you wish to play  (Great Outdoors provides many games)

    3) SWIM SUIT and TOWEL if you plan to use the pool.

    NOTE:  Bring potluck dishes/snacks/etc. "ready to serve" in a serving bowl or dish, including any needed serving utensils.  PLEASE.... DO NOT ask our hosts to provide access to their ovens or bowls, spoons, etc.

    POTLUCK DISHES

    If your last name begins with Ac to He, please bring a MAIN DISH for at least 4 people (Cassesole, Meat, Stew, Vegetarian entree, etc.)

    If your last name begins with Hi to Pe, please bring a SALAD or SIDE DISH for at least 4 people     (Green salad, pasta salad, potato salad, beans, veggies, etc.)

    If your last name begins with Ph to Sc, please bring a DESSERT for at least 4 people (Cake, pie, cookies, ice cream, etc.).

    If your last name begins with Si to Yo, please bring an APPETIZER or SNACK for at least 4 people (Chips, pretzels, cheese, deviled eggs, crudite, etc.)

    Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts!

    Please call David Warren at 760-818-3696 or e-mail dfwarren32@gmail.com if you are interested in hosting Game Night.

    To view photos from our past game nights - click here.

    To view our Game Night guidelines click here.

    To view our pool nudity policyclick here.

    • Sat, May 20, 2017
    • 8:45 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Valley Station
    • 12

    • Meet time: 8:45 a.m. 
    • Meet Location: Tram's Valley Station
    • Departure 9:00 a.m. Tram
    • Duration: About four hours
    • Distance: 5-mile hike with 800-foot elevation gain
    • Pace: Slow to moderate
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • Suitable for physically fit beginners.
    • Meet Location: Tram’s Ticket / Waiting area no later than 8:45 a.m. so we can take the 9 a.m. tram. (An earlier carpool meetup downtown can be added upon request.

    Contact the hike leader, Howard Goldberg, at 917-692-5873.) 

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), lunch/snacks, sun protection, layered clothing. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. 

    We’ll take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to an elevation of more than 8,500 feet to hike in the Mt. San Jacinto Wilderness. Temperatures at the tram’s Mountain Station can be 30 degrees cooler, so check at https://www.pstramway.com/weather/ before you leave home to determine how much warm clothing to bring.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: You must pay for your own tram ride. The fee is $25.95, or $2 less over age 65, and you can buy ticket online in advance. A Summer Pass, which allows you to ride up the tram as many times as you want through August 31, is $80 and enables the holder to provide a guest a discount. The new $5 parking fee is waived if you show ID as a local area resident or summer or annual pass holder.

    After checking in at the Long Valley Ranger Station, we will hike the Round Valley Loop counterclockwise through pine forests. Bring snacks or lunch, plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, adequate hiking footwear and layered clothing appropriate for forecast temperatures.

    Registration required to acknowledge waiver electronically


    • Tue, May 23, 2017
    • (PDT)
    • Tue, January 23, 2018
    • (PST)
    • 8 sessions
    • 1301 N. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264


    We normally meet at The Center on the 4th Tuesday of each month for our Core Group and General Membership Meetings at the following times:

    6:30 - 7:45 pm Core Group Meeting
    7:45 - 8:00 pm Social Period
    8:00 - 9:00 pm Speaker

    All members and non-members are welcome to attend all meetings.

    The Center is located at 1301 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA. It is on the same side of Palm Canyon as Denny's restaurant, on the up canyon side Meeting room is on the Third Floor.

    • Fri, May 26, 2017
    • Mon, May 29, 2017
    • Las Vegas, Nevada

    Join your friends of Great Outdoors as we head over to Jon and Claude’s for an urban slumber party at their home in Las Vegas!

    This will be one Memorial Day weekend you’ll never forget!

    Please click here to read all about this trip hosted by our Santa Barbara/Ventura 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.


    • Sun, May 28, 2017
    • 9:10 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
    • 9
    • Time: 9:10 am  San Jacinto Peak
    • Tram's Valley Station ticketing area
    • For the 9:30 am departure
    • Distance: 11 miles out & back
    • Summit: 10,834'
    • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft or 701 m
    • Difficulty: Strenuous due to altitude, hike distance and some minor bouldering. (Warning: if you tend to get altitude sickness at high elevation, please do not attempt this hike, or you are not in reasonably good shape.)
    • Terrain: Maintained trail, varied from dirt, rocky and some bouldering near the peak.
    • Hiking time: 7-8 hours depending on pace, includes time for lunch.

    Hike Leader: David Stewart

    Call 760-320-2774 or email David click here

    Registration required to acknowledge waiver electronically

    NOTE!!!

    Tickets for the Tram: You will need to purchase a Tram ticket for this hike. Cost is $25.95 for Adults. AAA Auto Club offers a discount of 10%.  They do have tickets available each day.  But why take the chance (weekend mornings tend to sellout). I recommend purchasing online at least a day before the event. Remember, the tram departure we want to take is 9:30am SHARP -- TRAM TICKETS Click Here

    This all day outing is as good as it gets. The trip starts out by taking the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway almost a mile straight up into the San Jacinto wilderness. The first 2 miles of trail traverses a lovely pine forest, passing through Round Valley. The trail then begins a 1 mile accent to Wellman Divide, a great spot for lunch/snacks with breathtaking views. At this point the trail heads north towards the peak. The forest is somewhat open with the ground covered in lush vegetation, and ever more stunning views of the desert below. Near the summit you will encounter a small stone cabin, and after an easy rock scramble up a 100 yards or so, you will be at the peak. 


     

    • Fri, June 02, 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sun, June 04, 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 46305 Poppet Flats Road Banning, CA 92220
    • 9

    Silent Valley Club is camping resort located 3500 feet up in the scenic San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California, between Banning and Idyllwild.

    DEADLINE to register: Friday, May 19, 2017

    Prices: 

    • RV 1 or 2 persons $110
    • Additional persons in RV $50 each.
    • Tent $40 per person

    Base price is for members. 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 separate registration.  

    Schedule of Events*

    Friday, June 2

    • Noon - Check-in at the gate. Your name will be on the list. No guest or day use visitors allowed.
    • 4:00 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*
    • 6:00 pm - Tea Time meet and greet BYOB. Dinner on your own (There is local restaurant on site)
    • 7:00 pm - Group camp activities 

    Saturday, June 3

    • 9:30 am - Hike  
    • 2:00 pm - Visit Idyllwild or other posted on camp board
    • 6:30 pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share)
    • 7:00 pm - Group Camp activities

    Sunday, June 4

    •  9:30 am - See camp board
    • 11:00 am - Check-out time
    * Check campground white board for activities updates

    Amenities: Wi-Fi, restrooms have electricity, flush toilets, running water and hot showers. All campsites have electricity, paved sites, and shade.

    THINGS TO DO

    • General Store
    • Heated swimming pools
    • Pool tables
    • Restaurant
    • Laundromat
    • Cocktail lounge
    • Outdoor concerts
    • Arts & crafts activities
    • Tennis courts
    • Park-wide wireless internet

    What to Bring Ten Essentials, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, swim suit, potluck item for Saturday night. Propane gas fire ring. No open fires allowed.

    Directions:

    • I-10 to Hargrave St in Banning. Take CA-243 To Poppet Flats. 
    • Address: 46305 Poppet Flats Road, Banning CA 92220
    • Map Directions Click Here

    Climate:  Low: 53   High: 87 Mean: 70

    Refunds Cancellation for a refund minus service fee of $5.00 must be received by May 19, 2017.

    Contact: Scott Connelly

    Pets: Dogs are welcomed. Must be kept on leash. Please clean up after your pet. No pets at Village Center.

    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.


    • Thu, June 15, 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Sun, June 18, 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • Headquarters Campground, near Kernville, CA

    After years of drought, the Kern river returns as southern California’s most convenient white water rafting playground. Come join Great Outdoors as we enjoy a long weekend in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains. With the hot summer days approaching, imagine yourself cooling off in the river, white water rafting, or relaxing along the shore. We have reserved shaded river-side campsites at Headquarters Campground, located about 10 miles from Kernville, and we can accommodate a limited number of RVs/Trailers (up to 30 foot). In Kernville, you can grab a meal, shop for groceries, or visit the shops downtown.

    Please click here to read all about this trip hosted by our Los Angeles Chapter.

    • Fri, June 16, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 1047 Chino Canyon Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262

    Mark's telephone number is (760) 320-8925

    Mark & Bill are making their lovely pool and spa available to members attending this event.

    PARKING: PARKING; there is ample parking in              1.) Mark's driveway and 2.) Along the NORTH side of Chino Canyon (opposite side of the street from Mark's home). 

    SCHEDULE:

    5:00 PM to 6:00 PM - SWIM/POOL TIME

    6:00 PM to 6:15 PM – SOCIAL PERIOD

    6:15 PM to 7:00 PM – POTLUCK DINNER 

    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – GAME TIME

    WHAT TO BRING:

    1) Potluck Item to share, and you own beverage(s)

    2) Table Games you wish to play  (Great Outdoors provides many games)

    3) SWIM SUIT and TOWEL if you plan to use the pool/spa

    NOTE:  Bring potluck dishes/snacks/etc. ready to serve in a serving bowl or dish, including any needed serving utensils.  PLEASE.... DO NOT ask our game night hosts to provide access to their ovens or bowls, spoons, etc.

    POTLUCK DISHES

    If your last name begins with Ac to Fr, please bring a SIDE DISH or SALAD for at least 4 people (green salad, macaroni salad, potato salad, warm veggies, etc.)

    If your last name begins with Ga to Ke, please bring a DESSERT for at least 4 people (cake, pie, fruit salad, cookies, ice cream, etc.)

    If your last name begins with Kl to Mo , please bring a SNACK or APPETIZER for at least 4 people (chips, pretzels, nuts, cheese/crackers, soup, crudite, etc.)

    If your last name begins with Mu to Yo, please bring a MAIN DISH for at least 4 people (Meat dish, veggie casserole, etc.)

    Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts!

    Please call David Warren at 760-818-3696 or e-mail dfwarren32@gmail.com if you are interested in hosting Game Night.

    To view photos from our past game nights - click here.

    To view our Game Night guidelines click here.

    To view our pool nudity policy - click here.

    • Sun, June 25, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • To Be Announced
    • 60

    SUMMER POOL PARTY! 

    SAVE THE DATE.

    One of the benefits of joining the Great Outdoors are social events. GOPS members and their guests are invited to attend this summer pool party with lunch provided by the Club. Pool parties are held at a member's home with a limited number of guests. 

    The details for this event are still in the planning stages. We will update this description with the final details prior to opening registration.

    Registrations are initially limited to GO members and their guests. If spots become available for the general public, we will open up slots for them here - so please check back.

    Members are free, member guests are $5.

    General public registrations (if the become available) will be $25 which includes a one year annual membership.

    The pool party location will be announced only to those who register for the event. 

    Lunch menu will be announced later with a vegetarian option.

    Schedule

    Sunday, June 25th

    • Noon - Arrive
    • 1 pm - Lunch
    • 5 pm - Departure

    What to Bring: Towel, swimsuit, suntan lotion, folding chair, flip-flops.

    Directions: To be announced to those that register for this event.

    Contact: Joe via email:  socialeventscoordinator-ps@greatoutdoors.org

    Photos:  Before taking photos, please ask the subject if that's OK with them... Everyone doesn't want to be splashed all over the internet.

    Naked Policy:  Please this event is not a clothing optional event.  Please read our policy at - click here.

    Children:  Require a special waiver liability - contact Joe via email: socialeventscoordinator-ps@greatoutdoors.org

    Pets: Please leave your pets at home.

    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 party host leader if you wish.


    • Fri, July 14, 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 1592 S. Compadre Rd - Palm Springs CA 92264

    Bond's telephone number is  (760) 459-5059

    Bond is making his lovely pool available to members attending this event.

    PARKING: PARKING; there is ample parking on both sides of Compadre Road as well as in Bond's driveway.

    SCHEDULE:

    4:30 PM to 6:00 PM - SWIM/POOL TIME

    6:00 PM to 6:15 PM – SOCIAL PERIOD

    6:15 PM to 7:00 PM – POTLUCK DINNER 

    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – GAME TIME

    WHAT TO BRING:

    1) Potluck Item to share, and you own beverage(s)

    2) Table Games you wish to play  (Great Outdoors provides many games)

    3) SWIM SUIT and TOWEL if you plan to use the pool/spa

    NOTE:  Bring potluck dishes/snacks/etc. ready to serve in a serving bowl or dish, including any needed serving utensils.  PLEASE.... DO NOT ask our game night hosts to provide access to their ovens or bowls, spoons, etc.

    POTLUCK DISHES

    If your last name begins with Ac to By, please bring a DESSERT for at least 4 people (Cake, pie, cookies, ice cream, etc.).

    If your last name begins with Ca to Fi, please bring an APPETIZER or SNACK for at least 4 people (Chips, pretzels, cheese, deviled eggs, crudite, etc.)

    If your last name begins with Fl to Ph , please bring a MAIN DISH for at least 4 people (Cassesole, Meat, Stew, Vegetarian entree, etc.)

    If your last name begins with Po to Yo, please bring a SALAD or SIDE DISH for at least 4 people. (Green salad, pasta salad, potato salad, beans, veggies, etc.)

    Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts!

    Please call David Warren at 760-818-3696 or e-mail dfwarren32@gmail.com if you are interested in hosting Game Night.

    To view photos from our past game nights - click here.

    To view our Game Night guidelines click here.

    To view our pool nudity policyclick here.

    • Tue, July 18, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • 1301 N. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264


    PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF MEETING NIGHT FOR THIS MONTH.

    We will meet at The Center on the 3rd Tuesday of July for our Core Group and General Membership Meeting at the following times:

    6:30 - 7:45 pm Core Group Meeting
    7:45 - 8:00 pm Social Period
    8:00 - 9:00 pm Speaker

    All members and non-members are welcome to attend all meetings.

    The Center is located at 1301 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA. It is on the same side of Palm Canyon as Denny's restaurant, on the up canyon side Meeting room is on the Third Floor. Click here for Google map directions.

    • Sun, July 23, 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Wed, July 26, 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Big Bear Lake (Serrano Campground)
    • 18

    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.

    Recreation

    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.

    Facilities

    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.

    Itinerary

    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 brian92234@hotmail.com

    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.

    • Sat, July 29, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 375 San Francisco Ave, Pomona, CA 91767

    The Great Outdoors Corporate Board meets quarterly each year to discuss issues.  They usually meet in a private home for their 1st (January), 2nd (April), 3rd (July) meetings.  The final meeting is held at the annual conference each year.

    Click here for Google map directions.

    • Fri, August 18, 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 38443 Paradise Way, Cathedral City, CA 92234

    Dennis' telephone number is (760) 709-7289

    Dennis and Andy are making their big pool and spa available to members attending this event.

    PARKING: there is ample parking on Paradise Way, but please do NOT park in the  long driveway unless previous approval is given by Dennis. 

    SCHEDULE:

    4:30 PM to 6:00 PM - SWIM/POOL TIME

    6:00 PM to 6:15 PM – SOCIAL PERIOD

    6:15 PM to 7:00 PM – POTLUCK DINNER 

    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – GAME TIME

    WHAT TO BRING:

    1) Potluck Item to share, and you own beverage(s)

    2) Table Games you wish to play  (Great Outdoors provides many games)

    3) SWIM SUIT and TOWEL if you plan to use the pool/spa

    NOTE:  Bring potluck dishes/snacks/etc. ready to serve in a serving bowl or dish, including any needed serving utensils.  PLEASE.... DO NOT ask our game night hosts to provide access to their ovens or bowls, spoons, etc.

    POTLUCK DISHES

    If your last name begins with Ac to Ca, please bring an APPETIZER or SNACK for at least 4 people (Chips, pretzels, cheese, deviled eggs, crudites, etc.) 

    If your last name begins with Ch to Ma, please bring a MAIN DISH for at least 4 people (Casserole, meat, stew, vegetarian entree, etc.) 

    If your last name begins with Me to Sh, please bring a SALAD or SIDE DISH for at least 4 people     (Green salad, pasta salad, potato salad, beans, veggies, etc.) 

    If your last name begins with Si to Yo, please bring a DESSERT for at least 4 people (Cake, pie, cookies, etc.)

    Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts!

    Please call David Warren at 760-818-3696 or e-mail dfwarren32@gmail.com if you are interested in hosting Game Night.

    To view photos from our past game nights - click here.

    To view our Game Night guidelines click here.

    To view our pool nudity policyclick here.

    • 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 - BurningMan.org (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 TicketFly.com 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., Craigslist.com) - 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. 

    Additional Information/Contacts

    Ed at (760)282-GOPS or via email at: BurnerBuddies@gmail.com 

    - or - 

    Ron at (760)218-2802 or via email at: rbgilbert@gmail.com


    • Fri, September 15, 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 2825 E. Verona Rd. Palm Springs, CA 92262

    Brian's telephone number is (760) 320-2774

    Brian Harradine, Jim O'Keefe and Ed Lefkowitz are making their pool available for this event.

    PARKING: there is ample street parking available 

    SCHEDULE:

    4:30 PM to 6:00 PM - SWIM/POOL TIME

    6:00 PM to 6:15 PM – SOCIAL PERIOD

    6:15 PM to 7:00 PM – POTLUCK DINNER 

    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – GAME TIME

    WHAT TO BRING:

    1) Potluck Item to share, and you own beverage(s)

    2) Table Games you wish to play  (Great Outdoors provides many games)

    3) SWIM SUIT and TOWEL if you plan to use the pool.

    NOTE:  Bring potluck dishes/snacks/etc. "ready to serve" in a serving bowl or dish, including any needed serving utensils.  PLEASE.... DO NOT ask our hosts to provide access to their ovens or bowls, spoons, etc.

    POTLUCK DISHES

    If your last name begins with Ac to He, please bring a MAIN DISH for at least 4 people (Cassesole, Meat, Stew, Vegetarian entree, etc.)

    If your last name begins with Hi to Pe, please bring a SALAD or SIDE DISH for at least 4 people     (Green salad, pasta salad, potato salad, beans, veggies, etc.)

    If your last name begins with Ph to Sc, please bring a DESSERT for at least 4 people (Cake, pie, cookies, ice cream, etc.).

    If your last name begins with Si to Yo, please bring an APPETIZER or SNACK for at least 4 people (Chips, pretzels, cheese, deviled eggs, crudite, etc.)

    Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts!

    Please call David Warren at 760-818-3696 or e-mail dfwarren32@gmail.com if you are interested in hosting Game Night.

    To view photos from our past game nights - click here.

    To view our Game Night guidelines click here.

    To view our pool nudity policyclick here.

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    Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts! 

    • Fri, September 22, 2017
    • Sun, September 24, 2017
    • Bonita Ranch Campground


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

    We are planning a camping trip to Lytle Creek Bonita Ranch. 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:

    Contact: VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org

    • 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:

    Contact: VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org

Past events

Sun, April 23, 2017 Warm Springs, Saline Valley (DVNP) Campout
Thu, April 20, 2017 HIKE: Mission Creek-Whitewater
Tue, April 18, 2017 Monthly Member Meeting
Tue, April 18, 2017 HIKE: MOON COUNTRY
Sat, April 15, 2017 HIKE: The Maze
Fri, April 14, 2017 Game Night and POOL time hosted by Jerry Hansen
Thu, April 13, 2017 HIKE: Cathedral Canyon
Sat, April 08, 2017 Bike: Whitewater River Route
Tue, March 28, 2017 Monthly Member Meeting

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