Great Times, Great Friends, Great Outdoors

    • Fri, January 18, 2019
    • Mon, January 21, 2019
    • Mojave Desert

    Sponsored by Great Outdoors San Diego

    Cancelled to to Government Shutdown

    To see details and register for this trip, follow this link:

    Mojave National Preserve & Mitchell Caverns - MLK Weekend (click here)


    • Sat, January 19, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Mt. San Jacinto State Park
    • 9
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    We have changed the date and time to this Saturday Jan 19 at 7:00 as this is the first day snowshoe rental is available

    Strap on your snowshoes and head into the stillness of the winter forest at the top of the Tram. There are many ways to enjoy the snow in the San Jacinto Mountains, but snowshoeing is perhaps one of the most exhilarating. Snowshoes can be rented at the Adventure Center at the top of the tram. We will hike a mile or so in Long Valley, mostly level terrain.

    • Distance: 1 mile
    • Difficulty: Moderate easy
    • Minimum Elevation 
    • Type: Out and back 
    • Hike time:1-2 hours
    • Meeting location: Tram valley station:7:00 AM if you have a tram pass. Arrive earlier if you need to get in line for a ticket.
    • Departure time: 8AM Tram 

    Tickets for the Tram:  $25.95 Adult $23.95 Senior.  Recommend arriving by 6:45 am or earlier to get in line to purchase ticket. Advance tickets are sold out. 

    The Adventure Center where we rent the snowshoes is only open on weekends and holidays. Posted rental rate on website is $18 per day.

    What to bring: 

    Money for snowshoe rental-tram-lunch, water, sun protection, layered clothing (temperature is 30 degrees cooler on the mountain), hiking poles may be helpful.  Sturdy hiking footwear suitable for winter snowshoeing.

    Optional Lunch afterwards at the Peaks Restaurant at the Mountain Station top of the Tram. 

    Contact Hike Leader: David Stewart email

    Registration Note: Due to the popularity of some of our events, we may initially limit registrations to members only. Non-Members will be given a chance at a future date to register if space is still available. Members need to be signed in with their email and password in order to register for member only events.

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the trip leader that may affect your ability to complete the trip.

    • Sun, January 20, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • South Lykken Trail, Palm Springs CA
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    A rare opportunity to see a full lunar eclipse and a blood moon. Hike up to the tables at the overlook viewing the lunar eclipse. We will be at a spectacular location overlooking Palm Springs from a ridge along the San Jacinto Mountains.

    Due to popularity of this hike we are expanding the number of spots available. Hike Leader Howard Goldberg will co- lead.

    • Meet Time: 7:30 pm
    • Meet at trailhead: S. Palm Canyon/Bogart Trail MAP
    • Trail Length: 2 miles round trip
    • Hiking time: 2.5 hrs
    • Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 540’
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate 
    • Type: Trail
    • Trail Route: Out and back

    7:33 pm Partial Eclipse begins Partial moon eclipse starts - moon is getting red.

    8:41 pm Total Eclipse begins Total moon eclipse starts - completely red moon.

    Bring headland or flashlight (red lens preferred to protect night vision), binoculars, snacks. Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 liter recommended), layered clothing to stay warm. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.


    When the Full Moon passes through the centre of the Earth's shadow during the eclipse, it is shielded from the Sun's bright rays. ... The sunlight is refracted through the Earth's dusty atmosphere and scatters out blue light on the visible spectrum, leaving red wavelengths to light up the lunar orbit.


    Non member and guest registration may be available 3 days prior if space is available. You may purchase a 1 year membership for $25: Click Here

    Contact Hike Leader: Scott Connelly

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 


    • Tue, January 22, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PST)
    • 1301 N. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
    • 13
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    MEMBER MONTHLY MEETING & SPEAKER


      6:30 - 7:45 pm Core Group Meeting 
      7:45 - 8:00 pm Social Period
      8:00 - 9:00 pm Speaker:  
    Mojave Desert Land TrustMDLT)
    Chuckwalla Bench 

    Get the update on an overnight trip to the Chuckwalla Bench hosted by MDLT. The previous trip was cancelled due to flash flood in the area. The trip is being rescheduled.

    Discover one of the best-kept secrets of the California Desert — 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. Mojave Desert Land Trust works with the Bureau of Land Management and other local partners to help protect this gem of the California desert and to share its beauty with the public.

    Our guest speaker will be:  Adam Henne, MDLT

    All members and non-members are welcome to attend all meetings. Members get an advance opportunity to register for this meeting and to listen to our guest speaker. We are asking that you register (free) for this event so we can set the room up for the size attending. If the registration limit is reached, a waiting list will be formed automatically. 

    Club members will be given first priority for attendance. Non-Members may only register two weeks in advance of the meeting date. Non-Members may join our Chapter immediately by clicking here.

    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 directions.

    • Wed, January 23, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Hyatt Hotel Palm Springs

    All the great groups, clubs, organizations, and things that the Coachella Valley has to offer in one spot! Great Outdoors Palm Springs will have a display table to share information about our club.

    If you would like to help staff the GOPS table and talk to prospective members contact Dennis Email

    For your information. Response not required.

    This event is hosted by The Center.



    • Thu, January 24, 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Mon, January 28, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Tecopa Hot Springs
    • 17
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    Discover the wonders of the desert at the southern end of Death Valley!  

    Natural hot springs located in a relaxed desert environment. These are gender-segregated, no-clothing-mandatory, indoor hot pools for soaking that are open 24 hours. Tecopa Hot Springs Resort is a desert oasis that offers a variety of activities and amenities. Restaurants, live music, entertainment, hiking, off road adventures and many nearby attractions and interaction with some of the nicest people in the Mojave Desert. Large campground with 30 AMP RV hookup sites. Tents share sites with electricity, includes restrooms, showers, and unlimited entry into the hot springs. Tent sites are located on level gravel area among the RV's. We have the community center reserved for evening activities.  


    Schedule Of Events

    Wed Jan 23 

    -Optional early arrival ($10 extra)

    Thurs Jan 24

    • 10:00 am Check in, set up camp
    • 12:00 pm Pool time all afternoon
    • 5:00 pm Meet and greet tea, BYOB and appetizer to share 
    • 6:00 pm Dinner on your own or group at restaurant
    • 7:30 pm Group campfire and/or pool time

    Friday Jan 25

    • 9:30 am Hike* or road trip adventure*
    • 5:30 pm Potluck.  Dish for 4 to 6 persons*
    • 7:00 pm Group campfire and/or pool time

    Saturday Jan 26

    • 9:30 am Hike or road trip adventure* 
    • 3:00 pm Film screening documentary **Shoshone
    • 5:30 pm Speaker and Dining adventure : Amargosa Conservancy - Tanya Henderson at Community Center
    • 6:00 Social and appetizers
    • 6:30 Dinner-Bring something to grill on the charcoal grill. Soups, salad,bread,desserts provided. 
    • 8:00 pm Group campfire 

    Sunday Jan 27

    • 9:30 am Exploration adventure*
    • 5:30 pm Tea time and gather for dinner plans
    Monday Jan 28
        12 Noon  Check out

    * Check white board for hike/outings updates 

    Registration Notes:

    Registration includes admission to hot pools. You will have option to add early arrival on Wednesday for $10 extra.

    You must be a member of GOPS or another GO Chapter before you can register for this event. Other GO Chapter members should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email) in order to be added as a member of our Chapter.

    Amenities:  Free Wi-Fi at the local community center library. No cell service. Bring drinking water (local water is not potable). RV dump station. Nearby restaurants.

    Motel accommodations:

    What to Bring: WATER, the local water is not for drinkingTen Essentials, camp chair, electric heater/blanket for your tent,cash, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, potluck item, heavy duty tent stakes in case of wind, extension cord, electric blanket or heater, firewood/and or propane fire-pit and extra propane tank.

    Bring something to grill on the charcoal grill Saturday night.

    You may also consider bringing or renting a 4x4 off road vehicle. We will explore nearby trails with 4x4 vehicles. Drivers may have passenger space available.

    DirectionsCampground Location map

    Located about 50 miles north of Baker CA via Hwy 127.

    ClimateHist. Avg.:  60° /35° Be prepared for cold nights. Tents can plug in electric heaters/blankets.30 AMP adapter for 120 outlet may be needed. See your RV neighbor for adapters.   Check weather forecast and plan accordingly.

    Possible Adventures:

    • New hike into  obscure volcanic canyon near Dante's View Death Valley
    • Amargosa River Canyon Hike  The Amargosa River
    • Shoshone Museum and historic walking tour
    • Dublin Gulch caves and Cemetery
    • Old Miner's Caves at Dublin Gulch in Shoshone.
    • Shoshone Wetlands Hiking Trail
    • Hike Tecopa hills loop or Tecopa Peak
    • Hikes in southern end of Death Valley
    • Saratoga Springs death Valley
    • China Date Ranch
    • China Ranch Water Fall and Slot Canyon
    • Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
    • Dumont Dunes
    • Salt Creek Hills nature trail
    • Saratoga Springs and Ibex Dunes
    • Death Valley hikes- Jubilee Pass
    • 4x4 Backcounty roads to old mine sites and points of interest.
    • 3pm Sat. Jan 26 at the Flower Building in Shoshone:

      **The Death Valley Premiere of The Women In The Sand, a documentary film about the lives and work of the Timbisha Shoshone elders who fought to gain federal recognition for the tribe, for the repatriation of their homeland, and for the continued survival of their traditional ways.Members of the tribe and the producers/creators of the film will hold a Q&A session after the screening and refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by the Shoshone Museum and the Tecopa Shoshone Writer's Group. The film is 73 minutes long, plus time for the Q&A afterward. The event is free, as always, and attendees are encouraged to donate to the Tupipa Project.

      Here's a trailer for the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6uQneJpvqM

      The Flower Building is the big, square building a couple of buildings over from the museum on the same side of the street. It's called the Flower Building because of all the colorful flowers painted on the side!


    Refunds:  Cancellation for a refund due by 01/17/2019. 

    Contact: Scott Connelly Click Here 

    Photos from previous trips: Click Here 

    Pets: Are welcomed on a leash.

       

    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, January 31, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Indio Hills Coachella Valley
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    At the oasis we will hike to discover fantastic views, artifacts of a failed resort, prehistoric Indian trails, 5 million-year-old evidence from when the Pacific covered the area, and a “dome oasis.” This is where the two branches of the San Andreas fault split.

    • Trail Length: 3 miles 
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 300’
    • Trail Type: Out and Back
    • Terrain: rocky, sandy areas, steep narrow climb  to the top, loose rocks.
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate- with some steep climbs and descents
    • 9:00 AM Meeting Place: Palm Springs PetsMart Ramon/Crossley   Map Here

    A seldom visited area that is part of the Ca State Parks. 

    This hike is limited to vehicles  with high clearance to get to the trailhead over a rocky uneven road and some knowledge of driving on rough dirt, gravel road. Nothing difficult, just rough dirt road  When you register you must  state if you are a driver with a high clearance vehicle or a passenger. Drivers can  indicate the number of passengers they  can accommodate if they wish to offer passengers a ride.

    Registration note: Space for passengers depends on how many drivers register and offer space for passengers. Drivers offering passenger seats given priority for registration from waitlist. Passengers that sigh up on the waitlist will be notified and added to the confirmed list as space becomes available.

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), lunch and snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. 

    Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).

    Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.

    Registration for this event is limited to Great Outdoors (GO) members only. If you're not a member, click here to join first.  Non members may sign up for this hike 3 days before if space is available.

    Contact Hike Leader:  Scott Connelly  Email

    Carpooling is required  and may be available if offered by a driver with a high clearance vehicle. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. Departure is at 9 AM. 

    Photos click here

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

     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, February 08, 2019
    • 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • 1004 E. Holton Rd, Holtville, CA 92250
    • 0
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    FARM TOUR - HOT SPRINGS - CARROT FESTIVAL

    Back by popular demand due to  the positive response  from previous trip. This is suitable for everyone. You don't want to miss this!

    SUNRISE ON THE FARM. Start your day with a warm breakfast followed by a hay-wagon tour of the UC Desert Research Center. Tour will include U-Pick fresh vegetable harvesting, door prizes, and information on Imperial Valley's top 10 commodities. Mid day we will visit the nearby Holtville Hot Spring. See photos here. Bring your bathing shorts and towel for a soak in the hot springs. Bring lunch for a picnic at the hot springs. Next stop will be downtown Holtville for the annual Carrot Festival and Street Fair  in the early evening/afternoon, and back home in time for dinner.

    Meeting Location: 6:30 AM Meet at PetsMart Palm Springs Ramon/Crossley MAP for 6:30 AM departure. Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by a driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. Distance  is 109 miles, 2 hrs. travel time.

    What to bring: $35 cash for breakfast/farm tour (no credit cards), lunch, bathing shorts and towel. 

      FARM SMART tours offer a unique experience covering agriculture in Imperial Valley.  The tours also showcase research being done at UC Desert Research and Extension Center.  The Imperial Valley is a hidden treasure in the United States. Due to the warm climate and water accessibility, there are hundreds of different plant varieties that flourish in the desert atmosphere. While the fertile desert houses university research and plant variety development—few seem to know the incredible impact the Imperial Valley has on the agricultural industry.

      Registration Note: Available to members only until December 10 when it will be open to non members and guests.

      Contact: Scott Connelly email  or H L Todd email

      Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel. 

      Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the trip.

      • Tue, February 12, 2019
      • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • Cathedral City Library
      Register

      Kurt Leuschner

      Palms to Pines Birding and Nature Trail

      Meet at Cathedral City Library

      RSVP appreciated, not required.

      This event is hosted by the Coachella Valley Hiking Club


      • Fri, February 15, 2019
      • Mon, February 18, 2019
      • Yosemite - Camp Curry

      Sponsored by the Great Outdoors Santa Barbara/Ventura County Chapter

      To see details and register for this trip, follow this link

      Majestic Yosemite - President’s Day Weekend 2019 (click here)


      • Fri, February 15, 2019
      • 9:20 AM - 3:00 PM
      • 1901 W Wilson St Banning Ca 92220
      • 0
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      Explore and Experience California History!

      Museum-Tour-Hike-Lunch

      Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum preserves, celebrates, and interprets the history of late 1800’s California, from the Cahuilla Indians to the exploration and settlement of southern California and the San Gorgonio Pass.

      Explore a piece of the past at the Gilman Ranch and Wagon Museum. Once just an adobe hut, then a stage stop and general store and finally an expansive ranch house, the Gilman Ranch site remains today a storybook of the past. Now also home to the largest public collection of wagons, buggies and stagecoaches in southern California, this site is a must-see for locals and tourists alike.

      There is a 2 mile hike to the top of the hill overlooking the Banning Pass. Wear good hiking footwear and bring water if interested in doing the hike.

      New Meeting Location: 9:20 AM Meet at Dollar Tree at Sunrise/Vista Chino MAP for 9:30 AM departure. Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by a driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. When carpooling, ride with someone that either plans to attend the Sizzler lunch or not. Distance  is 24 miles to Gilman Ranch from here. Be kind you your ride share driver and share travel expenses.

      Or meet at 10:00 at the Gilman Ranch in Banning.

      What to bring: $5 cash for  tour (no credit cards).

      Optional Lunch afterwards at Sizzler: 1750 W Ramsey St, Banning, CA  MAP (5 min. drive from the museum)

      Features: 

      • Museum
      • Gift Shop
      • California Gold Rush Program
      • Native Americans of the Pass Program
      • Gilman Ranch Tours
      • Displays of Authentic Wagons
      • Authentic Diary Entries
      • Historic Murder Scene - Willie Boy
      • Original Stage Coach Road
      • Picnic Area and Barbeques
      • Hiking Trails & Creek
      • Birding
      • Wildlife
      • Pet Friendly (additional pet fee may apply)

      Members may register 2 guests for this event. 

      Contact: Scott Connelly email  

      Surrounded by cottonwoods and watered by three natural springs, the present Gilman Ranch site has attracted people throughout time. The superb location of this canyon with an exceptional food and water supply offered a prime habitation site for the Cahuilla Indians in this area.

      Later, under the Spanish government, this site was originally part of the San Gorgonio Rancho, the farthest outlying cattle ranch of Mission San Gabriel. 

      Entrepreneur Newton Noble. lived in the adobe, converted it into a stage stop and opened the first post office in the San Gorgonio Pass in 1868.

      Noble’s property lay along the Bradshaw Trail, a heavily traveled route from Los Angeles to Arizona during 1860s and 1870s. The trail was originally part of the network of Indian trails that William D. Bradshaw, miner and freight driver, learned from Cahuilla and Maricopa Indians. The Bradshaw Trail became an important communication route for federal troops as they expanded control over Arizona and New Mexico. the last great western manhunt of Willie Boy, a Paiute Indian who wished to marry a young woman named Carlotta against her father’s wishes. She and her family were camped at the Gilman Ranch working on the fruit harvest when Willie Boy killed her father and escaped with her.

      Today the Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum preserves, celebrates, and interprets the history of California, from the Cahuilla Indians to the exploration and settlement of southern California and the San Gorgonio Pass, including the homestead ranch of James Marshall Gilman. Come and explore your gateway to the western frontier.

      Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the trip leader that may affect your ability to complete the trip.

      • Fri, February 15, 2019
      • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Cathedral City, CA (Address to be provided once you have REGISTERED)
      • 38
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      Byron Postma & Ritch Barron have invited us all for Game Night at their home in Cathedral City.



      This event will have a maximum capacity of 40 people



      SCHEDULE:

      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 your own beverage(s)

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

      3) In addition to the table games our hosts will have table tennis, croquet and darts available for play.

      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.

      Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts!

      Please call Richard Dachman at 818-430-7114 or email rdachman@mac.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.

      • Thu, February 21, 2019
      • 12:00 PM
      • Sun, February 24, 2019
      • 12:00 PM
      • Salton Sea State Recreation Area Mecca Beach
      • 6
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      The Salton Sea is one of the most enigmatic places in the Southwest. It is a unique place with many hidden treasures and secrets that are not well known. It has been forgotten as a busy tourist attraction of bygone years. Today, we have an amazing place to visit and explore. The sunsets and sunrises are stunning and peaceful.

      We will be camping at the Mecca Beach campground at the Salton Sea Recreation Area. The meet and greet, potluck and other activities will take place there. Additional powered RV campsites will be available at the New Camp site, located one mile north of Mecca Beach. February is an ideal time to visit with mild temperatures.

      Activities include hiking a slot canyon in the Mecca Hills, an off-road excursion, and a road trip to Niland area sites, including Salvation Mountain, Obsidian Butte, the mud pot volcanoes, and the Sony Bono Wildlife Preserve.

      Schedule Of Events

      Thursday, Feb 21

      • Noon - Check-in at Mecca Beach Campground
      • 4:00 pm - Meet and greet BYOB. Dinner on your own
      • 7:00 pm - Group campfire - bring firewood

      Friday, Feb 22

      • 8:00 am - Breakfast on your own
      • 9:00 am - Niland Area Road Trip
      • 6:00 pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share for 4 to 6 persons)
      • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire - bring firewood

      Saturday, Feb 23

      • 8:00 am - Breakfast on your own
      • 9:00 am - Explore Dos Palmas Preserve

      Sunday, Feb 2

      • 11:00 am - Check-out time

      *Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.

      Contact Trip Leaders via email: John N.  or  Dennis C.

      Kayaking rental (optional):
       Currently there are no kayak rentals because the harbor mouth is closed by sand. If it is available, it takes a $15 -
       donation to: The Sea and Desert Interpretive Association. This can be paid on site at the rental shop - bring cash.  

      Amenities:  Both campgrounds have restrooms have electricity, flush toilets, running water and free solar hot showers  (Mecca Beach) or that take quarters (New Camp), picnic tables, fire rings, water and paved parking stalls. There is a small store on Highway 111 with limited supplies.

      Amenities for Tent Campers: Tent sites are shared with another tent or an RV at the Mecca Beach campground only. Parking is also shared between the two campers. If you want to share the space with another tent, send the Trip Leader an email and we will try and arrange it. The campsites are sandy, with trees that may provide some shade.

      If you share a powered site you may be able share power with the RV. The power is 20 amp service. Bring a long outdoor extension cord. If you have questions about the electrical service sharing, send the Trip Leader an email to discuss it.

      February can have windy or rainy conditions or cold overnight temperatures that approach freezing. Check the weather forecasts before the campout, and be prepared for the weather conditions. If cold weather is forecast, bring warmer clothes and an additional blankets or another sleeping bag to keep you comfortable. If you have questions about your gear, contact the Trip Leader via email to discuss it. 

      Amenities For RVs:  

      • RV Electric Sites – The Mecca Beach RV powered sites have 20, 30 & 50 amp service, and water service. The Mecca Beach RV sites will be shared with a tent or another RV. Bring a water hose splitter and a 50 to 30 amp adapter. Some RV electric sites will have a sewer connection. At the end of the campout, RV's should be able to dump using one of the individual site sewer connections vs. going to the New Camp dump site (see New Camp below for dump site information).
      • RV Non-Electric Sites (at Mecca Beach) – these are dry camping sites – no hookups. QUIET HOURS are from 10 pm to 6 am and generators may only be operated between 10 am and 8 pm. See New Camp below for dump site information.
      • The New Camp RV sites only have 30 amp service, water connection, 24-hr hot showers (bring quarters) and are not shared with tents. New Camp is located one mile north of the Mecca Beach Campground. The dump station located here is included in your registration fee. Fresh water is available at the dump site to fill your RV tank before arriving at your site if you registered for a non-electric RV site at the Mecca Beach campground.

      What to Bring: Ten Essentials, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, a camp chair to use around the campfire, shower quarters, potluck item for Saturday night, a bundle of firewood - no particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials. These cause the release of toxic gases when burned. Firewood is for sale at the campground. Don't forget your towel, swim suit and water shoes for optional kayaking, if available.

      Directions: I-10 east to Indio, take the 86-S exit then turn left at Avenue 66, then right onto Highway 111.  Go south about 13 miles to the Mecca Beach campground. For a Google Map of our location - click here.  

      Climate: Average for February:  76° / 43   U.S.Climate Data

      Prices:  Prices are based upon each person going being a GO Chapter paid member(day use does not require a GO membership). You can join - click here - and then register for this campout. Other GO Chapter members should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email) in order to be added as a member of our Chapter for free. Each person going must complete a separate registration.We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

      Refunds:  You may cancel your registration and receive a full refund if you email the trip leader by February 10, 2019. If you don't cancel before that date, there will be no refund unless we are able to sell your spot to someone on a waitlist for the same type of registration.  If we are able to resell your spot, you'll receive a full refund.

      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.

      Photos:  To see some photos from prior trip - click here

      Pets: Dogs are allowed. Must be kept on 6' leash.  Please pick up after your pet and dispose of waster properly. Please be aware there are snakes and scorpions at this location.   

      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, March 05, 2019
      • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • Desert Hot Springs; Desert Edge
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      This new trail is partially located on an active sand dune. We will be looking for spring wildflowers that only grow in this environment. This area is also home to several species listed on the Coachella Valley Endangered and Threatened list. Following the hike, we will drive about 8 miles to the Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel for lunch at the café and soak in one of the many hot mineral outdoor pools.

      • Meet:
      • A. 9:00 AM PetsMart Palm Springs, Ramon/Crossley  Map
      • or B. 9:20 AM at Dillon Rd and Corkill Rd Map
      • or C.12:00 PM at Desert Hot Springs Spa Map
      • Trail Length: 3.5 miles (2 hrs)  
      • Elevation Gain/Loss: 700’
      • Trail Type: Out and Back 
      • Terrain: rocky, washes, sand dunes, loose sand
      • Difficulty Rating: moderate
      • Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended.  
      • Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).
      • Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.
      • Hiking poles may be helpful
      • Bring $5.00 spa entry fee and money for lunch
      • Towel, swimwear, sandals or your designer pool attire

      Contact Hike Leader:  Scott Connelly: EMAIL

      Have you seen a Fringe Toed Lizard?

      The trailhead and parking area are located near the intersection of 20th Avenue and Corkhill Road, which is in the unincorporated area of Desert Edge, east of Desert Hot Springs and North Palm Springs.

      Through a joint effort between the Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy (CVMC) and Friends of the Desert Mountains (FODM). A 2010 study identified 20 potential trail locations in the northern part of the Coachella Valley and those were eventually whittled down to the current trail – which is the first new trail in the Greater Palm Springs Area in over a decade. CVMC provided the money to cover the environmental analysis other expenses, while the FODM’s volunteers provided the manpower necessary to create the trail. The project also received support from Coachella Valley Hiking Club and Desert Trails Hiking Club. 

      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. 

      Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.





      • Thu, March 14, 2019
      • 2:00 PM
      • Sun, March 17, 2019
      • 12:00 PM
      • Dos Picos Park, Ramona, CA
      • 29
      Register
      Dos Picos County Park is located in Ramona, 36 miles north of San Diego. Its name is Spanish for "two peaks," derived from the two prominent mountains nearby. The surrounding ranchland and steep rocky slopes help preserve its secluded atmosphere.

      This peaceful locale has a range of camping sites including partial hook-up sites, tent sites and cabins. Dos Picos is located 46 miles northeast of San Diego.

      Dos Picos is home to many plants and animals. Supporting the abundant wildlife is a mixture of chaparral, open grassland and oak woodland. Coast live oak abounds, though Engelmann oaks are also a regular occurrence.

      Coyote, fox, possum, skunk, and raccoon are all seen in the park. Look up to the sky to view birds like great blue herons, egrets, ducks, red-shouldered hawks, woodpeckers and western bluebirds. California quail are afoot in the early mornings, while the evening skies are filled with the sounds of resident barn, screech and great horned owls.

      There are hiking and nature trails in the park. Nearby Mt. Woodson has a network of trails ranging from easy to difficult. Several wineries are located in the Ramona Area.

      In addition to hikes, there will be an optional day trip to the San Diego Zoo.

      Schedule Of Planned Activities & Events

      Thursday - 3/14

      • 2 PM - Check In no earlier than 2 PM
      • 5 PM – Meet and Greet (bring your favorite snacks/beverages\
      • 6 PM - Dinner on your own
      • 8 PM – Campfire

      Friday - 3/15

      • 7:30 AM - Morning coffee provided along with breakfast muffins
      • 9:00 AM – Carpool (7.4 miles, 10 min.) to Iron Mountain Trail loop – 5.2 miles, 1,102 feet, Moderate +. Dogs OK on leash. Alternate easy loop on route is 1.1 miles, 100 ft elevation gain.
        OR – Carpool to San Diego Zoo
      • 6:00 PM – Dinner on your own or at a local restaurant
      • 8:00 PM - Gather around the campfire.

      Saturday - 3/16
      • 7:30 AM - Morning coffee provided along with breakfast muffins
      • 9:00 AM - Carpool to Wild Horse Trail Loop – 3.8 miles, moderate, 767 feet elevation gain. Dogs OK on leash. 
      • OR Dos Picos Park Trail – Easy 1.5 miles, 223 ft, dogs not allowed. Trailhead in the park.
      • 2:00 PM – Trip to a local winery TBD*
      • 6:00 PM - Potluck Dinner - Bring a salad, side and/or main dish. GO will provide the dessert.
      • 8:00 PM - Campfire

      Sunday, 3/17

      • 7:00 AM - Morning coffee provided along with breakfast muffins
      • 12 Noon - Clean up campground areas. Check Out. Safe travels home.

      * Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.

      Prices:  We have different pricing levels based upon whether you are staying in a tent, are an RV driver or passenger or in a site you booked yourself or in a nearby hotel. There is also a day trip option.

      Prices are based upon each person going being a GO Chapter paid member. You can join - click here - and then register for this campout. Other GO Chapter members should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email) in order to be added as a member of our Chapter for free. Each person going must complete a separate registration.  We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

      RV's and tents will share sites - maximum of one RV and one tent on each site. When registering for an RV site, please indicate the size of your RV in the registration form. RVs are allowed to bring in an attached tow vehicle at the gate at no additional cost. Depending upon site limitations, tow vehicles may need to park in the overflow parking area.

      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.

      Amenities:  RV/Tent sites have 30/50-amp power and water; the park has a free dump station. Tenters should bring a long extension cord if they wish to plug in a heater or electric blanket in case of cold weather. There are flush toilets and coin-operated showers (bring quarters). Firewood is available for $5.00 a bundle at the campground (do not bring wood from home).

      Quiet Hours - 10 PM - 7 AM

      Smoking - is not allowed in San Diego County Parks.

      Cell Service – Good cell service throughout the park.

      What to Bring: 

      • Ten Essentials (click here), camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, potluck item for Saturday night. 
      • As an alternative to bringing firewood, we will have one or more portable propane fire pits at the campsite. Instead of purchasing firewood consider bringing a propane tank as your contribution to the evening campfires.
      • If not bringing a propane tank, please purchase two bundles of firewood from the park ranger station ($5.00) only.  Do not bring particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials. These cause the release of toxic gases when burned. 
      • Park regulations prohibit bringing wood in from outside sources.
      • Please consider "Going GREEN" by bringing your own reusable cups, mugs, plates, bowls and utensils. Water spigots are available throughout the campground for washing dishes with the soap you bring along.

      We recommend you read our suggested 10 essential items to bring - click here.

      Weapons are not permitted in the park. Alcoholic beverages are permitted provided that the alcohol content does not exceed 20%. (Be discreet.) Marijuana policy is undetermined.

      Directions: 

      • Address: 17953 Dos Picos Park Rd, Ramona, California 92065
      • GPS Coordinates: 32°59'56.0" N 116°56'30.1" W
      • Google map link: click here 

      Best RV Route is via I-10 West to I-60 to I-15 South. Your GPS will show that the I-74 route is shorter, but it is not recommended.

      Climate: The park is located at 1486 feet. Average high for March is 68 and the average low is 41.

      Refunds:  Cancellation for a refund (less $25) must be received by 2/12/2019 via email to - click here. After that date, a full refund will only be issued if we resell your spot.

      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.

      Children: There may be children present and require a minor's liability waiver - click here. Please bring the completed form with you if you bring a minor.

      Pets: Pets are permitted if they are properly restrained and under the control of the owner. Dogs must be licensed, restrained on a leash not longer than six feet, and attended at all times. Dogs are not allowed in cabins or on trails within the park. They are allowed on some of the scheduled nearby hikes.

      Contacts: If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of your trip leaders: Byron Postma or Ritch Barron

      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, March 21, 2019
      • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Coachella Valley Preserve
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      Join one of the most knowledgeable and articulate docents available for a discovery tour/hike. Kerry Berman is our local Wikipedia expert who will inform and entertain you with his insightful knowledge of the Coachella Valley. Wildflowers are expected to be abundant this spring!

      • 8:30 AM Meet at PetsMart at Ramon/Crossley MAP
      • Or 9:00 AM at Coachella Valley Preserve Parking Lot MAP
      • Trail Length: 2.5 miles
      • Total time: 3 hours
      • Trailhead Elevation: 200’
      • Difficulty Rating: Easy moderate

      Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. Distance to trailhead is 12 miles. 

      • Bring  water (1 to 1.5 liters recommended), sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. 
      • Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).
      • Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.
      • Optional lunch at nearby restaurant after the tour/hike.

      Hike to hill overlooking Coachella Valley and to a lush Palm Oasis on the fault.

      You can walk in the footsteps of the original desert inhabitants, the Cahuilla Indians. Learn how they survived and thrived for thousands of years in the harsh desert climate. Listen to their stories; touch the plants these resourceful ecologists used for food, housing and even to make their own shoes.

      Hear about the first white settlers who came to the desert, the original “trendsetters” who started a migration that continues to this day. See where these sturdy and industrious pioneers lived, find out how they made, or lost, their fortunes and raised their families as they tamed the desert.

      Journey to a cool California Fan Palm Oasis with ponds fed by natural underground springs -- created long ago by earthquakes. Learn about the unique animals that call this desert their home.

      Walk and travel along the famous California San Andreas Earthquake Fault. See just where the North American and Pacific tectonic plates collide and slide.

      See and learn about our renewable energy resources like the wind-farms, solar, geo-thermal, bio-mass, and hydro-electric. 

      Kerry Berman is a Certified Interpretive Guide who is one of the most knowledgeable and articulate docents available.  Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of the top experts on local subjects.

      Registration note: The initial sign up is for members only. Registration will be open to nonmembers a week prior to the event if space is available. Sign up early while there is still space available. No refunds.

      Our docent, Kerry Berman, has asked that his $300 fee be donated to the Bighorn Institute.   

      No refunds. 

      Contact Hike Leader:  Scott Connelly: EMAIL 

      Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

      Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.

      • Fri, March 22, 2019
      • Sun, March 24, 2019
      • Agua Caliente County Park

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Thu, March 28, 2019
      • Sun, March 31, 2019
      • Condor Trail (Ojai area)

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Thu, April 11, 2019
      • Sun, April 14, 2019
      • Joshua Tree NP - Cottonwood Campground

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Thu, April 18, 2019
      • Sun, April 21, 2019
      • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Thu, May 02, 2019
      • Sun, May 05, 2019
      • Red Rocks - Ricardo Campground

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Wed, May 15, 2019
      • Sun, May 19, 2019
      • Snow Canyon-St. George Utah

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Thu, May 16, 2019
      • Sun, May 19, 2019
      • Lake Lopez-Arroyo Grande

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Fri, May 24, 2019
      • Mon, May 27, 2019
      • Santa Cruz Island - Channel Islands NP

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Thu, June 06, 2019
      • Sun, June 09, 2019
      • El Capitan State Beach

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Sun, June 09, 2019
      • Wed, June 12, 2019
      • Big Bear - Serrano Campground

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Thu, June 13, 2019
      • Sun, June 16, 2019
      • Kern River-Headquarters Campground

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Thu, July 04, 2019
      • Sun, July 07, 2019
      • Kings Canyon NP

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Sun, July 07, 2019
      • Sat, July 13, 2019
      • Location TBD, Intermediate Backpacking

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Thu, July 11, 2019
      • Sun, July 14, 2019
      • Lake Silverwood State Recreation Area, CA

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Fri, August 02, 2019
      • Sun, August 04, 2019
      • Idyllwild - Hurkey Creek Campground

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Sun, August 11, 2019
      • Sun, August 18, 2019
      • Location TBD, Advanced Backpacking

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Thu, September 05, 2019
      • Sun, September 08, 2019
      • Morro Bay State Park

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Thu, September 19, 2019
      • Sun, September 22, 2019
      • Rock Creek

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Fri, October 11, 2019
      • Sun, October 13, 2019

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Fri, October 18, 2019
      • Sun, October 20, 2019

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Sun, October 27, 2019
      • Tue, October 29, 2019
      • Joshua Tree NP - Black Rock Campground

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Thu, November 14, 2019
      • Mon, November 18, 2019
      • Kartchner Caverns, AZ

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


      • Thu, November 21, 2019
      • Sun, November 24, 2019
      • Ensenada, Mexico

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...


       Chapter  Website   Chapter VPO eMail
       Los Angeles (LA)  LA  VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
       Orange County / Long Beach   OCLB  VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
       PS  Events  VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org
       Santa Barbara / Ventura County  SBVC  VPO-SBVC@GreatOutdoors.org
       San Diego  SD  VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org

      VPO = Vice President of Outings


    Past events

    Fri, January 18, 2019 January Game Night Hosted by Howard Goldberg
    Tue, January 15, 2019 Speaker - The Wildlands Conservancy
    Thu, January 10, 2019 Dark Sky-Keys View-Joshua Tree Park
    Tue, January 08, 2019 HIKE: Cathedral Canyon
    Sat, January 05, 2019 HIKE: Chocolate Drop
    Fri, December 28, 2018 New Year's Eve Campout (4 Nights/5 Days)
    Wed, December 26, 2018 BIKE: Ride & Spa
    Tue, December 25, 2018 BIKE: Xmas Morning Ride east trail
    Mon, December 24, 2018 Pushwalla Palms - Xmas Eve Hike
    Sat, December 22, 2018 HIKE LOWER CARRIZO CANYON
    Thu, December 20, 2018 Wildlights at The Living Desert
    Wed, December 19, 2018 Hike: Indian Canyons
    Tue, December 18, 2018 SPEAKER & Member Meeting December 2018
    Sat, December 15, 2018 HIKE: Vargas Palm Oasis
    Thu, December 13, 2018 HOLIDAY - Theme Game Night. Hosted by Ed & Pete
    Sun, December 09, 2018 GOPS 2018 Holiday Party
    Fri, December 07, 2018 Hike: East Indio Hills
    Thu, November 29, 2018 TOUR: Keys Ranch Joshua Tree National Park
    Wed, November 28, 2018 Speaker: Hiking the the Coachella Valley
    Tue, November 27, 2018 SPEAKER & Member Meeting - November
    Sun, November 25, 2018 Hike: Fobes Trail: Garner Valley
    Fri, November 23, 2018 Test HIKE TEMPLATE #1 -
    Thu, November 22, 2018 BIKE:TAHQUITZ LOOP
    Wed, November 21, 2018 HIKE: Oswit Canyon
    Sat, November 17, 2018 Nat'l Public Lands Day - E. Indio Hills Trail
    Fri, November 16, 2018 November Game Night hosted by Byron & Ritch
    Thu, November 15, 2018 HIKE: North Lykken Trail to Museum Trail Junction
    Thu, November 08, 2018 Southern Arizona: Catalina State Park
    Sat, November 03, 2018 PS Pride Booth Volunteers November 3-4
    Thu, November 01, 2018 Pride Hike: East Indio Hills
    Sun, October 28, 2018 JOSHUA TREE PARK - JUMBO ROCKS CAMP
    Fri, October 26, 2018 SPECIAL HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY hosted by George, Tony & Eddie.
    Wed, October 24, 2018 HIKE: MAGNESIA FALLS CANYON
    Tue, October 23, 2018 SPEAKER & Member Meeting - October
    Sat, October 20, 2018 BIKE RIDE-MODERNISM WEEK
    Fri, October 19, 2018 BIKE: RIDE
    Wed, October 17, 2018 HIKE UPPER CARRIZO CANYON
    Sat, October 13, 2018 CHUCKWALLA BENCH CAMPING
    Fri, October 12, 2018 October Game Night hosted by Jody
    Fri, October 12, 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE - 40TH ANNIVERSARY
    Thu, October 11, 2018 HIKE: GARRET'S ARCH JOSHUA TREE PARK
    Tue, October 09, 2018 BIKE: RIDE
    Sun, October 07, 2018 HIKE: FULLER RIDGE TO OVERLOOK
    Sat, October 06, 2018 GIANT ROCK: NAT'L PUBLIC LANDS DAY
    Sun, September 30, 2018 GOPS END OF SUMMER POOL PARTY!
    Tue, September 25, 2018 Member Meeting-Speaker - September
    Fri, September 21, 2018 OAK GLEN CAMP RETREAT
    Wed, September 19, 2018 LA COUNTY FAIR
    Sat, September 15, 2018 September Game Night and Pool Time hosted by Jim, Brian & Ed
    Fri, August 31, 2018 HIKE: DISCOVER A HIDDEN JEWEL
    Tue, August 28, 2018 Member Meeting & SPEAKER -August
    Tue, August 21, 2018 SUNSET HIKE & DINE
    Fri, August 17, 2018 August Game Night: Gather Your Balls for BOWLING!!
    Tue, August 14, 2018 IDYLLWILD CAMPING
    Wed, August 08, 2018 HIKE: WELLMAN DIVIDE
    Thu, August 02, 2018 CANCELED: SUNSET HIKE & DINE
    Wed, August 01, 2018 T-Shirt Order: click register to shop
    Thu, July 26, 2018 Whitney Portal - Alabama Hills
    Tue, July 24, 2018 July 2018 Member Meeting
    Tue, July 24, 2018 Backpack: Cottonwood Lakes Loop
    Fri, July 20, 2018 July Game Night and Pool Time hosted by Don & David
    Wed, July 18, 2018 HIKE & YOGA IN THE MT. SAN JACINTO WILDERNESS
    Fri, July 06, 2018 HIKES: Desert View -Lunch - Round Valley
    Wed, July 04, 2018 HIKE: Fourth of July Fireworks
    Wed, June 27, 2018 SUNSET POOL PARTY-POTLUCK
    Tue, June 26, 2018 June 2018 Member Meeting
    Sun, June 17, 2018 Big Bear Serrano
    Fri, June 15, 2018 June Game Night hosted by George Gosselin
    Wed, June 13, 2018 HIKE: HIDDEN DIVIDE TO OVERLOOK
    Wed, June 06, 2018 HIKE: TRAM TO IDYLLWILD
    Sun, June 03, 2018 GOPS Member's SUMMER POOL PARTY!
    Thu, May 31, 2018 HIKE: Mt. San Jacinto Peak
    Wed, May 23, 2018 Hike - Deep Creek Hot Springs
    Tue, May 22, 2018 May 2018 Member Meeting
    Sun, May 20, 2018 SKY WATCH
    Sat, May 19, 2018 HIKE: DEVIL'S SLIDE
    Fri, May 18, 2018 May Game Night and Pool time, hosted by Bond Shands
    Thu, May 17, 2018 Zion National Park, Watchman Campground
    Wed, May 09, 2018 POOL PARTY-POTLUCK
    Sun, May 06, 2018 Hike Leader Training
    Sun, May 06, 2018 SKY WATCH
    Thu, April 26, 2018 Cottonwood Camp Joshua Tree Park
    Tue, April 24, 2018 April 2018 Member Meeting
    Fri, April 20, 2018 April Game Night and Pool Time, hosted by Richard Debner and Mark Stratton
    Sun, April 15, 2018 HIKE: SLOT CANYON EXPERIENCE
    Fri, April 13, 2018 HIKE: Hidden Palms and Horseshoe Palms Oasis
    Wed, April 04, 2018 SWEETWATER REGIONAL PARK CAMPING
    Sun, April 01, 2018 Indian Trail Loop Pioneertown Preserve
    Sat, March 31, 2018 Cathedral City LGBT Days
    Wed, March 28, 2018 East Indio Hills
    Tue, March 27, 2018 March 2018 Member Meeting
    Sun, March 25, 2018 HIKE: Oswit Canyon
    Sat, March 24, 2018 HIKE: QUAIL SPRINGS TO JT & SSR
    Fri, March 23, 2018 March Game Night Hosted by Cliff Brown
    Tue, March 20, 2018 HIKE: Wonderland of Rocks and Baker Dam
    Thu, March 15, 2018 Anza-Borrego Dark Sky Campout
    Sun, March 04, 2018 HIKE: Ladder Canyon/Little Painted Canyon Loop
    Sat, March 03, 2018 WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL
    Thu, March 01, 2018 HIKE-HISTORY-SOAK
    Tue, February 27, 2018 February 2018 Member Meeting
    Tue, February 27, 2018 HIKE: QUAIL SPRINGS TO JT & SSR
    Sat, February 24, 2018 HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR REDLANDS CA PART II
    Fri, February 23, 2018 Salton Sea Camping
    Fri, February 23, 2018 CV LINK GRAND OPENING
    Wed, February 21, 2018 SUNSET BONFIRE-HIKE-POTLUCK
    Sat, February 17, 2018 Hike: North Lykken Trail to Museum Trail Junction
    Fri, February 16, 2018 February Game Night hosted by Brian Davis
    Fri, February 16, 2018 Yosemite Half Dome Village Tent Cabin Camp
    Thu, February 15, 2018 GEOLOGY HIKE: Painted Canyon Mecca Hills 2018
    Wed, February 14, 2018 SPEAKER EVENT: HIKING IN COLORADO
    Sun, February 11, 2018 HIKE: McCallum Trail
    Thu, February 08, 2018 Joshua Tree National Park
    Tue, February 06, 2018 WILD COACHELLA FILM SCREENING
    Tue, February 06, 2018 HIKE & SPA
    Sun, February 04, 2018 Super Bowl 2018 - Hosted By Ed & Pete
    Sun, February 04, 2018 HIKE: WILLIS PALMS
    Sat, February 03, 2018 BIKE: CV LINK new section
    Tue, January 23, 2018 January 2018 Member Meeting and Speaker
    Sun, January 21, 2018 HIKE: Mecca Hills Little Utah Canyon
    Fri, January 19, 2018 January Game Night hosted by Joe & Mike
    Wed, January 03, 2018 WILD COACHELLA Part 3
    Fri, December 29, 2017 TECOPA HOT SPRINGS
    Thu, December 21, 2017 Hike: Solstice Hike at the Whitewater Preserve
    Tue, December 19, 2017 December Member Meeting and Speaker
    Sat, December 16, 2017 HIKE: MECCA HILLS SIENNA TRAIL
    Thu, December 14, 2017 Hike: Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
    Mon, December 11, 2017 HIKE: ARABY
    Fri, December 08, 2017 HOLIDAY-theme Game Night. Hosted by Ed & Pete
    Fri, December 08, 2017 HIKE: MAGNESIA FALLS CANYON
    Wed, December 06, 2017 WILD COACHELLA
    Sun, December 03, 2017 Holiday Party
    Sat, December 02, 2017 HIKE: LOST PALMS OASIS JOSHUA TREE PARK
    Tue, November 28, 2017 November Member Meeting and Speaker
    Sat, November 25, 2017 GEOLOGY HIKE PAINTED CANYON MECCA HILLS
    Sat, November 18, 2017 HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR REDLANDS CA
    Fri, November 17, 2017 Buffet Dinner Death Valley
    Thu, November 16, 2017 DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
    Tue, November 14, 2017 Lecture: Owls and Other Crepuscular Night Birds
    Sun, November 12, 2017 HIKE: Chaparrosa Peak
    Fri, November 10, 2017 November Game Night - Hosted by Ritch & Byron
    Mon, November 06, 2017 Hike: Murray Hill
    Wed, November 01, 2017 Lecture: GHOST LAKE OF THE DESERT
    Tue, October 31, 2017 Lecture: HIKING IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY
    Mon, October 30, 2017 HIKE: WELLMAN DIVIDE
    Fri, October 27, 2017 SPECIAL HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY hosted by George, Tony & Eddie. PLEASE REGISTER.
    Wed, October 25, 2017 Hike: Murray Hill Cancelled due to heat
    Tue, October 24, 2017 Meeting and Speaker
    Sun, October 22, 2017 MODERNISM BIKE RIDE
    Sat, October 21, 2017 Hike Leader Training Refresher
    Sun, October 15, 2017 INTERPRETED HIKE: ROUND VALLEY LOOP
    Fri, October 13, 2017 October Game Night Hosted by Jody King
    Thu, October 12, 2017 Hike: South Lykken Trail
    Fri, October 06, 2017 Camping/Conference - Table Mountain
    Fri, October 06, 2017 GO Corporate Board Meeting (4th Quarter)
    Wed, October 04, 2017 HIKE UPPER CARRIZO CANYON
    Tue, September 26, 2017 Monthly Member Meeting and Speaker
    Fri, September 22, 2017 LYTLE CREEK at Bonita Ranch
    Fri, September 15, 2017 Summer Game Night and Pool Time at 4:30. Hosted by Jim, Ed & Brian
    Sun, September 10, 2017 GOPS Member's Fall Pool Party!
    Sun, August 27, 2017 Burning Man 2017
    Fri, August 25, 2017 Summer Game Night and Pool time @ 4:30. Hosted by Dan Nash
    Thu, August 17, 2017 Round Valley Loop Hike
    Sun, August 06, 2017 National Monuments Presentation Update
    Sun, August 06, 2017 GOPS Member Appreciation Pool Party
    Sat, July 29, 2017 GO Corporate Board Meeting
    Sun, July 23, 2017 Camping - Big Bear Lake
    Thu, July 20, 2017 Tram Hike & Dine
    Tue, July 18, 2017 Monthly Member Meeting
    Fri, July 14, 2017 Summer Game Night - Cancelled Due To Heat
    Tue, July 11, 2017 HIKE: Hidden Divide now Long Valley North
    Tue, July 04, 2017 HIKE: Fourth of July Fireworks
    Sun, June 25, 2017 Member's Summer Pool Party!
    Fri, June 16, 2017 Summer Game Night and Pool Time at 4:30 p.m.; Hosted by Mark Reinecke
    Thu, June 15, 2017 Kern River & Whitewater Rafting
    Sun, June 11, 2017 HIKE: SAN JACINTO PEAK
    Fri, June 02, 2017 SILENT VALLEY CAMPING
    Fri, May 26, 2017 Viva, Las Vegas!
    Sun, May 21, 2017 HIKE: WELLMAN DIVIDE
    Sat, May 20, 2017 HIKE: ROUND VALLEY LOOP
    Fri, May 19, 2017 Summer Game Night and Pool Time; Hosted by Don and David
    Fri, May 19, 2017 Camping - Bartlett Lake Bash
    Thu, May 18, 2017 Pismo Beach Campout
    Tue, May 16, 2017 Hike - Deep Creek Hot Springs
    Thu, May 11, 2017 Oak Glen Wildflower Walkabout/Hike
    Thu, May 11, 2017 All Chapter Jamboree - Sage Hill Campground
    Tue, May 09, 2017 HIKE: BIG MORONGO CANYON
    Sat, May 06, 2017 HIKE: LUCKY BOY-EAGLE CLIFF MINE
    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
    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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