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    • 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.

    • 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.



    • 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
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      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
      • 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.

      • Thu, March 21, 2019
      • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Coachella Valley Preserve
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      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.

    Past events

    Tue, January 15, 2019 Speaker - The Wildlands Conservancy
    Thu, January 10, 2019 Dark Sky-Keys View-Joshua Tree Park
    Thu, December 20, 2018 Wildlights at The Living Desert
    Sun, December 09, 2018 GOPS 2018 Holiday Party
    Thu, November 29, 2018 TOUR: Keys Ranch Joshua Tree National Park
    Wed, November 28, 2018 Speaker: Hiking the the Coachella Valley
    Sat, November 17, 2018 Nat'l Public Lands Day - E. Indio Hills Trail
    Fri, October 26, 2018 SPECIAL HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY hosted by George, Tony & Eddie.
    Sat, October 13, 2018 CHUCKWALLA BENCH CAMPING
    Fri, October 12, 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE - 40TH ANNIVERSARY
    Sat, October 06, 2018 GIANT ROCK: NAT'L PUBLIC LANDS DAY
    Sun, September 30, 2018 GOPS END OF SUMMER POOL PARTY!
    Wed, September 19, 2018 LA COUNTY FAIR
    Fri, August 17, 2018 August Game Night: Gather Your Balls for BOWLING!!
    Wed, August 01, 2018 T-Shirt Order: click register to shop
    Wed, July 18, 2018 HIKE & YOGA IN THE MT. SAN JACINTO WILDERNESS
    Wed, June 27, 2018 SUNSET POOL PARTY-POTLUCK
    Sun, June 03, 2018 GOPS Member's SUMMER POOL PARTY!
    Sun, May 20, 2018 SKY WATCH
    Wed, May 09, 2018 POOL PARTY-POTLUCK
    Sun, May 06, 2018 Hike Leader Training
    Sun, May 06, 2018 SKY WATCH
    Sat, March 31, 2018 Cathedral City LGBT Days
    Thu, March 15, 2018 Anza-Borrego Dark Sky Campout
    Sat, March 03, 2018 WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL
    Sat, February 24, 2018 HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR REDLANDS CA PART II
    Fri, February 23, 2018 CV LINK GRAND OPENING
    Wed, February 21, 2018 SUNSET BONFIRE-HIKE-POTLUCK
    Wed, February 14, 2018 SPEAKER EVENT: HIKING IN COLORADO
    Tue, February 06, 2018 WILD COACHELLA FILM SCREENING
    Sun, February 04, 2018 Super Bowl 2018 - Hosted By Ed & Pete
    Wed, January 03, 2018 WILD COACHELLA Part 3
    Wed, December 06, 2017 WILD COACHELLA
    Sun, December 03, 2017 Holiday Party
    Sat, November 18, 2017 HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR REDLANDS CA
    Tue, November 14, 2017 Lecture: Owls and Other Crepuscular Night Birds
    Wed, November 01, 2017 Lecture: GHOST LAKE OF THE DESERT
    Tue, October 31, 2017 Lecture: HIKING IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY
    Fri, October 27, 2017 SPECIAL HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY hosted by George, Tony & Eddie. PLEASE REGISTER.
    Sat, October 21, 2017 Hike Leader Training Refresher
    Fri, October 06, 2017 Camping/Conference - Table Mountain
    Fri, October 06, 2017 GO Corporate Board Meeting (4th Quarter)
    Sun, September 10, 2017 GOPS Member's Fall Pool Party!
    Sun, August 27, 2017 Burning Man 2017
    Sun, August 06, 2017 National Monuments Presentation Update
    Sun, August 06, 2017 GOPS Member Appreciation Pool Party
    Sun, June 25, 2017 Member's Summer Pool Party!
    Thu, June 15, 2017 Kern River & Whitewater Rafting
    Thu, May 11, 2017 All Chapter Jamboree - Sage Hill Campground

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