Upcoming Outings

    • Fri, September 29, 2023
    • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Mt. San Jacinto State Park

    Experience Shangra-La in the cool mountain air on a late summer evening and enjoy the sunset from top of the tram.  We will hike through pine forest in Long Valley to a secluded scenic overlook surrounded by granite boulder formations where few people visit. We will return to the Mountain Station at  6:30 PM for dinner at the Pines Cafe. Ride and Dine ticket applicable.

    Meet at Valley Tram Station at 3:30 pm.  We will board the  tram  departing at 4:00 PM. If you need to purchase a ticket or pass, arrive in time to purchase a ticket for the 4:00 pm tram.  

    • Length: 2.5 miles 
    • Type: Out and Back Hiking Time: 2 hours
    • Elev. Gain/(Loss): +350 feet
    • Difficulty: Moderate-, some off trail hiking with uneven rough surfaces and vegetation in granite boulder area
    • Sunset is at 6:33 pm

    You are welcome to join us for dinner if you can’t make the hike. Annual and Summer Pass holders receive 10% off regular cost of dinner.

    Adult Tram ticket $30.95 Senior $28.95. Ride and dine $41. Parking fee waived for pass holders and local residents. 

    The Pines Café offers the Pines Ride and Dine menu. You can get at ticket at 4 pm with the meal beginning at 4:30 pm. 'This is an exceptional culinary journey that combines breathtaking views with a delectable two-course meal. Begin with a salad that includes shredded cheese, her croutons and your choice of dressing. The entrees are served with your choice of two sides. Selections include chicken, vegetarian lasagna, BBQ pork ribs, and beef burgundy. The menus are subject to change.'

    What to Bring

    • Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 1.5 liters )
    • Sun Protection and layered clothing 
    • Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).
    • Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. 
    • Payment for your dinner if applicable.

    Hike Leader Scott Connelly contact click here 

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


    • Sun, October 01, 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Carrizo Canyon
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    Carrizo Canyon offers some of the most interesting and diverse geological and natural features the Coachella Valley. 

    • 8:00 AM Meeting Place: Denny's at Date Palm/Hwy 111. Map Click here
    • Trail Length: 4 miles (2.5 Hr.)  
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 500’
    • Trailhead Elevation: 2200’
    • Terrain: rocky, sandy areas, some bouldering, dry waterfalls
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate - some climbing up, down & around boulders requiring agility and flexibility.

    Discover what is is like to explore an area that has been closed for 9 months and be the first to lay tracks in the sand that has only animal tracks. This is a one-of-a-kind experience in one of our special desert places. Carrizo Canyon shows off some of the most interesting and diverse geologic history in the Coachella Valley. Bighorn sheep habitat with a variety of desert floral in a deep walled granite canyon with waterfalls.  Topography is steep within the approximately 1,000-acre Carrizo Canyon Ecological Reserve. The dominant vegetation is creosote bush scrub. Large mammals using the area include bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyote, bobcat, and gray fox.

    We will look for both historical and archeological artifacts from those that past here before us. 

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch and snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear and adequate drinking water required.

    Contact Hike Leaders:  Scott C. Email 

    You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing. Departure is at 8 AM. Distance to trailhead along Hwy. 74 is 18 miles, approximately 30 minutes.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels. Additional Photos Click Here  

    Health Problems/Allergies:  Discuss any medical concerns with the trip leader that may affect your ability to complete this event.

    • Sun, October 01, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Huntington Beach
    • 3

    Pool & Pizza Party!

    OCT 1, 2023!

    Sunday Funday!

    2023 Monkey Pool Party & Pizza!

    Sunday 2 pm – 6 pm. 

    This party will have a Registration Fee of $10 for all members.

    Bring a guest for $20.  Better yet, have them join as a member to take advantage to pricing discounts for this and future events!

    We have a limited capacity of 35 for this event.

    The Pool Parties reach full capacity so if you intend to go, sign up NOW!

    All members must register individually and pay the event registration fee. Once all of the requirements are met, you will be furnished the event address 3 days prior to the event.

    This pool party will be at a member's home in Huntington Beach. 

    The address will be included in the e-mail reminder and is close to Beach Blvd exit off the 405 in Huntington Beach.


    A variety of Pizza's will be provided along with vegan pizza too.

    We'll also provide a variety of soft drinks and bottled water.

    Adult beverages are BYOB!  

    Sunday October 1:

    • 2:00 pm - Welcome! Arrival Time (Pool, Drinks & Make Merry!)
    • 3:30 pm - Eat to your hearts content.  Drink & Make More Merry!

    Bunch of Monkey's with JD shots @ previous OCLB pool party.

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



    DirectionsTo be provided via e-mail to those who register for this event.

    Helpers: We need TWO helper (man the grill, prep and assist in managing the pool party) -the helpers will have courtesy admission.

    Please email host Lance Whitmier via email:  


      Refunds - There are no refunds for this event. However, we do request that, if you are unable to attend, cancel your registration so someone on the wait list might be able to attend in your place.

      Questions/Contact and Registration Cancellations can be sent to:  


      Photos:  Before taking photos, please ask the subject if that's OK with them... Some may not want their handsome faces to be splashed all over the internet.

      • Mon, October 02, 2023
      • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • AMC Orange 30 @ 20 City Blvd West, Suite E, Orange CA

      Movie Time!

      This Monday!

      Like Sci-Fi? 

      The Creator (2023) - Photo Gallery - IMDb

      AMC Orange 30

      (The Block of Orange)

      Monday Oct. 2nd 

      Matinee @ 12:30 PM

      The theater selected is the one with Dolby Cinema and

      AMC Signature Recliners.

       If interested you are responsible for your own purchases (tickets, snacks, parking and other possible expenses).

      The Creator - Movie


      Amidst a future war between the human race and the forces of artificial intelligence, Joshua, a hardened ex-special forces agent grieving the disappearance of his wife, is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the elusive architect of advanced AI who has developed a mysterious weapon with the power to end the war… and mankind itself. Joshua and his team of elite operatives journey across enemy lines, into the dark heart of AI-occupied territory only to discover the world-ending weapon he's been instructed to destroy is an AI in the form of a young child.

      Rotten Tomatoes:

      Received a Tomato from Critics:  80% Rating

      Received (no rating) from Audience:  

      Movie has not been released as of this posting date.

      Go to the Rotten Tomatoes website for more information about this movie.


      The movie starts @ 12:30

      in Auditorium 15. 

      Trip Leader plans to be there @ noon.

      Getting to the Theater:


      Take advantage of technology and use your favorite map application if you are unfamiliar with the area.  Currently called The Outlets of Orange but was formerly called The Block of Orange, the AMC Theater is the centerpiece of this shopping area.   The Outlets of Orange.


      Free Parking as this is an open air shopping district.

      What to Bring:

      Happy Attitude and

      $ for Movie Ticket, Popcorn, Drink & Candy!

      Lance Whitmier will be the trip leader.

      He has purchased seat G13.  So you may want to consider purchasing a ticket(s) in that vicinity.

      Lance can be reached at:  


      Contact him for questions or if you need additional information.

      • Mon, October 02, 2023
      • 5:30 PM
      • Palm Springs

      Hike, bike, and day activities planning meeting.

      We will review the calendar for the next 2 or 3 months and schedule accordingly.

      Date: Monday, Oct 2, 5:30pm at members residence in Palm Springs with complimentary dinner (El Polo Loco buffet).

      Meeting address will be in registration confirmation email.

      If you are unable to attend, you may submit your hike, bike or other event and we will work to get them scheduled.

      Contact VP of Outings click here with your ideas and suggestions .

      • Tue, October 03, 2023
      • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
      • Palm Springs, CA
      Join waitlist
      Pickleball Games

      This GOPS club event is intended for Great Outdoors members who are familiar with pickleball play and pickleball rules.  It is designed to be a fun event that will rotate players through groups of 4 for games. This is also a chance to meet and get to know other Great Outdoors members who enjoy playing pickleball.

      Like any sport there is a risk of injury that comes along with playing pickleball. To help reduce the risk of injury, please review the pickle ball safety tips at: https://usapickleball.org/play/health-safety


      • Pickleball will be played each Tuesday of the month.  There will be only one announcement/registration for all of the Tuesday games.  Register once if you want to play one, any, or all of the Tuesday games.  
      • These games are at condo association located in Palm Springs.
      • Registration for this event is limited to the first 16 that sign up. You can join our waitlist in case of a cancellation.
      • You must be a member.  You can join - click here.
      • This pickleball event is intended for members who have previously played. 
      • We will be playing on two pickleball courts in a condo association. 

      Location/Directions Directions to the courts will be provided to those that sign up.

      Cancel: If you cannot make a this event for which you have registered, please cancel as others may be on the waitlist. You may cancel directly from your profile settings or notify the event leader.

      Photos - click here to see some of our games.

      Event Leader: John Ryan - eMail:  click here.

      Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.

      Special COVID Requirements:  Following current California Safety Measures click here

      Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader that may affect your ability to play pickleball. 

      • Tue, October 03, 2023
      • 12:00 PM
      • Fri, October 06, 2023
      • 11:30 AM
      • Sequoia National Park - Lodgepole Campground
      • 1

      Sequoia National Park

      No-Frills Campout!

      October 3-6


      Checkout Friday morning.

      The wilderness of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks protects one of America's most superlative scenic landscapes. An extraordinary continuum of ecosystems is arrayed along the greatest vertical relief (1,370 to 14,505 feet in elevation) of any protected area in the lower 48 states. Magnificent glacial canyons, broad lake basins, lush meadows, and sheer granite peaks--hallmarks of the most rugged portion of the High Sierra--form the core of the largest expanse of contiguous wilderness in California, which is visited and valued by people from around the world.

      Arrive Tuesday around noon/early afternoon and depart Friday morning, thus giving us 2 1/2 glorious days to hike, relax and/or enjoy the vastness of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. 

      A National Park Pass is required per vehicle to enter Sequoia National Park otherwise an entry fee has to be paid.

      We have one campsite so this is a limited opportunity for a couple of people.  Limitations include max of 2 vehicles and 3 people (max of 6 if sharing of tents occurs between a couple, throuple,  FWB or FWNB).

      Lodgepole Campground

      The photo above is our reserved campsite at Lodgepole Campground.

      Lodgepole Campground is located in the breathtaking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in central California's rugged Sierra Nevada range. Lodgepole is perched on the banks of the scenic and lengthy Marble Fork of the Kaweah River, at an elevation of 6,700 ft. The inspiring Giant Forest Grove and the mighty General Sherman Tree - the world's largest tree in volume - are just two miles from the campground.

      Lodgepole Campground is very popular with tent and RV campers alike. It has paved roads, flush toilets, and drinking water. Picnic tables, fire rings, and bear food storage boxes are provided at each site. Lodgepole Village is a quick, 1/4-mile away, offering, a Visitor Center, market and gift shop. Coin-operated showers and laundry facilities are not available for 2023 season.

      Forty miles of trails, including the paved Big Trees Trail, invite visitors to immerse themselves in the majesty of the ancient grove. Several additional popular hiking and wilderness trailheads are close by, including the trail to Moro Rock, a granite dome with spectacular views of the Great Western Divide and western half of the park. Tokopah Falls Trail is an easy walk along the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River, leading to an impressive 1200 ft. waterfall.

      We will be having a scheduled series of hikes if you so wish to participate and a list of hikes (easy) that you may want to consider doing too.  There are several areas of Kings Canyon and Sequoia that are closed due to the damage incurred on many of the roads this past winter season; however there will be plenty of areas to explore during our stay.

      The availability of places to eat will be extremely limited again due to several campgrounds being closed due to last winter's damage and also we have entered the fall season.

      The good news:  We will not be inundated with crowds of people!  Yes!!!

      Here is the link to the Sequoia National Park website to get more information:



      Unpredictable.  Late September-early October temperatures range from a high of 66-70 degrees during the day to 45-54 degrees at night.  

      Layers - Layers - Layers

      Member Registration Fee:  $35.  

      Member (#2) Sharing a Member tent:  $25

      Non-Member Sharing a Member tent:  $50 but includes a year membership to GO OCLB Chapter.

      Each vehicle entering Sequoia National Park must either possess a National Park Pass or pay a $35 entry fee per vehicle. 

      This fee is in addition to the $35 Registration Fee for Members ( Non-members $50) charged for the use of the campsite due upon registration.

      Thank you for participating in the Great Outdoors club!

      POC:  Lance Whitmier 

      Email:  President-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org

      Photo taken at Sequoia - Kings Canyon National Park hike.

      • Tue, October 03, 2023
      • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
      • JR Saloon

      Campout leaders wanted!
      October 3, 2023 @ 6:30PM

      Calling all Santa Barbara and Ventura Great Outdoors members! Are you interested in leading a campout this year?

      As an all-volunteer organization, we rely on our members to support our trips, and encourage those who are up to the task to lead them! Trip leaders have the pleasure of choosing the destination, setting the itinerary, and meeting new fellow outdoors enthusiasts.

      If you are interested in becoming a trip leader, or have a trip you would like to tentatively schedule for our chapter, please register for this event. We will discuss the different types of campouts we plan to calendar, the responsibilities of trip leaders, and how to plan a successful trip.

      Location will be sent via email the night before. We hope to see you there!

      • Thu, October 05, 2023
      • 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
      • Hesperia, Calif.

      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.

      • Trail Length: 4 miles RT
      • Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,000 feet
      • Trailhead Elevation: 4400 feet
      • Difficulty Rating: Moderate Plus - plan for an arduous hike back up from the hot springs with some steep incline.
        • It will take about 45 minutes to get down to the springs, but 75 minutes to hike back up the hill to the campground.
        • WARNING! This is not an easy hike back!  
      • Terrain: The trail has sections that are very narrow with steep drop-offs. There are two very steep sections. Some areas have loose sandy soil. Stream crossing may be up to 1-2 feet deep. The return hike is uphill with average slope of 8%. The area is home to rattlesnakes. Be careful around rock outcroppings.
      • Registration: Open to nonmembers and guest
      • Fee $10 per person, payable at the trailhead parking lot
      • This is a popular, clothing optional, skinny-dipping spot on U.S. Forest Service land, expect nudity.
      • Important details/additional information CLICK HERE

      Meeting Location*: 8 AM  meet in the outer parking lot in front of Arizona tile next to the Palm Desert Costco, Map Click Here. We will caravan out to the trailhead (N34° 21.882' W117° 09.832'). Please arrive at least 10- 15 minutes early to give yourself time to meet with your fellow hikers and arrange carpooling. Costco is at the corner of Monterey Avenue and Dinah Shore Drive. If you are coming on I-10, take the Monterey Avenue exit and turn south on Monterey Avenue. Costco will be on your right as you go down the hill from the interchange. The first light is at Dinah Shore Drive. Turn right onto Dinah Shore Drive and then turn right again at the next light into the Costco parking lot. Arizona Tile is in the west end of the building immediately west of Costco in the back of the parking lot. If you are coming from Palm Springs or Cathedral City, to can take Dinah Shore Drive all the way to the left turn into the Costco parking lot. That left turn is at the third light after you cross Bob Hope Drive. Here's a link to the exact meeting place: Map click here

      Meeting Location in Apple Valley: NW corner of Bear Valley Rd and Central Rd at the vacant Apple Valley Plaza parking lot (34°28'13.9"N 117°10'22.8"W​.) at 9:40am

      Expected Time Of Return: 6:30 PM or later. Option to stop at Johns Place in Yucca Valley for dinner. 

      Stream conditions: Click here

      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 washboard dirt road where you should have a high-clearance vehicle.  

      Bring: Ten Essentials (click here), plenty of water (3 liters recommended), lunch and snacks. Hat, sunscreen and layered clothing are recommended; something to sit on (a towel is good), water shoes for crossing the river and the slippery hot tubs, and $10 cash for access fee. Hiking poles may be helpful. 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.

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

      General Notes from USFS website (click here).

      Do not drink the water! The Hot Springs pools of Deep Creek contain a rare and sometimes fatal disease called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis. The disease is apparently contained in contaminated soil and transmitted to the Hot Springs pools as the warm water flows through and over the soil. It is advisable not to submerge your head.

      Hike Leader: ScottVPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org (click here)

      Cancel: If you cannot make a hike for which you have registered please cancel as others may be on the waitlist. You may cancel directly from your profile settings or email the hike leader.

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

      • Sat, October 07, 2023
      • 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
      • Griffith Park - LA Zoo free parking Lot
      • 19


      Great Outdoors Los Angeles


      Bicycle Ride in Griffith Park and Los Angeles River Bike Path

      We will meet at the Los Angeles Zoo free parking lot on Zoo Drive at 11:00 AM.  This trip has no hills and anticipated mileage is 15 miles round trip.  This is a fairly easy bike ride with great views of Glendale and the LA River along the way.  The half-way point is at the outdoor Bicycle Spoke Cafe in Frogtown (Elysian Valley) where we can stop for coffee or brunch at 12:30 PM or so. 

      Attendance to this event is open to ALL!

      Bring lots of water, sunscreen, and money for brunch break.  Riders are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet on all bike rides and inflate their tires to the correct pressure.  Please be prepared to address any breakdowns on your own.  Bring a spare inner tube, tire pump, repair kit, ability to call Lyft/Uber, etc.  The trip leader/group may not have the capacity to repair your bike.  Participants are also expected to bring their own first aid kit appropriate for the event.  Thanks for your understanding. 

      Trip Leader:  Michael Wickstrom email: President-LA@GreatOutdoors.org

      • Sat, October 07, 2023
      • 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Rustic Theatre 54290 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild

      Celebrate Pride Under the Pines

      Join us at our booth for a fun Autumn day in the mountains. Last year was a huge success. Free admission for our volunteers.  To volunteer, select register and  choose the time slot(s) that you would like to be at the booth.

      You may register for more than one time period. You can also register without a specific time.

      Contact : Doug Wylie Email

      Here’s your chance to help spread the word about Great Outdoors Palm Springs, meet new friends and have some fun!   Google Map: Click Here 

      Programming / Events: click here: Idyllwild Pride Under the Pines

      Saturday October 7th.

      • 10:00 AM Booth set up
      • 12:00 PM Pride Under The Pines Kick-Off 

      • Sun, October 08, 2023
      • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Huntington Beach
      • 7

      Urban Hike!

      South  Coast Plaza Area

      Tourism – South Coast Plaza

      Two Bridges Row

       OC Museum of Art 

      California Scenario-Noguchi Gardens

       Ruby's Diner 

      If there were a 'super easy' category, this urban hike fall into that category.  Since there is no such category, this hike is listed as 'easy'.

      A leisure Sunday morning stroll begins at the first floor center lobby of Apple South Coast Plaza (formally known as the Crystal Court) at 10 AM.

      Our journey starts by going to the top floor and crossing the Bridge of Gardens (pedestrian bridge -first bridge) to main South Coast Plaza.  We will venture through the mall area to the outside area of Claim Jumpers restaurant.  We will then traverse over The Unity Bridge (our second bridge) toward the OC Museum of Art.  Spending an hour at the Museum, we will then venture to the California Scenario-Noguchi Gardens.  Stopping for photo opportunities, we will then double back from to our starting point.  For those so inclined, we will have  lunch at Ruby's Diner.

      The Bridge of Gardens:

      South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa) | SoCal Shopping Place

      OC Museum of Art:  

      Admission to OCMA is free.

      Along with its predecessor institution, the Newport Harbor Art Museum, OCMA has an established reputation as an innovative art museum with a history of actively discovering and engaging with living artists at pivotal points in their careers. Since its inception, OCMA’s commitment to artists and audiences has been at the core of its activities, presenting the voices and work of influential artists and creative thinkers through innovative and ground-breaking exhibitions and programs.

      In our new permanent home located on the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus—designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis Studio—OCMA will continue to champion the transformative possibilities of art.

      Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne is the founder of the influential studio Morphosis and co-founder of the prestigious Southern California Institute of Architecture. For more than 40 years, Morphosis has practiced at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, and design. With a team of more than 60 in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai and Seoul, Morphosis focuses on rigorous research and innovation, prioritizing performance-driven design that is environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.

      Since its inception, OCMA’s commitment to artists and audiences has been at the core of its activities, presenting the voices and work of influential artists and creative thinkers through innovative and ground-breaking exhibitions and programs. In our new permanent home on the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus, OCMA will continue to champion the transformative possibilities of art. From new commissions, performances, immersive activities, workshops, film series, and exciting community happenings, OCMA’s program engages and sparks meaningful encounters with art and ideas.

      OCMA’s dynamic visual arts program features major thematic exhibitions, surveys of leading contemporary artists, new commissions, and first-ever solo museum shows.

      California Scenario-Noguchi Gardens

       Commissioned by the Segerstrom family in 1979 and completed in 1982, Isamu Noguchi’s California Scenario is recognized as one of the country’s preeminent sculpture gardens and the most vital publicly accessible outdoor sculpture oasis in Southern California. One of the artist’s most important public sculpture gardens, its design symbolizes various geographical characteristics of California, incorporating indigenous plants and materials.

      Six principal elements comprise California Scenario:  Forest Walk, Land Use, Desert Land, Water Source, Water Use and Energy Fountain. The centerpiece of the garden is The Spirit of the Lima Bean, a sculpture of dramatic portions, composed of 15 rust-colored granite rocks cut precisely to fit together. This sculpture was created in recognition of Henry T. Segerstrom’ s friendship with the artist, Isamu Noguchi, and the Segerstrom family’s contribution to the agricultural heritage of Southern California.

      Unity Bridge

      UNITY BRIDGE - Costa Mesa, California - Landmarks ...

      Unity Bridge connects South Coast Plaza and Town Center in Costa Mesa.

      We will wrap the urban hike with lunch at Ruby's Diner (optional and at your expense)!

      Meeting Place:  Referred to as Apple South Coast Plaza because it houses the Apple store.   

      If you have any doubts as to the location, CONTACT the Trip Leader. 

      Please be there by 10 AM so we can start on time!

      Sorry four legged furry friends won't be allowed in the museum!

      Here is the link to the map.  Meet in the first floor, center lobby area.

      The Center lobby area has the Sunglass Hut, Sur La Table and Tableau Kitchen and Bar (as well as the Ruby's Diner) located in the immediate vicinity.


      Trip Leader Lance Whitmier via email:  


        • Sun, October 08, 2023
        • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
        • Cathedral City, CA (Address to be provided once you have REGISTERED)
        • 0
        Join waitlist

        Greg Adkisson and Phil York have invited us all to the Pool/Swim Time and  Game Night on Sunday the 8th of October 2023 at their beautiful home in Cathedral City.

        NOTE: This event will have a maximum capacity of 30 people

        NOTE: Registration for this event will close on October 5th!

        Note: You must be a Great Outdoors Member to attend this event. Guests without prior membership and registration will NOT be allowed in. You cannot join at the door.


        5:00 PM to 6:00 PM - POOL-SPA 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) Pool Time - Towel, chair and swimwear. Nudity is not permitted.

        2) Potluck Item for at least 2 people. GOPS will provide dessert.

        3) Your own beverage(s) Great Outdoors provides water and ice.

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

        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.

        Four volunteers are needed to help set up before the party. Volunteers get a free ride on the food!

        Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts!

        Please call Jóse Ghilarducci at 760-774-8716 or email GameNightCoordinator-PS@greatoutdoors.org 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.

        Great Outdoor encourages members to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This event will be primarily outdoors, and vaccination will not be required.

        Health Problems/allergies Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader if you wish.

        Thank you for participating in the Great Outdoors club!

        • Thu, October 12, 2023
        • 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
        • Oak Glenn Preserve 39611 Oak Glen Road Oak Glen, CA 92399
        • 2

         Hike, Apples, and Tri Tip at the Ranch

        • Distance: 2.5 miles
        • Total Elevation:350'
        • Difficulty:  Easy - Moderate
        • One steep uphill climb
        • Trailhead Elevation 4800'
        • Type: Out and back loop on trail
        • Hike time: 1.5 hours
        • Meeting time: 9 AM at PetSmart parking lot, Crossley/Ramon, Palm Springs: Map click here
        • Or 10 am meet at the parking lot at Oak Glen Wildlands Conservancy Map Click Here
        • Drive Time One Way: 1 hour
        • Dogs on leash allowed on trails.

        Enjoy an Autumn day at S. California's largest historic (103 year old) apple ranch and Wetlands Conservancy. Habitats encountered on the main trail include ponds, streams, wetlands, oak and pine forests, chaparral, and willow at 4,000 feet. Lunch on your own at the Ranch. We may meet the Conservancy representative and hear about the latest land conservations acquisitions, Website: The Wildlands Conservancy

        What to bring: 

        Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), lunch/snacks, sun protection, layered clothing and hiking poles. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. Money for lunch and ride share if applicable. Hiking Requirements -  Click here for more information.

        Open to Guest and nonmembers beginning Sunday September 17

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

        Hike Leader: Scott Connelly Email click here

        Photos from previous hike: click here

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

        • Thu, October 12, 2023
        • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
        • El Torito Mexican Restaurant & Cantina 15042 Goldenwest Blvd.; Westminster, CA

        October Mixer

        Homoween: The Best LGBTQ Halloween Destinations

        Happy Hour Mixer


        Monthly Chapter Meeting!

        Thursday  September 14

        Come on get Happy!

        Start the weekend early!

        El Torito Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

        15042 Goldenwest Blvd.

        (The 405 Freeway & Goldenwest Blvd.)

        Westminster, CA 92683

        Join us for Happy Hour Mixer from 6 - 7 PM in the Cantina.

        Then the GO OCLB Board meeting will convene at 7 pm in the restaurant (along with ordering an optional meal) to conduct their monthly meeting.  

        Cantina Happy Hour is from 3 PM to 7 PM.  

        OCLB will have the fireplace room in the Cantina area beginning @ 6!

        El Torito's Happy Hour prices end at 7 PM!

        Schedule will be:

        6 PM - 7 PM:  Happy Hour in the Cantina!  

        All Members & Core Group can make introductions, snack, socialize, toss around ideas/suggestions and make merry!  Each person is responsible for their own beverage and snack ordering and payment.  Come and meet your board members and fellow outdoor enthusiasts in a relaxing atmosphere.


        7 PM:  Monthly Meeting!

        Core Group will begin their meeting where the various trip leaders will have a chance to highlight their recent and upcoming trips, and answer any questions. We will continue to focus on future activities of 2023 and how to further engage with our members.

        Any and all members are allowed and encouraged to attend and participate!  (Please be aware that only Core Group Members are allowed to vote during the Core Group meeting.). 

        3.  Meeting will adjourn upon completion of agenda!  Aiming for 8 PM.

        A few of the Core Group:  Lance, Rick, Frederick, Doug and Ray.

        If you have any questions please contact:

        Robert (Outreach) at:  Outreach-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org

        Rick (VP of Outings) at: VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org


        Lance (President) at:  President-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org

        • Sun, October 15, 2023
        • 6:45 AM - 6:00 PM
        • Los Angeles - San Bernardino

        7.8 miles of car-free streets connecting Echo Park, Chinatown, DTLA, Little Tokyo, Arts District, and Boyle Heights - including the new 6th Street Viaduct!


        The Great Outdoors group plans to depart from the San Bernardino Depot Metrolink Station at 1170 N. 3rd St, San Bernardino CA 92418 (not to be confused with the San Bernardino Downtown Station) to LA Union Station. You will need to bring your own bicycles, which are welcome on the train.

        Those wishing to carpool/caravan from Palm Springs should meet at Palm Springs PetSmart at Ramon/Crossley (Map) at 6:45 am for  7:00 am departure. If you want to rideshare and have extra space available on your bike rack or truck, you may so indicate when you register. Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Metro departs San Bernardino at 8:41am, arrives LA Union Station 10:22.

        You can also meet us  along the route. We will start at Civic Center/Grand Park station. We should be there by 11am  When you register you will receive the cell # of Scott and Dan. 

        There will be ample parking at the Station Depot.  hose planning to drive from Palm Springs to the San Bernardino Depot should bring vehicles capable of carrying bicycles.

        The Great Outdoors group plans to return from LA Union Station to the San Bernardino Depot on the 3:38 pm train, arriving at the San Bernardino Depot at 5:15 p.m.

        You are encouraged to download the Metrolink app to your smart phone containing all of its schedules.  Once registered, you can buy your electronic ticket ($10 all day for Metrolink and all downtown subways - you must purchase the ticket on Sunday).  The machines at the depot are notoriously user unfriendly.

        Other transportation options:

        You are, of course, free to drive all the way to Los Angeles, to take both an earlier departing train (dep. 6:41 am arr. 8:22 am) or later returning train (dep. 5:38 pm arr. 6:16 pm).  A meeting place in Los Angeles will be arranged for those departing earlier or later.

        What to Bring: Water, small day back, sun protection and helmet.

        Trip leaders :

        Dan Haueter: Email

        Scott Connelly: Email  

        Here are some things to know before you go:

        Attractions along the route: click here

        • CicLAvia is FREE!
        • CicLAvia lasts from 9am to 4pm.
        • CicLAvia closes streets to car traffic and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, play, and explore parts of Los Angeles County.
        • CicLAvia is not a race! There's no starting point or finish line—begin where you like and enjoy the day your way.
        • CicLAvia website

        Hub Information

        Hubs are resting and meeting points along the route. Each hub has free basic bike repair, bike parking, an information booth, CicLAvia merchandise, free drinking water, and ADA-compliant restrooms. Some hubs include additional programming and activities. 

        Health Problems/allergies Advise trip leader of any medical or other issues that may affect your ability to complete this event.

          • Sun, October 15, 2023
          • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
          • 2837 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

          Liberty Station to North Harbor

          Sunday, October 15, 2023

          • 9:00 am Meet up at Liberty Station Parking lot (2837 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106)
          • 9:30 am Start the Bike Ride
          • 11:30 Finish the Bike Ride

          Event Lead: Steven Stowe (619-309-5674)

          Join us Sunday, October 1, for a bike ride through Liberty Station, North Harbor and back In total, we’ll bike ride around 11.6 Miles, which will take us about 2 hours. There’ll be some elevation change, 200 Ft Total. The difficulty is moderate.

          There is a bathroom throughout the trail the whole way.

          We’ll meet at the Liberty Station Parking Lot in front of the Liberty Station Kayak Launch, by the parking lot, pictured below.  During the route, we will stop at a few photos op places to capture the memory and have some water breaks. 

          What to bring: 

          Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, make sure your tires are aired up, any snacks you may want, any medications you may need, and weather-appropriate clothing. 

          Hope you can join us!

          • Sun, October 15, 2023
          • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
          • Laguna Beach, CA

          Annual End of Summer Hike, BBQ, and Pool Party!

          GOSD will hold our annual end of summer hike and pool party in Laguna Beach again this year.  Join us for a morning hike followed by a BBQ and dip in the pool, GOSD will provide the food for this event.

          HIKE - Little Sycamore Canyon, Serrano Ridge, and West Canyon Loop

          Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 1 h 35 min to complete. This is a very popular area for birding, camping, and hiking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. You'll need to leave pups at home — dogs aren't allowed on this trail.

          Meeting time: 9:30 AM

          Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area, Laguna Canyon Road at the 73 (north side), Laguna Beach, CA 92651

          Distance: 4.2 miles

          Rating: Moderate

          Park Brochure can be accessed here.

          Don't forget to bring a hat, sunscreen, and water along, as it will be warm in October!

          As with any outing, don't forget your 10 essentials!

          BBQ & POOL PARTY

          After the hike is over, approximately 12:00 PM, come over and cool off in the pool and enjoy some BBQ & drinks.

          Address: 159 Nyes Place, Laguna Beach, CA

          Phone: 949-394-9607 

          We look forward to seeing you there, if you have any questions, please contact Matthew Schreiner at matthew.schreiner@mac.com or 949.394.9607.

          • Sun, October 15, 2023
          • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
          • Shakey's, 5170 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
          • 19
          Bring a Friend!
          Chapter meetings are now open to ALL MEMBERS


          • 2-3 pm: Socialize, Eat, Drink, Be Mary
          • 3-4 pm: Meeting
            • Recap of Recent Outings
            • Upcoming Events + Planning Brainstorm
            • Holiday Party Planning
            • Volunteer Opportunities


          Shakey's Pizza on Sunset 

          • Wed, October 18, 2023
          • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
          • 2030 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
          • 28

          Riviera Business Park Quad

          2030 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

          Wednesday, October 18, 2023

          6:00pm Core Group Meeting

          7:00pm Membership Social

          Join us in the fresh air and under the open sky at the picturesque outdoor courtyard/quad of the Riviera Business Park for our monthly meeting and social gathering. It's the perfect setting to connect with fellow nature enthusiasts.

          Feel free to bring your favorite beverages (BYOB), and to satisfy your appetite, we've got some delicious pizza on the menu. You can enjoy a slice or two for a small $5 donation (payable upon registration).

          We can't wait to extend a warm welcome to new friends and catch up with our cherished current members. We'll be talking about next year's trips and planning our annual Halloween party! Come on over and discover what your local Great Outdoors chapter has in store for you...

          • Thu, October 19, 2023
          • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
          • Vacation Island, to the right (north) of the Paradise Point resort (previously called Pacific Princess resort)

          Monthly Multi-Group Bonfire & Potluck

          Date:  Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023

          Time:  5:30-9:00 pm

          Location:  Vacation Island, to the right (north) of the Paradise Point resort (previously called Pacific Princess resort)

          RSVP: None....Just show up!

          Event Cost:  Free (bring potluck stuff to share)

          Parking:   Easy.  Ample parking on site

          Join us for our Potluck Bonfires by the Bay!

          DESCRIPTION: Monthly bonfires on the 3rd Thursday of the month for the 2022 season through October.

          Bring a friend or cuddle buddy. Please also bring an entree or a side dish, and a beverage of your choice.(Alcohol is banned in Mission Bay Park). You can also help support this event by bringing a portable table, paper plates, cups, utensils, napkins or firewood, but CMG is making sure that's covered. 

          WHAT TO BRING:  
            1) Potluck item.  Remember, we CAN have too many desserts, but we can never have too many meal choices and sides.  If you have a dessert you're eager to bring, lovely! But if you're on the fence, maybe think dinner, not dessert.
            2) A beach chair if you'd like to sit. Bonus points if you bring a spare for others to use!
            3) A serving utensil if your dish needs one.

          DIRECTIONS: Take the 8 freeway west toward Mission Bay, exit onto Mission Bay Drive and make a right, then merge into the far left hand lane onto Ingraham Street, heading North, then make a left onto Vacation Rd as if you were heading into Paradise Point Resort (previously called Pacific Princess Resort), but then an immediate Right before entering the resort to get to the side parking lot. We’ll be on the left (West) side of parking lot by the rest rooms. (Note: we're on the WEST side of Ingraham St. Don't confuse this spot with a similar one on the east side of the street.)

          • Fri, October 20, 2023
          • 2:00 PM
          • Sun, October 22, 2023
          • 12:00 PM
          • Lake Perris State Recreation Area
          • 22


                 Lake Perris State Recreation Area   This year's theme:

           "HAWAIIAN LUAU"

          Our 45th Anniversary! Join us and celebrate our sapphire anniversary with a weekend of entertainment and a variety of activities including, hiking, biking, boating, swimming, museum visit, multimedia presentation - GO past and present, special activities, contests, raffle prizes, and campfire activities. 

          Our camp -"A sparkling jewel and a land of mystery..." Hidden among rock-studded hills, Lake Perris State Recreation Area’s 8,800 acres of broad valley are bounded on three sides by low ridges. The surrounding hills obscure the view of nearby cities. The San Bernardino, San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains stand tall in the distance. We have dedicated tent only sites under large shade trees.  RV sites with hookups with a group gathering area in the middle.

          • Activities:
          • Bike trail circles the lake, 10 miles.
          • Hike Terri Peak - 5.5-mile loop, 958' or out and back 4 miles. Photo right:
          • Additional Hikes:  Click here.
          • Hot breakfast prepared by Chef Robert and sous-chefs.
          • Boat ride:  Check whiteboard
          • Chop! Chop! Each chapter can enter a team of two people to compete in our version of “Chopped.”  A large box of cooking ingredients is supplied, and the teams are instructed to prepare a specific item with a few guidelines.  The final product for each chapter is judged by a panel of 3.  All other conference participants become the audience for this totally entertaining event.  A prize and bragging rights will be bestowed upon the winning team.
          • Arts & Craft: Design and create a stepping stone for your garden or yard.  We will have all the supplies and everything you need to create something very special and personal.
          • ThemeHawaiian Luau -  Prizes to the best dressed participants.
          • Photo/video presentation - Contact your chapter VPO if you have a great photo to submit for the presentation.
          • Ya'i Heki' Regional Indian Museum: Native American history of the area and displays of the flora and fauna of the southern California bio-region

          Registration options include: Tents and RV’s. Tents will be in tent only sites. RV sites are located adjacent to the tent only sites, separated by a grassy area. We will have a group campfire located in a central spot. A few tents may be placed on RV site in an area away from the RVs if needed. Sites will be preassigned with site assignments and updated details in an email one week prior to the event. Registration is available to Great Outdoors members only. If not a member, you may join and purchase a membership - Click Here for Membership 

          Amenities for Tent and RV

          Campers: Every site has a picnic table and a fire ring with a grill. There are shade trees in the tent site areas. Water and restrooms with free hot showers is available. Up to three vehicles may be parked at any one campsite.

          Amenities for RVsThe RV sites have fresh water, electrical hook-ups and gray water drain.  RV dumping is available for $10.  Camping fees do not include using the dump station. RVs must be parked in provided space and may not protrude into roadway. Maximum length 31' but RVs up to 40' may be backed in with tail overhanging campsite. Roadway must be kept open and clear. Quiet hours 10pm - 6am.

          Non-Campers: Lodging can be found in nearby Moreno Valley 

          Pets: welcomed - leashed, controlled, picked up after, allowed on paved trails.

          What to Bring: 

          • Ten Essentials, camping/cooking gear, food, name tag.
          • Camp chair, warm/cool weather clothing, bicycle. 
          • Potluck item - main entrée, or side dish. GO will furnish desserts (our anniversary cake).
          • Appetizer to share for meet & greet ‘tea’ along with your favorite beverage.
          • Swim suit, towel, water shoes for swimming, boating or kayaking.
          • Cash for the raffle. If you would like to donate an item for the raffle, contact trip leader.
          • A bundle or two of non-oak firewood. Notice: Due to the threat of the goldspotted oak borer, no oak firewood will be allowed. Firewood may be purchased on site. 
          GOING GREEN!  Please bring your own plates, cups, mugs, eating utensils, napkins, paper towels, camp soap, etc.  There are water spigots located in the camp or in the nearby restroom for washing dishes.

          Schedule of Events:

          All members are encouraged and welcome to attend the business meetings.

          Check white board at camp for updates and details

          Sunrise 6:58 AM Sunset 6:09 PM

          Friday Oct 20

          • 2:00 pm  Check-in at the gate. Announce you are with Great Outdoors.
          • 2:30 pm Check in at site 282 for your welcome package.
          • 3:30 pm  Bike ride around the lake.
          • 5:00 pm  Meet and Greet. Bring appetizer to share. Bring your favorite beverage. Get your raffle tickets.
          • Dinner on your own.
          • 7:00 pm Multimedia media presentation highlighting the best of Great Outdoor experiences through the years from each chapter. Outdoor Experience program introduction
          • 8:00 pm Campfire

          Saturday Oct 21

          • 6:30 am  Coffee 
          • 8:00 am  Hot breakfasts prepared by Chef Robert and sous-chefs
          • 9:00 am  Hike and/or exploration* (Check whiteboard for updates)
          • 9:00 - 11 am  General Business meeting, Corp Board and elections**
                            Incoming Board Meeting***

          • 11:00 am Outdoor Experience Committee meeting****

          • 1:00 pm  All  VPO's trip planning - calendar meeting***
          • 1:30 pm Outdoor Experience Introduction - Meet trip and hike leaders for Q&A and learn about leadership opportunities. Join the team - acquire new skills, make a difference and feel good about yourself.
          • 3:00 pm Arts and Craft - Stepping Stones
          • 6:00 pm  POTLUCK Dinner - bring a dish to share. GO will provide all desserts. Wear your best Hawaiian outfit
          • 7:00 pm  Award Presentations; announcements
          • 7:30 pm  Chop Chop
          • 8:30 pm  Super Raffle drawing

          Sunday, Oct 22

          • 6:30 am  Coffee and continental breakfast
          • 9:00 am  Check whiteboard   
          • 12:00 pm  Check out

          * Attended by current Corp Board and Committee Chairs.
          ** Attended by outgoing Corp Board, Chapter Delegates, Committee Chairs. We elect a Corp. Chair, Secretary and Financial Officer. The Chair then appoints Committee Chairs.
          *** Attended by the newly elected Corp Board and Committee Chairs.
          **** Attended by VPOs of each Chapter and other interested parties.

          Directions:   The recreation area is located 11 miles south of Riverside via Highway 60 or I-215. Google map

          Climate and Elevation:  Average high/low: 82° / 52° ; Elevation 1595'

          Cancellation/Refund Policy:  Cancellations must be received by Oct. 5 to receive a refund minus a $10 service fee. 

          Payments:  Online payments only using credit cards. 

          Contact Trip Leaders Scott Connelly: Email Click Here or Richard Dachman Email Click Here


          What is the difference between a regular GO campout and a conference campout?

          Conference is held once every year in October (as required in the by-laws) where delegates from each of the five chapters and the Corp board come together to:

          • Nominate and elect a new Corp board for the upcoming year.
          • Vote and amend any by-law changes that may occur.
          • Schedule and coordinate the next year's camping trips.
          • Special awards and recognition will be presented.

          Who puts on the Conference?

          • Hosting conference is by one of the five chapters on a rotational basis.
          • This year is hosted by the Palm Springs Chapter
          • Next year will be hosted by the Los Angeles Chapter and so on.

          Do I need to attend any of these business meetings?

          • Only if you are a chapter delegate, a Corp committee chair or Corp board member; however, all are welcome to attend.

          Can I come to any of these meetings if I am not on the Corp board or a delegate?

          • Yes! We encourage anyone who is interested in how our organizational leadership works to come and observe our meetings!

          What if I am not part of the Corp board or a delegate, can I still attend the conference?

          • Yes! There will be other planned activities and events you can take part in.
          • This is a great opportunity to hang out and get acquainted with other GO members that you would not normally meet outside your chapter designated area!

          Can I attend the day activities without camping?

          • Yes, register for day use only.

          Any other questions? - contact Trip Leaders or Board Members 

          If you would like to know more about the history and founding of GO click here.

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

          • Wed, October 25, 2023
          • 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
          • Palm Springs
          • 15

          SAVE THE DATE

          Hike the hills and canyons created by the San Andreas fault with outstanding geological features and great views from the ridge. 

          • Trail Length:   5.3 mi
          • Elevation Gain/Loss: 900'
          • Trailhead Elevation: 20
          • Trail Type: Loop
          • Terrain: rocky, sandy areas, slot canyons.
          • Difficulty Rating: Moderate* The trail narrows through a canyon and when it climbs to a high ridge with a steep drop-off.

          9:00 AM Meeting Place: PetSmart Ramon/Crossley, Palm Springs: Map Click Here. Meet at the north/east corner parking lot

          *Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.

          Bring Ten Essentials (click here) - water (2 to 3 liters recommended), and 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.

          Optional Lunch: CIE Sichuan Cuisine, 45682 Towne St., downtown Indio. Website has all-day menu. Bring $20 cash or Venmo to facilitate sharing dishes. Arrange your carpooling accordingly.

          Contact leader: Howard Goldberg - email click here

          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. Departure is at 9 AM. Distance to trailhead (Golf Center Parkway/Ave 42) is 18 miles, approximately 30 minutes.

          Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

          Additional Photos - Click Here

          You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.

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

          • Thu, October 26, 2023
          • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
          • Joshua Tree National Park - Black Rock

          Warren Peak is located in the less visited but easy to access Black Rock Canyon area on the west end of Joshua Tree National Park. 

          The 5.7-mile hike to Warren Peak combines easy wash walking in pretty Black Rock Canyon; an occasionally steep trail through the aptly named Panorama Loop; a short, steep, occasionally loose walk-up ascent of Warren Peak. Views from the peak include all the surrounding area including San Jacinto and San Gorgonio. Vegetation includes some nice larger pinyon/juniper and oak. Starting elevation of 4000 feet with 1200-foot gain.

          Rated: Moderately Strenuous: will generally be challenging for an unconditioned person. The terrain will involve a steady and often steep incline.

          Hiking Requirements:  You will need to be in good physical condition for this hike. Click here for more information.

          8:00 am meet at PetSmart Palm Springs Ramon/Crossley map click here

          Carpooling may be available if offered by driver.  You are responsible for arranging your own transportation or ride share. 

          Cancel: If you cannot make a hike for which you have registered please cancel as others may be on the waitlist. You may cancel directly from your profile settings or notify the hike leader.

          Contact hike leader: Spencer Ballard

          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. 

          • Fri, October 27, 2023
          • JR Saloon, Santa Barbara, CA

          SBVC - Halloween Party

          Friday, October 27, 2023

          SAVE THE DATE!

          ️Theme: "Queens of Darkness"

          Dress in your most regal and ghoulish attire, and let your inner monarch of the macabre reign supreme. A costume is not just recommended; it's absolutely required! For in this ethereal gathering, a grand contest shall unfold, pitting the most majestic, the eeriest, and the most captivatingly creepy against one another. Prizes fit for the spectral elite shall be bestowed upon the victors!

          Location: The secret lair, whose address will be revealed as we draw nearer to this spectral spectacle.

          What to bring: Your most splendid costume, of course! And don't forget to bring your preferred elixir for the evening, as well as a hauntingly delicious finger food as a tribute to the gathering. Fear not, for GO shall provide an array of bewitching light refreshments and an atmosphere that shall transport you to the very heart of the supernatural.

          Prepare for an enchanting evening of wicked revelry, where darkness and royalty converge in eerie harmony. Join us on the other side of reality, where magic and mystery reign supreme.

          For any inquiries, or if you dare to become more deeply entwined in our spectral affairs, please email our Mistress of Ceremonies.

          • Sat, October 28, 2023
          • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
          • Innovations Academy, 5454 Ruffin rd. San Diego C.A 92123

          Just in time for Halloween fright night, join your SDG outdoors gang INDOORS for a night of theatre at the Innovation Family Community Theatre's (IFCT) inaugural production of DRACULA! SDGO member and trip leader Steve Fitzgerald has landed the leading role as Professor Von Helsing, and he's gotten a great discount on tickets for us. Steve's returning to the stage for the first time in this millennium and having a blast with the rehearsals so far.

          IFCT is a 501c3 with a mission to bring theatre back to the masses. Fred and Natasha Smith have transformed the original Bram Stoker novel into the script for this fun and exciting new play. Critics are raving, "finally, a show that we can really sink our teeth into" :-)

          When: Saturday, October 28, 7 p.m. (doors and box office open at 6 p.m.)

          Where: Innovations Academy, 5454 Ruffin rd. San Diego C.A 92123 (in Kearny Mesa between the 52 Freeway and Clairemont Mesa Blvd.)

          Online Ticket Discounts: Order and purchase each ticket separately online at https://www.theifct.info/tickets/. Enter the appropriate code (below) and apply to each ticket when ordering (the codes will not work if you try to order and pay for multiple tickets at the same time). Note: you can click on a link to choose your own seat. There are 141 seats in the theatre in 3 sections. The discounts apply to all performances, in case you are unable to join us on 10/28 but would like to see the show.

          Those 65+ get the best deal - six bucks off the ticket price. With processing fee the net cost is just $7.30. Same for kids under 18 (with a different code). Those 18-65 are discounted three bucks off for a net price of $13.60.

          Discount Codes

          • Seniors 65+, enter: senior07
          • Adults 18-64, enter IFTC03
          • Kids under 18, enter IA2023

          • Sun, October 29, 2023
          • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
          • Desert Hot Springs

          Breakfast - Hike - Soak

          • Continental Breakfast
          • Hike: Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
          • Mineral Hot Springs Spa 
          8 AM to 9 AM start the morning at a GO member’s Desert Hot Springs home with Continental Breakfast that includes oatmeal, fresh fruit, Coachella Valley dates, Starbucks Coffee, and pastries from Canter’s Bakery on Fairfax.    

          9 AM - energized with breakfast, drive/carpool  minutes to the 

          Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. 

          Missed that trip to Vermont for Fall Foliage season last year? You can catch a very similar scene late October in our own backyard by joining this walk/hike.

          Located on Morongo Valley north of Desert Hot Springs, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is well recognized as an important wildlife corridor that links the San Gorgonio Wilderness with the San Bernardino National Forest and Joshua Tree National Park.

          We will combine parts of three trails for an easy to moderate walk of about two to three miles that will include the marsh and riparian habitats and of course Fall Foliage. In addition to wildlife, the Preserve is an internationally-recognized birding site so consider bringing your binoculars. Preserve Education Rangers will join us to add their insight along the trail.

          After taking in the sites, we retrace our steps back to the trailhead and move onto Miracle Springs Resort & Spa for lunch at their indoor/outdoor Capri Restaurant and then “take the waters” in any of the 8 mineral pools of different temperatures. 

          You may skip the hike and meet us at the Spa Resort for lunch.

          Spa entry day pass (pay at front desk lobby):

          • Senior (Age 65+) – $15
          • Adults – $20 

          Make sure you go to the correct Spa resort. There are two adjacent resorts, go to the Miracle Springs Resort & Spa to the North of the other spa, address is: 10625 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, CA (Our Holiday party location)

          Bring:   Swimsuit - Towel - Lock for locker

          Ten Essentials (click here), water, 1 or 2 liters recommended, snacks, sun protection, layered clothing , hiking poles may be helpful. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. Inclement weather may cancel.

          Meeting location address will be sent in the confirmation email.

          Trip Leaders:

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

          • Fri, November 03, 2023
          • 9:00 AM
          • Palm Springs - Coachella Valley Preserve

          Experience one of our best local hikes as we cross the San Andreas fault into two lush palm oases. This hike is located in the Coachella Valley Preserve, a lush co-centration of California Fan Palms. The trail follows the San Andreas Fault before descending into a canyon and palm oasis. The rail leads up and out of the oasis onto a plateau before descending into a sandy wash.

          • Trail Length: 5 miles 

          • Hiking time: 3-4 hours
          • Elevation Gain/Loss: 700 feet
          • Difficulty Rating: Moderate*
          • Trail Route:  Loop - out and back
          • Terrain: rocky trail, sandy areas
          • Meet at PetSmart (Ramon & Crossley) Time: 9:00 AM  Map click here

          • Or Meet at Coachella Valley Preserve Parking Lot 9:20 AM Map click here.

          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). Hiking poles may be helpful.

          Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. Be able to hike up steep, narrow canyon and along narrow ridge. 

          *Moderate hike is generally suitable for novice hikers who want a bit of a challenge. The terrain will involve a moderate incline and may have some steeper sections. 

          Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.

          Contact Hike Leader: John Ryan: email

          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. Departure is at 9 AM. Distance to trailhead is 11 miles.

          Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

          No dogs or pets allowed in the Preserve.

          Photos prior hike  click here   and here

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

          • Fri, November 03, 2023
          • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
          • Willis Palms Trail, Thousand Palms, CA