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    • Thu, October 28, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Joshua Tree Park
    • 0
    • Registrations opens on Monday Oct 4
    • 5 Miles, 500’ +/- elevation 
    • Rated moderate 
    • Route: in canyon wash and ridge.
    • There is some boulder scrambling at the narrow end of the canyon requiring use of both hands and feet to negotiate over and around large boulders. Climb up to ridge from the wash.
    • Meet 8:00 am 
    • Location: PetSmart at Ramon/Crossley, Palm Springs Map click here 
    • Approx. 60 miles drive to trailhead

    This remote canyon in the South Eagle Mountains, is one of Joshua Tree National Park’s least visited and very interesting canyons along the southern mountain border of the park. High clearance vehicle required to reach trailhead on dirt/sand road approx 6 miles. This canyon not only offers outstanding geological features but also includes significant historical and cultural features. Our visit will follow the “leave no trace” principals and respect and protect the integrity of the resources. Please do not  post online any  photos with geotags to help protect the natural and historical features present. Humans have occupied the area we now know as Joshua Tree National Park for at least 5,000 years.  I want to acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Pinto Culture, followed by American Indians including the Serrano, the Chemehuevi, and the Cahuilla.

    Getting there:  High clearance vehicle to travel 6 miles on unimproved dirt/sand road. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive at the meeting location a few minutes early for briefing. 

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

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

    Hike Leader: Scott Connelly  Email click here

    Co-Leader: Beth Schneider  Email click here

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Thu, October 28, 2021
    • 8:00 PM
    • Sun, December 05, 2021
    • 12:00 AM
    • online
    Register

    WANT A GOPS CLUB T-SHIRT OR HAT?  

    NOW'S YOUR CHANCE TO PLACE YOUR ORDER!

    We are using an "event" format to sell short sleeve Cotton or Tri-Blend T-shirts and Cotton Caps emblazoned with the GOPS Logo.  Each item is available in one color and shirts come in sizes from Small to XXX-Large. Order soon for best selection!


    COTTON SHORT SLEEVE ($16 each):

    The GOPS Cotton T-shirt is available in only in the color Sand.  Our logo is silk screened front and back as shown here for cotton short sleeve t-shirts. Multiple orders may require an additional registration.


    TRI-BLEND SHORT SLEEVE ($16 each):

      

    The Short Sleeve Tri-blend Tees (which are moisture-wicking and stretch), is available for order only in the color Grey. The shirt is a poly/cotton/rayon jersey and includes a left pocket logo, silk-screened on the front only. There is no printing on the back.  Multiple orders may require an additional registration.


    EMBROIDERED CAPS ($15 each):

    The Embroidered Cap (which is size adjustable), is available only in the color Sand. The cap is washed chino twill with an embroidered logo on the front. You may order multiple hats in one order.


    PAYMENT:

    We are taking payments online only. After you submit an order, you'll be taken to an online payment screen. You can pay with your credit card. When you place your order, you'll need to have your credit card ready and pay for your order within 15 minutes. No refunds are available. Orders may be changed or cancelled up to October 23 by contacting Info-PS@GreatOutdoors.org.


    PICKUP OR DELIVERY:

    T-shirts and Caps will be available for pickup or delivery.  We expect the GOPS merchandise will be distributed by mid-December.  We'll set up a location and time to pick up your orders. For any t-shirt not picked up, we will schedule another time and place for a 2nd round of pickups via email.  If you are unable to pick up your merchandise and want it mailed to you (we use USPS Priority Mail) then shipping fees will apply and are due at the time the order is placed. Out-of-State orders may have additional shipping fees.

    If you have any questions, please email Info-PS@GreatOutdoors.org.


    • Sat, October 30, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Bridge to Nowhere Day Hike
    • 9
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    Great Outdoors Orange County/Long Beach presents

    Bridge to Nowhere Day Hike

    Saturday, October 30, Starting at 7:00 AM

    Recommend Arriving by 6:30 Due to Parking Limitations.


    This is an interesting trip to view one of man's failed attempts to overcome nature.

    History of Bridge to Nowhere

    LA’s Bridge to Nowhere was constructed in 1936 over a gap carved by the East Fork of the San Gabriel River. The bridge was built to serve as a link in a roadway between the San Gabriel Valley to the south and Wrightwood to the north. However, in the spring of 1938, a massive flood changed the landscape of the canyon and washed out the road leading to the bridge. The road was never restored and construction was abandoned due to a lack of financial investment.

    We begin at the parking lot at the end of the road to the East Fork of the San Gabriel River. GPS Coordinates are: 34.237156,-117.765051.

    Directions: From I210, take Azusa Ave (Hwy 39) North for 12 miles. It becomes San Gabriel Canyon Road. Turn right on E. Fork Road, over bridge and then 5 miles. At hairpin turn, stay straight onto Camp Bonita Road for about 1 mile. Parking lot is at end of road. The parking lot fills up early and we recommend arriving by 6:30 AM; we will be leaving the trail head at 7 AM.


    We follow the river up the canyon. If you are sensitive to poison oak, long pants is recommended due to the abundance of poison oak along this trail. Depending on recent rainfall, shoes may get wet, as we will be crossing the San Gabriel River several times along the way.  Some hikers bring two pairs of shoes; one to hike and one to wear when crossing the river - the amount of water in the river is dependent upon the amount of recent rainfall.  I've seen it at times where the water is ankle deep, and others when the water is knee to thigh high.

    The trail gains about 1,000 feet over 4.8 miles making this a easy/moderate hike.

    When we reach the bridge, we will see bungee jumpers going over the side. The bridge itself is a beautiful curved concrete arch bridge high above the waters of the canyon. After spending sufficient time at the bridge and eating our lunch/snacks, we will retrace our steps.

    Click here for the list of your  your ten essentials  Bring at least two liters of water and food for lunch and snacks. Carpooling is recommended to help reduce gas cost and parking. An Adventure Pass or a National Parks Pass is required for parking. For Information, click here.

    Members Only!  No guests allowed; if you would like to become a member of the OC/LB Chapter please click here:        https://greatoutdoors.wildapricot.org/sys/website/?pageId=18321

          Trip Leader & Contact: Lance Whitmier. E-mail: lancelylewayne@gmail.com.

    Phone: 657-250-5466

           

    Lance @ the last hike to the Bridge to Nowhere.

    This trip is free.

    Special COVID Related Requirements:

    All registrants must be vaccinated! 

    Participants must comply with the following requirements as a condition of registering for this event:

    1. I will follow Federal, State and local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the leader.

    2. I will maintain social distance (min. 6') and wear a face mask if social distancing is not possible

    3. I will not attend if feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID.

    4. I will contact trip leader if I test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event 

     ‘I Accept’ and will comply with these requirements as a condition of participating in this event.

    NOTE:  Due to COVID restrictions, please DO NOT show up for this hike unless you have completed a registration process here and have answered the required COVID questions. Also, do not bring any unregistered guests on this hike.


    • Sat, October 30, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Palm Springs DeMuth Park
    • 0
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    Meet at  DeMuth Park 9 am

    We will head east from DeMuth Park in Palm Springs to the Butler-Abrams biking trail in Rancho Mirage. (pictured)  The ride will be on a variety of surfaces including bike paths, city streets, and sidewalks. Out and back milage will be approximately 13 miles. Expect a easy to moderate pace on this ride and maybe some goats. 

    Bike Leader: John Ryan

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Sat, October 30, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Argyros Plaza in Costa Mesa
    • 22
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    Wanna dance Big Boy?

     SilentDisco Returns!

    The Halloween Edition!

    Saturday - October 30!  7 PM-10 PM

     Segerstrom Center for the Arts

    Argyros Plaza in Costa Mesa


    Pictured:  Nick, John, Lance & Rob @ Silent Disco this past summer.

    Kick off Halloweekend in your favorite costume or most ghoulish glow in the dark gear with silent disco, spooky edition! Whether you love Halloween classics or EDM, our DJs have something for everyone!

    Details: Music!  Dancing!Fun! The Great Outdoors! 


    Silent Disco?  What is that?

    Silent Disco  is an event where people dance to music listened to on wireless headphones.  Rather than using a speaker system, music is broadcast via a radio transmitter with the signal being picked up by wireless headphone receivers worn by the participants. Those without the headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing to nothing.  Which means you can engage in conversation without screaming when you want to talk by simply taking off the headphones.

    In the earliest days of silent discos, before 2005, there would be only one channel available to listen to music through. Over time, the technology moved along to where there were two, and later technology allowed for a third channel that three separate DJs could broadcast over at the same time.

    Argyros Plaza's got its groove back! Dance the night away with the Silent DJs, who've returned to our outdoor stage with everyone's favorite tunes, times three.  With three channels to choose from on your light-up headphones, there's something for everyone to enjoy.  Whether you love party classics or EDM, the Silent DJs will have you up and on the dance floor all night long! 


    Cost:  $25 per ticket.  Tickets are purchased on-line @ the Segerstrom Website.  Click here to purchase tickets.

    There are a limited number of tickets that will be sold so if you intend to go, I highly recommend buying a ticket ASAP.  These Silent Disco events do sell out well before the actual event date - so don't delay!

    If you have any questions, you know how to reach me!

      If you have never experienced a 'Silent Disco', now is the time!  I simply enjoy the heck out of these, but of course I am on the dance floor the entire time.

    Safety Precautions:

    Check-in will be contactless and hand sanitizer stations will be accessible throughout the Plaza.

    Running time (approximate): 3 hours with no intermission

    Audience Advisory: Masks are encouraged but not required

    Getting to the Dance Trailhead:

    The official address for Segerstrom Center of the Arts is 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA  92626.  It is conveniently located opposite South Coast Plaza.  Take advantage of modern technology, and use your GPS, Mapquest, etc to attain the best route to get to Segerstrom.  The Argyros Plaza is simply the outdoor area between the two main buildings of The Center.

    Parking:

    While there are Parking Garages adjacent to The Center/Plaza, the parking fee is currently $12 (cash).  You can also park @ South Coast Plaza and simply walk the block to get to The Center.

    What to Bring:

    You should bring your happiness and dancing shoes!  There is a concession stand ($$$) offering tidbits of food and a variety of drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.  P. S. I have seen others discreetly bring their own 'concessions'.

    Where to Meet:  Once we get the final attendance count, we will determine a designated area to meet @ The Center/Plaza.  

    Carpooling (per Covid restrictions/policies) is recommended to help reduce electric, gas and parking congestion. 

    Event Leader:  Lance Whitmier

    Email:  LanceLyleWayne@gmail.com    

     Lance meeting new people @ a previous Silent Disco!


    • Sun, October 31, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Eagle Canyon Trail Palm Springs
    • 0
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    Hike to a hidden palm oasis in a canyon.

    • Departure Time:  9:00 AM
    • Meet at Rimrock trail Vons Shopping Center. Park in east side of lot near the Eisenhower medical facility.(Hwy 111 /Broadmoor Dr.)  Map click here.
    • Trail Length:  3-4 miles – in and out loop
    • Hiking Time 2 -3 hours
    • Elevation Gain: 400 feet
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate - Suitable for beginner hikers
    • Rock uneven trail in places, minor rock scrambling.

    Hike Leader:  Sherwood Covil. (click to email) 

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

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

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Tue, November 02, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Fountain Valley Marie Callender's 18889 Brookhurst St. Fountain Valley, CA 92708
    • 4
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    Our Monthly Chapter Meeting is returning

    to Fountain Valley Marie Callender's 

    November 2, 2021, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

    We meet at

    Fountain Valley Marie Callender's

    18889 Brookhurst St.

    Fountain ValleyCA 92708

    Phone714-963-6791

    Ask the receptionist where Great Outdoors is sitting.

    We are moving back inside, because of the colder Fall weaither and the possibility of rain.

    At this meeting we will be discussing recent past events, with a focus on the Annual All Chapter Conference, and planned activities for the next two months. This is the meeting where our new officers assume their responsibiilities.

    We have a social hour at 6:30 PM, and dinner service will begin at about 7:00 PM. Each person is responsible for their own food and beverage bill. We have a $50 minimum for our group. The Core Group will be meeting briefly at 7 PM during the social hour and all are welcome to participate and give input. However, only Core Group Members can vote during this part of the meeting. The general meeting will start at 7:30 PM so that the various trip leaders will have a chance to highlight their recent and upcoming trips, and answer questions from the participants.  

    Where: 

    Fountain Valley Marie Callender's

    18889 Brookhurst St.

    Fountain ValleyCA 92708

    Phone: 714-963-6791

    Click here for map.

    We will let the receptionist know where we are sitting.

    SPECIAL COVID RELATED REQUIREMENTS:

    Participants agree to abide by the following as a condition of registering for this event:

    1 - Follow Federal, State, and Local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the event leader.
    2 - Maintain social distancing (min. 6') and wear a face mask if social distancing is not possible.
    3 - Do not attend if feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID.
    4 - Contact the event leader if you test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event.


    • Wed, November 03, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Joshua Tree Park
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    The Maze to Copper Mountain Overview

    • Departure Time:  8:00 AM
    • Meet at PetSmart Palm Springs Ramon/Crossley Map click here
    • Trail Length:  3+ miles – in and out
    • Hiking Time 2 ½ hours
    • Elevation Gain: 400 feet
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate
    • Parking is limited. Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share.  It is 55 miles to Joshua Tree West entrance and approximately 2 miles to the trailhead from the entrance station.

    Hike Leader:  Sherwood C. (click to email) 

    This hike travels part of the Maze Loop trail and encompasses some of its best features. It winds through large boulders and rock formations, cliffs, desert washes and peaks out at a summit overlook Copper Mountain and surrounding area.  It encompasses just about everything people love about Joshua Tree in one lightly-traveled trail.

    Fees/Charges: Joshua Tree Park entrance fee.

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

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

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Wed, November 03, 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • UTC Mall - Tender Greens
    Register

    LOCATION

    Westfield UTC Mall

    4545 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122 

    PARKING
    Free parking 

    The Great Outdoors San Diego (GOSD) Core Group meets every month on the 1st Wednesday of the month to conduct GOSD business and share a meal together. Members and interested others are welcome to join. If you'll be joining us, please RSVP so we can reserve the right number of seats at the restaurant.

    Note: From 12pm-1pm official business will be conducted

    We hope to see you then!

    GOSD Core Group


    • Fri, November 05, 2021
    • Sun, November 07, 2021
    • Death Valley N.P., CA (Emigrant Canyon Road Trailhead)
    • 7
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    SBVC – Wildrose Peak Backpack (Intermediate)

    Death Valley National Park

    November 5-7, 2021

    Total Distance: ~8 miles  Elevation Gain: 2460 ft   Route Type: Out and Back

    More information coming soon!

    Note: Potential attendees must be screened by trip leader prior to registration. The Intermediate rating of this trip is based on distance traveled from vehicles, terrain, elevation, elevation gain, and expected weather.  Please contact the trip leader to discuss if this trip is right for you, and to obtain the registration code.


    Friday, 11/5: Drive to the charcoal kilns for connecting with group (late afternoon). 

    Saturday, 11/6: Breakfast, break camp and be at the charcoal kilns ready to start hike at 10:00am. Hike 4 miles to Wildrose Peak. Set up camp for one overnight.

    Sunday, 11/7: Breakfast, break camp and head 4 miles back to the trailhead.   

    Weather: Expect warm days and chilly/windy evenings and mornings. Dressing in layers is the best way to manage the possible range of temperatures. Precipitation is always a possibility, so rain gear is mandatory.

    Bring: 10 Essentials (no kidding, every person needs a personal first aid kit); water filtration; food for each meal plus extra snacks; water bottle and filter system; sleeping bag and pad; tent; broken-in hiking boots; layered clothing; jacket; rain gear; wide hat; compass; toilet paper & trowel; compact camp stove; fire starter; headlamp; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; camera and entertainment (book, card game, etc). Topographic maps of the area will be provided at the trailhead.

    Cost: $20. Backpacking permit for each person is included. Maximum 8 people. When capacity is reached, a waiting list will be in effect. Cancel before October 20 to receive a refund.

    Other considerations: As with any backcountry experience, this one is "Leave no Trace" - our trash comes out with us. Keep your food safe from critters - mandatory use of either bear cannisters or impenetrable food sacks.

    Directions: TBD. Carpooling is highly encouraged.

    Trip Leader: Please contact Chris Fava at 805-509-8240 or at cfava79@gmail.com

    • Sat, November 06, 2021
    • 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Mount San Jacinto
    • 13
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    Mount San Jacinto Day Hike

    Palm Springs - Pride Weekend!

    Saturday, November 6, 2021, 7:30 AM


    IMPORTANT!  It is highly recommend getting your Tram Tickets on-line NOW as there are a limited number for each trip to the top.  The first tram trip up is @ 8 AM and I can not stress the importance of getting the Tram Tickets NOW!

    We will be on that first tram up San Jacinto!

    One of the most delightful hikes in Southern California due to the variety of landscapes that a hiker experiences while traversing San Jacinto!

    And with Pride Weekend occurring in Palm Springs during this time, a double whammy of fun!  Make it a weekend of adventure!

    Hike Saturday, Party Saturday night, March in Great Outdoors Pride Parade and then Party some more!  Let your freak flag fly!

    But back to the Hike!

    We will take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway from the desert up into the San Jacinto Wilderness.  

    From the tram station, we will have a short descent down to reach the trail to the top of the mountain. For about the first two miles, we will hike through a beautiful evergreen forest, passing through Round Valley.

    We then begin an ascent to the Wellman Divide, which is a good spot for a rest and snack because of its great views.

    We begin a long uphill traverse toward the peak. Although we will still be in the forest, the trees thin out as we ascend. Thus, we will have increasingly great views of the desert beneath us. Just before the summit, we will come to a stone cabin. From there, we have about 100 yards of scrambling to reach the top. After lunch, we will return by the same route.


    Special Note in regards to parking:

    There is a parking fee of $10 per vehicle, but we will met at the Palm Springs Visitors Center (2901 N. Palm Canyon Drive) first about 7:00 AM and consolidate bodies into cars.  The cars will be safe in the PSVC parking lot.

    Plan to meet at the tram ticket counter by 7:30 am! Tickets are $28.95 for adults or $26.95 for 65+ (subject to change) plus a service charge of $2.00 per ticket for on-line orders.  There will be a few tickets available in person but you have to be one of the first in line to get these tickets.

    Getting to the tram:

    From Interstate 10, take the Palm Springs Exit (Highway 111) and drive 9 miles to Tramway road. Turn right and follow the road 3.5 miles to its end at the Tramway parking lot. The tram takes us from Palm Springs to the 8,500 feet of altitude.

    The summit is at 10,833 feet, giving us a gain/loss of 2,333 feet. The round trip is about 11 miles of hiking which will take 5-6 hours.  This hike is rated moderate plus to strenuous due to the change in elevation.

    Trip Leader:  Lance Whitmier and can be reached at:

    President-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org


    Special COVID Related Requirements:

    Participants must comply with the following requirements as a condition of registering for this event:

    1. I will follow Federal, State and local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the leader.

    2. I will maintain social distance (min. 6') and wear a face mask if social distancing is not possible

    3. I will not attend if feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID.

    4. I will contact trip leader if I test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event 

     ‘I Accept’ and will comply with these requirements as a condition of participating in this event.

    NOTE:  Due to COVID restrictions, please DO NOT show up for this hike unless you have completed a registration process here and have answered the required COVID questions. Also, do not bring any unregistered guests on this hike.

     

    • Sat, November 06, 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Starting at the North Hollywood Metro Station
    • 8
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    The Metro Art Docent Council in conjunction with the Orange County/Long Beach Chapter of Great Outdoos presents:

    Docent Led Tour of the Art of the Metro B (Red) Line

    November 6, 2021, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

    Contact: Frederick Brown E-mail: fredincal346@gmail.com Phone: 562-754-1838

    For people going from Long Beach, we will meet at the Willow Station at 8:45 AM and ride on the 9:11 A (Blue) Line train arriving at the North Hollywood Station at 10:22 AM after changing to the B (Red) line at the 7th and Metro Station.. There are coffee places near the station. (But, remember, there are not places to use the bathroom, until we get to North Hollywood Station.)

    Click here for the map for the Willow Station parking garage and click here for the map for the North Hollywood parking area.

    The art in the stations of the Los Angeles Metro Rail system reflects the neighborhoods and history of each location. While the majority of Metro's budget goes towards construction and transit operator programs, the Metro Board policy mandates that 0.5% of Metro Rail construction costs go towards funding public art.


    We will start at the North Hollywood Station. The colors reflect the historic agriculture of the area with hues of orange, grapefruit, lemons and peaches. In side, approximately 4,000 square feet of painted tiles arranged in large discs represent the culture, businesses, agriculture and history of the area.


    Our second stop will visit the Universal Studios Station. It is located at the site of the Campo de Cahuenga where Commander in Chief of the Mexican Forces, Andres Pico, surrendered to General Freemont putting an end to the Mexican-American War and making California part of the United States 

    Descending into the station are tiles outlining the time line of key dates in the history of the area. In the station itself, the columns are stylized pepper trees reflecting the trees that once lined Lankersheim Boulevard. The trunks are adorned with approximately 1,000 painted tiles which outine the history until the surrender at the Campo de Cahuenga.


    The third stop will be the Hollywood Highland Station. This station reflects the area around it, celebrating nearby theaters (Dolby, Chinese, El Captian, Egyptian) and the Hollywood Bowl. The opening to the station is marked by a soaring canopy, reminscent of the marquees of classic theaters. 

    Unfortunately the light show over the descent into the station no longer works. The art and architecture at the platform reflect two perspectives. The artist stated that the art is "Underground Girl" and the architect called it "The Belly of the Beast."


    Our last station is the Hollywood/Vine Station. “What evolved, in searching for design elements and solutions for this station, was the implication of Hollywood as a dream factory for world culture. The ingredients were light and power, fantasy and enchantment, glitz and glitter. The theater was the extension and satellite of Hollywood's pervasive influence everywhere.” Gilbert “Magu” Lujan & Adolfo Miralles.

    Click here for tips on riding Metro.

    GENERAL INFORMATION FROM THE LA METRO WEBSITE

    • Metro Art tours take about 2 hours and are approximately 90% walking; there are elevators and escalators in all of the stations.
    • The Docents distribute TAP cards that are pre-loaded with an all-day pass allowing tour participants to ride the Metro Rail & Bus system for free (except for the Union Station Art + Architecture tours). Attendees may keep the TAP cards and reload them for future use. (The trip leader is expecting to obtain the free passes. (In the even that the passes are not available, attendees may purchase a tap card with a day pass.)
    • Docents use voice amplifiers and wear bright orange safety vests for easy identification.
    • There are no public restrooms available in the stations but there are restrooms available to the public at Union Station and the Hollywood/Highland shopping complex as well as various businesses along the routes.
    • Groups of 10+ people can make special reservations with a minimum of three weeks advance notice. 



    • Sun, November 07, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Palm Springs downtown, North Palm Canyon Drive
    • 11
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    PALM SPRINGS PRIDE PARADE -  SIGN UP AND MARCH WITH US

    Great Outdoors will participate in the annual Palm Springs Pride Parade on Sunday November 7, 2021.  Our group includes a marching unit and a fleet of decorated Jeeps and a golf cart. We are looking for 40 members to walk in the parade ahead of the vehicles. Volunteers receive a complimentary T-shirt to wear in the parade. Come join in the celebration!

    Sunday, November 7 - Pride Parade and Festival

    •   8:00 AM  - Staging for Pride Parade vehicles (time and location along N. Palm Canyon (Not yet finalized - drivers will be emailed with our location prior to the event)
    •   9:00 AM -  Marchers assemble ahead of the vehicles and T-shirts distributed (you will be emailed the week before the event location of the general area where to gather)
    • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM - PS Pride Parade 

    Notes:  

    • In order to sign up for this event, you must be a member of one of our chapters. If not currently a member, you can sign up first (click here) and then return here to register.
    • Volunteers will receive a complimentary T-shirt the day of the parade, and need to specify their T-shirt size as part of their registration. T-shirts are to be worn during the parade.
    • Walkers are encouraged to wear hiking or backpacking gear (shorts, knapsacks, hiking boots or hiking shoes, hats, water bottles, etc.).
    • In order to ensure we will have the proper complimentary T-shirt size for all registrants, registrations after Oct 1 will automatically go on a waitlist.  If we have your t-shirt size, we will clear you off the waitlist. If you have questions please contact Doug Wylie, Outreach-PS@greatoutdoors.org.

    Special COVID Related Requirements:

    GOPS events require participants to be members, be fully vaccinated (submit proof of vaccination), and abide by the GOPS COVID policyCLICK HERE.  Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text it to: 760-902-1850 if you haven't already provided it.

    • Mon, November 08, 2021
    • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Palm Springs
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Description: The trail named after Frank Bogert, the former mayor whose statue at City Hall has been in the news lately, offers scenic views of the Andreas Hills, San Jacinto Mountains and south Palm Springs. It is easily accessible from, you guessed it, Bogert Trail Road, which has ample street parking, as does nearby Andreas Hills Drive. This hike is timed to let us enjoy the sunset and relax after Palm Springs Pride WeekendArrive in time to start hiking at 3:30 p.m. Standard Time, the day after we put our clocks back an hour.

    Meeting Location: Trailhead 5 miles south of downtown Palm Springs, just past 3756 Bogert Trail: Map click here      

    • Trail Length: 3.8 miles out and back
    • Hiking time: 2.5 hours
    • Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 990 feet.
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate
    • Expected time of return: 6 p.m. 

    Hike Leader: Howard Goldberg Email Click Here

    This trail, well-used by hikers and mountain bikers, is rocky, unshaded, and has a mix of wide flat sections and some steep areas. 

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

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Wed, November 10, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Magnesia Falls Canyon
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Explore the North canyon of Magnesia Falls. There are a series of dry waterfalls up the canyon. This canyon has dramatic geological displays of twisted rock formations with high rock walls in a series of curves. There are several dry waterfalls to negotiate. Big Horn sheep habitat.

    • Duration:  3 hours
    • Difficulty: Moderate*
    • Total Elevation:  600 ft
    • Distance: 5 miles out & back
    • Terrain: *Dry Falls, Dirt & Sandy Washes. Footwear with good traction a must.
    • 8:30 am Meet: PetsMart Palm Springs - Ramon/Crossley or trailhead at the Rancho Mirage Blixseth Park at 9:00 am. 

    Hike Leaders: Sherwood C. EMAIL  and  Scott C. EMAIL

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), lunch/snacks, sun protection, layered clothing. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. Gloves may be helpful. You will use hands and feet to traverse the dry water falls.

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

    Space is limited. Please register to reserve a spot, sign the electronic waiver, and receive any last-minute updates.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

    Map Locations:

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

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Fri, November 12, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Palm Springs
    • 1
    Join waitlist
    This is a celebratory hike to visit this unique canyon which has been preserved and protected by the Save Oswit Canyon Land Trust. This is one of our best natural areas and home to a variety of desert vegetation and wildlife. Mountain/canyon views, and overlooking Palm Springs in the distance.  The turnaround point features a waterfall at a Palm Oasis.
    • Start time: 9:00am
    • Distance: 4.0 miles out and back
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • Elevation:  900ft (gradual climb)
    • Terrain: Dirt, rocky, some minor bouldering
    • Duration:  3.5 hours 
    • No dogs permitted due to Bighorn Sheep habitat.

    Location/directions: Parking will be at the south end of the South Lykken trailhead. Ample parking along the west side of South Palm Canyon Dr. near the bridge.  Map  Trailhead parking

    Contact Hike Leaders: Scott Connelly  Email click here and Howard Goldberg: Email click here

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

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

    Inclement weather may cancel.

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Fri, November 12, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


    This event is being planned by the Great Outdoors Palm Springs (GOPS) Chapter. For more information about this event:

    • Please check back here for updates; or
    • Please contact our Game Night Coordinator  - Richard Dachman at 818-430-7114 or email GameNightCoordinator-PS@greatoutdoors.org if you are interested in hosting Game Night.


    Please 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.



    • Sat, November 13, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Mission Creek Preserve
    • 10

    Save the Date. Watch for email announcement and details.

    Hike Leader: Chip Cline






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

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Mon, November 15, 2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • Thu, November 18, 2021
    • 11:00 AM
    • Joshua Tree National Park
    • 5
    Register

    Experience sitting atop a towering boulder as the golden glow of sunset lights up the desert before the stars take over the sky. These formations become even more fantastic when light from flickering campfires illuminates them against the dark night sky. Add twisted Joshua Trees, howling coyotes and a billion stars overhead, and you’ll start to understand why so many people love Joshua Tree camping. Ryan campground  is nestled among the iconic rock formations and centrally located in the park. Mid November is prime time to visit our desert paradise and we have reserved some of the prime sites. 

    Registration Note:  In order to register for this event, you must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member.  If not currently a member - click here - to join and then return to this page. 

    Schedule of Events*

    Monday, Nov 15

    • Noon - Check-in 
    • 3:30 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*
    • 5:30 pm - Tea Time meet and greet BYOB
    • 6:00 pm - Dinner on your own 
    • 7:00 pm - Group camp activities*

    Tuesday, Nov 16

    •  6:30 am - Coffee and continental breakfast provided
    •  9:00 am - Hike 
    •  2:00 pm - Geology Road tour - high clearance vehicle 
    •  6:00 pm - Potluck bring a main dish, appetizer, salad, or side dish to share
    •  7:30 pm - Group campfire activities

    Wednesday, Nov 17

    •  6:30 am - Coffee and continental breakfast provided
    •  9:00 am - Hike* 
    •  2:00 pm - Other events posted on camp whiteboard* 
    •  6:00 pm - Dinner on your own
    •  7:30 pm - Group campfire activities* 

    Thursday, Nov 18

    • 11:00 am - Check-out 

    * Check campground whiteboard for activities updates 

    What to Bring:  Water for 3 days - no water available onsite; Ten Essentials, camping/cooking gear, camp chair, name tag, food, potluck item. 

    Campground: Elevation 4300', pit toilets, tables, fire grates. No water. Your vehicle/RV must fit in the designated parking space for the campsite.

    Directions:  From the Joshua Tree Visitor Center West Entrance at Hwy. 62, drive 16.4 mi on Park Blvd. Ryan Camp entrance is on the right. Map - click here.

    Climate: Average High 69°F and lows 46°F. 

    Current weather: NOAA - click here

    Contact Trip Leaders:  Scott Connelly email click here, Dennis Curran email click here

    Refunds: Cancellation for a refund, minus a service charge ($15 for RV, $10 for tent), must be received by Nov. 1, 2021.

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

    Nearby Hikes:

    • Wonderland of Rocks - Garret's arch 5 mi 500' boulders
    • Ryan Mountain 4 mi 1000'
    • Samuelson's Rocks 4 mi 400'
    • Lang Canyon Loop 6.1 mi 700' (Quail Spring Trailhead)
    • Lost Horse Loop 6.2 mi 1,000'
    • Barker Dam, Hidden Valley 3 mi each

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated, submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE. Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text it to: 760-902-1850

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

    Campsites are nestled on a flat, sandy surface between large boulders that tower in unique shapes over the campground.

    • Tue, November 16, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)
    Register

    At our monthly planning meetings, LA Chapter Core Group officers, volunteer trip leaders and members can catch up, get to know the club, and plan upcoming activities! Bring your ideas for outings and spend time with friends.

    Join Zoom Meeting
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    Meeting ID: 821 4071 7568
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    • Sun, November 21, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Palm Springs
    • 10

    Save the Date. 

    Watch for email announcement with details





    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Mon, November 22, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Mission Creek Preserve
    • 10

    Save the date. Watch for email announcement and details.




    Meeting 9:00 in the parking lot next to Carl's Jr, at the corner of N. Palm Canyon and Racquet Club in Palm Springs, enter on Racquet Club.

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

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

    Hike Leader: Joey Duhon email click here.

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Thu, November 25, 2021
    • 2:00 PM
    • Sun, November 28, 2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • Furnace Creek Campground, 36° 27' 47.0002" N 116° 52' 4.0001" W
    Register

    Death Valley National Park

    November 25 - 28th, 2021


    In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.


    Itinerary


    Thursday, November 25th


    2:00 PM     Arrive

    6:00 PM     Potluck Thanksgiving Dinner


    Friday, November 26th


    9:00 AM     Depart for days adventure*

    6:00 PM     Potluck Dinner


    Saturday, November 27th


    9:00 AM     Depart for days adventure*

    6:00 PM     Potluck Dinner


    Sunday, November 28th 


    12:00 PM     Depart

    *Participants are encouraged to pack a lunch, as we usually don't return to camp once we depart in the morning.


    Weather:

    Average temperatures in Death Valley National Park in November is daily highs in the upper 60's to low 70's, with nights dropping down to the 40's.  Please be sure to dress in layers.

    Cancellation:

    You can cancel you're registration up to November 11, 2021, any cancellations after that date will only be refunded if another member takes your spot.

    Trip Leader:

    Matthew Schreiner, matthew.schreiner@mac.com, 949.394.9607

    • Mon, November 29, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Palm Springs
    • 10

    Save the Date. Watch for email announcement.


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

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

    Hike Leader: John Ryan

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Tue, November 30, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Santa Rosa San Jacinto National Monument
    • 9
    Register

    Horsethief Creek via Cactus Springs 

    • Distance: 5 miles out & back
    • Elevation gain: 1200'
    • Trailhead elevation: 4045'
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate - Advanced*
    • Hike is downhill in and uphill out. Of the1200 feet, 300 feet is gained going in, and 865 feet on the way back.
    • Hiking time: 3 hour
    • Meet 9:00 AM at  Denny's Cathedral City at Date Palm/Hwy. 111.
    • Description: Set in the transitional zone between the Santa Rosa Mountains and the Coachella Valley, this hike provides a huge variety of scenery, including geology, canyons, creeks and desert flora. Adding to the appeal is the area’s historical interest; Horsethief Creek takes its name from the legend of gangsters that supposedly used the canyon as a hideout.
    * 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), lunch 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. Hiking poles may be helpful.

    Contact hike leader:  Beth Schneider: Email & Scott Connelly: 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 9:00 am AM. Distance to Cactus Spring trailhead  is 12 miles.

    Trail Profile:

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

    More trail information: USFS click here.

    Plant guide:  Cick here.

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination andabide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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



    • Tue, November 30, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online Zoom meeting
    • 30



    All -

    Due to the Coronavirus epidemic, the GOPS Monthly Core Group Meeting is being held as an on-line meeting of the Core Group Members, and is available to the public. The Core Group members will meet in an on-line meeting starting at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

    GOPS Members can attend by registering for the meeting; Core Group members do not need to register. For best results, plan to use a computer or tablet equipped with a camera and microphone. Information on how to enter the meeting will be provided to registrants in their Confirmation and Reminder emails.



    • Sat, December 04, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Mecca Hills Wilderness
    • 10

    SLOT CANYON EXPERIENCE

    Wander through four or five beautiful slot canyons in Mecca Hills.  The first canyon will be one that I came up on a few years ago and showed no evidence of recent human traffic.  Unfortunately, now it has been discovered and ladders added to make it more accessible.  These slot canyons are not part of the well-known Painted Ladder Canyon Loop. When not hiking in the slot canyons the hike goes through wide open spaces with exotic rock formations of various colors and interest. Some slots will require climbing up small rock chutes, over boulders or under. If you have severe claustrophobia this hike most likely is not for you unless you are willing to wait for those doing the squeeze to return. This is a fun adventure so come and enjoy the experience. 

    9:00 AM meet at PetsMart, Palm Springs, Ramon/Crossley Map click here

    • Trail Length: 4+ miles
    • Hiking Time: 3 hours
    • Elevation Gain:  100 feet
    • Difficulty:  Moderate
    •  Hike Leader:  Sherwood Covill EMAIL   

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

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

    • Please notify the hike leader if you cannot make a hike for which you have registered.

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

    Space is limited. Please register to reserve a spot, sign the electronic waiver, and receive any last-minute updates.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Thu, December 09, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Joshua Tree National Park
    • 10

    Save the date. Watch for email announcement.

    Hike Leader: Beth Schneider email click here



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

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

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Fri, December 10, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 10

    This is a fun and different journey than most! In Mecca there is a cave system called the Grottos where you climb over, under and around various rock obstacles, sometime in total darkness, sometimes on your belly and sometimes through narrow confined spaces. Headlamps advised, pants advised as well as gloves. If you prefer not to enter the grotto, you can wait outside the entrance for about 30 minutes until we exit the cave. The surrounding walls of the canyon are part of the colorful painted rock deposits

    • Trail Length: 6 miles
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1100'
    • Trailhead Elevation: 20
    • Trail Type: Loop out and back
    • Terrain: rocky, sandy areas, slot canyons, cave
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate-Strenuous* 
    • * Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.
    • 8:00 AM Meeting Place: PetSmart Ramon/Crossley, Palm Springs:     Map Here

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), headlamp for the grotto cave, gloves, 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. Hiking poles may be helpful.

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

    • Please notify the hike leader if you cannot make a hike for which you have registered.

    Contact: Sherwood Covill: email click here or Scott Connelly: 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 8:30 am AM. Distance to trailhead  is 42 miles, approximately 55 minutes.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

    Additional Photos Click Here and Here

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Sat, December 11, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Pioneertown Mountains Preserve
    • 10

    Save the Date. Watch for email announcement.

    Hike Leader: Chip Cline







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

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

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Sat, December 11, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


    This event is being planned by the Great Outdoors Palm Springs (GOPS) Chapter. For more information about this event:

    • Please check back here for updates; or
    • Please contact our Game Night Coordinator  - Richard Dachman at 818-430-7114 or email GameNightCoordinator-PS@greatoutdoors.org if you are interested in hosting Game Night.


    Please 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.



    • Sun, December 12, 2021
    • 11:30 AM

    Save the Date to celebrate the Holidays with Great Outdoors LA!

    Contest - Raffle prizes - Great food & drink!

    We invite you to our annual Holiday Party to meet our new and re-elected officers, congratulate our Volunteer of the Year, see long-time friends and make new ones.

    Come join us to celebrate each other and the Holidays! 

    Details to be announced!


    • Sun, December 12, 2021
    • 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Desert Hot Springs, CA


    GOPS HOLIDAY PARTY

    Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021

    4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Save The Date

    For questions, please contact Byron Postma via email (SocialEventsCoordinator-PS@GreatOutdoors.org) or call/text (619) 922-5028.


    • Wed, December 15, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Palm Springs
    • 10

    Save the Date. Watch for email announcement.

    Hike Leader: Howard Goldberg




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

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

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Fri, December 17, 2021
    • 6:00 PM
    • 9
    Register

    Save the Date - watch for email announcement when registration opens soon.

    https://www.livingdesert.org/events/upcoming-zoo-events/wildlights/

    Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la, ... WildLights at The Living Desert is  transforming the zoo into a sparkling winter wonderland. This festive, annual tradition features more than a million colorful, sparkling holiday lights. Guests will encounter a herd of life-size, luminescent animal lanterns including giraffe and cheetahs, explore newly added pathways and stroll through the popular tunnel of lights flashing to holiday music.

    Animal encounters and keeper chats, camel and carousel rides, and entertainment are offered nightly. In WildLights tradition, the festive G-scale model trains with more than 3,300 feet of track will be decked out for the holidays. Delicious food and beverages will also be available for purchase. 

    6:00 PM Meet at the main entrance, just inside by the Welcome Center and Christmas Tree. Group photo and then over to The Grill for food/beverage.

    Wear you best holiday outfit. Think Festival of Lights! Prize for the best outfit.

    Tickets $16.00, Living Desert members $14. 

    Your confirmation email will have a link for you to purchase your ticket(s) in advance from the Living Desert. 

    Contact Scott:  Email

    Admission to Living Zoo:

    • Adult: $24.95
    • Individual membership: $79.95 includes 2 guest passes
    • Dual membership: $99.95 includes 2 guest passes (sign up with a buddy for the best value)

    Contact: Scott Connelly email click here


    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Fri, December 24, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Palm Springs
    • 9

    Save the Date. Watch for email announcement.

    Christmas Eve Hike - Experience one of our best local hikes as we cross the San Andreas fault into two lush palm oases. A great way to enjoy your holiday season in the outdoors.

    • 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. 

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

    Contact Hike Leader: Scott Connelly: email click here

    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



    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Sat, January 08, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Palm Springs
    • 10

    Save the Date. Watch for email announcement.

    Coyote Hole Canyon is filled with petroglyphs and wildlife. We will hike to the small spring on a figure 8 trail so we can see as much as possible. Sandy washers and moderate inclines/declines are trail conditions with wildlife, wildflowers and multiple petroglyph sites.

    • Trail Length: 2 miles total

    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 200 feet

    • Difficulty Rating: moderate

    • Trail Type: out and back

    • Hiking Time: 1.5-2 hours

    • Fees/Charges: free

    Departure Time:10 am from the trailhead. Meet at the trailhead:

    Location: End of Easterly Drive in JT. From Hwy 62 head South on Sunburst Circle in Joshua Tree. In ½ mile turn South on Easterly Drive. In ¼ mile the road ends in a circle, stay to the right, park off the road, do not drive down the dirt road. 34.126345, -116.310345 Map click here 

    Carpooling:   You are responsible for arranging your own transportation. 

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

    Cancel? If you cannot attend after registering, please cancel as others may be on the waitlist. You may cancel directly from your profile settings or notify the hike leader.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.

    Unless otherwise noted, registration for this event is limited to Great Outdoors members. To sign up as a memberclick here 

    Hike Leader: Chip Cline    Email click here

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


     







    • Tue, January 11, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cathedral City
    • 10

    Save the Date. Watch for email announcement.




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

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

    Hike Leader: John Ryan

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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


    • Sun, January 23, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Claremont CA
    • 36

    Farmers Market, Botanical Garden, Museum of Art at Pomona College. 

    8:00 AM Meeting Place:  PetSmart Palm Springs, Ramon/Crossley   Map Here

    Carpooling 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. Departure is at 8:15 AM. Distance to  Claremont Farmers Market is 84 miles, map click here.

    Itinerary:  Farmer's Market first,  Then, a quick tour of the museum, then lunch in the village, and the garden in the afternoon.

    Leader Guide: H.L. Todd email click here

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

    Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to  760-902-1850

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

       


    • Thu, February 03, 2022
    • Sun, February 06, 2022