Upcoming Outings

    • Tue, May 24, 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online Zoom meeting
    • 18
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    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, May 24, 2022.

    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.

    • Wed, May 25, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • UTC Mall - Outside Tender Greens
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    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.

    Westfield UTC La Jolla Mall Job Fair – NBC 7 San Diego

    Location: Westfield UTC Mall 4545 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122 

    Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm, Note: From 12pm-1pm official business will be conducted

    Parking: Free in lot.

    Contact: Tyler Roosden (651.497.1611)

     




    • Thu, May 26, 2022
    • Sun, May 29, 2022
    • Aliso Park Campground
    • 90
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    SBVC – Aliso Park Campout

    May 26 - 29, 2022

    For Memorial Day weekend this year, the SB/VC chapter is heading out to a local favorite of mine, Aliso Park campground!. This is a beautiful little Los Padres National Forest campground located off of Hwy 166 near the small town of Cuyama. 

    As a National Forest campground, it is primitive, but it’s isolation makes it a nice and mellow spot that doesn’t usually get the noisy crowding you sometimes find during this major holiday weekend. And that’s GOOD in my book! 

    This trip will be starting on Thursday May 26th, running through the weekend to Sunday May 29th. For anyone so inclined, I’ll actually be out there on Wednesday May 25th, to get the lay of the land prior to folks arriving on Thursday. 

    As this is a National forest primitive campground, there are no reservations, but, also, the only ‘fee’ for camping is a Wilderness Adventure Pass. Already have one? BRING IT ALONG! Otherwise we’ll have to purchase one for you, and that just adds to your price for the trip. 

    Speaking of prices, wondering how much the trip costs? It’s a very reasonable $20 per person, for four days of camping fun with your fellow Great Outdoors members! 

    IF you do not have an Adventure Pass, either purchase one yourself (they are available at many Big 5 Sporting Goods stores, among others.) 

    OR let me know, and I can pick one up for you ($30 for a year pass) and that will be added to your trip fee! In the big picture though, it’s much easier to just get one for yourself. If I get one for you, you will take it with you at the end of the trip FYI. 


    Our schedule for the trip (while somewhat soft on departure times and such) is as follows:

    Thursday: Campers arrive, set up, meet and greet each other. For this day, plan on cooking/fixing/making dinner yourself at the campground. 

    Friday: This is our day to visit/explore the Carrizo Plain National Monument. We’ll be heading off to the Plain/Goodwin Visitors Center after breakfast. Plan on either taking lunch with you, or plan on at least having some snacks/water with you. 

    We’ll be continuing on (after exploring the Carrizo Plain) into the historical town of Santa Margarita, home to wine tasting rooms, antique shops, and a few places that are great possibilities for a late lunch/early dinner. 

    Otherwise, dinner for today will be one cooked on your own back at camp, or something you pick up on the way back. 


    Saturday: This will be our day to visit the West Kern Oil Museum in nearby Taft. In its heyday this area was a virtual boom area of the oil industry, and the museum has so much from this era to show and share. 

    After breakfast we’ll be heading off to this location, with the idea that after a good exploration of the museum, we’ll be exploring Taft, another town that has much to offer in the way of antique and thrift shopping, as well as some great locations to check out for a late lunch, 

    We’ll be back to the campground this afternoon/evening for our usual Saturday potluck, to share some great food and networking with your fellow campers! 

    Sunday: this is pack up and head for home day! I know, we all want to stay longer, but, reality is, many of us have to get home for work eventually, right? 

    On the plus side though, if you’re retired, you can stay on for a few days if you so choose (maximum of 14 days in one place though…)

    Hiking: There is some hiking available in the area, but as Gener and I are still looking into the possibilities, nothings set down yet. 

    Offroading: There is the option for some offroading in this area also, so that, along with hiking, will be discussed Thursday night around the campfire, to see who wants to do what.

    So come on along, have some great evenings around the campfire, join us in exploring some places you’ve never been before, and make some new great friends! 

    Trip Leader Joe D

    • Thu, May 26, 2022
    • 7:00 AM
    • Oak Glen Wildlands Conservancy
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    Wildlands Conservancy docent led hike to the largest oak tree in California. Learn how this champion was saved from the wildfire last year. The oak is 97 feet high, with a 499-inch – or nearly 42-foot – trunk circumference and a crown 98 feet wide. The roots of the behemoth run deep into the side of the ravine where a natural spring flows into a creek below. Oak tree in San Bernardino Mountains is nation's largest. We will also tour the1918 Arts and Crafts lodge built by architect William J. Dodd, now owned by the Conservancy.

    • 3 miles RT, 1400' elevation, includes open ridge sun exposure, hiking in a creek drainage and very steep slope.
    • Rated Strenuous - Steep slope to the ridge and decent to a creek drainage. 
    • 6:45 AM meet at PetSmart Palm Springs click here, for 8 am departure or at Oak Glen Wildlands Conservancy parking lot at 8 AM (Infront of the entrance to the nature trail arch) map click here.

    Bring: Lunch, Ten Essentials (click here), water (2-3 liters recommended), trail snacks/lunch. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Hiking poles may be helpful.

    Bring an empty water bottle to collect some of the fresh, pure spring water that originates in the hillside adjacent to the mighty oak.

    Plan on lunch at the lodge when we return from the hike. We will have a cooler available to store your lunch while we are on the hike.

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

    *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  may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling.  Distance to trailhead is 43 miles .

    Directions: Take Beaumont Ave exit from I-10 North to Oak Glen Conservancy.

    Here's a link to the page in the Champion Trees registry: https://www.americanforests.org/tree/canyon-live-ca/

    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.

    Weather Current Weather Forecast click here.   Inclement weather cancels. 

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

    Special COVID Requirements: This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. For more information - see the GOPS COVID Vaccination policy dated 4/26/2022 (click here)

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

    • Mon, May 30, 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Mission Trail Regional Park Visitor Center Outdoor Amphitheater
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    Great Outdoors - San Diego

    Back by Popular Demand - Nature Walk:

    Native Plants and Native Peoples of Mission Trails

    (plus Optional Outdoor Meditation and Brunch)

    Memorial Day, Monday May 30, 2022

    • 8:30 gather, morning meditation

    • 9:00 am ethnobotany overview and Q&A

    • 9:15 am 2-hour ethnobotany hike (limit 25 participants)

      • OR For those who cannot hike, tour the award-winning, highly accessible visitor center with exhibits and videos in their theatre

    • 12:00 pm Brunch - the Trails Eatery https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-trails-eatery-san-diego (or similar)

    Join us for a fascinating walk and talk through the heart of Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) and learn from Professor Michael Wilken-Robertson, Anthropologist, Naturalist, author of Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias, and esteemed SDGO member.

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    This event is designed to be accessible and inclusive of all members of our LGBTQIA+ community and their allies. Those who enjoy silence and shared spiritual experience in nature, please come to the outdoor amphitheater (follow the concrete walkway to the right of the visitor center) for an inclusive, outdoor meditation led by Rev. Caedmon Grace (he/him) of MCC San Diego beginning at 8:30 a.m. The amphitheater is a short distance from the handicapped parking spaces at the top of the visitor center parking lot, and the entire facility is highly accessible.

    At 9:00 a.m., Mike will provide an ethnobotanical overview and answer our questions. We’ll wrap up by 9:30 am and participants can either:

    • Join Mike on an easy, 2-mile roundtrip, relatively flat walk (175 ft. elevation gain overall) to the grinding rocks alongside the San Diego River that flows through the gorge, and along the way he will share about how indigenous peoples have long used many of the familiar native plants of the area for food, medicine, construction materials, tools, and ceremony. 

    • OR you can explore the award-winning visitor center, exhibits, and theater with films about the geography and history of the park and the native plant garden along the walkway to the amphitheater, with many plants in bloom at this time, all are easily accessible for those who rely on a walker or wheelchair for support.

    We invite all LGBTQIA+ people and their allies to join us for this special holiday experience! Please be sure to mask-up when appropriate and social distance as needed, which is very easy. 

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    Walk Details: We will meet at the MTRP Visitor Center Outdoor Amphitheater where we will see examples of the many animals and other critters that inhabit the area and also learn about how Kumeyaay territory extends from the coasts to the mountains and deserts. From there we will walk down the Riverside Grinding Site Trail, with stops all along the way to talk about native vegetation. The trail leads to one of the archaeological sites in the park: bedrock mortars and grinding slicks used by the Kumeyaay Indians for food preparation. 

    From there we will head to the Visitor Center Loop Trail, which will take us through coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and riparian woodland habitats, where we will learn more about how the plants in these areas have been used in daily life as well as in stories and other aspects of native cosmology. Our guide, GO member Mike Wilken, is an anthropologist, naturalist, and author of the book Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias. 

    Hosts: Mike Wilken and Steve Fitzgerald

    Trails: Meet at Visitor Center amphitheater. From there walk to Riverside Grinding Site Trail and Visitor Center Loop Trail.

    Length: ~2 miles 

    Difficulty: EASY

    Elevation Gain: ~175 feet 

    RSVP: RSVP required.

    Meeting Location: bv Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Mtnh2BieBAT7G5Eq8

    Directions to the Visitor and Interpretive Center: https://mtrp.org/directions/ 

    Address: 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119

    Meeting Date & TimeMemorial Day, Monday May 30, Gather and meditation @ 8:30am, Ethnobotany Introduction @ 9:00am, Hike @9:15 am, Brunch @12 pm.

    ParkingLimited parking is available at the parking area by the MTRP Visitor Center. Numerous spaces are reserved for those with handicapped card at top of the lot. See the google pin meeting spot. Ample parking is also available at overflow parking area at Mission Gorge and Jackson, however it is about a 20 minute walk to the Visitor Center, and should not be needed at that hour of the morning.

    Cost: There is no fee for parking or entry to the park. 

    Time CommitmentPlan for as little as 2 (hike only) or up to 5 hours (including meditation and brunch)

    Dogs: Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash. Lots of foxtails and bees right now.

    Trail Details: The first part of the trail goes gently down from the Visitor Center to the grinding rock area by the creek. From there we return to the Visitor Center loop; here is more detailed info:

    https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/california/visitor-center-loop-trail?mobileMap=false&ref=sidebar-static-map&u=m

    Note: These do not depict the exact route we will be taking, but they provide valuable information.

    What to Bring:

    • Ten Essentials

    • Phone/camera 

    • Warm/cool weather clothing

    • Any prescription or other needed medications

    • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock, lip block)

    Cell Phone Service: No reception issues anticipated.

    Health Problems/Allergies: It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with a trip leader if you wish. Bees have been reported in the area. 

    Contact/Question: If you have any questions not addressed by the information above or on our registration page, please feel free to contact the trip leaders: Steve Fitzgerald (steve.thrives@gmail.com) and Mike Wilken (mikewilken@yahoo.com)



    • Wed, June 01, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Palm Springs, CA
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    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.



    Notes:  

    • There will no games scheduled for Wed, 5/25.
    • We will start up again on Wed, 6/1 at 8 AM - new start time.
    • These games are at condo association located in Palm Springs.
    • Registration for this event is limited to the first 12 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 not intended for members who have not previously played pickleball. Future events will include training sessions.
    • We will be playing on two pickleball courts in a condo association. 
    • Our court host is Greg Moore.  Greg will host during the months of June and July.

    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.

    Event Leader: John Ryan - eMail:  click here.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    Special COVID Requirements:  This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. For more information - see the new GOPS COVID Vaccination policy dated 4/26/2022 (click here)

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

    • Thu, June 02, 2022
    • 9:40 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Tramway Valley Station
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    Tram's Mountain Station to Mt. San Jacinto Peak via Sid Davis Route

    Start time: 9:40am at the Tram's Valley Station waiting area with a tram ticket (no later!) 

    • Duration:  Around 6 hours
    • Distance: About 9 miles up and back 
    • Pace: Slow to Moderate pace
    • Difficulty: Strenuous! -- Total Elevation: About 2400ft (some steep areas) -- You will need to be in good physical/cardio condition for this hike. Also, rock scrambling is required some areas. Only a few breaks. However, a 30-minute rest on the summit. The views are fantastic! San Jacinto Peak is a 10,834 ft.
    • Meeting Location Time: In Palm Springs, meet at the lower Tram Station ticket/waiting area (elevation 2,643 ft) at 9:40am (no later!) and have your tram ticket ready. 
    • Tram Ticket Info: Tickets for the Tram: $28.95 Adult $26.95 Senior. $12 parking fee waived for pass holders and local residents.  Our tram departure is 10am. Purchase tickets at https://pstramway.com/tickets/

    IMPORTANT INFO for this hike: Emergency Contact Information, sun protection/hat, and hiking poles which may be helpful. Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water (2 liters minimum) are required. Bring lunch/snacks and of course, a wonderful attitude. 

    Details: This all-day vigorous adventure is as good as it gets--for hikers who are physically fit. We start out by taking the popular Palm Springs Aerial Tramway which ascends almost a mile straight up into the San Jacinto wilderness. Then a brief stop at the Ranger station to sign and drop off a required permit, before heading off to the Round Valley / Sid Davis junction. From there we go off trail up the Sid Davis route (some steep areas) to where the main trail meets the first of two major switchbacks to the peak (with a short break if required). While ascending, we might see deer along the way within the midst of the raw wilderness. At this point, the well-maintained trail heads up north towards the next switchback. The forest is somewhat open in this area with lush vegetation on the sides of the trail. This area also has nice views of Long Valley and in the far distance, Coachella Valley. At the beginning of the second switchback will be a close encounter of Miller Peak. Then, off trail again turning south and up towards San Jacinto Peak. After a brief visit at the Stone Hut (emergency shelter), we head up to our highest point (a rock scramble up a 100 yards or so). While at the SJ Peak, a leisurely (about 30 minutes) lunch break. While enjoying our lunch/relaxation, there are excellent views of the Banning Pass, Mt. San Gorgonio, Coachella Valley.

    Poor weather and/or trail conditions cancels this hike.

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

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

    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.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.

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

    Special COVID Requirements: This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. For more information - see the GOPS COVID Vaccination policy dated 4/26/2022 (click here)

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

    • Sat, June 04, 2022
    • 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Palm Springs
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    Join us for a bike ride through Palm Springs featuring the CV Link. The ride will take place on a variety of streets as we explore  Palm Springs. We will also enjoy the views of the valley and golf course as we ride the CV Link. The total miles for the ride will be approximately 15. Total Time: 2.5 hours 

    Meet at 7:00 am at Sunrise Park, Ramon and Sunrise, near the Mizell Senior Center.

    Equipment:  Riders are strongly encouraged to wear helmets on all bike rides. Inflate your tires to the recommended PSI. You may want to bring a tire pump, spare tube, bike tools, water, and sunscreen. 

    Contact: John Ryan:  Email click here

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

    Special COVID Requirements: This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. For more information - see the GOPS COVID Vaccination policy dated 4/26/2022 (click here)

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


    • Sat, June 04, 2022
    • 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Liberty Station North Sails Parking Lot - 4630 Santa Fe Street, San Diego, CA 92109
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    Liberty Station to Embarcadero Bike Ride

    Saturday, May 28th

    • 8:45 Meet up at Liberty Station

    • 9:00 Start the Bike Ride

    • 12:00 Finish the Bike Ride

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

    Join us Saturday, June 4th, for a bike ride through Liberty Station to the south side of Embarcadero. (See the attached map for details on the route.) In total, we’ll bike ride almost 17 miles, which will take us about 3 hours. There’ll be some elevation change, but not much since we will be at sea level (183 FT).  Difficulty is moderate. 

    And we’ll be making plenty of stops and water breaks, there are 4 restroom stops along the bike route, we will stop at each one and do a bladder check.  Along with a muster.

    We’ll meet at Liberty Station in front of North Sails Parking lot (4630 Santa Fe Street, San Diego, CA 92109)  Plenty of Parking in the Parking Lot.  As a reference point, the parking lot is on the East side of Liberty Station Public Market.  This will be our starting point and end point.  We’ll start at Liberty station, then venture south following the water.  Making our way to Spanish Landing, then circling around Harbor Island.  After that we will proceed around the bay going through Seaport Village till we get to our turnaround point, the south side of Embarcadero.  After that we will proceed back to Liberty Station.  During the route, we will stop at a few photo op places to capture the memory and have some water breaks. Also bring some cash if you choose to partake in some eating at the Street food Market Fair across the midway. It will be one of out rest and bathroom stops. They have a great selection of food and live music (1009 N Harbor Drive).  Lots of sightseeing and views.

    What to bring: 

    Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, make sure your tires are aired up, any snack/s you may want, any medications you may need, a face mask (for just in case), and weather-appropriate clothing. 

    Hope you can join us!




    • Sat, June 04, 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Palm Desert (address to be emailed 3 days prior)
    • 12
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    Registration For This Event Opens On 5/14/2022

    GOPS 2022 Not-Quite-Summer Pool Party

    GOPS members are invited to attend our Welcome POOL PARTY on Saturday, June 4 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. 

    This party will have a Registration Fee of $10 for all members. We have a capacity of 60 for this event. You do NOT need to bring a potluck dish as a meal will be provided!  If you would like to bring a non-member, they will need to first join as a member online and then they can register online for this pool party.

    All attendees must register individually and pay the event registration fee within 15 minutes of your registration. Once all of the requirements are met, the address will be emailed to you 3 days prior to the event. 

    This event includes indoor activities, including the use of restrooms, changing rooms and the kitchen, so the GOPS COVID policy on indoor events will apply. See vaccination requirements below.

    Refunds - there are no refunds for this event. However, we do request that, if you are unable to attend, you cancel your registration so someone on the waitlist might be able to attend in your place.  Registration cancellations can be sent to: socialeventscoordinator-ps@greatoutdoors.org.

    This pool party will be at a member's home in Palm Desert.  The address will be included in your email reminder after verification that you have sent in a photo of your vaccination card if you haven't already sent one in.  That email will be sent to you 3 days before the event.

    Food provided with be El Pollo Loco, along with various side dishes (which vegetarians should be able to consume). We'll also provide a variety of soft drinks and bottled water.  If you want to drink "adult beverages," please BYOB. Please no glass in the pool. There will be some Raffle Prizes also.

    Schedule

    Saturday, June 4

    • 2:00 pm - Arrive 
    • 3:00 pm - Meal
    • 5:00 pm - Raffle Drawing
    • 6:00 pm - Departure

    What to Bring: Towel, swimsuit (no nudity allowed), suntan lotion, folding chair and flip-flops.

    Directions: Will be provided via email 3 days before the event to those who register.

    Helpers: We need three servers (no experience required). We also need three clean-up helpers willing to stay until 7:00 pm. We will waive the registration fee for these helpers. 

    Questions/Contact: George Padilla via email:  socialeventscoordinator-ps@greatoutdoors.org

    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.

    Nudity Policy:  This event is NOT a clothing-optional event.  Please read our nudity policy - click here.

    Special COVID Requirements

    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. For more information - see the GOPS COVID Vaccination policy dated 4/26/2022 (click here).

    Due to GOPS COVID indoor event restrictions you must:

    • Be a GO member to attend this event (you may become a member - click here); and
    • Have completed a COVID vaccination +14 days; and
    • Not attend if feeling ill, have any symptoms of COVID and/or test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event; and
    • Contact the event leader if you test positive for COVID within 14 days after the event; and
    • Be willing to send us a copy of your vaccination card in advance of this event upon registration if you have not done so previously.
    • You can send in a copy of your COVID vaccination card using the following methods:
      • Using a phone with a camera, take a picture of your COVID card with your thumb (or other method) hiding your date of birth. Email the photo to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com; or
      • Submit the photo of your vaccination card to our membership person (Ed Emond-Worline) via a text message sent to: 760-902-1850


    • Tue, June 07, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Mt. San Jacinto
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    • Meeting place: The Tram’s Valley Station, waiting area
    • Duration: About four hours
    • Distance: 5-mile hike with 800-foot elevation gain
    • Pace: Moderate with lunch break
    • Difficulty: Moderate except for a few strenuous climbs on level trails. Suitable for physically fit beginners.
    • Meeting time: No later than 9:30 a.m. so we can be in line in time to take the 10 a.m. tram. 
    • Trip leader:  John Ryan Email click here

    Escape the summer heat by taking the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to an elevation of more than 8,500 feet to hike in the Mt. San Jacinto Wilderness. Temperatures at the tram’s Mountain Station can be 30 degrees cooler, so check at https://www.pstramway.com/weather/ before you leave home to determine how to dress.

    Tickets for the Tram:  $28.95 Adult $26.95 Senior. Summer and Annual passes available. Recommend purchasing online at least a week or more before the event as tickets sell out. Important – If online tickets are sold-out or grayed-out for any day, tickets are still available, but can only be purchased on the day of your visit at the Tram’s Valley Station on a first-come, first-served basis; arrive early to get in line if you need to purchase a ticket.   $12 parking fee waived for pass holders and local residents.  Our tram departure is 10 AM. Purchase tickets here: Palm Springs Tram Tickets

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), trail snacks/ lunch. 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. 

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

    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.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.

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

    Special COVID Requirements: This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. For more information - see the GOPS COVID Vaccination policy dated 4/26/2022 (click here)

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

    • Thu, June 09, 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • Santa Rosa Mountains
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    This hike is part of the Pacific Crest Trail. Starting at 7600 ft., it follows the high, timbered ridge above Snow Creek offering spectacular views of the desert and the San Gorgonio Little San Bernardino Mountain Range.  We will take Hwy. 243 to the Black Mountain Truck Trail to the Fuller Ridge Campground/Trailhead. High clearance vehicles recommended for the 8-mile unpaved, rough Black Mountain Truck Trail. Return time approximately 5 pm.

    • Trail Length: 5 miles
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 900'
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate
    • Trail Type: Out and back
    •  10:00 AM Meet at  Billy Reeds parking lot at N Palm Canyon and Vista Chino at 10 am.  Map click here

    Bring:  Ten Essentials, water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch/ snacks, sun protection, layered clothing, hiking poles may be helpful. Carry Emergency Contact Information. Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. 

    Contact hike leader: Doug Wylie, Email click here

    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 

    Hiking Requirements:  Although the trail is fairly level, the elevation is at 4600 feet so you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike. Click here for more information.

    Carpooling  may be available if offered by driver.  You are responsible for arranging your own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing

    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. 

     Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated.

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

    • Sat, June 11, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Joshua Tree
    • 9
    Register

    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 Requirement

    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. 

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

     







    • Sat, June 11, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Downtown Oceanside
    Register

    Join us for "Pride By The Beach" on Saturday, June 11th from 12:00pm to 6:00pm.  Nestled under the umbrella of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, this event is North County's premier Pride event.  Located in downtown Oceanside, steps from the iconic pier and picturesque beach, this family friendly event will include: performances, food trucks and local vendors.  

    Proceeds from this event will go to support the Center's extensive programming including: mental health resources, support groups for transgender youth, HIV prevention and care, and their spotlight program "Unicorn Homes," which connects LGBTQ youth with temporary housing.

    RSVP for a head count. 


    Host: Aaron Giron - (619) 400 - 9719

    RSVP: RSVP if possible to help us keep a head count.

    Location: Downtown, Oceanside, CA

    Parking: Parking is close by.

    Cost: Free

    Time Commitment: Plan for approx 2-4 hours.

    Pets Allowed
    • Sat, June 11, 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Palm Springs, CA (Address to be provided once you have REGISTERED)
    • 25

    Frank Eggers has invited us all to the Pool/Swim Time and  Game Night on Saturday,  June 11, 2022 at his home in PALM SPRINGS.


    NOTE: This event will have a maximum capacity of 25 people


    NOTE: Registration for this event will:

    Open on May 28th and Close on JUNE 10th!

    SCHEDULE:

    5:00 PM to 6:00 PM - POOL TIME 

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

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

    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – GAME TIME

    WHAT TO BRING:

    1) Pool Time - Bathing Suit, Towel and Chairs

    2) Potluck Item for at least 8 people 

    3) Your own beverage(s)

    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.

    Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts!

    Please call Richard Dachman at 818-430-7114 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.

    Our hoists have requested that everyone be vaccinated in order to attend this indoor/outdoor event.  Wearing a mask during the event is optional.

    Special COVID Related Requirements:

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

    This event requires all attendees to members and to 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 to: 760-902-1850.

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

    Thank you for participating in the Great Outdoors club!

    • Sun, June 12, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Laguna Canyon Wilderness Park
    • 4
    Register

    Great Outdoors Orange County/Long Beach Chapter presents

    Emerald Canyon/Bommer Ridge Day Hike

    June 12, 2022, 8:00 AM

    (Registration is open from May 22 through June 11, 2022)

    Contact: Frederick Brown. E-mail: tobyfred@yahoo.com. Phone: 562-754-1838

    This moderate hike loops through coastal canyons in the heart of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. The route follows tree shaded Willow and Emerald Canyons, passing weather carved rock formations and meadows. The hike also includes Emerald and Bommer Ridges with panoramic vistas of the ocean, coastline, and San Joaquin Hills.

    We start at the northwest corner of the parking lot at the trailhead and start up Willow Canyon, traversing Willow Ridge, Laurel Canyon, Emerald Canyon, Bommer Ridge and Willow Canyon Road. The hiking trail boasts the coveted shade of sycamore and oak trees, large sandstone boulders, and grassy oak woodlands. The total distance covered is approximately 7.0 miles with an elevation of 1, 400 feet.

    The parking lot opens at 8:00 AM and fills up quickly, so get there at 7:45 AM. Please arrive prepared with the recommended 10 essentials.Click here for the list. Snack breaks will be taken at regular intervals.

    Directions to the trail head:

    From the 405 Freeway in Irvine, take the Laguna Canyon Road (Hwy 133) exit, and drive approximately 5 miles south to the signed Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Staging Area parking lot on the right, just south of the El Toro Road intersection. There is no fee for this hike. The parking Fee is $15.00. Ride sharing is encouraged. Click here for a map of the parking area.

    Click here for the park website.

    Click here for a trail map of the park.

    If you cannot attend, please cancel your registration, so the next person on the waiting list can have a chance to register.




    • Sun, June 12, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
    Register

    This summer, the San Diego County Fair returns to the Del Mar Fairgrounds with power-packed plans to celebrate the action-packed pop culture superheroes from comic books and the silver screen, to those awe-inspiring community heroes we’ve found right in our own neighborhoods. Join us as “Heroes Re-Unite!” at the San Diego County Fair, June 8–July 4 (closed Mondays and Tuesday in June.)

    You can soar through the air on adrenaline-pumping carnival rides, strike a power pose with your favorite superheroes, taste your way through the Fair’s superfoods, discover entertainment surprises around every corner, learn the science and history of being a superhero and meet real-life community heroes who put Clark Kent to shame.

    Join us for Pride Out At The Fair.


    TICKETS AVAILABLE AT: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0A005C76B0EE24D1

    * Please note there will be NO tickets sold the day of at the door & with only 50,000 tickets available the day will sell out. Please buy early & tell your friends to do the same.

    Please RSVP for a headcount.

    Contact Dre Tinder (317) 507 - 2298 or Aaron Giron (619) 400 - 9719 with any questions regarding this event. 

    • Sun, June 12, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Wed, June 15, 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Guajome Regional Park, Oceanside, CA
    Register

    Guajome Regional Park offers partial hookup sites (water/electric 20/30/50 amps), with paved driveways, fire rings, and tables. Coin-operated, hot showers, restrooms with flush toilets, and a waste water dump station. One tent and one RV (< or = 45ft.) or two tents will share each each site.  Both inhabitants will have access to the water and electricity. There is plenty of overflow parking for extra vehicles.

    The park is at an elevation of 130 ft. above sea level. Afternoon ocean breezes keep the park pleasant year-round.

    The upper area includes an outdoor fitness area, amphitheater and volleyball and horseshoe courts. Visitors to the park enjoy fishing and hiking. Bird watchers can spot dozens of species of migratory birds that stop at the park's two ponds and marsh.

    The park is close to other historical points of interest such as the Rancho Guajome Adobe, designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1970 and the San Luis Rey Mission, one of the 21 California missions, which was founded in 1798.

    Other historical adventures can be experienced at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, which preserves and displays many examples of mechanical ingenuity and home crafts associated with the early days of the American farm and industrial revolution era

    There is a bicycle trailhead just outside of the park that extends through nearby Oceanside, all the way to the coast. Oceanside itself offers access to great beaches, a pier, a fine harbor, shopping, and restaurants.

    Park brochure - click here.

    Schedule of Events

    Sunday, June 12

    • 2:00 pm - Check-in (please don't arrive early)
    • 6:00 pm - Meet n’ Greet: BYOB, bring snacks to share.
    • 7:00 pm - Dinner on your own
    • 8:00 pm - Group campfire (bring firewood)

    Monday, June 13

    • 10:00 pm - Sun and fun at the beach!  Local beach recommendations welcome. Black’s Beach is only an hour drive on I-5 south.
      • Bring your towels, beach chairs, umbrellas and swimsuits.
      • Alternative: Explore Oceanside Pier and harbor areas.
    • 6:00 pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share)
    • 7:00 pm - Group campfire (bring firewood)

    Tuesday, June 14

    • 9:00 am - Hike the local nature trails in the park and explore the marshes/lake, bird watching
    • 12:00 pm - Carpool to Del Rey Mission and Steam & Gas Engine Museum (there are admission fees you will have to pay)
      • Alternative: See whiteboard
    • 7:00 pm - Group campfire (bring firewood)

    Wednesday, June 15

    •  9:00 am - pack up and clean up, say our tearful goodbyes
    • 12:00 pm - Check out

    Contact Trip Leader: Robert Varga - via email to rvarga0@icloud.com or text (760) 641-9112.

    Prices:  Prices listed are per person.  Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

    Payments:  This event is limited to GO members.  When you register, you'll need to have your credit card (MC, VISA, Discover or Amex.) ready and pay your registration fee within 15 mins. If you are not a member yet, you can first join as a member online (click here) and then return here to register.

    Refunds:  Cancellation for a refund, minus $10, will be allowed only if there is a waitlist and must be received by June 4th.  All cancellation requests must be sent to the Trip Leader (see email above). 

    What to Bring:  Camp chair, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool/wet weather clothing, potluck item, one bundle of firewood per person and the Ten Essentials

    Directions Guajome Regional Park Campground, 3000 Guajome Lake Road, Oceanside, CA 92057.  Google map directions - click here.

    From Coachella Valley:  Take I-10W to I-215S to I-15, exit onto Highway 76, turn right on SR-76 and head west. Turn left onto Guajome Lake Road.  The campground entrance will be on the right.

    Climate: Average temperatures - high 71,  low 60. View weather forecast - click here

    Pets: Are permitted if they are properly restrained and under the control of the owner. Dogs must be licensed, restrained on a leash no longer than six feet, and attended at all times. Please pick up after your pet.   $1/night for each pet; you would pay upon arrival.

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

    Special COVID 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

    • Wed, June 15, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • UTC Mall - Outside Tender Greens
    Register

    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.

    Westfield UTC La Jolla Mall Job Fair – NBC 7 San Diego

    Location: Westfield UTC Mall 4545 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122 

    Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm, Note: From 12pm-1pm official business will be conducted

    Parking: Free in lot.

    Contact: Tyler Roosden (651.497.1611)

     




    • Sun, June 19, 2022
    • 8:00 AM


     Save the Date.


    Carpooling:  Carpooling is encouraged and 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 trip leader: Richard Dachman

    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. 

    • Sun, June 19, 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Starting at McArthur Park Station
    • 12
    Register


    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, starting at the Westlake-MacArthur Park Station

    June 19, 2022, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

    You may register for the trip beginning May 22, 2022. If after registering, your

    plans change, please cancel so the next person on the waiting list can register.

    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 9:00AM and ride on the 9:20AM (Blue) Line train arriving at the Westlake-MacArthur Park Station at 10:28AM 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 MacArthur Park Station.)

    For those who are driving, meet on the street level outside the station on the East side of Alvarado just North of 7tj Street in Los Angeles.

    Click here for the map for the Willow Station parking garage and click here for the map for the Westlake-MacArthur Park Station 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 Westlake-MacArthur Park Station. On the mezzanine level are a series of tiles which represent the scene in and around the park. Suspended from the ceiling under the skylight is a sculpture painted with light. At the ends of the station are two ceramic tile murals titled La Luna and El Sol.


    Our next stop will be the 7th and Metro Station. On the mezzanine level on both sides of the station are tiles. On the Figueroa Side the tiles represent a film strip of Fantasy Movies, and on the Hope Street Side Spectacle Movies. At the Hope Street entrance is a triptych made of ceramic tiles titled Heaven to Earth.


    Leaving 7th and Metro Station, we will stop at Pershing Square to see the Neon Art from the platform. Outside, we will look at the neighborhood which has the historic Bradley Building, Angel's Flight and the Grand Central Market. 

    Then, we will proceed to the Civic Center Station. Here we will see the mosaic "In the Living Rock" outside the station. Inside the station, we will view 52 glass mosaics that reflect the history of the area with themes of sports, art, performance and fashion. On the station platform, we will look up to the celling and ponder over the art titled "I dream of flying."


    This will mark the end of the official tour. 

    Click here for tips on riding Metro.

    Because Metro Art tours have not fully resumed since the pandemic started, this will not be an office Docent Council of the Art of the Metro tour.

    1) The tour will take about 2 hours and will be approximately 90% walking.

    2) Members will need to purchase a day pass on their TAP card. If you don't have a TAP card, you can purchase one at the station where you join us for $2 and load a day pass on to it. 

    3) There are no public restrooms in the station, but there are restrooms at MacArthur Park, in  Macy's at 7th and Metro, in the Grand Central Market at Pershing Square, and at Union Station.



    • Sun, June 26, 2022
    • 8:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Vermont St Bridge
    Register

    The seven bridges hike is a semi-established hiking path through several neighborhoods of urban San Diego. Banker Hill, Golden Hill, Hillcrest, Balboa, and North Park are all visited along the way. At each bridge I will provide a brief history and trivia about that feature. The hike allows for the observation of different architectural examples, urban gardenscapes, tucked away historical neighborhoods, and a pretty decent workout. At the end of the hike we will arrive at Great Maple restaurant where anyone who wishes would be welcome to stay for brunch following the hike. I will have a reservation for up to the full group.

    Vermont St. Bridge Restoration Project by in San Diego, CA | ProView

    Hike leader: KJ Archer

    Date: June 26th, 2022 at 9am

    Location: Start at Vermont St Bridge @ approx. 4071 Vermont St, San Diego, CA 92103

    Parking: Residential street parking is available but expect it to be limited and include a small walk to the starting point. Alternatively, the Hub shopping center is located across the Vermont street bridge.

    Length of hike: Due to various construction projects ongoing in the area the hike can vary between 5.5 and 6.2 miles. The exact length and path will be provided closer to the date of the hike so construction paths can be verified.

    Fees: None except for optional brunch at the end of the hike

    Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Some steep hills and inclines and a few stairs but no technical terrain. Elevation gain roughly 350 feet. Nearly all paved asphalt/concrete. The Spruce Street Suspension bridge does sway a noticeable amount. People with unstable gait or fear of heights should be aware of this.


    • Thu, June 30, 2022
    • 8:30 AM


     

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), trail snacks/ lunch. 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. 

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

    Carpooling:  Carpooling is encouraged and 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: 

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.

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

    Special COVID Requirements: This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. For more information - see the GOPS COVID Vaccination policy dated 4/26/2022 (click here)

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

    • Mon, July 04, 2022
    • Santa Barbara, CA
    • 25


    SBVC – July 4th Tailgate Party

    July 4, 2022

    More information coming soon!

    • Sun, July 10, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Wed, July 13, 2022


    Save the Date

    Registration for this event will open in March - watch for an email announcement.

    We have reserved 13 sites at the Idyllwild County Park from Sunday July 10 through Wednesday July 13. The sites will be shared between RVs and Tent campers. 

    Experience the cool mountain star-lit sky among conifer forest camping at Idyllwild Regional Park. This is a great summer mid-week excursion where you will find an uncrowded campground surrounded by mountain pines and vegetation. Three nights of camping, hiking and exploring the village shops and restaurants.



    • Wed, July 13, 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • Wed, July 20, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Grand Teton National Park
    • 7
    Register


    Orange County/Long Beach Chapter of Great Outdoors presents:

    Grand Teton National Park Trip with Day Hikes 

    July 13-20, 2022

    Trip Leader Contact: Doug Cable, dccable2@verizon.net



    Preliminary Trip notes for Scouting Hikes, Grand Teton National Park

    July 13 to 20th.

    Save the date and make your reservations.

    July 13 to 20 we will scout the day hike trails in the Grand Teton National Park.

    There are multiple trails that range from easy, to easy/moderate, to moderate, to strenuous and to very strenuous. We will not be doing the very strenuous hikes. Which trails we pick will depend on the preferences of the group. There will be hikes for every level of fitness. We can also break up into several groups depending on what people want to do, but I'm hoping not to do that. Nevertheless, there will be no solo hiking because the area has Grizzly Bears. Bring a bear bell.

    Participants will be responsible for their own transportation, food and lodging. Make your lodging reservations now. Sharing of lodging is encouraged to decrease cost and facilitate communications. Lodgings available include tent cabins, camping, cabins. You can click on the names of Luton's Teton Cabins, Rustic Inn, Colter Bay Village Tent Cabins and Jackson Lake Lodge to go to their websites. Luton’s Teton Cabins is recommended, as is the Rustic Inn. Larry Purtle and Frederick Brown have each reserved a Tent Cabin in the Park. Each cabin can accommodate four non snoring sleepers. Combined, Larry and Frederick have four extra beds. Space is still available in the Jackson Lake Lodge within the park as of this writing.  Coulter Bay campground is available. There are also motels in Jackson. This is not really a campout; it is a series of dayhikes.

    There is a modest Great Outdoors cost of $20 to cover planning logistics. I have 2 books of potential hikes and also park information. We will have a zoom orientation meeting prior for planning. This entire adventure is a scouting trip.

    Special COVID Related Requirements:

    These may be updated/amended by the time of the event

    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 event leader(s).

    2.     I will maintain distance (min. 6') and wear a 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.


    • Sun, July 17, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Aqua Adventures Mission Bay
    Register



    Day Event - Mission Bay Kayaking/SUP Boarding

    It’s become an annual summer tradition for us in GOSD to meet up at Aqua Adventures on Mission Bay and go kayaking and stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding as a group. Those who want to kayak can kayak. And those who want to SUP board can SUP board. Renting a kayak costs $20/hr for a single and $25/hr for a tandem. SUP board rental cost is $25/hr. Each person will pay for his/her rental there that morning. Lockers are available.

    We'll be out on the water for at least an hour, stopping at one of the beaches out in the bay, then heading back. It’s always a great time, as we even see some wildlife on the way, including sea lions!

    We'll meet at 10 AM at Aqua Adventures and rent our gear. We should be in the water by 10:30 AM. Please plan to bring clothes you can get wet in, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat if you like. You might also bring a dry change of clothes, if not a towel for the shower as well. Some of us may go grab lunch afterwards.

    Event Coordinator: Tyler Roosden (651) 497 - 1611
    Location: Aqua Adventures
    1548 Quivira Way
    San Diego, CA 92109

    Please register via our website so we know to expect you.

    We hope to see you there!

    • Sun, July 24, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 610 Lairport St., El Segundo, CA 90245.
    • 14
    Registration is closed



    Great Outdoors Orange County/Long Beach Chapter presents:

    The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum

    July 24, 2022, meeting at 9:30 AM and starting at 10:00 AM

    You can register for this event beginning on July 3, 2022


    Trip leader: Frederick Brown, tobyfred92@gmail.com or 562/754-1838

    Join Great Outdoors for a Sunday morning visit to the amazing Automobile Driving Museum, located just South of LAX, at 610 Lairport St., El Segundo, CA 90245. 


    This is the museum that takes you for a ride. Sunday Rides – Second & Fourth Sunday 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Subject to availability. Please call the museum the Thursday before to get the Ride List! Sunday rides do not need a reservation. They are first-come, first-served. Rides range from Joseph Stalin’s 1936 Packard to a 1982 DeLorean.


    The Museum operates with a Volunteer staff and is supported mainly by guest DonationsThe recommended Donation is $10 for adults. Plan to meet in-line, near the front door, at about 9:30 AM, before signing in for the “touring” and museum


    Click here for a map.



    • Sun, July 24, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Los Angeles

    Sold Out

    All arrangements are made by the travel agency and GO will join others on the chartered bus for this trip.

    Call or email Kathy at Lets Go Travel to reserve: 760-320-3009 or email letsgotravelkathy@gmail.com Be sure to mention you are with Great Outdoors.

    Contact Kathy at Lets Go Travel directly to reserve and pay.  This event is filling up fast, don't delay. 

    Click on "I plan to attend" so we can have a count on who is going in our group. 

    Contact Scott, Great Outdoors Palm Springs Email Click Here

    An email update with departure time and location  will be sent out one week prior.









    • Thu, July 28, 2022
    • Sun, July 31, 2022
    • Agnew Meadows group campground, near Mammoth
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    *Note: You must have Covid vaccination to attend*

    Agnew Meadows Group Campground (We have sites 1, 2, & 3) is located in the Reds Meadow Valley section of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, just west of the full-service community of Mammoth Lakes, California. This beautiful campground provides access to some of the most spectacular wilderness in the Sierras and many outdoor activities such as horseback riding, fishing, hiking and photography and a pack station with horseback riding tours and supplies is just down the road. Within a few miles, campers will find the High Trail, Shadow Creek Trail and River Trail, all open to hiking and horseback riding. Fishing enthusiasts can try for trout in the many area lakes or the North Fork of the San Joaquin River. The campground sits in a lodgepole pine forest surrounded by high mountain peaks, adjacent to creeks and a small lake. The elevation is 8,400 feet. Spring and early summer wildflower displays bring even more color to the landscape. Many species of wildlife call the mountains home, such as black bear, mountain lions, mule deer, pine marten, pika and numerous fish and birds. Nearby Attractions: The area is close to Devils Postpile National Monument, Minaret Falls and the spectacular Rainbow Falls. This area offers unparalleled photographic opportunities and are great day trips. Reds Meadow Valley is also home to Reds Meadow Resort, a favorite spot for hikers and campers. The resort not only rents cabins, but also houses a shower facility open to the public. Their general store is a great place to stock up on necessities. Mammoth is also just a short drive away for supplies.

    Historically, there has been a high level of bear activity at Agnew Meadows Campground. A bear-proof locker is located at each site at Agnew Meadows Campground. All food and scented items must be stored in the lockers. All trash must be disposed of in the bear proof trash receptacles. Do not store food, trash or scented items in your vehicle.

    Visitor guide: Visitor Guide

    Directions:

    From U.S. Highway 395, take Highway 203 west through the town of Mammoth Lakes. Pass Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to Minaret Vista. Continue on Red's Meadow Road to the Agnew Meadows turnoff, about 2.5 miles. GPS: 37.682728, -119.085738

    There is a $10 entry fee per vehicle at Minaret Vista before entering Red’s Meadow Valley, and interagency passes are accepted. Within the valley, there is a free inter-valley shuttle that runs between Agnew Meadows and Red’s Meadow Resort with stops at a couple of lakes, the Devil’s Postpile, and Rainbow Falls. 

    With the cost of fuel and the distance, you may want to consider ridesharing. Information will be collected when you register, and then shared so you can self-organize into carpools. 

    Campground amenities & Information:

    Potable water, vault toilets, picnic benches, fire pits, bear proof food storage and trash receptacles. Showers are nearby at Red’s Meadow Resort. 

    The campground is located at 8400 feet elevation, so take elevation change precautions if you’re sensitive (drink lots of water, and avoid/limit alcohol on the night before and after arrival). Many of the sights are fairly easy hikes for Friday. Save the more difficult hikes for Saturday after some acclimation time. Some advise available at https://www.bcm.edu/news/tips-for-preventing-altitude-sickness  

    This time of year is also prone to mosquitos, so be prepared with repellents or other deterrents. 

    This newsletter gives more information about Mammoth and Reds Meadow Valley.. Pages 7 & 8. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd904026.pdf 

    Things to bring:

    The 10 essentials (click here), camp chair, sunscreen, mosquito deterrents, a hat, a bundle of firewood. Even though it’s July, it can be cold at night, so think clothing in layers. 

    Schedule:

    Thursday: 

    • Arrive after 2pm
    • Meet-N-Greet at 6pm - more details to follow
    • Campfire

    Friday:

    • Freeform Daytime activities - fairly easy local hikes (Rainbow Falls, Devil's Postpile)
    • Potluck at 6pm - please bring main and side dishes. Great Outdoors will provide desserts.
    • Campfire

    Saturday:

    • Freeform Daytime activities - longer, more difficult hikes, see sites you missed Friday
    • Campfire

    Sunday:

    • Depart by noon

    Cancellation:

    A full refund will be issued if you cancel by July 10th. Afterward, a refund may be issued if the vacancy can be filled from the waitlist. Contact Wes at fwsj69@gmail.com if you need to cancel. 


    • Fri, August 12, 2022
    • Sun, August 14, 2022
    • Mammoth Lakes, CA
    • 12


    SBVC – Mammoth Lakes

    August 12-14, 2022

    More information coming soon!

    Trip Leader: Please contact Nikki Attinello at rattinel@live.com

    • Sun, August 14, 2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • Wed, August 17, 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Barton Flats US Forest Service
    • 100

    SAVE THE DATE- DETAILS BEING DEVELOPED

    Join us for this mid summer getaway near Big Bear Lake with forests, lush sub-alpine meadows and sparkling lakes. Bring your tent or RV to the Oso Group Camp. Just 25 minutes from Big Bear Lake, the camp is at 6400’ elevation in the secluded Barton Flats area off of Highway 38. Nestled in alpine and fir forest, the site is equipped with multiple tables, a campfire circle and grills. Tent pads are shaded but group areas are primarily in the open. Drinking water and  flush toilets are onsite, with inexpensive pay showers just a 5-minute drive away (Barton Flats), there are no utility hookups (dump site available nearby), RV’s park in the dirt, gravel parking lot. Hiking, biking, scenic sky chair at Snow Summit, kayaking and boat tour are some of the activities available.

    Schedule Of Events

    Sunday, Aug 14

    2:00 - Check-in. No early arrivals.

    4:00 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*

    6:00 pm - Meet and greet BYOB, bring appetizer to share. Dinner on your own

    7:00 pm - Group campfire activities

    Monday, Aug 15

    9:00 am -

    1:00 pm - Hike *

    6:00 pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share).  

    7:00 pm - Group Campfire

    Tuesday, Aug 16

    9:00 am - Hike*

    Wednesday, Aug 17

    11:00 am - Clean up campground areas. Check Out. Safe travels home.

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

    Facilities

    The group campground offers one large group campsite, available for tent and RV camping. There are no utility hookups at the site and roads, as well as the parking area, are gravel and dirt. The site is equipped with multiple tables, a campfire circle and grills. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided at the campground. Tent pads are shaded but group areas are primarily in the open. We will have a propane fire-pit for the group if there are fire restrictions in effect.

    Need to Know:

    Bears frequent the area; carefully follow garbage disposal and food storage regulations

    Click here for more information on the San Bernardino National Forest

    Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

    What to BringTen Essentials, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, potluck item for Saturday night, a bundle of firewood – obtain locally, see below.

    GO 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.

    Driving Directions: SR-38. Continue on State Highway 38. From the Mill Creek Ranger Station go approximately 22 miles to Oso Group Campground.  Map Click Here . Closest Town:  Angeles Oaks

     GPS Coordinates: 34° 10' 32.5380" N 116° 51' 44.8380" W 

    Climate & Elevation – 6400 feet.

    RefundsCancellation for a refund, minus any service charge, must be received by 

    Contact: Scott C. email: VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org

    Photos: 

    Quiet Hours - 10 PM – 6 AM

    Cell Service – Available depending on your carrier.

    Pets: Pets are welcomed, remember the usual - leashed and pick up and dispose of waste.

    Health Problems/allergies Discuss any medical concerns with the trip/ hike leader that may affect your participation in events.

    Emergency Contact Information   Dial 9-1-1 To report all other activities Call  Local Ranger Station  909) 855-8550 during business hours or (909) 382-2600.  After hours call (909) 383-5654.


    • Mon, August 15, 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • Sat, August 20, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • North Fork Big Pine Creek Trailhead
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Great Outdoors Orange County/Long Beach presents

    North Fork Big Pine Creek Trailhead to Big Pine Lakes Backpack

    August 14 - 20, 2022.

    To apply for this backpack, you must click I’m interested. Please be aware that the trip leader will determine who is eligible for this trip. He will then send out a registration form. If you change your mind before receiving that registration form, please cancel on Wild Apricot. That form needs to be returned to him and payment made of the $40.00 fee. You need to return the fee and submit payment within 7 days of receiving the registration form or he will contact the next person on the waiting list, and you will forfeit your spot. No refunds after July 15, 2022.

     Contact:  Larry Purtle(562) 485-7149, lvpurtle@hotmail.com

    As summer in Los Angeles and environs heats up, this is an opportunity to escape to the High Sierra. You‘ll notice stunning vistas along the way. Beautiful alpine flowers, tumbling waterfalls and serene lakes await you. In the evenings, you can watch the sunset wash the peaks with Alpenglow. We will hike up Big Pine Canyon to the Big Pine Lakes basin and establish a bae camp at Sixth lake, from where we will spend days exploring. Since this is a base camp style trip, people can shorten their stay as they see fit.

    This trip is limited to 7 hikers plus the leader.

    Although not part of the official trip, it is recommended to drive up on 8/14 and camp near the trailhead, Big Pine Creek Campground, to better acclimatize to the altitude of about 8,000 feet and rest up for the hike the next day.

    8/15: Hike from the trailhead near the Big Pine Creek Campground to the shores of First Lake; 5 miles & 2350 ft gain. The trail goes up Big Pine Lakes Canyon, which was arved by the glaciers so is narrow and steep sided, passes the historic Lon Chaney cabin and 2 sets of waterfalls. This is likely to be a moderately strenuous day due to the altitude effects, so we will pause at First Lake to allow us to acclimatize.

    8/16: Hike from First Lake to Summit Lake; 2.5 miles, 930 ft. gain. This will be our base camp. We will pass along 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Lakes enroute which are milky turquoise in color from the glacial powder carried down from the glacier.


    8/17 – 8/19: Various day hikes to explore the Big Pine Lakes basin and the Palisade Glacier. We will have spectacular views of the Glacier and the Palisade Crest which averages 14,000 feet, and is the southernmost glacier in the United States. It is estimated to be about two miles in length and several hundred feet thick. The trip to the glacier tops out at about 13,000 feet.

    8/20: Return to the trailhead via Black Lake.

    You will need your ten essentials and appropriate backpacking gear. Please request a list if needed. Carpooling is recommended to reduce fuel costs and vehicle emissions.






    Location Approx. Altitude

    Big Pine Campground 7,700 ft

    First Lake 10,033

    Summit Lake 10,960

    Third Lake 10,293

    Fourth Lake 10,778

    Fifth Lake 10,806

    Sixth Lake 11,191



    • Thu, September 08, 2022
    • Sun, September 11, 2022
    • Morro Bay, CA
    • 8


    SBVC – Morro Bay/Margarita Festival

    September 8-11, 2022

    More information coming soon!

    Trip Leader: Please contact Joe Domingos at countryboyjoe1@gmail.com

    • Sun, September 18, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Crystal Cove State Park
    • 14
    Registration is closed


    Great Outdoors OC-LB Chapter presents

    El Moro Canyon - Crystal Cove Day Hike

    September 18, 2022, Starting at 8 AM

    (Registration is open from July 28 through September 17, 2022)

    Contact: Frederick Brown. E-mail: tobyfred@yahoo.com. Phone: 562-754-1838

    Come join our group for a pleasant moderate day hike in scenic El Moro Canyon located near Crystal Cove Park in Newport Beach, CA. We will be gathering at the trailhead adjacent to Lower Parking Lot in the Day Use Area. Day Use parking fee is $15.00 so please carpool / rideshare with others.

    The hike will begin promptly at 8:00AM when we will proceed northward through the center area of the canyon. The path rises quickly at the 1.1 mile cut across. We will then hike along the perimeter of the park in a counterclockwise direction, passing various campground sites and making our way back to the lower use area trailhead. The total distance is roughly 9.0 miles with variation in elevation between 35 and 1800 feet.


    Bring your ten essentials. Click here for list. Snack breaks will be taken at regular intervals. A scenic break is planned at the lower campground site on the east of the park with a beautiful panoramic view of the canyon and Pacific Ocean.