Yosemite National Park Campout
(Date TBD) June ??, 2023
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San Mateo Peak Day Hike
Trip Leader: Doug Cable E-Mail : email@example.com
Next week’s last minute day hike will be June 7 th, to San Mateo Peak in the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness.
We will start at the true trailhead for the Morgan Trail on S Main Divide Road, at 09:00. It is best reached from I15. Drive up the 74 from Lake Elsinore, and S Main Divide Road will be the first left turn. The trailhead is 2.8 miles from the turn on the right and is well marked with a picnic table, and across the street from a spectacular view. There is a small dirt parking area but also street parking. A National Forest Adventure Pass or a National Park Pass is needed to park. Click here for a map of the trailhead parking lot.
The round-trip distance is 4.4 to 4.7 miles if we just go out and back. The peak is 3591’, the elevation gain is 950’. It will take about 2.5 hours. We will stay together as there are some tricky turns at the start. The views from the peak are spectacular. Depending on how we feel at the peak, we can retrace our steps, or add about 1.5 miles to the total and do a loop. The loop is better.
This is Wilderness Area so no mountain bikes are allowed. Rattlesnakes are allowed but may be dozing as it's so cool.
Wear sunscreen; bring a hat, plenty of water and a snack. Have your ten essentials. No dogs.
Pictured: Doug surrounded by wild flowers in the same vicinity of Morgan Trail.
Happy Hour Mixer
Monthly Chapter Meeting!
Thursday June 8
Come get Happy!
Start the weekend early!
El Torito Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
15042 Goldenwest Blvd.
(The 405 Freeway & Goldenwest Blvd.)
Westminster, CA 92683
Join us for Happy Hour Mixer from 6 - 7 PM in the Cantina.
Then the GO OCLB Board meeting will convene at 7 pm in the restaurant (along with ordering an optional meal) to conduct their monthly meeting.
Cantina Happy Hour is from 3 PM to 7 PM.
OCLB will have the fireplace room in the Cantina area beginning @ 6!
El Torito's Happy Hour prices end at 7 PM!
Schedule will be:
6 PM - 7 PM: Happy Hour in the Cantina!
All Members & Core Group can make introductions, snack, socialize, toss around ideas/suggestions and make merry! Each person is responsible for their own beverage and snack ordering and payment. Come and meet your board members and fellow outdoor enthusiasts in a relaxing atmosphere.
7 PM: Monthly Meeting!
Core Group will begin their meeting where the various trip leaders will have a chance to highlight their recent and upcoming trips, and answer any questions. We will continue to focus on future activities of 2023 and how to further engage with our members.
Any and all members are allowed and encouraged to attend and participate! (Please be aware that only Core Group Members are allowed to vote during the Core Group meeting.).
3. Meeting will adjourn upon completion of agenda! Aiming for 8 PM.
A few of the Core Group: Lance, Rick, Frederick, Doug and Ray.
If you have any questions please contact:
Robert (Outreach) at: Outreach-OCLB@Greatoutdoors.org
Lance (President) at: President-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
Let's Bike to Breakfast. We will begin at Sunrise Park in Palm Springs and ride to the Runway in Cathedral City. You can get anything from an order of toast to a full breakfast. We will eat outside on their misted patio with a view of our bikes. The route will be primarily on bike paths with some city streets at a moderate pace. Total miles pedaled will be approximately 13.
Meet at 7:15 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.
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.
Here We Come!
Sunday - June 11, 2023 @ 7:30 AM
Optional Afterward: After an exhilarating day, we will head to
Blaze Pizza in Claremont
to whet our appetite with Pizza and Beer or Soda ($ out of your pocket). And for those craving a sweet something to take home,
"I Like Pie Bakeshop'
is down the street with awesome, delicious individually sized made from scratch pies of a variety of flavors.
Pictured 2022: Early morning start to Mt. Baldy!
Photos: And away we go - merrily on our way to the green ski hut! Photo from previous GO Mt Baldy hike.
Come with us to San Antonio aka Mount Baldy, the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains. We will be leaving from the trailhead at Manker Flats north of the Mount Baldy Village. You will need an Adventure Pass or a National Parks Pass to park. The hike will leave at 7:30 AM.
If coming from the west on the 210, exit Baseline Rd. and turn left at the first signal and then right on Padua. Then right on Mt. Baldy Rd. When you come to Manker Flats (the road has a median there, drive to near the end of the median), you can find parking along the road. If you arrive at the ski area, you have gone too far.
From Manker Flats, we will follow the mountain road to San Antonio Falls which flows year round - if you call a 'trickle' a flow. Continuing on the road, at six tenths of a mile, we will hit the trail up through San Antonio Canyon. Our next stop will be the Sierra Club's ski hut. After a rest there, we will continue across a rocky area, and then climb up the canyon to a ridge. From there, we will have a steep climb to the summit at 10,064 feet.
Pictured 2022: Made it to the Green Ski Hut; taking a break before continuing to the top.
Pictured 2022: After a short break at the Green Ski Hut, the trek continues!
Pictured: Lance, Frederick, Rob, Richard and Rick taking a break prior to tackling the last part of ascending Mt. Baldy! Photo from a previous GO Mt. Baldy hike.
On a clear day, it is possible to see as far as the Channel Islands, Mount San Gorgonio, Mount San Jacinto, the Santa Monica Mountains, and far out into the desert.
Pictured 2022: Yep, Lance we are above the clouds!
Pictured 2022: Finally at the top!
Pictured 2022: And this is the way down.
At the summit, we will enjoy the views. People can eat the lunches that they have brought for the hike. After lunch, we will descend via the Devil's Backbone trail. This is a spectacular trail that descends to the Mount Baldy Ski Area. The trail is a narrow spine with dramatic drop offs on both sides.
Pictured 2022: The troupe start to make our way down the Devil's Backbone. Photo doesn't look steep but it is!
Pictured 2022: Looking back toward the Top of Mount Baldy from Devil's Backbone.
When we reach the Mount Baldy Ski Area lodge, we have a choice to hike down the ski area access road or opt to take the ski chair lift down to our cars at Manker Flats. Total gain/loss is 3,900 feet. Total mileage is 11.25 miles.
Pictured 2022: Robert happy to have accomplished the Mount Baldy Hike!Pictured 2022: Claudia & Cesar accomplished the Mount Baldy Hike!
Pictured 2022: Rob accomplished the Mount Baldy Hike (again & again)!
Pictured 2022: Wenta accomplished the Mount Baldy Hike!
This is a STRENUOUS hike.
Where my Bad Boyz/Gurlz at?
Think you tuff?
Pictured 2022: Feeling content after some pizza and suds!
An Adventure Pass or a National Parks Pass is required for parking. For Information, click here. Your trip leader will be checking people's supplies to be certain that you are prepared for the hike. There is no fee for this hike.
Carpooling: As the date gets closer, we will connect people to recommend carpooling as parking can be difficult. And of course we appreciate carpoolers!
Bring: Ten Essentials, water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch/snacks, sun protection, layered clothing depending on the weather/temperature, sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and hiking poles will be helpful.
Carry Emergency Contact Information.
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.
Unless otherwise noted, registration for this event is limited to Great Outdoors members. To sign up as a member, click here
Clear any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.
Trip Leader: Lance Whitmier
Lance states: I am always excited to ascend to Mt. Baldy as it is indeed a workout! However it is extremely satisfying to reach the top and enjoy the glory of conquering the summit along with others! One of my favorite hikes - come join us in this adventure. As a bonus the views are spectacular!
Palm Springs Power Baseball PRIDE Night
Celebrate Pride with a night out at the ballpark during their Pride recognition theme. Special group seating, BBQ, and group photo with the Power team members. Cooling misters will drop the temperature by 10 to 20 degrees, if needed. Non-members and guest welcome.
Wear your Great Outdoors T-shirt / hat / name tag.
Misters around the stadium provide cooling. Pets welcome.
Contact Event Leader: Scott Connelly, email click here
Open to members, guests, and nonmembers.
Directions - click here
No refunds. Your $23 registration fee must be paid online via a credit card and within 15 minutes of registering. The system will automatically cancel if you have not completed payment withing 15 minutes and you will need to start over.
This event is being planned by Palm Springs Chapter.d For more information about this trip: