Upcoming Day Hikes

    • Sun, February 25, 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • 3110 Beaudry Terrace, Glendale, CA 91208
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    Join us for a beautiful workout hike this Sunday (weather looks great!), to enjoy huge views, fresh air, and green hills after our recent rains. This hike will reward us with 360-degree views - if clear skies, we may see La Crescenta, Glendale, the San Gabriel Mountains, snowy Mt. Baldy, Griffith Park, Downtown Los Angeles, the Palos Verdes peninsula, Santiago Peak in Orange County, the Pacific Ocean and even Catalina Island!

    Distance/Time: 5.9 mile loop. Estimate 4 - 4.5 hour trip, including a leisurely lunch break.

    We'll hike the first uphill half (nearly 3 miles and 1500' elevation gain) with breaks, then enjoy our lunches at the top.  Then return downhill the other side of the loop.

    Difficulty: Intermediate.  3-3.5 hours of hiking with incline.


    Bring:

    • The 10 essentials, lunch, snacks, ample water.
    • Shade is scarce! Wear a wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, proper clothes, footwear.
    • Optional: Hiking poles, something to sit on for lunch (a magazine should suffice on the concrete wall or dirt)

    Trail description: 


    Directions:

    • Beaudry Loop Traillhead: 3110 Beaudry Terrace, Glendale, CA 91208 | Google Maps
    • Plenty of street parking in the residential neighborhood. Please respect the neighbors.
    • Look for our hiking group at the trailhead.
    • Recreate with respect! Bring a small trash bag.


    Hike Leaders: Kimberly Brown and Bryan Matsumoto Cell: (626) 246-8634


    About Great Outdoors LA: We are the LA Chapter of Great Outdoors, proudly serving the LGBTQ+ Community since 1978! Great Outdoors is the largest LGBTQ+ outdoor recreational organization in Southern California. Our volunteers plan welcoming, fun and affordable events so everyone can participate.

    Come escape the city and find yourself and new friends in the Great Outdoors. You are welcome whether a newbie hiker, car camper, hardcore backpacker or just curious to experience the natural beauty of where we live! Read more about Great Outdoors LA and membership if interested.

    Our hikes are free and open to all! (no membership required).



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    • Wed, February 28, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Desert Hot Springs
    • 0
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     Cabot's Pueblo Museum & Historic Rock House

    Learn about one of the original homesteaders and his adventurous, unique, charming lifestyle and his creative talents. Yerxa got off the train in 1913 and walked 7 miles across the desolate sand dunes to what later became known as "Miracle Hill". Join us as we travel back in time and reimagine being here in the early days. Then we will move on to 1946 and visit the Rock House, the only remaining structure that was built with local rocks. What secrets does this site have?

    This historic house was built (1913-1950) by Cabot Yerxa, an early pioneer of the Colorado Desert. The Pueblo Revival Style structure contains artworks, artifacts of American Indian and Alaska Native cultures, and memorabilia of early desert homesteader life. Contemporary and Native arts and crafts are featured in the museum gift shop. Also on the property is an eclectic collection of outdoor art, including the 43 ft tall wooden sculpture by Peter Toth, Waokiye (Way-OH-kee), carved in 1978. It's the only one in California of Toth's outsized sculptures across the U.S. and Canada. ~ Wikipedia and Cabot's Museum

    Cabot Museum guided tour fees non-refundable.

    67616 Desert View Ave, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

    $15 Admission, pay here when you register. No refunds, but it is transferable.

    $16 for guests and nonmembers, if space is available after February 14.


    Historic Rock House www.dhshistoricalsociety.org

    66050 Third Street, Desert Hot Springs, 

    The Desert Hot Springs Historical Society will host a private visit to the Rock House for GOPS registrants immediately after our visit to Cabot's Museum and before the optional lunch at Casa Blanca restaurant.

    This is a Riverside County Historic Landmark and the new home of the Desert Hot Springs Historical Society. Explore this enchanting home, built entirely of found rocks by builder Lee A. Watkins. Discover historic artifacts, photographs, and art exhibits from the DHS Historical Society Archives.

    Optional lunch after house tours at Casa Blanca restaurant (Mexican cuisine). No reservations, please break into small groups to secure a table. 66370 Pierson Blvd, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 www.casablancamenu.com

    Meet-up promptly at 8:30 AM at the Petsmart and Walmart parking adjacent to Ramon & Crossley Rd.

    Or meet up at Cabot's Museum 9:00 AM   Click Here

    Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by a driver. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation or ride share. Contributions to driver cost welcome.

    Event conditions, health problems/allergies. Extended standing and indoor/outdoor walking expected, including steep staircases, narrow passageways. Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader that may affect your ability to complete this event.

    Contact Event Leader: Pat Miyamoto :Email: click here

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    • Thu, February 29, 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Pioneertown Mountain Preserve
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    Note: We will organize the hike into 2 groups in order to accommodate all those who registered. Details will be in the reminder email 

    The Sawtooth Mountain range is an array of multi boulder formations, canyons, and washes and high desert vegetation. We will do a loop hike to the Chaprrosa spring among the bounders with interesting formations. The trail begins at the new trailhead off Kees Rd. near Pioneertown which is part of the Wildlands Conservancy Pioneertown Preserve.

    • Trail Length: 5 miles
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 700 feet
    • Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate Plus
    • Trail Route: Loop
    • Terrain: Rocky trail, sandy areas, steep downhill section
    • Hiking time approx. 2.5 hrs.

    8:00 AM - Meet at PetSmart Palm Springs map click here

    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 essential. 

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

    Contact Hike Leaders: Scott C. email click here;  Thomas Wiedemann email


    Sawtooth Trail at Pioneertown Mountains Preserve. Photo by Kerry Puckett / The Wildlands Conservancy.

    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 and carpooling. Distance to trailhead is 40 miles. Directions click here 

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

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

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    • Fri, March 01, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Palm Springs, CA
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    This ride has been upgraded from a 10 mile ride to 15 miles.


    This is the second in a series of First Friday bike rides.   This ride will encompass both the Deepwell and Tahquitz Creek loops.  

    This ride will push the boundaries of these two City Loops by riding to the Indian Canyon Entrance Booth through Andreas Hills before completing the other two loops - just to stretch our legs. This will incorporate a portion of the Citywide Loop which overlaps the Deepwell Loop and Tahquitz Creek Loop. 

    The total distance will be approximately 15 miles on neighborhood roads, bike lanes and some Sharrow marked streets.  

    All riders are strongly encouraged to wear helmets. Inflate your tires to the recommended PSI. You may want to bring a tire pump, spare tube, bike tools, water, sunscreen and snacks.

    Meeting Location:  We will meet at the Demuth Park CV Link (see picture below) next to the dog park on Mesquite Avenue.  For directions near the meet location click here.

    What to Bring: water (2 to 3 liters recommended), snacks, sun protection, and layered clothing. Carry emergency contact information. 

    Contact hike leader:  Bill Bates click here

    Cancellation: If you cannot make an 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 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 


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

     

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    • Sat, March 02, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Weir Canyon
    • 2
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    Weir Canyon & Anaheim Hills Trail Loop!

    Weir Canyon Trail, California - 3,081 Reviews, Map | AllTrails

    Saturday, March 2, 2024

    Beginning at 9:00 AM

    Great Day for a Hike!


    Time 9:00 AM meet at trail head

    Length: 8.3 miles 

    Elevation gain: 1,558 ft

    Duration: 4 to 4.5 hours

    Difficulty level: Moderate


    With its deep canyons and steep hillsides, Weir Canyon contains one of the largest and healthiest oak woodlands in Orange County along with an abundance of rare habitats and wildlife. The canyon was originally inhabited by Native Americans who utilized the area’s resources for survival. Later, in the 19th century, settlers arrived in the region and established farms, orchards, and grazing lands in the canyon.

    Today, Weir Canyon is a protected open space that provides a much needed oasis in the midst of Southern California’s urban sprawl. As you make your way along the trail, you’ll encounter a variety of points of interest. The rolling hills offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, and you’ll cross several small streams that add to the serenity of the experience. You will also enjoy great views of the city and Walnut Canyon Reservoir.

    WEIR CANYON TRAIL - 70 Photos - 6984 E Overlook Ter, Anaheim, California - Hiking - Yelp

    The trail’s highlight, however, is the rocky canyon that gives the trail its name. As you hike up and down the canyon, you’ll be surrounded by towering rock formations and rugged terrain. The canyon is also home to a variety of plant and animal species, including California sagebrush, coastal live oak, sagebrush, toyon, California buckwheat, and a range of wildlife such as bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions.

    We will take a lunch break about 1/2 through the hike, so you may want to pack a lunch meal for this outing.

    This trail is well-maintained with great views of the Anaheim Hills. There is no shade along the way, so bring plenty of water and sun protection.

    Weir Canyon Hike to the Overlook Trail | OC Parks

    So, Where Do We Begin?

    Anaheim Hills Elementary School

    6450 Serrano Ave, Anaheim, CA 92807

    Carpooling is recommended to help reduce gas cost.

    There are no restrooms on the premises or on the hike.  Please plan accordingly.

    Map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/6450+Serrano+Ave,+Anaheim,+CA+92807/@33.8289632,-117.7632192,16z/data=!4m6!3m5!1s0x80dcd012cb70742d:0x1b989fde0cf44871!8m2!3d33.8289632!4d-117.7606443!16s%252Fg%252F11kc8vyt4c?entry=ttu


    Weir Canyon and Anaheim Hills Trails Loop, California - 418 Reviews, Map | AllTrails

    What to Bring:

    You should bring your ten essentials (Click here for the list.),

    A day pack, water (2 to 3 liters), trekking poles, sunscreen, hat, lunch and trail snacks are all advised to bring along for the hike.

    BRING PLENTY OF WATER!!!!

    If you have any questions about this hike, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Trip Leader.

    Trip Leader: Richard Norman

    Email: richard@richardnorman.net

    Join me for my first Great Outdoor OC/LB hike as trip leader in 25+ years!

    (The statute of limitations finally ran out).

    If there are any last minute day of cancellations, please let me know via text:  626-319-4740.



    • Mon, March 04, 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Sky Valley, CA
    • 4
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    Explore this lesser known trail in the Sky Valley leading to amazing views of the valley and a part of Joshua Tree National Park seldom visited. The route starts in a sandy wash then quickly ascends a very steep, very rocky, and not-so-well marked trail (don't worry, we will not get lost). We then go up following the west* side of the loop to the first way-point cairn at 1.5mi for a brief rest and great views from 950ft. From there the route moves north across the JTNP boundary and into the park to the turn-around at 3.0mi for lunch. We return via the same route.


    *We will not be traveling up or down on the east side of the loop (as seen on AllTrails) between the valley floor and the cairn as part of this hike; ascent/descent on that section is very steep with an unstable, very rocky/gravelly path and significant drop-off on either side in places before reaching the valley floor.

    • Meeting time/place: 8:00am @ PetSmart, 5601 Ramon Rd, Cathedral City (cross street Crossley Rd) (MAP)
    • Trail Length: 6.2mi round trip
    • Total elevation gain/loss: 2,028ft
    • Difficulty rating: strenuous
    • Total hiking time: 4.5hrs
    • Trip type: trail
    • Trail route: out and back
    • Terrain: sandy wash to start and end, steep ascent in and out, very rocky with loose rocks and large gravel, significant altitude gains over shorter distances, easy to lose trail at points (but with many new cairn additions added recently, not so much anymore), no shade.
    • Pace: moderate to moderately slow as trail conditions and participant preference warrant.
    • Directions: trailhead is located on Dillion Rd 1/4mi west across from the Sky Valley Resort entrance gate @33.9013953,-116.3625949 (MAP); alternately take Gene Autry/Date Palm north to Dillon, turn right and to 8.5mi to parking along the road on either side side (there is no designated trailhead parking area). If you are not meeting the group at the PetSmart and plan to go directly to the trailhead, please notify the trip leader ahead of time.

    Bring: Ten Essentials, water, lunch/snacks, sun protection, layered clothing, hiking poles are strongly recommended. Carry emergency contact information. Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread for this exceptionally rocky trail. A minimum of 2 liters of water is required with 3 or more recommended, weather dependent. Be prepared for wind for a good portion of the hike (wind breaker, jacket, etc), particularly once up to JTNP. 

    Hiking Requirements: this is not an easy hikeYou will need to be in very good physical condition with strong hiking shoes; tennis/sport shoes, sandals, kinky boots, pumps, heels, hip waders, and other non-hiking shoes or diving fins, no matter how stunning they may be, are not allowed. Click here for more information.

    Please notify the hike leader if you cannot make a hike for which you are registered, there may be a wait list. Remember to be punctual at the meeting place are you will be left behind.

    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:  Tom W. email

    Carpooling is encouraged and 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 and carpooling. Departure is NLT 8:00am from the parking lot, you will find us just to the south of the PetSmart lot. 

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.

    Registration for this event is limited to Great Outdoors members. To sign up as a memberclick here

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

    Pets allowed? No


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

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    • Thu, March 07, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Indian Canyons, South Palm Springs
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    We will hike to a waterfall in the Indian Canyons, see an unusual variety of desert vegetation, including California fan palms, and uniquely colorful rocks and boulders. We will cross back and forth over a stream several times on large rocks.
    • Thursday, March 7, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Meet Location: at Smoke Tree Shopping Center parking lot along Sunrise in front of 533 Viet Fusion and the Post Office Map click here
    • Trail Length: 4 miles
    • Hiking time: 3 hours
    • Total Elevation Gain: 500’
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate + (see below)
    • Type: Trail, out and back

    Note: The Indian Canyons website has a map that shows most of this hike as easy. The gradual ascent is mostly easy but with several stream crossings. The stream crossings will require balance and agility; trekking poles may be helpful. If recent rain has the water running, wear shoes you do not mind getting wet. We rate it moderate-plus based on past GOPS experience with this hike. 

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 liters recommended), lunch and snacks. Hat, sunscreen and layered clothing are recommended.

    Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).

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

    Contact: Howard G email click here  

    Cost: Each participant must pay the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation entry fee ($12 per person, $7 for seniors 62+, free to military with valid ID) at the Indian Canyons tollgate, just past the south end of South Palm Canyon Drive, or buy online in advance. Because cars may be lined up at the tollgate in season, carpooling is encouraged. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Drivers should proceed to the Andreas Canyon parking lot (a clearly marked right turn after the tollgate). After passing the porta potties, turn left and drive or walk across the bridge to the Murray Canyon Trailhead sign.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels 

    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.

    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. 

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    • Fri, March 08, 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Bogert Trail
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    The hike begins at the parking lot in Andreas Hills of Palm Springs, South Palm Canyon, and continues up and down a dirt road for some distance. Then it comes to a trail which climbs up the mountainside via several switchbacks and intersects the Wild Horse Trial. The hike continues on the Wild Horse for some distance to enjoy the great views from the ridge and of the entire Coachella Valley. 

    • Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous. Will be generally challenging for an unconditioned person. The terrain will involve a steady and often steep incline.
    • Distance: 4 miles
    • Elevation Gain: 700 ft.
    • Out and back
    • Meet at 9:30 am at Bogert Trailhead, Map Click Here. Follow Bogert Trail - Andreas Hills Dr. to the top of the hill parking area.

    Hike Leader:  Doug Wylie (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.

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

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    • Tue, March 12, 2024
    • 8:15 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Indian Canyons, Palm Springs, CA

    This 7.4 mile, shuttle hike offers a great aerobic workout while enjoying the beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains, Santa Rosa Mountains, and Coachella Valley.  A creek after the big uphill climb offers a refreshing break from the desert mountain trail conditions. The return trail follows high above the creek as it descends into Palm Canyon.

    Everyone will gather for this shuttle-supported hike at 8:15 AM at the Trading Post inside Indian Canyons.  Once gathered, several cars will be used to shuttle all hikers to the Murray Canyon parking lot where the hike will begin. 

    The Indian Canyons gate is located at the southern end of South Palm Canyon Drive.  Admission is $12 per adult with a discounted senior (62+) price of $7; U.S. Military (active, reserve or retired) is free.  

    Our hike begins on the well maintained Coffman Trail with fairly modest grades. The West Fork North Trail is not well maintained and in one small area may require some exploration to find the trail. We’ll climb over 1,800 feet in just over 3 miles.  After this climb, the trail gradually descends to a creek that may or may not allow a dry crossing.  From there we connect with the West Fork Trail for the mostly downhill hike back to Palm Canyon and the Trading Post. 

    • Trail Length: 7.4 miles
    • Elevation Gain/Loss:  1800 feet
    • Difficulty Rating:  Strenuous.  Good endurance is needed for the long, uphill climb on the West Fork North Trail segment; dexterity is  needed for the creek crossing.  If you cannot hike the South Lykken Trail end to end fairly easily, please do not sign up for this hike. Click here for more information.
    Meeting Time and Location:  8:15 AM at Indian Canyons Trading Post (east end of parking lot).  For directions click here.

    Bring:  Ten Essentials, water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch/ snacks, sun protection and layered clothing; hiking poles may be helpful. Carry emergency contact (ICE) information. Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and long pants (due to spiked bushes trailside) are recommended.  Dry socks and towel are reasonable precautions for the water crossing.  Adequate drinking water IS required. 

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

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

    Hike leader:  Spencer; email click here

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

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


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    • Wed, March 13, 2024
    • 2:00 PM
    • Whitewater Preserve
    • Trail Length: 4   
    • Hiking time: 2-3 hours
    • Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 625’
    • Trailhead Elevation: 2100’
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate
    • Meet 2 pm at Whitewater Preserve parking lot

    The trail follows the Whitewater River up to the PCT junction where we will climb the switchbacks to the summit with great views. We will continue a short distance along the PCT and descend to the Whitewater Canyon Road and back to the parking lot.

    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. 

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

    Contact Hike Leader:  Kirk Olsen 

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

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

    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. 

    • Thu, March 14, 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • Sun, March 17, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Mecca Beach, Salton Sea, CA
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    Come and experience the Salton Sea for yourself, and discover why it is one of the most extraordinary and fascinating places in California. It is a unique place with many hidden treasures and secrets that are not well known. It has been forgotten as a busy tourist attraction of bygone years. Today, we have an amazing place to visit and explore. The sunsets and sunrises are stunning and peaceful. You should take the opportunity to experience it before its receding water levels cause it to change and vanish.

    One of the world's largest inland seas and lowest spots on earth at -227 below sea level, Salton Sea was re-created in 1905 when high spring flooding on the Colorado River crashed the canal gates leading into the developing Imperial Valley. For the next 18 months the entire volume of the Colorado River rushed downward into the Salton Trough. By the time engineers were finally able to stop the breaching water in 1907, the Salton Sea had been born at 45 miles long and 20 miles wide – equaling about 130 miles of shoreline. Salton Sea State Recreation Area covers 14 miles of the northeastern shore. Campers, birdwatchers, photographers and hikers can enjoy the site's many recreation opportunities. View the Salton Sea Recreation Area Brochure here.

    We will be camping at the Mecca Beach campground at the Salton Sea Recreation Area (SRA). The meet and greet, potluck and other activities will take place there. March is an ideal time to visit with mild temperatures.  Mecca Beach Campground is remote.  The markets and activities are a 20+ minute drive from the campground.  This campground is 50 yards from the water. In recent years, most life in the Salton Sea has perished, so there is no more massive fish die-offs, which means there is no longer that potent scent.  In fact there is typically no smell coming from the sea at all.  The sea itself is awe-inspiring.  You should not swim in the water at Salton Sea, nor should you allow your dogs to drink the water.  It is heavily polluted with fertilizer chemicals from farm run-off.  

    Activities include hiking a slot canyon in the Mecca Hills, a 4x4 excursion, an easy hike to the Visitor Center to view exhibits and a video on the Salton Sea, and a road trip to Niland area sites, including Salvation Mountain and East Jesus in Slab City, Obsidian Butte, the mud pot volcanoes, and the Salton Sea Reclamation Project. Check the whiteboard for updated activities info.

    NOTE:  This event is limited to GO members.  When you register, you'll need to have your credit card 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.

    Contact: Trip Leaders Robert Varga here and Dale Solomon here

    *TENTATIVE Schedule of Events

    Thursday, March 14

    • 2pm - Check-in with Dale Solomon or John Simonsen, Robert Varga will sashay into camp close to 4pm. 

    • 5pm - Meet and Greet - wear your name tag - bring an hor’devour to share if you want, @site 139. If the sky is clear, the sunset could be stunning!

    • 6pm - Dinner on your own, restaurants somewhat nearby

    • 7pm - Group campfire, @site 129, bring firewood

    Friday, March 15

    •  7am - Coffee and *continental breakfast, @site 139, volunteer coffee Tsar wanted

    •  9am - *Hike - Bat Cave Buttes  - Maybe Wildflowers! 3 mi, 300'. Hike leaders needed!

    •  Noon - *Caravan to Salvation Mountain and Mud Volcanos (location?) approx. 4 hours round trip.

    •  6pm - St. Patrick’s Day Potluck Celebration: bring a main dish, appetizer, salad, or side dish to share and wear green!  A special dessert will be supplied by our local proliferator of pastries, Martin Colucci!  @Site 139

    •  7pm - GOPS Raffle by Dale, tickets will be $5 each or 5 for $20.  You may only win once, so we can spread more joy to more members! @Site 139

    • 8:30pm - Group Campfire, @site 129, bring firewood

    Saturday, March 16

    • 7am - Coffee, @site 139, volunteer coffee Tsar wanted

    • 8am – *The sensationally stupefying PANCAKE Breakfast! Come and enjoy hotcakes and scrambled eggs, @site 139

    •  9am - *Hike Mecca Hills Pyramid -Nat Bridge Loop 5.9 mi. 585'. Hike leaders needed!

    •  1pm - *4x4 trip, route ideas welcome, 4x4 leader needed!

    •  6pm - Dinner on your own, or leftovers together, @Site 139

    •  7pm - Group campfire, @site 129, bring firewood

    Sunday March 17

    •  7am – Coffee and breakfast leftovers, @site 139, volunteer coffee Tsar wanted

    •  11am - Check-out 

    * Check campground whiteboard for activities updates 

    RefundsCancellation for a refund, minus a $10 service charge, must be received by February 28, 2023.

    Campsite Amenities:  The Mecca Beach campground has portable toilets and one free solar hot shower (Mecca Beach) or showers that take quarters (New Camp, 5 miles to the north, $1.00), picnic tables, fire rings, shared drinking water and paved parking stalls. There is a small store on Highway 111 and markets in Mecca.

    Amenities for Tent Campers: This is a good campground for tent campers. The campsites are huge, level ,and sandy with trees that provide some shade.  Sites are shared with another tent or an RV at the Mecca Beach campground. Parking is also shared between the two campers. If you want to share the space with another tent or a specific camper, send the Trip Leader an email and we will try and arrange it. 

    There are only four powered sites.  They have 20, 30 & 50 amp service. If you camp at a powered site you may be able to share power with an RV.  Bring a long outdoor extension cord, an outdoor splitter and a 30 amp RV male to 15/20 amp female adapter plug to give you flexibility in sharing power with an RV

    ClimateAverage for March: 83° / 49°    U.S.Climate DataMarch can be windy, rainy, and/or cold overnight.  Check the weather forecasts before the campout, so that you can be prepared for the weekend's weather conditions. 

    Amenities For RVs:  

    • RV Electric Sites – The RV powered sites have 20, 30 & 50 amp service, and water service. The RV sites will be shared with a tent or another RV. Bring a water hose splitter and a 50 to 30 amp adapter. The RV electric sites have a sewer connection. At the end of the campout, RV's should be able to dump at the dump station located at New Camp which is included in your registration fee. If you registered for a non-electric RV site, fresh water is available at the dump site to fill your RV tank before arriving at your site at the Mecca Beach campground.
    • RV Non-Electric Sites are dry camping sites – no hookups. QUIET HOURS are from 10 pm to 6 am and generators may only be operated between 10 am and 8 pm. See New Camp below for dump site information.
    • Maximum motor home length at Mecca Beach is 35 feet,
    • There are only four electric sites at Mecca Beach. If you require electric power and water there are electric sites at New Camp and Visitor Center sites located one mile north of Mecca Beach; if you choose to reserve your own site, you can register here as D1 'reserved your own site'.

    Directions:   The campground is located 30 miles south of Indio on Highway 111. Located on the north shore of the Salton Sea, it is about a three hour drive from the Los Angeles or San Diego areas. From Los Angeles, take Interstate 10 east to Indio, take 86S exit then turn left at Avenue 66, then right onto Highway 111. Go south about 12 miles to the Salton Sea SRA Headquarters entrance. From San Diego take Highway 78 east, then left (north) on Highway 86 . Turn right at Avenue 66 and then right onto Highway 111. Go south about 12 miles to the Salton Sea SRA Headquarters entrance. For a Google Map of our location - click here. 

    RV/Trailer Profile Information: We need information on your RV or pulled trailer in order to assign you a site you will fit into. Please enter or update your RV or Trailer information when you register.

    Photos: To see some photos from prior trip - click here

    PetsDogs are allowed. Must be kept on 6' leash.  Please pick up after your pet and dispose of waste properly. Please be aware there are snakes, scorpions and coyotes at this location.  

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

      • Sat, March 16, 2024
      • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
      • Erinlea Ave. and Potrero Rd. About 0.3 miles west of Wendy Dr. Newbury Park, CA.
      • 22
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      Santa Monica Mountains Native Plant Restoration & Hike

      Saturday, March 16, 2024

      9:00 am 12:00 pm- field work

      12:00- 2:00 pm- lunch and short hike

      Leader: Russell Hammerl, VPO-LA@greatoutdoors.org

      Meeting Point: Erinlea Ave. and Potrero Rd. About 0.3 miles west of Wendy Dr. Newbury Park, CA.

      Map Location: Click here

      We will walk together to the work site from Potrero Road.

      Limited to 30 volunteers


      Volunteer to remove invasive plants around oak saplings in a restoration project of hundreds of California Live and Valley Oaks at Rancho Sierra Vista, Potrero Creek. The Santa Monica Mountains National Park Fund, restoration team with the help of volunteers have planted well over 100,000 native plants. We need your help to maintain the plants so that they thrive!


      This is going to be just for Great Outdoors.  It's a fun way to learn and give back to the Mountains.

      The site is reestablishing a native oak woodland habitat. This type of habitat is important to many species and is unique to the Southern California Region. For decades ranchers grazed these hills and encouraged the growth of non-native grasses. Wildfires have further contributed to the extensive loss of the native plant communities. Matthew Wells, the restoration project manager and environmental scientist for SAMO Fund, has established many projects and studies in the Santa Monica Mountains. Matthew selected this project for our group, Great Outdoors, and will be working alongside us, discussing the project, the work of SAMO Fund, and leading a short hike. Some of the oaks were planted over 20 years ago and others in the last few years.

      Activity involve digging, weeding, and kneeling.

      Please bring lunch, water, sunscreen, sun hat, and the 10 essentials. Wear field clothes or hiking attire, boots or hiking shoes, long-pants and long-sleeved shirts are recommended. Gloves and tools will be provided.

      Rain cancels the event.

      Please be on time so everyone can get instructions at the same time.



      • Sun, March 17, 2024
      • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Palm Springs, CA

      This is a challenging 7.5mi hike to Murray Hill, the landmark south of PalmSprings and nearly midway between the Cathedral Cove and Andreas Hills residential areas. This hike is geared for those new to Murray Hill...it is a challenging hike for sure but not as intimidating as it looks from the bottom...the pace will be determined by participants to make sure all get to the top as a group! Starting at the Frank Bogert Trailhead off of Andreas Hills Rd the route will follow Bogert Trail up the valley to the Wild-Horse Trail, connecting with the Clara Burgess Trail then hilltop spur to the top of for snacks/lunch, ooohs & ahhhhs, and pictures. We will descend back down the same route as we came.

      • Meeting place: Frank Bogert Trailhead (off of Andreas Hills Rd) (MAP)
      • Trail Length: 7.5 miles
      • Elevation Gain: 1,983ft
      • Difficulty Rating: moderately strenuous, pace will be designed for newer hikers but know the altitude gain is significant with steep sections throughout
      • Hiking time:  4.5 to 5 hours 
      • Type: trail
      • Trail route: out and back
      • Terrain: significant up hill along well worn clearly marked trails on a crest of the mountain with alternating plateau(ish) sections; great views to the south Santa Rosa & San Jacinto ranges and north across the valley.
      • Directions (to starting point): follow S Palm Canyon Dr to Bogert Trail Rd (just past the South Lykken/Oswit trailheads), and turn left (if you get to the tribal lands gate, you went too far). Follow Bogert Trail Rd as it winds through the residential neighborhood and multiple stop signs. When you cross Redford Dr, Bogert Trail Rd will curve left up a steep incline and joins with Andreas Hills Rd. At the top of that incline you will see the Bogert Trailhead parking lot, turn right into the lot. If full, park along the north side of the road and walk up to the trail start. (MAP)

      Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), trail snacks. Sun protection, layered clothing, and trekking poles; carry emergency contact information (ICE). 

      Hiking Requirements: You will need to be in good physical condition for this hike. Click here for more information. Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. Trekking poles can be very helpful.

      Please notify the hike leaders if you cannot make a hike for which you have registered, there may be a waitlist. Remember to be punctual at the meeting place or you may be left behind.

      Contact Hike Leaders: Bill B. email email and Thomas W. email

      Carpooling to the trailhead is encouraged due to limited parking in the trailhead lot. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation or ride share.

      Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.

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

      • Sun, March 17, 2024
      • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
      • Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
      Register

      Great Outdoors San Diego Day Hike

      5 Peak Challenge Series

      Part 3 - Mission Trails - Kwaay Paay Peaks


      Kwaay Paay Peak Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santee, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash .Please be sure to mask-up when appropriate and social distance when needed, which is very easy. 

      Length: 2.3 miles

      Elevation Gain:  875 ft. 

      Route Type:  Out & Back

      Meeting Time: 0930 AM

      Meeting Point: https://goo.gl/maps/RRdXoXbYqAY3Nsif8

      NoteThis hike will be the last in our New Years 5-Peak Challenge series in which we will hike all 5 of the peaks in Mission Hills Regional Park over the course of 3 months. Any member who completes all 5 peaks (3 hikes) will receive a patch from VPO KJ.

        Bring: Face mask, 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: Ryan Chambers, ryan.chambers.media@gmail.com, 260.715.1210

        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.

        Health Problems/Allergies:  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. It has been noted that this particular peak hike can have some pretty constant elevation. Please keep that in mind.

         




        • Tue, March 19, 2024
        • 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
        • Joshua Tree National Park

        Hike begins in Quail Springs picnic parking area among classic stacked boulders. Hiking west we can view Mt. Minerva Hoyt as we access the Johnny Lang Connector trail.  This trail’s destination is a masterpiece of weather shaped desert geology. In this isolated and beautiful place, mysteries abound. We’ll visit artifacts from past mining days.

        • Trail Length: 6.5 miles
        • Elevation Gain/Loss: 700 feet
        • Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
        • Difficulty Rating: Moderate Plus, includes off-trail and some scrambling. Generally challenging for an unconditioned person*
        • Type: Trail, and off-trail routes
        • Trail Route: Loop
        • Terrain: Rocky trail, sandy areas, dry waterfalls
        • Hiking time approx. 3.5 hrs.

        We hike the first branch on straightforward constructed trail. At the end of this first trail, we start to enter the other branch of the canyon. Transitioning to the other canyon involves some cross-country walking in or along a dry riverbed with some scrambling over or around rocks. After a short amount of this, we pick up a trail which we follow all the way through this branch of the canyon till we reach wide, flat Quail Springs Historic Trail for our return to Quail Springs.

        8:00 AM - Meet at PetSmart Palm Springs map click here, or at Joshua Tree Entrance Station parking area next to restrooms map click here at 8:45. 

        Park entrance fee or park pass required.

        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 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 your own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. Distance to trailhead is 50 miles.

        Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

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

        • Wed, March 20, 2024
        • 9:00 AM
        • Whitewater Preserve

        Toutane canyon and waterfall is a short but moderately challenging hike to a beautiful waterfall in Toutane Canyon (adjacent to Whitewater Canyon Preserve). We follow the stream bed, traversing river rubble at the mouth of the canyon, passing through shaded cottonwood and sycamore glens, and walking across mats of wild grapevines to reach the waterfall. Includes multiple stream crossings (one-stride wide) and some travel in damp stream bed (water level very shallow). 

        • Distance: 2.5
        • Elevation Gain/Loss:  400
        • Difficulty Rating: Moderate challenging due to terrain conditions. Stream crossings and thick low hanging vines.
        • 9:00 AM Meet at Palm Springs PetSmart, Ramon/Crossley   Map click here

        Bring: Ten Essentials, water, sun protection, layered clothing, hiking poles may be helpful. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.  No pets allowed.

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

        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. 

        Weather forecastIncreasing clouds, with a high near 60. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the morning.

        Contact hike leader: Kirk Olsen Email click here

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

        Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.

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


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        • Thu, March 21, 2024
        • 8:00 AM
        • Palm Springs

        Hike  from the parking lot (Descaso) up to the Lykken and then south to the picnic area and look over.   Part of the return would be back on a long time not used road.  Distance  4 miles with 600' elevation gain. Rated moderate.

        8 am meet at Smoke Tree Shopping Center parking lot along Sunrise in front of 533 Viet Fusion and the Post Office Map click here

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

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

        Contact hike leader: Sherwood Covill email click here

        Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.


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

        • Sat, March 23, 2024
        • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
        • Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, near Foothill Ranch in OC
        • 14
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        Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park

        Serrano Creek, Line Shack, Mustard, Whiting Road and Serrano Cow Loop


        Saturday, March 23, 2024

        Beginning at 8:00 AM

        Great Day for a Hike!

        Time 8:00 AM meet at trail head

        Length: 7.4 miles (loop trail)

        Elevation gain: 1,217 ft

        Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours

        Difficulty level: Moderate

        This hike was originally scheduled in February but cancelled due to rain.


        Discover this 7.4-mile loop trail near Foothill Ranch, California. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 3 hours 24 minutes to complete. This is a popular trail for hiking, mountain biking, and running, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. You'll need to leave pups at home — dogs aren't allowed on this trail.

        We will meet at 8:00 in the parking lot at Wahoo's Fish Taco, 27412 Portola Pkwy A, Lake Forest, CA 92610. We will begin our hike on Serrano Road, moving on to Line Shack, Whiting Road, Cactus Hill Trail, Whiting Spur Road, Mustard Road, and back via Line Shack and Serrano Cow Trail. 

        Map:  https://www.google.com/maps/place/27412+Portola+Pkwy,+Lake+Forest,+CA+92610/@33.6720322,-117.6537206,18.88z/data=!4m6!3m5!1s0x80dce9fb0e0e0877:0x38e2e5a5f4b7833f!8m2!3d33.6714059!4d-117.65295!16s%252Fg%252F11bw41vd0q?entry=ttu


        This loop takes you from the Serrano Creek trail to a series of loop trails known collectively as the "Billy Goat Trails". The Billy Goat Trails are rocky single track trails. There are great views from many points in the trail, but there is also little shade on most of the route. Serrano Creek and the connected trails are mostly hard packed fire roads. These trails are busy on weekends and are shared by hikers, mountain bikers, and runners. 


        Trip Leader: Rick Ponce

        Email: redrunner7@aol.com


        Bring the 10 essentials:

        https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html


        Optional lunch with the group following the hike at:

        Chipotle

        26592 Towne Center Dr.

        Lake Forest, CA 92610.



        • Sun, March 24, 2024
        • 7:45 AM - 5:30 PM
        • 5131 Carnelian St, Alta Loma, CA 91701
        • 7
        Register

         The Sam and Alfreda Maloff Foundation

        Sam Maloof is one of the finest woodworkers of our time. As a leader of the California modern arts movement, he designed and produced furniture infused with profound artistic vision for more than half a century. The residence is a living museum, each room is filled with treasures that give this unique home its spirit.

        Joint us for a day trip to this Mid Century Modern Historic Landmark Residence/Studio and the Benton Museum and Farmers Market in historic downtown  Claremont.

        Meet promptly at 7:45 AM at the PetSmart and Walmart parking adjacent to Ramon & Crossley Rd.

        Assuming clear sailing, it's 90 minutes to the house, arriving at 9:30AM.  Those coming from other areas, meet in the parking lot at the Sam Maloof Foundation, 5131 Carnelian St.. Alta Loma, CA 91701, at 9:30AM.  The tour starts  at 10AM, finishing at 11:30AM.  After the tour there will be time to visit the garden and see the exhibit: "Jack Rogers Hopkins: California Design Maverick".

        • $26 Admission, pay here when you register. No refunds, but it is transferable.
        • $26 for guests and nonmembers, if space is available after March 01.

        Then, leave the Maloof house and drive to Claremont, arriving about 12 Noon.  While in Claremont enjoy the Sunday Farmer's Market, the Benton Museum with an especially interesting exhibit for those living in the desert: "Continuity, Cahuilla Basket Weavers and their Legacies", the Claremont Museum in the historic train depot, and all the shops and stores in the village. This is also the lunch break.  There are numerous restaurants, the Farmer's Market. bakeries, and delicatessens.

        We will leave Claremont and drive into Pomona at 2:00PM.  We will be visiting the American Museum of Ceramic Art. 399 N Garey Ave Pomona, CA 91767.  Admission not included: $14 – Adult, $9 – Senior (age 62+)   The museum closes at 4PM, and could be optional for those wanting to spend more time in Claremont, or for that matter Claremont could be optional.

        Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by a driver. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation or ride share. Contributions to driver cost welcome.

        Event conditions, health problems/allergies. Extended standing and indoor/outdoor walking expected, including steep staircases, narrow passageways. Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader that may affect your ability to complete this event.

        Contact Event Leader: H.L. Todd email click here


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        • Mon, March 25, 2024
        • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
        • Palm Springs
        Register

        Explore 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: 4.8 miles out and back
        • Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous
        • Elevation:  900ft 
        • Terrain: Dirt, rocky, some minor bouldering requiring good balance and coordination 
        • 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  to trailhead parking.

        Contact Hike Leader: Kirk Olsen 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.

        Inclement weather may cancel.

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

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        • Wed, March 27, 2024
        • 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM
        • Diamond Valley Lake and Wildflower Trail, Hemet CA

        A trip for your mind, your soul and your stomach!  After about an hour and a quarter drive to the Hemet CA area, we visit the Western Science Center, the Diamond Lake Wildflower Trail, and Winchester Farms roadside market offering Julian apple pies! 

        Western Science Center - Website Click Here. Formerly the Western Center for Archaeology & Paleontology, WSC features Native American artifacts and Ice Age fossils unearthed at Diamond Valley Lake, including "Max", the largest mastodon found in the western U.S., as well as other dinosaur fossils. 

        WSC: 2345 Searl Parkway, Hemet CA.  About 50 miles (1hr 15 minute drive) from PS.  Admission: Adults $9, Seniors (62+) $7.50, Active Military (current ID) Free.  We’ll spend about an hour here. 

        Diamond Valley Lake and Wildflower Trail - Click here website 

        The largest reservoir in Southern California, Diamond Valley Lake is the result of one of the largest earthworks projects in North America in the 90s. A scenic trail takes a tour of the north hills area of the lake famous for its wildflowers. The loop trail is just over 2 miles, with a moderate incline portion 282 ft. elevation gain. 

        DVL is about 3 miles from WSC, 2615 Angler Ave., Hemet CA.  Pay fees at Marina. 

        Parking: $11 per vehicle ($5 active military, veterans or seniors over 62 yrs) plus Lakeview Trail Fee: $4 per person

        We will take our lunch break at the marina picnic tables. The flowers are abundant and the lake and mountain scenery memorable; we’ll spend about 2.5 hours here. 

        Winchester Farms Country Market. Click Here Info

        “We carry Julian pies, baked and unbaked; raw natural local honey; dried fruits, nuts; candies and jerky of all sorts; and over 100 different nostalgic sodas.” ~ Jennifer G, owner.  This is a brief stop on the way back to PS where you can pick up your Julian apple pie and vintage pop. 

        Winchester Farms is about 6 miles from Diamond Valley Lake, 27400 Winchester Rd., Winchester CA 

        Trip Departure Time: 9:00 AM (Please arrive by 8:45 AM for check-in and briefing). Estimated return to PS is 3:30 PM.

        Departure Location: Parking lot adjacent to PetSmart, Ramon and Crossley Roads, Palm Springs.  Map click here

        Carpooling:  Encouraged and may be available if offered by a driver. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation or ride share. Contributions to driver cost welcome.

        Fees/Charges: See above for Western Science Center and Diamond Valley Lake fees to be paid onsite.

        *Hiking Requirements: This event overall will involve 3-4 hours of walking and standing, including the WSC and Diamond Valley Lake Wildflower Trail (see above). Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

        Lunch at DVL marina:  Bring your own lunch, water and snacks. The WSC inside A/C is a bit chilly.  Outside, sun protection recommended for Diamond Valley Lake.

        Weather and Emergency: Inclement weather cancels. Carry Emergency Contact Information.

        Contact Event Leader: Pat Miyamoto Email: click here

        Due to the anticipated popularity of this event, initially registrations will be limited to members only.  Non-members will be given a chance to register 5 days before the event, if space is still available.  

        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 this event. 

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        • Thu, March 28, 2024
        • 7:30 AM
        • Fri, March 28, 2025
        • 2:00 PM
        • Thousand Palms, CA
        • 12

        This 8mi extended loop hike is for those looking for a distance and terrain challenge! Starting at the Thousand Palms Preserve trailhead, we will be traveling through the Coachella Valley Preserve, experiencing the Thousand Palms Oasis and Simone Pond (if open at the time), moderate and high altitude elevation gains via Herman's Hike trail, dramatic descents through one of the most beautiful canyon washes in the Valley, and the Willis Palms grove via the Willis Palms trail then ending at a different location* (Willis Palms trailhead). Our route will take us through freshwater aquatic/wetland, desert sand dunes, palm woodland oases, desert washes, desert scrub, and desert riparian environments. There will also be an short optional add-on hike at the end from the Thousand Palms Oasis Visitor Center (currently closed) to the top of Múmawet nearby.

        *details will be provided at a later date regarding transportation from the Willis Palms trailhead back to the Thousand Palms trailhead (approx. 1.5mi). Participants will not be expected to walk that 1.5mi stretch on the Thousand Palms Rd.


        Description:

        • Meeting place: PetSmart, 5601 Ramon Rd, Cathedral City (MAP)
        • Trail length: 8.0mi
        • Elevation gain/loss: 1,200ft
        • Difficulty rating: moderately strenuous
        • Trip type: shuttle (starts and ends at different trailheads)
        • Hiking time: 5hrs
        • Type: trail
        • Trail route: McCallum trail from Thousand Palms Oasis to Moon Country trail to Herman's Hike to Willis Palms Loop (wash branch) to Willis Palms trailhead.
        • Terrain: begins in a flat(ish) wash, traversing low altitude hills then high mountain peak (1,200ft), descending somewhat steeply into the wash canyon then the Willis Palms Oasis and the relatively flat sandy wash to trailhead.
        • Directions: 


        Bring: Ten Essentials, water (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. 

        Hiking Requirements - You will need to be in good physical condition and able to negotiate steeper uphill sections for this hike. Click here for more information.

        Please notify the hike leader you cannot make a hike for which you have registered, there may be a waitlist. Remember to be punctual at the meeting place or you will be left behind.

        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:  Thomas W. email

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

        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 

        Photos: (optional)

        Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

        Pets allowed? No.


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

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        • Sat, March 30, 2024
        • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
        • 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027
        Register

        SAN DIEGO SAFARI PARK/SOCIAL

        This year we will be hiking through the famous San Diego Safari Park on Saturday March 30th @ 10:00am. We will hike through the park in its entirety including taking a ride on the Africa Tram. Tickets/membership should be purchased prior to the event. If this is an event you would like to participate in but cannot access it due to finances, please reach out to KJ Archer at k.j.archer1@gmail.com

        San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Wikipedia

        Details: We will hike through the park going counter-clockwise

        Host: KJ Archer (619-221-3214)

        RSVP: Please RSVP so I know how many to expect. If we have a large group, please mask/social distance, as needed.

        Meeting Location: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027

        https://maps.app.goo.gl/LgYq5MSbDxM2GZ4J7

        Meeting Date & Time: Saturday March 30th @ 10:00am inside the front entrance at the map stand - We will plan to leave from the inside of the park entrance at 10:15am.

        Parking: Parking is $20/vehicle for standard and $38/vehicle for preferred parking. Carpooling is recommended to keep costs down.

        Cost: Self purchased membership/tickets required for entry

        Time Commitment: Plan for approx. 4-6 hours, group dependent  



        • Tue, April 02, 2024
        • 8:45 AM - 12:30 PM
        • Palm Springs

        This hike offers scenic views of Palm Springs and the San Jacinto Mountains after a steep climb up the Garstin Trail. We plan to hike at a leisurely pace, starting and ending at Barona Road in south Palm Springs. 

        Meeting Place: Garstin Trailhead on Barona Rd. (click here). Driving east on Bogert Trail road, cross the bridge over the wash and take the first left turn onto Barona Road. The trailhead is at the end of the cul de sac. There is limited street parking nearby so carpooling is encouraged and may be offered by participants.

        Meeting Time: We will gather about 8:45 a.m. to begin hiking at 9 a.m.

        • Trail Length: 3.7 mile loop
        • Hiking time: 3 hours
        • Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,100 feet
        • Maximum Elevation: 1,522 feet
        • Difficulty Rating: Moderate* but starting with a long, steep climb
        • Expected time of return: noon
        • Terrain: well-established trail, sandy or rocky and narrow in spots. Parts of the trail are used by equestrians and mountain bikers.

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

        Contact Hike Leader Howard G email with any questions.

        Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 liters recommended), snacks, sun protection, layered clothing. If wind is in the forecast, bring an appropriate hat and jacket. Carry Emergency Contact Information. 

        Inclement weather or recent heavy rain may affect plans for this winter hike. 

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

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

        • Thu, April 04, 2024
        • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
        • Joshua Tree
        • 9
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        The 49 Palms Oasis Trail is located in 29 Palms and is in JTNP. Hike up and over some ridges with great views of the valley to a large palm oasis. The trail climbs up large steps & uneven terrain. It is a well traveled & maintained trail. The hike is in the park so you will need a pass.

        Parking: Parking lot at the trailhead - click here

        Rating: Moderate

        Elevation gain: 636 feet

        Distance: 3.1 miles

        Hiking Time: about 3 hours

        Meeting Time: 9 AM at trailhead - click here

        Hike Leaders:

        Spencer B 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, April 05, 2024
        • 8:00 AM
        • Wed, December 31, 2025
        • 11:00 AM
        • Indian Canyon, Palm Springs, CA


        RIDE TO BE DETERMINED 


        All riders are strongly encouraged to wear helmets. Inflate your tires to the recommended PSI. You may want to bring a tire pump, spare tube, bike tools, water, sunscreen and snacks.

        Meeting Location:  We will meet at the Palm Springs Cultural Center on Baristo across from the PSHS click here 

        What to Bring: water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch/ snacks, sun protection, and layered clothing. Carry emergency contact information. 

        Contact hike leader:  Bill B click here

        Cancellation: If you cannot make an 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 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 


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

         

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        • Wed, April 10, 2024
        • 12:00 PM
        • Whitewater Preserve

        Toutane canyon and waterfall is a short but moderately challenging hike to a beautiful waterfall in Toutane Canyon (adjacent to Whitewater Canyon Preserve). We follow the stream bed, traversing river rubble at the mouth of the canyon, passing through shaded cottonwood and sycamore glens, and walking across mats of wild grapevines to reach the waterfall. Includes multiple stream crossings (one-stride wide) and some travel in damp stream bed (water level very shallow). 

        • Distance: 2.2
        • Elevation Gain/Loss:  400
        • Difficulty Rating: Moderate challenging due to terrain conditions
        • 12:00 pm Noon Meet at Palm Springs PetSmart, Ramon/Crossley   Map click here

        Bring: Ten Essentials, water, sun protection, layered clothing, hiking poles may be helpful. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.  No pets allowed.

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

        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. 

        Weather forecastIncreasing clouds, with a high near 60. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the morning.

        Contact hike leader: kirk olsen

        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.

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


        • Sat, April 13, 2024
        • 8:45 AM - 1:00 PM
        • Volcan Mountain Trailhead
        Register

        Join us for our monthly hike excursion. This week we will be hiking the Volcan Mountain Trail on Saturday April 13rd at 9am. It is a 4.9 mile trail located near Julian, California that features excellent vistas. This is a moderately challenging 4.9 mile in-and-out hike with around 1200 feet in elevation change. This is an open invite to members or non-members (and their pups!) and does not require an RSVP. Please be sure to mask-up/social distance, as appropriate. Volcan Mountain 1

        Details: We will take the Volcan Mountain Trail near the old mining town of Julian. The trail follows an old road to the summit. This pleasant day hike provides excellent vistas. 

        Host: Tyler Roosden 651.497.1611

        Trail: Volcan Mountain Trail

        Length: 4.9 miles

        Difficulty: Moderate

        Elevation Gain: ~1200 feet

        RSVP: Please RSVP so we know how many to expect. If we have a large group, please mask/social distance, as needed.

        Meeting Location (bv Google Map): https://goo.gl/maps/4TFAFnkEpiiNkUz96 

        Meeting Date & Time: Saturday April 13 @ 8:45am - We will plan to start hiking at 9am

        Parking: Park on Farmer Road and head to the Hubbell Gate

        Cost: Free

        Time Commitment: Plan for approx 3-4 hours 

        Dogs: The trail is dog-friendly, must be on leash. Please be aware that this trail is known to have red fire ants that can be hazardous to our furry friends. Consider dog boots or keep this possible hazard in mind.

        Trail Details: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/volcan-mountain-trail


        • Sat, April 13, 2024
        • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
        • Joshua Tree National Park
        Register

        Coming Outdoors Mixer with Justin Lenzi, Reilly Powell, and Edgar Enciso
        6:00pm - 8:00pm at JTNPA West

        Gather at JTNPA West—the Joshua Tree National Park store in Old Town, Yucca Valley—for a mixer. Get to know local folx and new friends from the surrounding communities. Coming Outdoors is a queer-friendly event—all friends of Dorothy are invited!

        Social Event
        Open to all! 
        REGISTER CLICK HERE    (suggested donation $10 when you register)

        Saturday April 13th, 2024, Hike From 4:00PM - 5:30PM

        LGBTQ+ Mixer from 6:00PM to 8:00PM

        PROGRAM OVERVIEW

        Come out for a fun, friendly, and educational hike in Joshua Tree National Park. We will hike along the Hi-View Trail loop and learn about the plants and animals that are native to the park. The hike is fairly easy, only 1.3 miles long, with a 400 ft elevation gain. Desert Institute staff will share their knowledge and stories from the park. After the hike, we will gather at the Yucca Valley visitor center for a mixer to get to know local folks and new friends from the surrounding communities. This event is very Queer friendly, all friends of Dorthy invited!

        PROGRAM AGENDA

        • Hi-View Hike 4:00PM - 5:00PM (1.3 Miles)
        • LGBTQ+ Mixer 6:00PM - 8:00PM (Yucca Valley)

        MEETING LOCATION

        The hike will be located at Hi-View Trailhead, Yucca Valley, CA 92284. Approximately 12.5 miles from the Joshua Tree National Park WEST entrance.

        The mixer will be located at JTNPA Visitor Center West - 55922 29 Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley, CA 92284

        REQUIRED PREPARATION

        Waiver: All participants going on the hike must complete the participation waiver.

        ACTIVITY LEVEL

        Easy/Moderate The hike ascends 400 feet of elevation gain and reaches a high point with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. We will stop at multiple points to discuss plants, wildlife, and geologic features. Please contact us if you have questions about your ability to participate. desertinstitute@joshuatree.org

        WHAT’S INCLUDED

        ● First aid and emergency supplies for the group

        ● At the mixer we will provide free food and drinks!

        WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

        ● Admission to Joshua Tree National Park

        ● Lodging, or Transportation

        WHAT TO BRING

        The essentials for all field courses:

        ● Water, between 3 and 4 liters per person for a full day outing

        ● Food and snacks, easily packed and eaten in the field (please leave no trace)

        ● Close-toed athletic shoes or hiking boots; no sandals, not even hiking sandals!

        ● Sun protection: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen; light-colored long-sleeved shirts are

        recommended and very effective on hot days

        ● Warm layers for cooler mornings/evenings (it can be surprisingly cold!)

        ● Backpack to carry food, water, and any personal items you need for the day

        SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT THIS ACTIVITY

        There is no cell service in the park! Please allow ample time to arrive at the meeting

        location; park entrances may be very busy on weekends (see FAQs).

        Please make sure you check weather conditions and dress accordingly

        Note: This event is sponsored by the Joshua Tree Desert Institute. Great Outdoors is listing this as information for those that may want to attend.

        Contact Event Leader: Scott Connelly email click here

        Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

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

        • Fri, April 19, 2024
        • 8:00 AM
        • Pioneertown Mountains Preserve
        • 9
        Register

        Hike will be up the wash along the riparian area past the stone house to Indian Canyon Jct. and back.   

        • Meet at PetSmart Palm Springs Ramon/Crossley Map in the lower parking lot toward Walmart
        • Time:  8 am 
        • Trail Length: 4 - 4.5 miles
        • Hiking time: 2-3 hours
        • Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 500 feet
        • Difficulty Rating: Easy - moderate
        • Suitable for beginning hikers
        • Terrain: Rocky, sandy, uneven in wash

        Contact hike leader Doug Wylie Email 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. 

        Carpooling is not recommended except for members of same household. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing. Departure is at 8 AM.

        We will caravan 40 miles (approx. 55 min) to Pioneertown Mountain Preserve. Directions click here

        Cancel?: If you cannot make this hike, 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 

        Website: Wildlands Conservancy 

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

        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.

        • Fri, April 19, 2024
        • 8:30 AM
        • Sun, April 21, 2024
        • 6:00 PM
        • Ensenada Region of Baja California
        • 0
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        3 DAY, 2 NIGHT BAJA EXPEDITION: 

        HIKING + WINERIES + BREWERIES + BAJA CUISINE

        April 19-21, 2024

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        The Ensenada region of Baja California, only an hour and a half south of the border from San Diego, offers spectacular hiking through the coastal and woodland landscapes in full spring bloom as well as an explosion of wineries, breweries and fine Baja-Fusion cuisine in the Guadalupe Valley. This trip combines the highlights of all of these for a small group of 8 guests who will also enjoy fabulous ocean-view lodging in one of the area’s premiere coastal communities. 

        GO member Mike Wilken, your guide, is an anthropologist and naturalist who lives in Baja California and has worked in the region for over 32 years. Dr. Gerry Chavez, driver and co-guide, is a local geographer with an extensive knowledge of the environments of the region. Both are happy to share their knowledge of native plants and wildlife, geology, native cultures and history for interested guests.

        The $470 per solo person and $940 per pair cost includes a 3 day trip with transportation starting from the Tecate border and throughout the trip, three meals, ocean-view vacation home lodging, and an artisanal beer tasting. Guests cover four no-host meals, and any extra wine and beer purchases. 

        This trip is designed for 8 guests. Lodging is double occupancy in our comfortable ocean-view vacation home with extra sofas, living areas, kitchens, and garden spaces. Our transportation is in a 12-passenger van with room in the back for luggage. 

        Cancellation Policy - 100% refund if cancelled at least 21 days beforehand, 50% refund if less than 21 days to 14 days notice, no refund if less than 14 days notice unless canceling party finds a substitute.

        MIGRATORY DOCUMENTS and crossing the border: Walking into Mexico: By parking on the US side of the border, you will avoid the long lines coming back, since you will walk back through the quick pedestrian entry at the end of trip. We will meet you on the US side and walk you through customs to our van. You will need to have a US passport and get a Mexican tourist visa (FMM) for this trip. You get it online, and there should be no cost because you are only going to be in Mexico for 3 days. Instructions will be sent to participants. 

        US Citizens must have a US passport for land-based border crossing back into the US. Non-US citizens should bring all necessary documents for re-entry into the US.

        For more information, feel free to contact Mike Wilken: mikewilken@yahoo.com

        HIKES EVERY DAY: Professor's Park and Las Piedras Environmental Education Center is an easy 2 mile loop trail near Tecate with trails through well-preserved chaparral vegetation, giant boulders and views to Mount Cuchumaa (Tecate Peak). Your guides Mike and Gerry will enhance your experience through their knowledge of the flora, fauna, geology, and indigenous history of the area.  


        Las Piedras Environmental Education Center


        Trails through beautiful chaparral habitat at the base of Mount Cuchuma. Learn about traditional uses of native plants along the way.

        Punta Banda trail follows the rugged mountain that forms the dramatic tip of the Bay of  Ensenada, passing through fields of native Shaw’s agave plants and rare, beautiful coastal  succulent scrub habitat. Our picnic spot provides breathtaking views of the Pacific coast. Approximately 4 hour hike including lunch.

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        Optional morning hike into coastal hills in the Ensenada region. Leaving from our  host's home, we will take an easy 2 mile out-and-back hike into the hills overlooking Ensenada  Bay. Enjoy panoramic views and the chance to learn more about the ethnobotany and natural  history of the region. (Or just relax at our lodging and hang out in the fabulous ocean view  gardens!)

        DINING AND TASTINGS: Animalón Restaurant (group will decide on exact restaurant, the following are some examples)

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        Agua de Vid Restaurant

        Wineries

        The Guadalupe Valley is Mexico’s premiere wine-producing region. 

        Cava Sol y Barro

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        Clos de Tres Cantos

        Casa Magoni

         

        Cervecería Wendlandt, a hip and popular brewery right on the waterfront just minutes away from the Baja House.

         BAJA HOUSE AND THE MEXICO HOUSE, which share the same garden and views. See a description of the Baja House here:

        airbnb.com/h/baja-ocean-view-villa-rustica

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        We will also stay at The Mexico House, right next door with equally spectacular views:

        EXPEDITION ITINERARY

        Three days/two nights, April 19-21

        Meals and tastings included in the expedition are indicated as "provided" otherwise  they are no host (each guest pays own). Actual wineries and restaurants may  change as we find out what each group prefers. We reserve the right to make  minor changes as necessary to the published itinerary.

        Day 1: Friday, April 19

        9:00:  Arrive to the US side of Tecate, leave cars in fenced parking lots ($5-10 a day) and meet 5 mins away at the Worthy Market on the first day. Guide will meet you there and walk you over border to get paperwork stamped and take you to the van.

        10:00 Ethnobotanical hike at Parque del Professor in Tecate 

        12:00 Visit Tecate Community Museum 

        1:00 Lunch at Lugar de Nos  


        2:30 Leave for Guadalupe Valley 


        3:30 Visit Guadalupe Valley artisanal winery for wine-tasting and tour


        4:45 Leave for the coast 


        5:30 Arrive at Vacation Home lodging, freshen up 


        7:00 Dinner along coast (Planta Baja?)


        9:00 Return to the Baja House and the Mexico House, relax around bonfire 


        Day 2: Saturday, April 20  


        8:00 Breakfast at the Baja House (provided

        9:00 Leave for Punta Banda hike, spectacular coastal hike with panoramic vistas

        10:30 Arrive at trailhead 

        12:30 Picnic lunch (provided) (Deli Loop) 


        1:30 Return trip to trailhead 


        3:00 Depart  


        4:30 Arrive in Ensenada, tasting at local brewery (provided)

         

        6:30 Dinner (Mahi Mahi?)  


        8:00 Return to our lodging 


        Day 3: Sunday, April 21 


        8:00 Breakfast at the Baja House (provided


        9:30 Optional hike from the Baja House (or just stay and relax) 


        11:30 Pack up and leave the Baja House 


        12:00 Guadalupe valley 


        1:00 Lunch at Baja Fusion-style restaurant in Guadalupe valley (no host) (Finca Altozano)

        2:30 Visit artisanal winery for tour and wine tasting

        4:00 Leave for Tecate 

        5:00 Arrive at Tecate pedestrian border crossing, easy walk through customs and return to your vehicles. 


        The magic gardens of the Baja House, relax and enjoy! 


        Mike Wilken, your guide, is the author of the award-winning book Kumeyaay Ethnobotany.



        • Sun, April 21, 2024
        • 7:00 AM
        • Murietta, CA
        • 10

        The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, located at the southern end of the Santa Ana Mountains in southwest Riverside County near the city of Murrieta, is a hidden gem that offers a fascinating glimpse into the history and ecosystems of the area. Consisting of 9,000 acres, the Reserve protects unique ecosystems such as Engelmann oak woodlands, riparian wetlands, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, bunchgrass prairie, and vernal pools as well as more than 200 species of native birds and 49 endangered, threatened or rare animal and plant species, including mule deer, mountain lions, badgers, bobcats, western pond turtles, white-tailed kites and fairy shrimp. Of the two species of fairy shrimp that live in the seasonal vernal pools on the Reserve, one is found only here and nowhere else on Earth!

        Text from the Riverside County Parks Department Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve website.


        Description: event details will be published in March 2024.

          

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

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        • Tue, April 23, 2024
        • 9:00 AM
        • Palm Springs
        Register

        HIKE - JANE'S HOFFBRAU

        • Length: Approx 3 miles
        • Route: Out and back
        • Hike time: Approx 2 hours
        • Elevation Gain: Approx 700'
        • Difficulty: Moderate

        Meet at 9:00 AM at the Rimrock Plaza ( Vons ) 4733 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs. Park in the East parking lot near the Eisenhower facility and meet at the parking lot corner in front of the Thrifty Wash. Depart at 9:00 AM. Arrive a few minutes early for introductions and briefing. Map Click Here

        Description: The hike starts at the dirt road at the far eastside of Rimrock Plaza. At the water reservoir tanks we pick up a trail to the top of a plateau that affords great views of Palm Springs and Cathedral City. We then hike the plateau until we descend a canyon to Jane's Hoffbrau  Palm Oasis. No, there is no coffee served here, but it is a small beautiful canyon with a dry waterfall and it is loaded with palm trees. We will relax in the shade of the palms and then return on the same trail. 

        Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), trail 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

        Contact Hike Leader: Pat M  Email click here.

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




        • Sun, April 28, 2024
        • 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
        • Fiesta Island Dog Park
        Register