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Upcoming & Past PS Chapter Camping Trips

    • Sun, October 02, 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • Palm Springs
    Register

    This is our second and final planning meeting. 

    Do you have ideas for camping trips and outings? Have you discovered a great adventure or a hidden gem? 

    In addition to overnight trips, we are also interested in ideas for day activities such as hikes,  educational outings, tours, winter events, kayaking, backpacking,  4x4 outings, volunteer work projects, and any activity that would be of interest to the group.

    We are also looking for speakers and programs for our monthly meetings and welcome your suggestions.

    FYI, we'll be taking the results of this meeting with us to the October all-chapter Great Outdoors planning conference, where we'll match up calendars with the other chapters and finalize the 2023 trips for all 5 chapters.

    We are also looking for new Trip Leaders. If you are interested let us know. You can work with a Trip Leader as an assistant in planning and leading a trip. We also have a one day Trip Leader training program scheduled for Saturday November 12, 2022.

    Location address will be in your confirmation/reminder emails.

    Contact Scott Connelly click here with your ideas and suggestion which will be considered at a planning session.

    Special COVID Related Requirements
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. 


    • Wed, October 05, 2022
    • 4:30 PM
    • Palm Springs
    Register

    Ready to get outside with the mild weather quickly approaching?

    Great Outdoors invites you to our planning meeting to schedule hiking and bike outings for the next several months.

    Location is at members residence with complimentary roasted chicken/salads/desserts.

    Early arrival 4:30 pm spa/pool time; 5:30 eat and plan hike and bike rides.

    We are also looking for new Hike Leaders. If you are interested let us know. You can work with a hike Leader as an assistant in planning and leading a trip. We also have a one day Hike Leader training program available November 12.

    Meeting address will be in registration confirmation email.

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

    Special COVID Related Requirements
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated 

    • Fri, October 14, 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Sun, October 16, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • O'Neill Regional Park
    • 55
    Register


    The Wait Is Over!


    We’re celebrating Honky Tonk style!

    Put on your Western attire as we gather to Camp It Up!

     


    Overview

    The conference is a campout consisting of all the Great Outdoors chapters.

    We anticipate this selling out quickly so make your reservation NOW!

    Held annually in October, GO OCLB is proud to host this year’s event!

    The campout this year is going to be remarkable!

    Delayed the past several years due to the pandemic and wildfires, we’re eager to reunite, reconnect, and celebrate!


    Venue

    O’Neill Regional Park is a major regional park in northeast Orange County, located along Trabuco Creek and Live Oak Canyon.  Centrally located for the convenience of all Chapters!

    The park encompasses 4,500 acres of canyon and riparian zone habitat. Heavily wooded with coastal live oak and sycamore trees, the hillsides surrounding the park feature cactus, wild buckwheat, sagebrush, and chaparral.

    O’Neill Regional Park includes campgrounds and trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

    We are camping at the Sycamore Flat Group Site.


    Registration

    Event fee: $75/person for Great Outdoors Members. Non-members must first join Great Outdoors ($25) before registering.  For a second person in the same tent registration is $60 and in the same vehicle as the primary person.

    RV & Tow Trailer Driver: $90/person. RV & Tow Trailer passenger same vehicle: $60/person

    Electronic payment for the event fee is accepted on the GO website. No cash or paper check, please.

    The number of vehicles will limit capacity. Carpooling is highly encouraged because there is no overnight overflow parking. There is limited space for RVs and tow trailers.

    Cancellations and refunds: No refunds are granted for cancellations received after 9/16/22.  There will be a $10 cancellation fee charged if cancelled by 09/16/2022.


    What are you waiting for?

    Don't just sit there!

    Registration is Open!



    Itinerary

    This three-day, two-night campout begins at 4 pm on Fri. 10/14 at Sycamore Site D. Please avoid arriving early to allow GO OCLB time to set up the event. There will be welcome refreshments, a meet and greet, and a group campfire. Dinner is on your own. Join us for a movie night under the stars featuring a campy gay Western film.

    Sycamore Site D is the headquarters for this campout. Gather here for hosted meals, the potluck, the quarterly board meeting and to hear announcements.

    Sat. 10/15- 8 am-ish: Hot breakfast hosted by GO OCLB. A vegan option will be available.

    After breakfast, many activities include a locally-led hike, area sightseeing, and a quarterly board meeting for chapter reps. Lunch is on your own. Please return by late afternoon (~5 pm) to prepare a country western-inspired dish for the big Saturday dinner potluck (~6 pm). GO OCLB will provide dessert.

    Do dress up in Western attire for dinner. Best dressed wins a prize! After dinner, gather around the campfire for the chapter volunteer awards ceremony and raffle drawing.

    Sun. 10/16- 8 am-ish: Continental breakfast hosted by GO OCLB. Vegan option will be available. Break camp, saddle up, and safe travels home. The campout ends at noon.


    Campground Details

    Amenities: Potable water, Showers, Flush toilets, Picnic Tables, and Fire rings.

    Features: Nature center and amphitheater.

    Parking: GO OCLB event volunteers to help guide tandem parking.

    Directions:

    From LA, SB/VC, Palm Springs, and northern OC- Get on Interstate 5 South, drive to Laguna Hills, and exit 91 at El Toro Road. Turn left at Avenida de la Carlota. Turn left at El Toro Road. Drive 7.7 miles eastbound on El Toro Road past Valley Vista (on your right, see cross light) then Ridgeline (on your left, see cross light). Past Ridgeline, stay on the right lane. You will reach a Y-intersection where El Toro splits left into Santiago Cyn Rd, and right turns into Live Oak Cyn Rd. Veer right into Live Oak Cyn Rd. Cook’s Corner café at the Y-intersection will be on your left. Drive 3.5 miles on Live Oak Cyn Rd to O’Neill Regional Park entrance (address: 30892 Trabuco Cyn Rd. Trabuco Cyn, CA). Follow signs to Sycamore Flat Group Site. RV and tow trailer campers, please proceed to the designated site.

    From San Diego and south OC: Get on Interstate 5 North, drive to Laguna Hills, and exit 91 at El Toro Road. Stay in the right lane. Turn right at El Toro Road. Drive 7.7 miles eastbound on El Toro Road past Valley Vista (on your right, see cross light) and Ridgeline (on your left, see cross light). Past Ridgeline, stay on the right lane. You will reach a Y-intersection where El Toro splits left into Santiago Cyn Rd, and right turns into Live Oak Cyn Rd. Veer right into Live Oak Cyn Rd. Cook’s Corner café at the Y-intersection will be on your left. Drive 3.5 miles on Live Oak Cyn Rd to O’Neill Regional Park entrance (address: 30892 Trabuco Cyn Rd. Trabuco Cyn, CA). Follow signs to Sycamore Flat Group Site. RV and tow trailer campers, please proceed to the designated site.

    Pets: Dogs permitted on leash. Please clean up after your pet.

    Quiet time: 10pm to 7am

    RV sites & Tow Trailer sites- Limited pull-through and back-in sites are available. Water is available on-site, but there are no electric hookups. A dump station is accessible. Generator hours are from 8 am to 8 pm.

    Alcohol is prohibited at O’Neill Regional Park.

    No fires of any kind will be allowed on red flag days or as posted.


    What to Bring

    Obviously The 10 Essentials.

    Recommended Gear: Tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, ear plugs, pillow, chair, camp stove with fuel and cooking utensils, lighter or matches, camp kitchen supplies, headlight or flashlight with batteries, cool and warm weather clothing, toiletries kit, hiking shoes, camp shoes, day pack, hat, sunglasses, and sunblock. Bring quarters to use the showers.

    Food: Bring enough food for your Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, and dinner potluck item.

    To reduce waste, bring your reusable plate, cup, and utensils. Single-use plates, cups, and utensils are available if needed.

    Area Info:

    There are nearby grocery stores for any forgotten items.

    Weather

    October average high temp: 80 F, average low temp: 56 F. October average rainfall: 0.6 inches. No snow.

    Show Your Pride Raffle!

    Show your pride in the backcountry and support GO OCLB! Buy a raffle ticket to win the Marmot Yolla Bolly 30 sleeping bag!

    Details: Light 3-season sleeping bag with plenty of room to roll around*, 650 fill duck down to keep you warm to freezing temperatures, and it features a semi-rectangular shape with a full-length zipper. ISO comfort rating: 32 F, lower limit: 21 F.

    The sleeping bag comes with a stuff sack measuring 8 x 16 inches. Claimed weight: 2 lbs. 3.5 oz. Activity: weekend camping and backpacking.


    *Hunky model not included to roll around within the sleeping bag.


    Special COVID Related Requirements:

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

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

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

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

    3. 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.

    Any questions?

    Contact: Michael at BoardRep-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org


    • Sun, November 20, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Wed, November 23, 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • 17953 Dos Picos Park Road, Ramona, CA 92065
    Register

    Registrations opens Noon Sept. 20. 

    Dos Picos County Park is located in Ramona, California. Its name is Spanish for "two peaks," xderived from the two prominent mountains nearby. The surrounding ranchland and steep rocky slopes help preserve its secluded atmosphere. This park is known for its magnificent Oak trees. The landscape is a mixture of chaparral, open grassland, and oak woodland. Coyote, fox, possum, skunk, and raccoon are all seen in the park regularly. Look up to the sky to view birds like great blue herons, egrets, ducks, red-shouldered hawks, woodpeckers, and western bluebirds. California quail are afoot in the early mornings, while the evening skies are filled with the sounds of barn, screech, and great horned owls.

    The campground has coin-operated showers. The city of Ramona is minutes away when driving. You may purchase food and other supplies there.

    Maximum RV length is 40 feet. One RV and one tent will squeeze into a single site. The sites are a little small for both an RV and a tent, but it is doable with some imagination, patience, and kindness. Both parties can share the electrical and other site amenities. The water spigots at these sites are unique. It is housed in a plastic box that sits below ground level.

    Tent campers, all the sites are gravel. Your tent will likely be pitched on gravel. Please bring blow-up mattresses or cots to sleep on, so you are not sleeping on gravel. Tents should also bring extension cords.

    Only one car is allowed to park at each site. The extra vehicles can park in the overflow lot for a total of $9, which is paid by GOPS. The overflow parking lot is NOT close. It’s located on the opposite side of the campground from our sites, so car camping would NOT be a good choice, please bring a tent.

    Leashed dogs are welcome at $1/night/dog. Campers will pay for their own dogs upon check-in at the campground.

    Sites 63 & 69 are ADA sites. If you have an ADA placard, please let the trip leader know.

    We will have access to the indoor pavilion and its outdoor picnic area. It is located in the middle of all our sites. There is a massive charcoal grill and firepit, GOPS will supply the charcoal. Bring meat to grill if you like. The use of that pavilion and its outdoor space was an additional cost that was figured into the cost of this campout. Typical weather in this are in November is high 73, low 42.

    Cancellation policy: cancel for full refund minus any service fees on or before Nov 13th, 2022.

    Dos Picos County Park Campground

    17953 Dos Picos Park Road

    Ramona, CA 92065

    (760) 789-2220

    Directions:

    From Coachella Valley, fastest route:

    1. Take Hwy 74 into the mountains

    2. Turn left on SR371 through Anza Valley

    3. Turn left on SR79 towards Oak Grove and Warner Springs, CA

    4. At Santa Ysabel turn right onto SR78 towards Ramona, CA

    5. SR78 turns in to SR67 (a.k.a. Main St) in Ramona, CA

    6. Turn left on Mussey Grade Road towards Rosemont, CA

    7. Turn right on Dos Picos Park Road

    8. Campground will be on the left

    Schedule of Events

    Disclaimer: the following schedule is tentative and could change without notice. Check-in and Check-out are set in stone, no changing those.

    Sunday, November 20

    • 2:00 pm - Check-in (please don't arrive early)
    • 5:00 pm – Meet and Greet, in the Pavilion, bring finger food to share if you want
    • 7:00 pm – Dinner on your own, but you’ll probably be satiated from grazing the finger food, so join the group fire early!
    • 8:00 pm - group fire, please bring firewood

    Monday, November 21

    • 7:00 am – coffee and breakfast items in the Pavilion
    • 10:00 am – local hike somewhere close by
    • 1:00 pm – activity on your own or impromptu group activity
    • 6:00 pm – PotLuck dinner in the Pavilion
      • If you want to grill on the communal charcoal grill, we will begin heating it at 5:30pm, please plan accordingly
    • 8:00 pm - group fire, please bring firewood

    Tuesday, November 22

    • 7:00 am – coffee and PANCAKE BREAKFAST in the Pavilion!
      • Campout host will be making our happy campers pancakes and eggs with mild peppers and bacon mixed in
    • 10:00 am – local hike somewhere close by
    • 1:00 pm – activity on your own or impromptu group activity
    • 5:00 pm – dinner on your own
    • 7:00 pm - group fire, please bring firewood

    Wednesday, November 23

    • 7:00 am – Coffee and breakfast items in the Pavilion
    • 9:00 am - pack up and clean up, say our tearful goodbyes
    • 12:00 pm - Check out

    Contact Trip Leader: Robert Varga -  email click here  

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

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

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

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

    Special COVID Requirements

     This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated for COVID.

    • Tue, January 03, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Fri, January 06, 2023
    • 12:00 PM

    This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. For more information about this trip:




    • Thu, March 16, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sun, March 19, 2023
    • 12:00 PM

    This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. For more information about this trip:




    • Mon, March 27, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Fri, March 31, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Stovepipe Wells
    • 100

    SAVE THE DATE  

    DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK - STOVEPIPE WELLS CAMPGROUND

    4X4 ADVENTURE 

    TRIP LEADERS CLIFF CLUE AND JOEY DUHON





    Note:  Registration for this event will initially be limited to paid members of Great Outdoors. Paid members get "first crack" at our events. If you'd like to become a member to register for this campout - click here - and then return to this page.

    The Salton Sea is one of the most enigmatic places in the Southwest. 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. .....

    Prices: (Example 1) We have different pricing levels based upon you staying in a tent or RV in one of our sites, staying in a site you booked yourself (or in a nearby hotel/motel/friend's house).  Each person going must complete a separate registration.  We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

    Select your registration that conforms to the following definitions:

    • RV is a vehicle designed as temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, travel or season use. RVs may be motorized (motorhomes) or towable (travel trailers, folding camping trailers and truck campers).
    • Tent: a collapsible shelter of fabric stretched and sustained by poles and used for camping.

    Prices:  (example 2) There is no charge for this event.  Each person going must complete a separate registration.  We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

    Prices are based upon each person going being a GO Chapter paid member. You can join - click here - and then register for this campout. Other GO Chapter members should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email) in order to be added as a member of our Chapter for free. Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

    Prices: Prices are based upon you being a GO paid member. If not currently a GO member, you will have the option of joining at an additional $25 per person for a one (1) year club membership prior to registration. Each person going must complete a separate registration. You can click here to join.  

    RV's and tents may share sites - maximum of one RV and one tent on each site. When reserving an RV site, please select the smallest RV site which will accommodate your RV's length. RV sites come with water, electricity, picnic table and a fire ring. A dump station is located within the park. Some sites may not be completely level - we suggest bringing leveling blocks. Depending upon the RV site, tow vehicles may have to park in a nearby site. These are sites with mature vegetation surrounding the sites.

    We will have a propane fire-pit for the group as open fires may be restricted in the camp to a designated area only.

    Schedule Of Events

    Friday, Mar 17

    • Noon - Check-in at Mecca Beach Campground
    • 4:00 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*
    • 6:00 pm - Tea Time meet and greet BYOB. Dinner on your own
    • 7:00 pm - Group campfire activities & may include PowerPoint or movie about Salton Sea area

    Saturday, Mar 18

    • 9:30 am - Kayaking along the shore**
    • 2:00 pm - Hike slot canyon Mecca Hills Wilderness or other hike posted on camp board*
    • 6:00 pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share).  GO will provide desserts.
    • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire

    Sunday, Mar 19

    • 9:30 am - Hike*
    • 11:00 am - Clean up campground areas. Check Out. Safe travels home.

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

    **Optional $15 fee for kayaking rental (a donation to: The Sea and Desert Interpretive Association).  This fee will be collected when you register for this event.

    Possible Activities  Miles  Elevation  Misc Notes
    Shopping in nearby Julian  33   Think Everything Apples!
    Moonlight Canyon hike  1.8  350  
    Mountain Palm Oasis hike  3  600  
    Torote Canyon loop hike 6.5  1,500'  
    Cold Canyon hike  3.0  650'  

    Amenities:  Restrooms have electricity, flush toilets, running water and hot showers that take quarters, picnic tables, fire rings, water and paved parking stalls. There is a dump station and water near the campground. There is a small store on 111 with limited supplies. Limited electric hookup may be available.

    Amenities For RVs:  This is a dry camping event. There are no hookups at each camp site. Fresh water is available at the dump site to fill your RV tank before arriving at your site. There is a dump site located near the park entrance.  QUIET HOURS are from 10 pm to 6 am and generators may only be operated between 10 am and 8 pm.

    What to BringTen Essentialscamping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, shorts for kayaking, potluck item for Saturday night, two bundles of firewood - no particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials. These cause the release of toxic gases when burned. Firewood is for sale at the campground. 

    Don't forget your towel, swim suit and water shoes.

    We recommend you read our suggested 10 essential items to bring - click here. 

    GO GREEN!  Please bring your own plates, cups, mugs, eating utensils, napkins, paper towels, camp soap, etc.  There are water spigots located in the camp or in the nearby restroom for washing dishes.

    Directions: (sample 1)  I-10 east to Indio, take 86-S exit then turn left at Avenue 66, then right onto Highway 111.  Go south about 13 miles to the Mecca Beach campground. For a Google Map of our location - click here.  <<< fix link

    Getting There: (sample 2)

    • Address:  39555 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, Julian, CA 92036
    • GPS Coordinates: 32°57'02.1"N 116°18'16.4"W or 32.950581, -116.304558
    • Google - Map Link: click here   <<< fix link 
    • Be sure to carpool if you can and fill your gas tank before heading to camp because the nearest gas is in Borrego Springs (30 miles) or Julian (33 miles).

    Climate & Elevation - The current forecast avg. is 67 high 42 low.  Check the weather forecast - click here.  The park is located at 1300’.  <<< fix link

    RefundsCancellation for a full refund minus service fee of $5.00 must be received by March 14, 2017.

    Payments: We are no longer using PayPal to accept trip registrations.  You may now use any of these credit cards:  MC, VISA, Discover or Amex. 

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

    Photos: To see some photos from prior trips to XYZ location  - click here.  <<< fix link

    Children: There may be children present.

    Quiet Hours - 10 PM - 7 AM

    Smoking - is not allowed in San Diego County Parks.

    Cell Service - not in the park but may available nearby.  Details for specific carriers?

    PetsPets are permitted if they are properly restrained and under the control of the owner. Dogs must be licensed, restrained on a leash not longer than six feet, and attended at all times. Dogs are not allowed in cabins or on trails. Please bring doggie bags and clean up any of their waste.  Please be aware there are snakes and scorpions at this location.  

    Health Problems/allergiesIt is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency.  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.

    • Fri, May 12, 2023
    • Sun, May 14, 2023
    • Idyllwild, CA

    This event is being planned by the Palm Springs Chapter. For more information about this trip:

    • Please check back here for updates;

    • Please contact one of our Trip Leaders below:
    • VPO-PS@greatoutdoors.org






    • Fri, June 23, 2023
    • Mon, June 26, 2023

    This event is being planned by the Palm Springs Chapter. For more information about this trip:

    • Please check back here for updates;

    • Please contact one of our Trip Leaders below:
    • VPO-PS@greatoutdoors.org






    • Thu, July 13, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • Mon, July 17, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sweetwater Summit Regional Park, Bonito CA
    • 100

    SAVE THE DATE  

    Contact Cliff Clue email click here

    or Joey Duhon  email click here



    THIS IS A SAMPLE DESCRIPTION. DUPLICATE THIS EVENT AND THEN EDIT ONLY THE COPY AND DON'T FORGET TO REPLACE THE ABOVE PHOTO AND TEXT BELOW. JUST DELETE ALL THIS TEXT IN RED. 

    Note:  Registration for this event will initially be limited to paid members of Great Outdoors. Paid members get "first crack" at our events. If you'd like to become a member to register for this campout - click here - and then return to this page.

    The Salton Sea is one of the most enigmatic places in the Southwest. 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. .....

    Prices: (Example 1) We have different pricing levels based upon you staying in a tent or RV in one of our sites, staying in a site you booked yourself (or in a nearby hotel/motel/friend's house).  Each person going must complete a separate registration.  We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

    Select your registration that conforms to the following definitions:

    • RV is a vehicle designed as temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, travel or season use. RVs may be motorized (motorhomes) or towable (travel trailers, folding camping trailers and truck campers).
    • Tent: a collapsible shelter of fabric stretched and sustained by poles and used for camping.

    Prices:  (example 2) There is no charge for this event.  Each person going must complete a separate registration.  We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

    Prices are based upon each person going being a GO Chapter paid member. You can join - click here - and then register for this campout. Other GO Chapter members should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email) in order to be added as a member of our Chapter for free. Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

    Prices: Prices are based upon you being a GO paid member. If not currently a GO member, you will have the option of joining at an additional $25 per person for a one (1) year club membership prior to registration. Each person going must complete a separate registration. You can click here to join.  

    RV's and tents may share sites - maximum of one RV and one tent on each site. When reserving an RV site, please select the smallest RV site which will accommodate your RV's length. RV sites come with water, electricity, picnic table and a fire ring. A dump station is located within the park. Some sites may not be completely level - we suggest bringing leveling blocks. Depending upon the RV site, tow vehicles may have to park in a nearby site. These are sites with mature vegetation surrounding the sites.

    We will have a propane fire-pit for the group as open fires may be restricted in the camp to a designated area only.

    Schedule Of Events

    Friday, Mar 17

    • Noon - Check-in at Mecca Beach Campground
    • 4:00 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*
    • 6:00 pm - Tea Time meet and greet BYOB. Dinner on your own
    • 7:00 pm - Group campfire activities & may include PowerPoint or movie about Salton Sea area

    Saturday, Mar 18

    • 9:30 am - Kayaking along the shore**
    • 2:00 pm - Hike slot canyon Mecca Hills Wilderness or other hike posted on camp board*
    • 6:00 pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share).  GO will provide desserts.
    • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire

    Sunday, Mar 19

    • 9:30 am - Hike*
    • 11:00 am - Clean up campground areas. Check Out. Safe travels home.

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

    **Optional $15 fee for kayaking rental (a donation to: The Sea and Desert Interpretive Association).  This fee will be collected when you register for this event.

    Possible Activities  Miles  Elevation  Misc Notes
    Shopping in nearby Julian  33   Think Everything Apples!
    Moonlight Canyon hike  1.8  350  
    Mountain Palm Oasis hike  3  600  
    Torote Canyon loop hike 6.5  1,500'  
    Cold Canyon hike  3.0  650'  

    Amenities:  Restrooms have electricity, flush toilets, running water and hot showers that take quarters, picnic tables, fire rings, water and paved parking stalls. There is a dump station and water near the campground. There is a small store on 111 with limited supplies. Limited electric hookup may be available.

    Amenities For RVs:  This is a dry camping event. There are no hookups at each camp site. Fresh water is available at the dump site to fill your RV tank before arriving at your site. There is a dump site located near the park entrance.  QUIET HOURS are from 10 pm to 6 am and generators may only be operated between 10 am and 8 pm.

    What to BringTen Essentialscamping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, shorts for kayaking, potluck item for Saturday night, two bundles of firewood - no particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials. These cause the release of toxic gases when burned. Firewood is for sale at the campground. 

    Don't forget your towel, swim suit and water shoes.

    We recommend you read our suggested 10 essential items to bring - click here. 

    GO GREEN!  Please bring your own plates, cups, mugs, eating utensils, napkins, paper towels, camp soap, etc.  There are water spigots located in the camp or in the nearby restroom for washing dishes.

    Directions: (sample 1)  I-10 east to Indio, take 86-S exit then turn left at Avenue 66, then right onto Highway 111.  Go south about 13 miles to the Mecca Beach campground. For a Google Map of our location - click here.  <<< fix link

    Getting There: (sample 2)

    • Address:  39555 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, Julian, CA 92036
    • GPS Coordinates: 32°57'02.1"N 116°18'16.4"W or 32.950581, -116.304558
    • Google - Map Link: click here   <<< fix link 
    • Be sure to carpool if you can and fill your gas tank before heading to camp because the nearest gas is in Borrego Springs (30 miles) or Julian (33 miles).

    Climate & Elevation - The current forecast avg. is 67 high 42 low.  Check the weather forecast - click here.  The park is located at 1300’.  <<< fix link

    RefundsCancellation for a full refund minus service fee of $5.00 must be received by March 14, 2017.

    Payments: We are no longer using PayPal to accept trip registrations.  You may now use any of these credit cards:  MC, VISA, Discover or Amex. 

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    Children: There may be children present.

    Quiet Hours - 10 PM - 7 AM

    Smoking - is not allowed in San Diego County Parks.

    Cell Service - not in the park but may available nearby.  Details for specific carriers?

    PetsPets are permitted if they are properly restrained and under the control of the owner. Dogs must be licensed, restrained on a leash not longer than six feet, and attended at all times. Dogs are not allowed in cabins or on trails. Please bring doggie bags and clean up any of their waste.  Please be aware there are snakes and scorpions at this location.  

    Health Problems/allergiesIt is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency.  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.

Past events

Fri, September 23, 2022 PS - OAK GLEN CAMPING
Wed, August 31, 2022 PS - Trip Planning Aug 31
Sun, August 14, 2022 PS - Barton Flats Oso Group Camp
Sun, July 10, 2022 PS - Camping - Idyllwild Regional Park
Sun, June 12, 2022 PS - Guajome Campout
Thu, May 12, 2022 PS - Sequoia Park Three Rivers CA
Sun, April 10, 2022 PS - Cottonwood Campground Joshua Tree NP
Wed, March 16, 2022 PS - Hike / Bike Planning Meeting Wed March 16 at 6pm
Thu, March 10, 2022 PS - Campout - Agua Caliente County Park
Thu, February 17, 2022 PS - Salton Sea - Mecca Beach Campground
Tue, December 21, 2021 PS - Hike / Bike Planning
Mon, November 15, 2021 PS - Joshua Tree Park Ryan Camp
Tue, October 12, 2021 PS - Hike / Bike Planning
Thu, October 07, 2021 PS - Camp: Lone Pine/Western Film Festival
Mon, October 04, 2021 PS - Trip Planning For 2022
Mon, September 13, 2021 PS - Trip Planning For 2022
Thu, September 09, 2021 PS - Silent Valley Camp Resort Campout
Tue, September 07, 2021 PS - Trip Planning For 2022
Tue, July 20, 2021 PS - Camping - Idyllwild Regional Park
Sun, June 06, 2021 PS - Camping - Barton Flats
Thu, April 15, 2021 OCLB - Caspers Wilderness Car Camp
Thu, September 17, 2020 PS/SBVC - CANCELLED - Hearst San Simeon SP
Fri, August 07, 2020 PS - Cancelled - Big Bear Barton Flats
Thu, July 23, 2020 PS - Death Valley Pt 2 - Virtual Tour
Sun, July 12, 2020 PS - Cancelled - Rock Creek Tent Camping
Thu, July 09, 2020 PS - Death Valley Pt 1 - Virtual Tour
Fri, June 12, 2020 PS - Name That Campout-Jeopardy
Sun, June 07, 2020 PS - CANCELLED - Guajone Regional Park, Oceanside
Thu, May 28, 2020 PS - Staycamp -Saline Valley - Virtual Tour
Fri, May 15, 2020 PS - Staycamp - Lake Perris Virtual
Fri, May 15, 2020 CANCELLED - CORP - Lake Perris Jamboree
Fri, May 01, 2020 PS - Yosemite High Sierra Camps - Virtual Tour
Wed, April 29, 2020 PS - Deep Creek Hot Springs - Virtual Tour
Wed, April 22, 2020 PS - Earth Day 50 Years - Wild and Scenic Short Films
Thu, April 16, 2020 PS - Virtual- Joshua Tree NP (Cottonwood Campground)
Thu, April 16, 2020 PS - Cottonwood Campground Joshua Tree NP
Mon, March 30, 2020 PS - Cancelled - Emma Wood State Beach Campout
Thu, March 12, 2020 PS - Organ Pipe Cactus
Tue, February 11, 2020 PS - Ski Outing Big Bear
Thu, February 06, 2020 PS - Salton Sea - Mecca Beach Campground
Sat, December 28, 2019 PS - Tecopa Hot Springs
Thu, November 14, 2019 PS - Kartchner Caverns
Thu, October 24, 2019 PS - Joshua Tree NP (Black Rock Campground)
Fri, October 11, 2019 SBVC/CORP - 41st Annual GO Conference, Jamboree & Campout
Thu, September 26, 2019 PS - Silent Valley Camp Resort
Wed, September 18, 2019 PS - Trip Planning For 2020
Fri, July 12, 2019 PS - Silverwood Lake - Cancelled
Sat, June 22, 2019 PS - Mt Baldy Hike and Camp
Sun, June 09, 2019 PS - Big Bear (Serrano Campground)
Sat, June 01, 2019 PS - Mt Baldy Hike and Camp
Wed, May 15, 2019 PS - Snow Canyon-St. George Utah
Thu, April 11, 2019 PS - Joshua Tree NP (Cottonwood Campground)

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