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Upcoming & Past PS Chapter Camping Trips

    • Tue, September 07, 2021
    • 5:30 PM (PDT)
    • Cathedral City
    Register

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

    We are now planning all our overnight trips for 2022.

    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 2022 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 available.

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

    Special COVID Related Requirements:

    GOPS policy for attending this event is:  You have to be fully vaccinated and be willing to submit a copy of your completed COVID-19 vaccination card. The only exception will be for those who have a medical reason and a note from their personal physician that you can't take the vaccine.  Therefore, you must:

    • Be a GO member to attend this event (you may become a member - click here); and
    • Have completed a COVID vaccination +14 days; and
    • Not attend if feeling ill, have any symptoms of COVID and/or test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event; and
    • Contact the event leader if I test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event; and
    • Be willing to send us a copy of your vaccination card within two (2) days of registering for this event. If you have already submitted your vaccination card to GOPS, you don't need to send it in again. See submission procedure below.
    You can send in a copy of your COVID vaccination card using either of the following methods:
    • Using a phone with a camera, take a picture of your COVID card with your thumb (or other method) hiding your date of birth. Email the photo to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com; or
    • Submit the photo of your vaccination card to our membership person (Ed Emond-Worline) via a text message sent to: 760-902-1850


    • Thu, September 09, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Sun, September 12, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (PDT)
    • Silent Valley Camp, Poppet Flats
    • 33
    Register

    Silent Valley Club

    A full service resort campground located at 3500 feet elevation in the San Jacinto Mountains between Banning and Idyllwild. Great Outdoors has arranged a special group gathering with adjacent sites and full access to all facilities and amenities. You are invited to join us 3 nights for the cooler temperatures located here and spacious and wooded campground. 

    Schedule of Events*

    Thursday, September 9

    • Noon - Check-in at the gate. Your name will be on the list.
    • 2:00 pm - Pool/spa time
    • 4:00 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*
    • 6:00 pm - Potluck bring a main dish, appetizer, salad, or side dish to share
    • 7:00 pm - Group camp activities*

    Friday, September 10

    •  6:30 am - Coffee and continental breakfast provided
    •  9:00 am - Hike Fuller Ridge or bike ride
    •  2:00 pm - Pool/spa time or other posted on camp board*
    •  6:00 pm - Restaurant group dinner - RSVP and pay during registration. $21 includes Tax, Tip.   
    •  7:30 pm - Group campfire activities

    Saturday, September 11

    •  6:30 am - Coffee and continental breakfast provided
    •  9:00 am - Black Mountain Fire Tower* 
    •  2:00 pm - Pool/spa time or other posted on camp board* 
    •  6:00 pm - Dinner on your own. Restaurant available on site  
    •  7:30 pm - Group campfire activities* 

    Sunday, September 12

    •   6:30 am - Coffee and continental breakfast provided
    •   9:30 am - See camp board* 
    • 11:00 am - Check-out time

    * Check campground white board for activities updates

    Contact: Doug Wylie email click here, or Scott Connelly email click here

    AmenitiesWi-Fi located at registration near restaurant, restrooms have electricity, flush toilets, running water and hot showers. All campsites have electricity, paved sites and shade. Cell service Verizon is limited and spotty. Bicycle friendly. 

    What to Bring: Ten Essentials, bicycle, camping/cooking gear, name tag, swimsuit, hat and sunscreen, food, potluck. No wood fires are allowed at the campground.  Propane fire ring is allowed.  

    Registration notes: 

    RVs and Tents: Campsites may be shared between tents and RVs; either an RV and a tent or two tents will share each site.  Parking is limited to 1 RV and 2 non-camping vehicles per site. All vehicles must park with all wheels on the pavement. 

    RV campers: Bring water pressure regulator, the pressure is very high! All sites are full hook-up (electric, water and sewer). Bring wood or plastic base to place under leveler jacks to protect the asphalt.

    Tent campers: These are large sites and room to set up tent in the grass area. Electric available for tents; you can bring an electric extension cord. 

    Trailer rental:  You can reserve a trailer onsite: Click here. Mention you are with the Great Outdoors event on this date when your reserve. After you reserve a trailer, register here for the GO camp event as 'reserved onsite trailer' $90.

    All persons must register and be on the roster to be admitted at the gate. No visitors allowed.  You must be a paid GO member to attend this event.  You may apply for GO Membership ($25 per year) during the registration process. 

    Directions:

    • I-10 to Hargrave St. in Banning. Take CA-243 to Poppet Flats. 
    • Address: 46305 Poppet Flats Road, Banning CA 92220
    • Map - Directions: click here

    ClimateHigh Temp: 90 °F Low Temp: 73 °F Mean Temp: 81 °F

    Current weather: click here

    Photos: Prior trip to Silent Valley - click here

    Refunds: Cancellation for a refund, minus a  service charge ($15 for RV, $10 for tent, $5 other), must be received by August 25.

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

    Silent Valley Resort additional - click here:

     

    Special COVID Related Requirements:

    GOPS policy for attending this event isYou have to be fully vaccinated and be willing to submit a copy of your completed COVID-19 vaccination card. The only exception will be for those who have a medical reason and a note from their personal physician that you can't take the vaccine.  Therefore, you must:

    • Be a GO member to attend this event (you may become a member - click here); and
    • Have completed a COVID vaccination +14 days; and
    • Not attend if feeling ill, have any symptoms of COVID and/or test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event; and
    • Follow Federal, State and local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the event leader(s).
    • Contact the event leader if I test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event; and
    • Be willing to send us a copy of your vaccination card within two (2) days of registering for this event. If you have already submitted your vaccination card to GOPS, you don't need to send it in again. See submission procedure below.
    You can send in a copy of your COVID vaccination card using either of the following methods:
    • Using a phone with a camera, take a picture of your COVID card with your thumb (or other method) hiding your date of birth. Email the photo to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com; or
    • Submit the photo of your vaccination card to our membership person (Ed Emond-Worline) via a text message sent to: 760-902-1850

    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/trip leader if you wish.


    • Thu, October 07, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Sun, October 10, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Lone Pine Campground Inyo National Forest
    Register

    LONE PINE/WESTERN FILM FESTIVAL WEEKEND

    October 7-10 (Thurs to Sun), 2021

    Howdy Great Outdoors Partners’

    Finally, a use for our bandanas aside from masks!  Break out your boots, belt buckles and western gear, we are going to be in Lone Pine during the Western Film Festival!

    We have reserved nearly every campsite for tents and Trailers/RV’s at the Lone Pine Campground in Inyo National Forest, 6.5 miles west of Lone Pine near the base of Mt. Whitney. And we have five RV full hookups sites on hold at nearby Boulder Creek RV Park just south of Lone Pine. Call Boulder Creek RV Park, 760-876-4243 and ask to reserve one of the Great Outdoors Palm Springs sites. When you get a site reserved return here and register using the "Reserved own site..."  $10 category.  Coordinate with Scott

    Nestled between two creeks and just off Mt. Whitney Portal Road is the Lone Pine Campground in the Inyo National Forest. This is the perfect spot for our long weekend of activities and very convenient to town, movie venues and showers.

    In addition to the all-weekend Western Film Festival sponsored by the Museum of Western Film History, optional excursions to: Manzanar (the Japanese American WWII Detention Camp just north of Lone Pine (bring your bicycle the place is huge), the “Movie Road” (follows where Sci-Fi and Westerns were filmed in the Alabama Hills), the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, bass fishing and of course hiking the numerous trails on and around Mt. Whitney including Cottonwood Lakes.

    With all the available activity this will be a mostly unscripted campout apart from our customary opening Meet & Greet Tea 5 pm Friday at Lone Pine campground site TBA. Check whiteboard for additional / updated activities. We can help facilitate any group wishing to do a similar activity together.

    IMPORTANT NOTES:

    • At the Lone Pine Campground some of us will have to use overflow parking which is within the campsite about 100 yards from the campsite loop. Note: your RV and any tow vehicle must fit on the site; otherwise overflow parking must be used.
    • Several of the Lone Pine campsites still have the original 1940’s US Forest Service small ovens built of steel and stone. If you think you will want to use one to make popovers or oven items, we suggest you bring charcoal for the heat.
    • Day fishing licenses are available at Lone Pine Sporting Goods 220 S Main Street for about $17/day. Basically, it’s bass fishing in October. The store owners can let you know where to go fishing.
    • If you plan to attend the Western Film Festival either for individual films, Movie Road trips, or purchase an entire weekend pass to all activities, these tickets will go on sale shortly after July 4.  You will want to act on this soon. The link to the site:  https://www.lpmuseum.org
    • All the Lone Pine campsites have the similar amenities as those pictured: fire ring, picnic table, bear boxes. Some have short access to Lone Pine creek. There is running potable water from faucets around the campground and vault toilets. No hookups - dry camping. When you back in, most sites have 3 to 5 feet of overhang which will provide more space in front of your RV. See photo below:
    • As we get closer to the event, we will follow-up with our suggested restaurant picks in town, grocery store shower location and additional detail.



    Your Trip Leaders:

    Itinerary - Check whiteboard for additional / updated activities.

    • Thursday Oct 7     2 pm       Check in
    • Friday Oct 8         5 pm       Meet and Greet BYOB, bring something to share
    • Saturday Oct 9     7 pm       Campfire activities
    • Sunday Oct 10   12 Noon   Check out

    Registration:  Second person in tent/RV/Trailer registers as a guest. All guests must be GO member. 

    All overflow parking is covered in your registration fee. No extra charge

    What to BringTen Essentials, camp chair, daypack for hiking, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, firewood, some cash, and your name tag. Bring your senior Golden Age park pass if you have one.

    Climate: Average temps: 79° / 47° Current weather click here

    Location  Latitude: 36.597069  Longitude: -118.185447 Elevation : 5,800 feet

    Directions: Map Click Here      Inyo National Forest 

    RefundsCancellation for a refund, minus any service fee, must be received by Sept 29. Contact trip leader to cancel: click here.

    Payment:  You can pay with the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Full payment is due within 7 days of you registering for this event.

    Pets: Are welcomed. Must be kept on leash. 

    Membership Required: All registrants, including guests, must be a GO 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.  

                     

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

    Participants must comply with any current COVID related requirements in effect as a condition of registering for this event.

    • Mon, November 15, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (PST)
    • Thu, November 18, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (PST)
    • Joshua Tree National Park

    Save the Dates!

    Watch for email announcement when it is open for registration.

    Ryan campground  is nestled among the iconic rock formations and centrally located in the park. Mid November is prime time to visit our desert paradise and we have reserved some of the prime sites. 

    Please check back here for updates; or contact our PS Chapter VPO - via email: VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org


    Schedule of Events*

    Monday, Nov 15

    • Noon - Check-in 

    • 4:00 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*
    • 5:30 pm - Tea Time meet and greet BYOB
    • 6:00 pm - Dinner on your own 
    • 7:00 pm - Group camp activities*

    Tuesday, Nov 16

    •  6:30 am - Coffee and continental breakfast provided
    •  9:00 am - Hike 
    •  2:00 pm - posted on camp board*
    •  6:00 pm - Potluck bring a main dish, appetizer, salad, or side dish to share
    •  7:30 pm - Group campfire activities

    Wednesday, Nov 17

    •  6:30 am - Coffee and continental breakfast provided
    •  9:00 am - Hike* 
    •  2:00 pm - other posted on camp board* 
    •  6:00 pm - 
    •  7:30 pm - Group campfire activities* 

    Thursday, Nov 18

    • 11:00 am - Check-out time

    * Check campground white board for activities updates

    Contact:  Scott Connelly email click here or Dennis Curran email

    Amenities

    What to Bring: Ten Essentials,camping/cooking gear, name tag,   food, potluck. 

    Registration notes: 

    RVs and Tents

    RV campers: 

    Tent campers: 

    All persons must register and be on the roster to be admitted at the gate. No visitors allowed.  You must be a paid GO member to attend this event.  You may apply for GO Membership ($25 per year) during the registration process. 

    Directions:

    ClimateHigh Temp: 90 °F Low Temp: 73 °F Mean Temp: 81 °F

    Current weather: 

    Photos: 

    RefundsCancellation for a refund, minus a  service charge ($15 for RV, $10 for tent), must be received by 

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

    Special COVID Related Requirements:

    GOPS policy for attending this event is:  You have to be fully vaccinated and be willing to submit a copy of your completed COVID-19 vaccination card. The only exception will be for those who have a medical reason and a note from their personal physician that you can't take the vaccine.  Therefore, you must:

    • Be a GO member to attend this event (you may become a member - click here); and
    • Have completed a COVID vaccination +14 days; and
    • Not attend if feeling ill, have any symptoms of COVID and/or test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event; and
    • Follow Federal, State and local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the event leader(s).
    • Contact the event leader if I test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event; and
    • Be willing to send us a copy of your vaccination card within two (2) days of registering for this event. If you have already submitted your vaccination card to GOPS, you don't need to send it in again. See submission procedure below.
    You can send in a copy of your COVID vaccination card using either of the following methods:
    • Using a phone with a camera, take a picture of your COVID card with your thumb (or other method) hiding your date of birth. Email the photo to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com; or
    • Submit the photo of your vaccination card to our membership person (Ed Emond-Worline) via a text message sent to: 760-902-1850



    Experience sitting atop a towering boulder as the golden glow of sunset lights up the desert before the stars take over the sky. These formations become even more fantastic when light from flickering campfires illuminates them against the dark night sky. Add twisted Joshua Trees, howling coyotes and a billion stars overhead, and you’ll start to understand why so many people love Joshua Tree camping.

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







    • Thu, May 12, 2022
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Sun, May 15, 2022
    • 11:00 AM (PDT)
    • 43365 Sierra Drive Three Rivers, CA 93271
    • 30


    Save the Date! Watch for email announcement when it is open for registration.

    If you want to reserve a cabin, call Three Rivers Hideaway now to make a reservation. Mention you are with Great Outdoors.

    Whitewater rafting on the Kaweah River.

    Different levels of rafting offered, from beginners to advanced.

    Three Rivers Hideaway is a full service RV Park, with cabins & campground, tent sites near the river. Group event area with BBQ, and seating.

    Conveniently located 3.5 miles from the Foothills Entrance (Hwy. 198) to Sequoia National Park and 5 miles from Lake Kaweah. Three Rivers Hideaway is a quiet park on the banks of the Kaweah River

    Activities


    Prices are based upon each person going being a GO Chapter paid member  You can join - click here - and then register for this campout. Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

    Contact Trip Leaders:

    Schedule of Events

    Wednesday, May 11

    Optional first night in Tehachapi. Mountain Valley RV Park, Tehachapi. Optional overnight. RV Park: 661-822-1213

    Thursday, May 12 

    • 1:00 pm - Check-in 
    • 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 

    Friday, May 

    • 9:00 am - Hike or other activity posted*
    • 6:00 pm - 
    • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire (bring firewood)

    Saturday, May

    • 9:00 am - Hike or other activity posted *
    • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire

    Sunday, May

    • 11:00 am Check out


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

    CABIN RENTALS - Call the park (559-561-4413) to reserve and check prices.

    Cabin #1 sleeps four guests in two queen beds with a full kitchen. Cabin #2 sleeps three guests in one full size and one twin bed. All cabins feature AC, hot showers, cable TV, WiFi and linens. (No pets and no smoking).

    Amenities: 

    RV and campground facilities include a dump station, free showers, flush toilets, laundry room and WiFi.

    All sites have picnic tables with a fire ring and grill. Many are shaded and some have adjoining lawn areas.

    RV sites are (70′) deep by (25′) wide. 

    All Tent sites have fire ring and picnic table

    What to BringCamp chair, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, rafting gear, wetsuit, water shoes, potluck item, two bundles of firewood and the Ten EssentialsPets welcomed. Sequoia Park entrance fee $30 or bring you entry pass. 

    Directions

    Climate:  May 84° / 51°

    Payments:  We accept the following credit cards:  MC, VISA, Discover or Amex.

    Pets: We are pet friendly. We ask that you keep dogs on a leash at all times, do not leave them unattended and clean up any droppings. There is no additional fee for pets. Pets are not allowed in cabins.

    Photos: 

    Campground Map and NPS website 

    RefundsCancellation for a refund must be received by   .   All cancellations must be sent to the Trip Leader (see email above). 

    RV Camping: 

    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 trip/ hike leader if you wish.

       

Past events

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)
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, August 02, 2019 PS - Hurkey Creek Campout (Idyllwild)
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)

You may filter the Palm Springs Chapter event selections by clicking on one of these links:
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Game Nights Meetings - All Events

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