Upcoming overnight trips

    • Tue, July 24, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Fri, July 27, 2018

     For more information and to register, visit:  https://greatoutdoorspalmsprings.wildapricot.org/event-2796360


    The Cottonwood Lakes basin offers fabulous scenery and relatively easy access for hikers and anglers, and is one of the most popular destinations in the Eastern Sierras.  Our high altitude loop trip will take us to most of the lakes in the area with dramatic views of Cirque Peak and Mount Langley.  Given the popularity of the area, we’ve chosen a mid-week trip to ensure permit availability and access to the best camping spots.

    • Rating: Moderate on-trail backpacking, high elevation. 
    • Total Distance: About 13 miles over four days
    • Elevation range: between 10,000 and 11,100 feet

    First Day: We meet at 9:00am at the Cottonwood Lakes trailhead close to the Cottonwood Lakes campground (10,070 feet).  The first half of this 5 mile hike is a gentle ascent, often in shade, following Cottonwood creek.  The second half is marked by switchbacks that take us up into the basin.  We arrive at South Fork Lakes and set up our base camp (11,000 ft.)

    Day two:  We’ll take a leisure morning at camp and pack our lunch for a day hike to explore the area: Cirque Lake, Long Lake, High Lake and the approach to New Army Pass. We’ll gain about 500 feet throughout the day, hiking about 3.5 miles depending on our route.  Some may prefer a quieter, more meditative day in the camp

    Day three:  We’ll pack up and begin our four mile leisure tour of the Cottonwood chain of lakes, hiking in a clockwise direction, stopping frequently to enjoy the lakes and meadows with the magnificent Mount Langley in direct focus most of the day.  With minimal elevation gain we end up in secluded Muir Lake (11,100 feet).   

    Day four:  We’ll break camp and begin our 5.7 miles descent back down to the cars, dropping about 1,000 feet. 

    Arrive the day before:  All participants are strongly advised to travel the day before (Monday, July 23rd) and camp overnight at one of the two walk-in campsites in the area. This gives you the peace of mind of (i) performing your final gear check and (ii) ensuring that you begin acclimatizing to the high altitude a day before you hike. 

    Hiking capabilities/qualifications:  You must be in good physical condition, be able to hike five miles at high altitude (over 10,000 feet throughout the trip), and carry a backpack that weighs 35 pounds on-trail hiking gaining 1,100 feet.

    What to bring:  You’ll need your ten essentials and all required backpacking gear (food, stove, tent, sleeping bag, appropriate clothing, bear-proof food container, hiking poles, etc.).

    How to register:   After you complete the preregistration here, you will be contacted by the leader via phone to discuss your backpacking experience, equipment, and overall physical condition to participate in this high altitude, remote backcountry adventure.  This screening process is necessary to ensure your safety and the safety of the group and make the trip enjoyable to all.

    Leader: Mike Seay, email is m_seay@hotmail.com.  This trip is limited to a total of eight people.  

    Fees / Other:

    • (1)  Wilderness Permit and Fees: $10 per participant.  This covers the Wilderness Permit and other associated costs.  Payment will be collected at the trailhead
    • (2)  Food and Equipment: All participants will be responsible for their own food, tent, stove, bear canister, etc.  Participants are encouraged, however, to share stoves and cooking equipment to reduce weight of their packs.  No fires are allowed in the backcountry. 
    • (3)  Carpooling and arrival: Participants should arrive the day before and camp overnight at or near the trailhead to acclimate to the high altitude.  The leader will circulate a list of participants several weeks before the trip to facilitate carpooling and provides details on where to camp.
    • Thu, July 26, 2018
    • Sun, July 29, 2018
    • Lone Pine Ca

    For more information and to register, visit https://greatoutdoorspalmsprings.wildapricot.org/event-2693102

    • Fri, August 03, 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Sun, August 05, 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Mount Pinos - McGill Campground
    • 25
    Register


    Mount Pinos - McGill Campground - Car Camp
    August 3 - 5, 2018

    Mount Pinos is a mountain located in the Los Padres National Forest on the boundary between Ventura and Kern counties in California. The summit, at 8,847 feet (2,697 m), is the highest point in Ventura County. The mountain is the highest point of the Transverse Ranges west of Tejon Pass.

    Campground Information 

    We will be at the Group Site 1 at McGill Campground in the Los Padres National Forest.  This facility has vault toilets, fire rings, and picnic tables.  There is NO WATER at the campground so you will need to BRING all the water you will need.

    Bears do frequent the area and all food must be kept in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle.


    Activities

    Friday
    Arrive any time after 3 PM and set up your tent.  Meet and greet snacks around 5-6 PM and Dinner is on your own with campfire at sundown.

    Saturday
    There will be an organized hike on Saturday morning. You will need hiking boots, a day- pack, water, the ten essentials, and a sack lunch.

    Traditional Tea at 4 PM.

    The Great Outdoors potluck dinner will be at 7 PM. Dinner will be followed by a campfire activity.

    Sunday
    Breakfast on your own and relax until checkout time at 2PM

    How To Get There/Transportation 

    Take I-5 North to Frazier Mountain Park Road exit.  Go west on Frazier Mountain Park Road for 7 miles and the name of the road changes to Cuddy Valley Road and continue about 5 more miles.  Stay left at the Y in the road and head towards Mt. Pinos, NOT towards Pine Mountain Club.  Continue about 5 miles to McGill Campground on the right.  We are at Group Site 1.

    Carpooling is highly recommended.   Please plan on making your own carpooling arrangements.  The trip leader will provide possible carpooling suggestions.

    Equipment

    This site is for tent camping.  All regular camping equipment is needed, including a tent, ground cloth, sleeping bag, stove and fuel, cooking utensils, dishes and cutlery, folding chair, and a cooler with food. Limited parking is available for trailers or RV’s. The weather is variable, so be prepared for cool nights.  


    Cancellation

    Payment in full confirms the reservation.  Cancellation for a full refund must be received by August 2.   After that refunds will be made only if a replacement camper can be confimed.

    Trip Leader: Bob King (323-394-93135, bk78@pacbell.net

    • Tue, August 21, 2018
    • 9:30 AM
    • Fri, August 24, 2018
    • Bishop Pass

    For more information and to register, visit:  https://greatoutdoorspalmsprings.wildapricot.org/event-2796348


    The Bishop Pass area is one of the most popular destinations in the Eastern Sierras, offering the visitor an amazing succession of beautiful lakes and spectacular views of the Inconsolable Range, Hurd Peak and Mount Agassiz. Our loop trip takes us into the Chocolate Lakes and the South Forth Bishop Creek basins.   Competition can be fierce for overnight permits in this area so we’ve chosen a mid-week trip later in the season to ensure access to the best camping spots.

    • Rating: Moderate on-trail backpacking.  Short hiking distances but with steep switchbacks at high elevation. 
    • Total Distance: About 10 miles over four days
    • Elevation range: between 9,700 feet and 11,200 feet

    First Day: We meet at 9:30am at the Bishop Pass trailhead next to South Lake (9,700 feet).  Day one follows the Bishop Pass trail until we reach the fork for Bull Lake, taking the side trail into the Chocolate Lakes valley. Total elevation gain 1,400 feet in just three miles to our camp at the second Chocolate Lake.  

    Day two:  Our second day takes us up the saddle and down past Ruwau Lake to Long Lake where we’ll search for the optimal spot and set up our two night basecamp.  We gain and lose about 300 feet during our 2 mile hike to Long Lake.  Arriving camp relatively early in the day, and unencumbered by the weight of our packs, we’ll organize an afternoon cross-country hike to explore lovely Margaret Lake.

    Day three:  We’ll pack our lunch for a full day of exploring the chain of lakes leading up to Bishop Pass: Saddlerock Lake, Ledge Lake, Bishop Lake and the Timberline Tarns. Some may prefer a quieter, more meditative day in the camp in Long Lake.

    Day four:  We’ll get a leisurely start to our day and hike the four miles back down to the cars, dropping 1,000 feet. 

    Arrive the day before:  All participants are strongly advised to travel the day before (Monday, Aug 20th) and camp overnight at the La Hupp or Willows campground.  This gives you the peace of mind of (i) performing your final gear check and (ii) ensuring that you begin acclimatizing to the high altitude a day before you hike

    Hiking capabilities/qualifications:  You must be in good physical condition, be able to hike four miles at high altitude (over 9,700 feet throughout the trip), and carry a backpack that weighs 35 pounds on-trail hiking gaining 1,400 feet

    How to register:   After you complete the preregistration here, you will be contacted by the leader via phone to discuss your backpacking experience, equipment, and overall physical condition to participate in this high altitude, remote backcountry adventure.  This screening process is necessary to ensure your safety and the safety of the group and make the trip enjoyable to all. 

    Leader: Mike Seay, email

    Fees / Other:

    •  Wilderness Permit and Fees: $10 per participant. This covers the Wilderness Permit and other associated costs. Payment will be collected at the trailhead

    • Food and Equipment: All participants will be responsible for their own food, tent, stove, bear canister, etc. Participants are encouraged, however, to share stoves and cooking equipment to reduce weight of their packs. No fires are allowed in the backcountry.

    •  Carpooling and arrival: Participants should arrive the day before and camp overnight at or near the trailhead to acclimate to the high altitude. The leader will circulate a list of participants several weeks before the trip to facilitate carpooling and provides details on where to camp.

    What to bring:  You’ll need your ten essentials and all required backpacking gear (food, stove, tent, sleeping bag, appropriate clothing, bear-proof food container, hiking poles, etc.).

2017 © Great Outdoors, Inc.

All rights reserved

Great Outdoors is a 501(c)7 not for profit, all-volunteer LGBT organization dedicated to the enjoyment of outdoor recreation.


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software