Upcoming overnight trips

    • 26 May 2017
    • 29 May 2017
    • Two Harbors Campground, Catalina Island
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    Great Outdoors Los Angeles Presents


    Catalina Island Campout

    Tent cabins, Hiking, Kayaking

    Memorial Day Weekend May 26-29, 2017


    Contact: Bryan Matsumoto at (626) 246-8634; e-mail bmotzbmotz@yahoo.com; or Albert Sotelo at (323) 456-5302, e-mail: albertsotelo@yahoo.com.


    Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at Catalina Island with the Great Outdoors. 


    Catalina is a perfect place to relax on the beach, enjoy the ocean, search for rocks and seashells, read a book… or join the group for a 11.2 round-trip, incredibly scenic Pacific-view hike to a secluded beach on the western side of the island.


    Just a short distance off the California mainland lies the beautiful island of Santa Catalina. Great Outdoors will once again be heading off to this little bit of paradise for 4 days of hiking, swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. We will be staying in tent cabins that come complete with cots and sleeping pads, a gas stove and lantern. Our cabins are located high on the bluff overlooking the quaint town of Two Harbors. Unlike the more bustling port of Avalon, Two Harbors has a much more laid back feel to it and is located at the narrowest part of the island. You can easily walk from the calm harbor to the western shore where you will experience the full force of the Pacific ocean crashing against the island.

    Being that our cabins are located at the highest elevation in the campground, we will have an unobstructed view of the island and the magnificent Pacific ocean from our very own porch. Showers and bathrooms are nearby and we’ll have a BBQ pit, fire ring and water at the site. The town of Two Harbors has a general store, restaurant, snack bar and saloon.


    This wonderful adventure filled extended weekend does have limited space available. Our 3 cabins can house a total of 18 individuals so don’t hesitate to register as soon as possible.  In order to allow everyone to enjoy this beautiful island as they wish, this will be a freeform camping experience. Enjoy it as a group on simply wander to and fro at your leisure.


    Cabins will not be assigned but you may request that a particular person(s) be in the same cabin as you. This priority applies on a first come first served basis so please register early.

    With so many thing to do and see where will you begin? Hiking on Catalina is unique and exciting. Where else can you get a 360* degree view of the Pacific Ocean which include a view of the California Mainland? You can even see the lights of Los Angeles at night in the distance from our campsite. Numerous secluded beaches and miles of fantastic scenery await your arrival.

    Snorkeling, Kayaking and Bike riding


    Voted “World’s healthiest marine environment” by Scuba magazine, Two Harbors offers world class snorkeling with 40-100 ft. visibility underwater. Visit the kelp beds or simply stay close to shore and be amazed by what lies a few feet below the surface. Kayaks offer a great way to see the island from offshore. Whether you decide to just paddle around the harbor or head out to explore some of the more secluded parts of the island, kayaking affords you the opportunity to observe wildlife from above and below the water. If you prefer a little more fast paced adventure than biking, Catalina may be right for you. Miles of roads cross the island and allow you to see more of this fantastic landscape in less time than a leisurely hike. Bikes and Kayaks can be rented starting at $24.00 per hour and a snorkel and mask are $13.00 per day and available at the Two Harbors Dive Shop

    If you need to stock up on supplies, the Two Harbors general store has groceries, ice, camping equipment and a wide selection of wines and spirits. Remember to drink in moderation if you choose to partake of alcoholic beverages.

    Schedule Of Events

    Friday May 26

    - 11:30 am Check-in at the port at San Pedro

    - 12:30 pm Leave San Pedro on Catalina Express

    - Approx 1-1.5 hour boat trip Arrive in Two Harbors

    - 3:00 Plan weekend activities

    - 6:00 pm Meet and Greet with dinner provided by hosts, Bryan and Albert

    - 8:00 Group campfire activities

    Saturday May 27   

    - 9:00 am hike/explore

    - 12:00 pm Individual/Group activities   

    - 6:00 pm Pot-Luck - We are going to forego the pot-luck on this trip. Dinner on your own. 

    - 8:00 pm Group Campfire activities   

    Sunday May 28

    - 9:00 am Hike to Little Harbor beach via TransCatalina Trail (after the hike, if you're a little tired, you may want to consider eating in town).

    - 5 pm Individual/Group activities

    - 9 pm Group campfire activities

    Monday May 29

    - Pack up and be ready to have belongings picked up and transported by 8:30am

    - 9:30am - be at the dock

    Travel home safely!


    What To Bring: Bring your ten essentials (listed on GO website at: https://greatoutdoorslosangeles.wildapricot.org/page-18105, Layered clothing (weather on the island can change quickly), personal care items, sleeping bag, boots, water sandals, sunscreen, day pack, food, ice chest, cooking gear, eating utensils (plate, bowl, fork/spoon), water bottle, potluck items, trail mix, snacks.

    Do NOT bring propane fueled lanterns or stoves. Each tent cabin come equipped with a lantern and a stove to be shared. 


    Hiking:  We will be hiking 11.4 (round-trip) to Little Harbor Beach, on the more secluded western side of the island.  This is an intermediate to strenuous hike, with ascents and descents. The elevation change is about 1000 feet. 

    If you choose to kayak or engage in other water related activities please be aware of your own capabilities.

    Extra Fees: Be Advised; there is a $12.00 per day parking fee at the Port of San Pedro

    Carpooling: Carpooling is strongly recommended. Please be sure to indicate on the registration form if you are interested in carpooling so we can coordinate carpools in order to share the parking fees at the port.

    Pet Policy: Pets are not allowed in the campground.


    Refund Policy: The round trip boat ride is $73.50. and is fully refundable up to 24 hrs. before departure. The remaining camping fees are refundable up to 10 days before departure.


    Directions: General driving directions: Take the 110 Freeway south to San Pedro. Take the Terminal Island, Exit 47 ramp. Stay in the right lane, exit Harbor Blvd. Follow signs to Catalina Terminal.


    Baggage Guidelines Per Person

    • Two Pieces of Baggage.
    • 50 lbs. Maximum Each Bag.
    • 23”x23”x37” Maximum Bag Dimension.
    • One Carry-On to be Stowed at the Seat
    • Plus, Campers are allowed a sleeping bag.
    Flammables or dangerous items are NOT allowed. Please make sure you have an ID tag on each item and do not leave luggage unattended in the terminal at any time. Unattended luggage is subject to search and seizure. If you are bringing an ice chest please duct tape it closed. We have found in the past that ice chest slightly larger that the specified allowable size have been accepted.

    In order to keep cost at a minimum we are not pre-reserving kayaks as a group at this time. You may however contact Two Harbors Dive and Recreation Center (310) 510-4272 if you want to reserve a specific time and date on your own. A group decision can be made if needed at camp. You can also bring your own bike with you on the boat for an extra fee if pre-arranged with the Catalina Express.


    You may also want to consider bringing a favorite board game, Uno or cards. In order to allow everyone to enjoy this beautiful island as they wish, this will be a freeform camping experience. Enjoy it as a group on simply wander to and fro at your leisure.

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    • 15 Jun 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • 18 Jun 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • Headquarters Campground, near Kernville, CA
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    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    After years of drought, the Kern river returns as southern California’s most convenient white water rafting playground. Come join Great Outdoors as we enjoy a long weekend in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains. With the hot summer days approaching, imagine yourself cooling off in the river, white water rafting, or relaxing along the shore. We have reserved shaded river-side campsites at Headquarters Campground, located about 10 miles from Kernville, and we can accommodate a limited number of RVs/Trailers (up to 30 foot). In Kernville, you can grab a meal, shop for groceries, or visit the shops downtown.

    Located about 45 min north of the campground is the Trail of 100-Giants – part of the southernmost giant sequoia groves, with an easy and relaxing trail that winds through towering redwoods. While in the area, another 30 minutes up the road is the moderately challenging, but gorgeous Watchtower Hike. You may also consider going to Peppermint Falls where the creek has carved “tea cups” from the granite, creating small swimming holes, before cascading over the rock face into the valley below.

    We’ll have our traditional potluck on Saturday evening, so bring a main or a side dish that showcases your camping culinary genius. Great Outdoors will provide the desserts.

    Amenities include vault toilets and drinking water. There are no showers available, so bring your solar shower.  

    Activities include:

    • A 1 day optional white water rafting trip on the lower Kern River (18 spots available). This is a full day rafting trip, with class II-IV rapids. Lunch is included, as well as all rafting gear. Make sure to sign up early and secure your spot.
    • Relaxing along the Kern River or using your own floatation device.
    • Fishing – the Kern River is renowned for its trout fishing.
    • Hiking.

    Picture from previous Great Outdoors Kern River rafting trip



    • Arrive after 2pm
    • 6pm – Meet & Greet
    • Evening campfire activities – games


    • 7am – Rafters must be ready to leave to check in
    • Those not rafting – activities on your own
    • Dinner on your own


    • 8:30am - Breakfast provided by Great Outdoors – pancakes, scrambled eggs, fruit, coffee.
    • Activities – hiking, relaxing
    • 6:30pm – Potluck – Great Outdoors will provide the desserts.


    • Pack up and be ready to leave by 11am.
    Cancellation policy: Camping fee refunds will be given only if you cancel registration prior to May 31st. If you signed up and paid for the optional rafting, you will receive a partial refund until May 5th ($127), and no refunds after May 6th.
    • 14 Jul 2017
    • 16 Jul 2017
    • Green Valley Lake, CA in the San Bernardino National Forest
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    Green Valley Lake - the highest community in the San Bernardino Mountains - at 7,200 feet. Supervised beach and swimming area are operated all summer and paddle boats and row boats are available for rent. Fishing is excellent in the well stocked lake and hiking and mountain biking are also favorite recreational activities.

    • Green Valley Lake has a small downtown area that hosts a market, two restaurants, a post office, a bait and tackle shop

    • On July 15, as part of the Summer Faire Series:

    1. Pottery Demo
    2. Lyle Ferguson talk on History of Green Valley Lake
    3. Evening concert 5:30—Wake the Bard (Irish band)


    The campground offers single-family sites for tent and RV camping. Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Flush toilets and drinking water are provided. NO OVERFLOW PARKING is available. In order to allow as many people to come as possible, we are vigorously encouraging carpooling.

    • Bears frequent the area; use appropriate containers for food and garbage

    • Off-road vehicle use is prohibited within the campground
    • In accordance with standard industry practices, Mountain Top Recreation will be assessing a $5 additional vehicle fee per night on the second vehicle in each single family campsite, and on the third and fourth vehicles in any double family campsite, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site. In the case of motorcycles, the first two are considered to be one vehicle and the third and fourth are also considered to be one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles.
    - Arrive after 2:00pm
    - Meet and Greet at about 6:00pm
    - Campfire activites
    - Day Hike (to be determined)
    - Feel free to explore the town and/or surrounding areas
    - Potluck at about 7:00pm (the concert at the lake goes from 5:30-7:00pm, so this time may be moved to 7:30pm, depending on if anyone wants to attend the concert). Great Outdoors will be providing the desserts.
    - Campfire activities
    - Pack up.

    Getting There:
    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    • 34.24472, -117.06194
      34°14'41"N, 117°3'43"W

      From Running Springs, travel east on Highway 18 about 3 miles to Green Valley Lake Road. Turn left and continue about 6 miles to the campground.

    • 4 Aug 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • 6 Aug 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • McGill Campground

    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.



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


    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.


    Breakfast on your own and relax until check out 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 2.

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


    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.  The weather is variable, so be prepared for cool nights. 


    Payment in full confirms the reservation.  Cancellation for a full refund must be received by July 28.   After that refunds will be made only if a replacement camper can be confirmed

    • 6 Oct 2017
    • 8 Oct 2017
    • Table Mountain Campground near Wrightwood
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    Save the date! Full trip notes to follow. 

    We have reserved 10 sites for this year's conference, and RVs/Trailers up to 50 feet are welcome, in limited numbers. If you plan on attending and bringing an RV/Trailer, please email Wes at fwsj69@gmail.com so that we can plan accordingly.

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