Upcoming overnight trips

    • 14 Jul 2017
    • 16 Jul 2017
    • Green Valley Lake, CA in the San Bernardino National Forest
    • 0

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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.


    Paul is making breakfast on Sunday morning provided by GO, then 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 1.

    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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