Upcoming events

    • 28 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 30 Apr 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Castle Rock State Park
    • 1

    Sold Out.  Please inquire about the waiting list if there are any cancellations.

    The Skyline-to-the-Sea is a hiking trail that descends from the ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains in to the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the best backpacking routes in the Bay Area, and shows off eye-popping landscape in the South Bay woods, from towering old-growth redwoods to banana slugs creeping along the forest floor.

    We will start at Castle Rock State Park and stay at backpacker trail camps along the way. Our three days offers us the best opportunity to have easy-ish days of hiking at a moderate pace with plenty of time for enjoying the scenic environment featuring exotic sandstone formations, dense hardwoods, and Jurassic Park-like fern grottos. The walking is flat or downhill for almost the whole trip. Net elevation loss is 2600 feet

    Full Trip Notes and Registration Form at GOSkylineToTheSea.pdf

    Contact Trip Leader Chris F. for more info

    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Gaviota

    Day Hike in Gaviota; Saturday April 29; 9:00 AM

    Gaviota Peak and Trespass Trail

    It’s time for our annual Gaviota Peak hike.The climb to the top of Gaviota Peak is strenuous but the vista is spectacular and makes the effort well worth it. Each year the group has said that it was one of the best hikes they had done. Last year there was an abundance of wildflowers and mustard covering the hills, this year should be even more spectacular.  The hike starts from the parking lot for the inland portion of Gaviota State Park, which has plenty of parking spaces ($2.00 fee). The ascent up to the summit of the peak follows a fire road that is wide and maintained, but is steep. The climb is about 3 miles and involves a 2000 foot elevation change, but we will take it slow and easy, enjoy the scenery, and hydrate frequently (bring plenty of water). The ascent will take approximately 90 minutes. At the summit we can rest, take in the 360-degree views of the coastline, the Channel Islands, Hollister Ranch, and the Lompoc Valley. 

    The descent will be down Trespass Trail, which will continue to give us great views of the Gaviota Coast, and offers some challenging conditions.  The trail is not maintained so is overgrown in places and can be slightly rough. Because of the brush, bushes, and grasses that we’ll be moving through I recommend long pants and long-sleeved shirts to avoid being scratched and to help avoid ticks. But don’t be daunted, please. Trespass Trail is a hiking adventure, changing from chaparral to riparian foliage, from meadows to rocky hillsides, from beautiful rock formations to shady glens, and there will be lots wildflowers and maybe some wildlife. This is a good time of year to do this long but rewarding hike. [Cf: hike #70 in R. Stone, Day Hikes Around Santa Barbara.]

    Distance:  approx. 6.5 to 7 miles

    Time:  approx. 3.5 to 4 hours

    Elevation gain:  2000 feet 

    Difficulty level: strenuous (ascent) and moderate (descent)

    • 11 May 2017
    • 14 May 2017
    • Sage Hill Campground

    Register at https://greatoutdoorslosangeles.wildapricot.org/event-2486900

    Renew, Recover, Rejuvenate, those words come to mind when visiting Sage Hill Campground. Having been a very popular camping location for GO in past years, it has recently gone through some very difficult times. A major wild fire and a prolonged drought had left the area parched and, for lack of a better word, dying.  But not anymore!  Nature has a way of quickly breathing life back into places if there’s enough rain, and boy has there been a lot of rain!  The Santa Ynez River has roared back to life. Towering oak trees are once again thick and leafy canopies of green as well as the surrounding hills. With a healthy smattering of wild flowers and wildlife it’s your opportunity to come back with your friends of Great Outdoors and witness the healing powers of nature!

    There are many scenic hiking trails, swimming holes along the river, and down the road are some of the best wineries on the planet!  Hiking, Swimming and wine tasting are on the agenda.  

    Not to mention many great places to eat and drink, Danish pastries anyone?   There’s also the Chumash Casino located in the nearby town of Santa Ynez if anyone wants to try their luck there as well.

    Our itinerary is as follows:

    Thursday, May 11: Optional Arrival Day (after 2 pm.)  We are at Cactus group camp.  

    Friday, May 12: Breakfast on your own, day hike in local area.  Meet and greet tea at 4 PM, snacks and soft drinks provided by GO. BYOB. Dinner on your own (possible dinner at Cold Spring Tavern).

    Saturday, May 13: Cooked breakfast provided by GO (by the magic culinary talents of Steve and Wes).  Options for the day are day hikes, local wine tasting, swimming in the river. Traditional GO potluck at dinner (make your favorite dish to serve 6 people. 

    Sunday, May 14: Continental breakfast by Steve and Wes.  Checkout by 12 noon.

    *Final determination of the days itineraries and schedules will be worked out at the camp site.

    What to Bring: Bring your 10 essentials (listed on GO website at: https://greatoutdoorslosangeles.wildapricot.org/page-18105camping, cooking gear, 1-2 bundles of wood per person.  Be sure to bring your camp chair, tent, good hiking shoes and/or boots and sunscreen.

    Directions: From the South, take Highway 101N. Exit 101B for State St toward CA-154/Cachuma Lake. Follow CA-154/San Marcos Pass Rd. Turn right onto Paradise Rd. After 4.5mi, turn left into Sage Hill Campground. Cactus group site is down the hill and across the river to the right.

    Costs: Members;  $50 per person  Non-members: $75 per person, includes one year membership in GO, chapter of your choice. Full refund up to April 28. Half refund up to May 5. No refund after May 5.

    RV’s welcome (no hook-ups). Carpooling is encouraged, overflow parking is available.  

    Contact Trip Leader Brian Miller, muddbilt@comcast.net or 805-407-9001

    Register at https://greatoutdoorslosangeles.wildapricot.org/event-2486900

    Full trip notes can be found at: http://greatoutdoors.org/sbvc/TripNotes/GOSageHillJamboree.pdf 

    • 17 May 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rusty's Pizza, 232 W. Carrillo St, Santa Barbara

    Core Group Meeting starts at 6pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President, Joe D.


    • 18 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • 21 May 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Pismo State Beach, Oceano Campground


    Great Outdoors SB/VC presents Pismo Beach Campout

    May 18-21, 2017

    Here’s your chance to explore one VERY beautiful piece of the central coast!

    Pismo Beach was the site of the VERY first trip I ever led for Great Outdoors, so it has a special place in my heart. Its warm, sunny, and just plain beautiful for camping! There are beach walk options, playing in the surf, people (surfer!) watching, and just enjoying this beautiful location!

    You can arrive Thurs or Fri, depending on your work schedule/etc. Parking is SUPER tight as always, with only room for about 10 vehicles, so PLEASE carpool if you can.

    For those of you who have camped with me before, you KNOW my schedule for the weekend is very soft, and can be altered as the group votes/etc. We can just as easily break up into smaller groups doing several activities. The big thing is for us all to have a good enjoyable trip!

    We have three beautiful sites, #s 58, 60, and 61, so we have plenty of space for tents, and a FEW spots for RVs. (RV Folks, contact me ASAP so I can make sure I have space set aside for you!) Each site has it’s own fire ring and BBQ pit, but we’ll be picking one site as the main spot, for evening fire time and our Saturday potluck! Running water bathrooms with hot water showers (Coin op, bring your quarters!) is just a short walk away!

    Pismo State Beach-Oceano Campground is located on the central coast, about 10 minutes south of Arroyo Grande/Grover Beach, off of Hwy 1. For GPS folks, the address is 555 Pier Avenue, Oceano, Ca.

    Non-GPS Directions- From points north and south: Head to Arroyo Grande, Ca. Take the Grand Avenue Exit. At the top of the exit ramp, turn to the west (left or right, depending on if you came from the north of the south!). Follow Grand Avenue west until you pass/cross the railroad tracks.  This happens right before Grand Avenue crosses Hwy 1. Turn Left onto Hwy 1. Proceed South on Hwy 1, for a few miles, and keep your eyes open for the signs for the Pismo Beach/Oceano Campground. Turnoff for Pier Avenue will come up on your right, with Old Juan’s Cantina on the corner. Turn Right. Proceed West on Pier Avenue. Campground will be coming up on your right. Turn right into the campground, and check in at the kiosk. See you there!


    Thursday, 05/18

    2pm .............Check-in (4-Day campers)7pm.............................First Night Campfire Social/Mixer

    Friday, 05/19

    10am…Into Pismo Beach For Donuts, Cinnamon Rolls, and Coffee

    12pm…Beach Walking and Window Shopping In Pismo Beach

    2pm......... Check-in (3-Day campers)

    7pm......... Group campfire activities

    Saturday, 05/20

    11am........Vintage Trailer Rally-Pismo Coast Village Resort-open from 10am-3pm

    1pm..........Day Activity Two


    8pm......... Group campfire activities

    Sunday, 05/21

    11am.........Check Out

    Noon……Group Lunch On The Way Home-TBD By Group!

    Bring your ten essentials (listed on GO website at: www.greatoutdoorsla.org/essen.html), camping/cooking gear, fishing gear, firewood, food, warm/cool weather clothing and swimming suits if you plan to do water activities or sun bathe. Carpooling is recommended to help reduce gas cost and parking.

    Cancellation Policy:

    Full Refund-Before April 19th

    Half Refund-Before April 26th

    No Refunds After April 26th Folks…

    For more information contact: Joe D. @ countryboyjoe1@gmail.com or 805-588-1142

    • 26 May 2017
    • 29 May 2017
    • Jon & Claude's Las Vegas home
    • 16


    Viva Las Vegas!  May 26-29, 2017

    Join your friends of Great Outdoors as we head over to Jon and Claude’s for an urban slumber party at their home in Las Vegas!

    This will be one Memorial Day weekend you’ll never forget!

    Itinerary as follows:
    Arriving Friday evening we’ll meet at Jon & Claude’s place to pick our ‘spot’ to 
    sleep.   After getting settled in, we will then head over to a local gay-owned restaurant called Stir Crazy Grille www.stircrazygrille.com.

    That evening we’ll settle in for board games, cards or a swim in their backyard pool there’s even a pin ball machine!

    Saturday will be breakfast at Jon and Claude’s', then off to a sightseeing excursion. In the evening we get back, change and freshen up and go out on the strip for dinner at the famous Peppermill Diner, www.peppermilllasvegas.com/ which features the ultimate Las Vegas décor having been featured in numerous films and television shows, followed by a ‘night out on the town’. Afterwards a possible evening tour of the Neon Museum**, http://www.neonmuseum.org/ 

    Sunday morning breakfast at J & C, followed by a possible day hike through a nearby nature preserve. That evening a potluck bar-b-que hosted by GO back at the house, followed by either another dip in the pool, board games or both! Monday a continental breakfast then pack up for home.

    Can’t get any more fun than that! 

    BYOB, Dinners, Friday, Saturday nights and all lunches you will be responsible for.

    (Note: most of the time we will be eating out) But by all means, bring your favorite snacks, drinks and goodies to share, if you like!
    Breakfasts, Sunday bar-b-que provided by Great Outdoors.

    Our hosts have a couple fold out couches, but bring bedding and padding and towels as well as your personal items.

    There will be no place to pitch a tent! We will work out sleeping arrangements once everyone arrives..

    Please donate for gas if you’re not driving! Parking is very limited, Jon & Claude live in a gated community, and once we receive your check and registration you will get their gate code and directions as to where to park.

    Las Vegas is about 6 hours from Santa Barbara by car so plan accordingly.
    We are limiting this to 20 people max, so register soon!
    No refunds after May 20th.
    *Most day activities TBD when we are there.
    ** Tickets must be purchased in advance for the evening tour of the Neon Museum. $26 per person and $22 for persons 65+, plan to go on the 9:30 pm tour. Tickets are non-
    refundable, so if you’re interested in going, please include your ticket purchase with this registration so I have an accurate count when I pre-order the tickets. 

    Contact Brian Miller at muddbilt@comcast.net or call (805) 407-9001 for any questions.

    • 21 Jun 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rusty's Pizza, 232 W. Carrillo St, Santa Barbara

    Core Group Meeting starts at 6pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President, Joe D.


    • 19 Jul 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rusty's Pizza, 232 W. Carrillo St, Santa Barbara

    Core Group Meeting starts at 6pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President, Joe D.


    • 10 Aug 2017
    • 13 Aug 2017
    • Lassen Volcanic National Park

    Trip notes will be posted two to three months ahead of the trip.


    • 1 Sep 2017
    • 3 Sep 2017
    • Santa Cruz Island

    Trip notes will be posted two to three months ahead of the trip.


    • 7 Sep 2017
    • 10 Sep 2017
    • Big Sycamore Canyon

    Trip notes will be posted two to three months ahead of the trip.


    • 14 Sep 2017
    • 17 Sep 2017
    • Pfieffer Big Sur

    Trip notes will be posted two to three months ahead of the trip.


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