Upcoming events

    • 30 Apr 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Wildomar, CA

    Day Hike

    Santa Rosa Plateau Loop

    Distance: 11 miles (loop)

    Hiking Time: 6 hours

    Elevation Gain: 700'

    Difficulty: Strenuous

    Directions: From Interstate 15 in Murrieta, exit southwest on Client Keith Rd. Drive 6.9 miles.  Clinton Keith changes names to Tenaja.  At a stop sign, stay left onto Via Volcano.  In another 0.8 mile, park along the side of the road at the Vernal Pool Trailhead.

    This trip offers a grand tour of the Santa Rosa Plateau including the vernal ponds, the historic adobes, and the volcanic mesas, culminating with a panoramic view from Monument Hill.  If you have a full day to hike, this is a great way to see many of the diverse features in the reserve.  The trail also features fine views of San Jacinto Peak, San Gorgonio Man., and Mt. Baldy, the three tallest peaks ringing the Los Angeles Basin.  There are many variations possible, so you can shorten or lengthen the trip as you prefer.  For example, you could start or end at the visitor center, and could extend the hike to include the Los Santos Trail and/or the Sylvan Meadows Loop.

    From the Vernal Pool Trailhead, hike 0.6 mile east through a meadow dotted with oaks, passing the Los Santos and Trans Preserve Trails, to the big pool, which is full of water after winter's rains.  After visiting the boardwalk along the pool, continue 0.9 mile to Ranch Rd. Turn right (east) and hike 0.1 mile to the historic Santa Rosa Ranch, which is good place to stop for a break.  

    Next, follow the Lomas Trial north along the west side of the ranch for 0.1 mile to a gate marking the entrance to the Adobe Loop Trail. Turn right and follow the creek under the shady oaks for 0.5 mile to a T-junction with the Punta Mesa Trail.  Turn left (east) and follow the Punta Mesa Trail down through the chaparral to a small creek crossing, then continue up and north.  Pass an intersection in 1.9 miles with Monument Rd. and continue another 0.7 mile across a wide meadow to a junction with the Tenaja Truck Trail.  The construction scars on the hills to the northwest show how fortunate it was that this pristine plateau was saved from development.

    Turn left (west) and follow the dirt road for 0.5 mile, then turn right and follow Waterline Rd. for 0.7 mile toward the visitor center passing oaks and granite boulders in the meadow.  Shortly before reaching the visitor center, turn right on the Granite Loop Trail and go less than 0.1 mile, then turn right again on the Vista Grande Trail.  The trail forks but both branches rejoin shortly near a bridge over Cole Creek and a bench overlooking the tenajas.  In 0.9 mile, cross the Tenaja Truck Trail again and continue 0.7 mile to a T-junction with Monument Hill Rd.  Turn right (west) and climb 0.4 mile to a spur trail that leads 0.1 mile to the summit of Monument Hill (2,046'), where you can take in the views of the entire eastern half of the reserve that you have just explored.

    Continue west along Monument Rd., passing two junctions with the Lomas Trail, to reach Ranch Rd. in 1 mile.  Turn left (south) and go 0.4 mile.  At a junction near Poppy Hill, turn right (west) and hike 0.1 mile toward the hill, then turn left (southwest) on the Trans Preserve Trail.  Follow it 0.8 mile to a T-unction with the Vernal Pool Trail on Mesa de Colorado.  Turn right (west) and retrace your steps 0.4 mile to where you began this big loop.

    • 05 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • 07 May 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Lake Isabella, CA

    Great Outdoors San Diego

    Lake Isabella Campout 2017

    May 5 - 7, 2017 (3 days, 2 nights)

    Join us for a fun, full weekend of geothermally heated springs and rugged desert hiking! 

    Join the San Diego Chapter of the Great Outdoors in beautiful Kern County.  We’ll be camping on the shores of Lake Isabella, which is currently filling up at a rate of 3-4 inches a day!  In addition to the beautiful lake, we’ll be visiting Remington Hot Springs.

    Remington is by far, one of the nicest primitive hot tubs in the whole region and easy to access. If you can find it, the rewards are great!! You can find travelers, mountain bikers, dirt bikers, hikers, backpackers, campers, off-roaders, RVers, burners, desert rats, military boys, local kids, LA couples,  techno DJs from Russia – a wide variety of people soaking at this not-so-secret spot.

    These unique hand-crafted stone tubs are located on the Lower Kern, overlooking the big river and the fish. 3 volunteers built cement & river rock hot spring pools that sit adjacent to the Kern River. There is also another small cooler tub on the trail perched above the thick brush.



    2:00 Arrive, check-in

    6:00 Welcome Meet & Greet (Bring appetizer to share. BYOB.)

    7:44 Sunset 

    8:00 Bonfire


    8:00 Coffee

    9:00 Caravan to Remington Hot Springs

    4:00 Return to camp

    6:30 Potluck

    7:44 Sunset

    8:30 Bonfire


    8:00 Coffee 

    12:00 Campground departure

    *Times are estimated and subject to change without notice.


    Temperatures for Lake Isabella in early May are typically in the mid 70s during the day and the mid 40s at night. Although average temperatures are comfortable, highs have gone into the 100s, so come prepared.  Make sure to check the weather forecast before packing.

    Camp Details

    Camp 9, rests on the shores of Lake Isabella, a high desert reservoir. Its proximity to the lake and the Upper Kern River makes the facility popular among boaters, rafters and anglers. The camp is also a favorite among RV campers, with ample parking available to accommodate both trailers and motorized watercraft.

    Natural Features

    The campground sits on the north shore of Lake Isabella, an 11,000-acre reservoir, at an elevation of 2,600 feet and is a short drive to the Upper Kern River. 

    In the spring and early summer, a breeze can come up in the afternoons, but the mornings are quiet and calm.

    Sequoia National Forest, located at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada in central California, is named for the giant sequoia, the world's largest tree, which grows in more than 30 groves on the forest's lower slopes. The forest encompasses about 1.1 million acres. Elevations range from about 1,000 to 12,000 feet, creating precipitous canyons and mountain streams with spectacular waterfalls, such as Salmon Creek Falls and Grizzly Falls.


    Anglers enjoy fishing on both Lake Isabella and the Upper Kern River. Boating, kayaking and swimming are also popular activities. A seasonal boat ramp and dock are available within the day use area in the campground.


    Camp 9 offers over 100 single campsites, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally 11 group sites are available by reservation. Some sites are on the lakeshore, while others are set further back but have views of the lake. A few cottonwood trees are found in the campground, but shade is limited; plan on bringing protection. 

    The group sites offer two picnic tables each, campfire rings, portable toilets, and paved parking. Group sites 1, 2 and 6-11 have drinking water. Group sites 1 and 2 have shade shelters. Sites 1-5 each have a locked gate for security. 

    An RV dump station ($10 fee), fish cleaning station and boat ramp with floating dock are also available within Camp 9 Recreation Area.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Upper Kern River is a short drive away, with additional fishing opportunities. Rafters and kayakers also enjoy the river.

    Activities and Amenities

    Within Facility


    •Boat Ramp

    •Boat Trailer Parking


    •Campfire Circles


    •Drinking Water

    •Dump Station

    •Fish Cleaning Stations


    •Flush Toilets

    •Group Camping

    •Jet Skiing


    •Lake Access 

    •Parking Area

    •Paved Roads

    •Picnic Area

    •Portable Toilets


    •Trash Collection

    •Vault Toilets

    Within 10 Miles

    •ATV Rentals

    •All Terrain Vehicle

    •Bait Shop


    •Beach Access

    •Bike Rentals



    •Fish Hatchery

    •General Store


    •Grocery Store

    •Laundry Facilities

    •Off Road Vehicle Trails


    •River Access

    •River Trips

    Know Before You Go

    •No hookups available

    •Shade is limited

    •Dump station fee is $10 per use; no free dumping allowed

    •Please be aware that glass is prohibited along the Kern River and around Lake Isabella, including Camp 9. Please prepare for your visit by packing food and beverages in non-glass containers.

    •Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit

    Getting There

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):

    35.69833, -118.42917

    35°41'54"N, 118°25'45"W

    From the south, take Highway 99 to Bakersfield. Take the Highway 178 exit and travel east toward the Kern River Canyon. Follow Highway 178 for approximately 40 miles to the town of Lake Isabella. From Lake Isabella, take Highway 155. Continue past the town of Wofford Heights to Kernville. At the stop sign in Kernville, turn right onto Sierra Way. Proceed 4 miles. Camp 9 is on the right side of the road.

    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    CAMP 9

    P.O. Box 9

    Kernville  CA  93238

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (760)376-3781

    Packing List: 

    ▪ Phone/Camera, Charger

    ▪ Toothbrush, toothpaste

    ▪ Warm Sleeping Bag, Pillow

    ▪ Shirts

    ▪ Sleeping Pad / Air Mattress

    ▪ Prescriptions/Medications

    ▪ Shorts, pants▪ Sweater / Fleece pullover

    ▪ Ear plugs

    ▪ Sunglasses

    ▪ Tent

    ▪ Headlamp for caves/Flashlight

    ▪ Socks, Underwear

    ▪ Soap / Shampoo

    ▪ Hat

    ▪ Rain Gear

    ▪ Warm jacket

    ▪ Camping Stool / Chair

    ▪ Hiking Shoes

    ▪ Sun block, lip balm

    ▪ Ten essentials

    ▪ Towel for showers 

    ▪ Flip-flops for pools, showers

    ▪ Cooking gear

    ▪ Drinking Water*

    ▪ Any alcoholic beverages

    ▪ Swim suit & towel

    ▪ Firewood**

    ▪ A full tank of gas

    ▪ Water bottle for hikes

    ▪ Food (Fri appetizer and dinner, Sat bkfst, Sat bag lunch, Sat potluck dish, Sun bkfst, Sun bag lunch, snacks)

    *Potable water is available in the park.

    **Firewood can be purchased at the campground to prevent introduction of destructive insects.

    We look forward to seeing you on the trip! 

    • 23 Jun 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • 25 Jun 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • June Lake, CA

    More details coming soon...

    • 27 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Laguna Beach, CA

    More details coming soon...

    • 01 Sep 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • 04 Sep 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Channel Islands National Park

    More details coming soon...

Past events

31 Mar 2017 Agua Caliente Campout
26 Mar 2017 Day Hike - Los Penasquitos Canyon - East Approach
29 Jan 2017 Whale Watching
13 Jan 2017 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Campout
31 Dec 2016 New Year's Eve (Cabin Sytle)
30 Sep 2016 Buccaneer Days on Catalina Island - Weekend Campout
18 Sep 2016 StandUp Paddleboarding
11 Sep 2016 End of Summer Hike/BBQ/Pool Party
05 Aug 2016 Horse Heaven (Laguna Mountains) - Weekend Campout
27 May 2016 Lake Edison - Weekend Campout
24 Apr 2016 Day Hike - McGinty Mountain
27 Mar 2016 Bike San Diego Bay
17 Mar 2016 Monthly Bonfire
04 Mar 2016 Agua Caliente - Weekend Campout
28 Feb 2016 Day Hike - Lawson Peak
24 Jan 2016 Whale Watching
15 Jan 2016 Mojave National Preserve - MLK Weekend Campout
14 Nov 2015 Potluck/Sleepover/Hike
04 Sep 2015 Campout - Pinnacles National Park
30 Aug 2015 Day Hike - Big Bend Loop & BBQ
10 Jul 2015 Mount Laguna El Prado Campout
28 Jun 2015 Day Event - Kayaking Mission Bay
10 Apr 2015 Campout - Agua Caliente Fly-in & Camp-out (SOLD OUT)
29 Mar 2015 Day Hike - Blue Angels Peak
16 Jan 2015 Campout - Joshua Tree National Park
07 Dec 2014 Day Hike - Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve
23 Nov 2014 Day Hike - Los Penasquitos Canyon - East Approach
26 Oct 2014 Day Hike - Barker Valley
14 Sep 2014 Day Hike - Indian Creek Loop
10 Aug 2014 Day Event - Kayak Adventure
27 Jun 2014 Campout - Catalina Island Adventure
22 Jun 2014 Day Hike - Pyles Peak
10 May 2014 Day Hike - Woodson Mountain - West Approach
13 Apr 2014 Day Hike - Hollenbeck Canyon
04 Apr 2014 Tecate, Mexico Campout 2014
14 Mar 2014 Anza Borrego Wild Flower Tour 2014
17 Jan 2014 Death Valley National Park Campout
17 Nov 2013 Day Hike - North Fortuna Mountain
20 Oct 2013 Day Hike - Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve
11 Oct 2013 California Great Outdoors, Inc. - 35th Annual Conference
18 Aug 2013 Torrey Pines State Reserve
21 Jul 2013 Day Hike - La Jolla Shores to Blacks Beach
16 Jun 2013 Day Hike - Los Penasquitos Canyon
12 May 2013 Day Hike - Santa Rosa Plateau Loop
04 May 2013 Night at Petco Park - San Diego Padres - Saturday, May 4th
31 Mar 2013 Day Hike - Bernardo Mountain
15 Mar 2013 Campout - Anza-Borrego Wild Flower Tour 2013
17 Feb 2013 Day Hike - Iron Mountain
27 Jan 2013 Day Hike - El Capitan
13 Jan 2013 Day Hike - Downtown Organ Pavilion to Star of India
31 Dec 2012 New Year's Eve Sleepover - Julian
25 Nov 2012 Day Hike - Blue Sky Ecological Reserve
28 Oct 2012 Day Hike - South Fortuna Mountain (Mission Trails)
23 Sep 2012 Day Hike - Cuyamaca Peak
25 Aug 2012 Pool Party/BBQ
17 Aug 2012 Santa Rosa Mountains - Yellow Post Camping
10 Jun 2012 Day Hike - Los Penasquitos Canyon - West Approach
19 May 2012 Day Hike - Three Sisters Waterfalls
29 Apr 2012 Day Hike - Lake Cuyamaca
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