Upcoming events

    • 13 Aug 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • La Jolla Shores

    Snorkeling/Picnic @ La Jolla Shores

    Come out and join us for a fun day in La Jolla Shores.  Bring your snorkel gear, and go out and explore all the great wildlife in the cove.  And we've chosen August because this is the time of the year when the Leopard sharks come close to shore.

    Fun facts about Leopard Sharks

    • La Jolla’s leopard sharks are almost all female, most of which are pregnant. Their gestation period is 10-11 months. They bear live young, and a litter will typically consist of 15-20 babies.
    • They congregate at La Jolla Shores because of its calm, warm, shallow waters—an ideal natural incubator—and abundant food in the sand, rocky reefs and kelp forest of the protected preserve, including clams, crabs, shrimp, squid, fish and fish eggs.
    • The sharks’ distinctive color pattern, resembling leopard spots, is so varied that they can be used to identify individuals, akin to fingerprints.
    • Leopard sharks live along the Pacific coast of North America from Washington to Mazatlán, Mexico, including the Gulf of California.
    • They arrive at La Jolla’s shores as early as June and as late as December, peaking in August and September.
    • Leopard sharks have small mouths and teeth, perfect for feedings on crustaceans and bony fish.
    • Adults can grow up to six feet in length, but the average size is four to five feet.

    Where to meet:

    Well be meeting at Kellogg Park @ La Jolla Shores beach.  We'll be arriving at 10:00 AM and will be staying until about 2:00 PM.

    • 01 Sep 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • 04 Sep 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Channel Islands National Park
    • 0

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    Great Outdoors San Diego & Santa Barbara/Ventura


    Santa Cruz Island Campout

    September 1 - 4, 2017 

    (4 days, 3 nights)

    Join us for a fun, full gay weekend! 

    2007 Great Outdoors Trip to Santa Cruz Island (pictured above).

    Breathtaking ocean views and relaxing beach time is practically guaranteed at Scorpion Canyon Campground, join your friends of Great Outdoors as we return to this classic get away. Set on the eastern part of the island, the campground is a short hike from the pier and is sheltered from harsh ocean winds.

    The largest of California's Channel Islands, Santa Cruz Island is one of the five islands that make up the Channel Islands National Park. The island is rich in cultural history, magnificent landscapes, and unique flora and fauna. Native American Indians inhabited the island for over 10,000 years and Europeans explored and ranched on the island for over  150 years. Over 600 plant species, 140 land birds, 11 land mammals and a handful of amphibians and reptiles call the island their home. The island fox and island scrub-jay are exciting finds, as they're unique to the island, found nowhere else in the world.  

    This fantastic joint trip between the San Diego and Santa Barbara/Ventura chapters will begin on Friday, September 1st mid-day (12:00 PM noon departure) and will conclude on Monday, September 4th in the early evening (5 PM return to Ventura harbor).  We’ve taken care of the campsite and boat transportation over to the island, so all you have to do is register online, and your set to go.  As part of the trip, two ocean kayaks will be available for individuals to use to explore the incredible coastline.  Sign-up sheets will be available at the campsite to reserve your time on the water.  Space is limited as we only have 15 spots available, so register early to reserve your space!

    There are no services provided on the island, so you're required to bring all items that you will need during your stay, potable water is available at the campsite.  There is a 1/4 mile walk to the campsite from the pier, so make sure your completely mobile, we recommend that if you're taking a cooler, make sure it has wheels (some restrictions apply from the transportation provider, click here for additional information).

    This jewel off our coast offers some of the most beautiful ocean and landscape views to be had in southern California, we hope to see you there!

    Cancellation Policy: You can cancel for a full refund on or before August 11, 2017.  Any cancellations after August 11, 2017 will not be eligible for a refund.



    11:00 AM Arrive @ Ventura Harbor, check-in

    12:00 PM Boat departs for Santa Cruz Island 

    1:00 PM Arrival @ Santa Cruz Island

    6:00 PM Meet & Greet Tea (Mai-Tai Luau)

    7:35 PM Sunset


    6:40 AM Sunrise

    9:00 AM Day Hike: Smugglers Cove(7.5 miles rt)

    6:00 PM Potluck

    7:34 PM Sunset


    6:40 AM Sunrise

    9:00 AM Day Hike: Potato Harbor (5 miles rt)

    5:00 PM Potluck

    6:30 PM Sunset Hike: Cavern Point Loop (2 miles rt)

    7:33 PM Sunset


    6:41 AM Sunrise

    3:00 PM Check-in for boat departure

    4:00 PM Depart the island for the mainland

    5:00 PM Arrive @ Ventura Harbor

    *Times are estimated and subject to change without notice.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):

    34.04824, -119.5616

    34°2'54"N, 119°33'42"W

    Boat transportation can be arranged with Island Packers from Ventura Harbor.

    To park headquarters in Ventura, Ca: exit Highway 101, at Victoria or Seaward to Ventura Harbor.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:


    1901 Spinnaker Drive

    ventura  CA  93001

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (805)658-5730

    National Park Services Rules & Regulations:

    •Upon arrival, meet ranger at beach, landing dock or campground. However, park staff is not always available on the island. Please have confirmation letter, receipt, or campsite number with you.

    •1/2 mile to 1 mile hike to campground. Visitors must carry all their own gear.

    •Primitive camping. Tent camping only, no electricity/water/sewer site hook-ups at this campground. Bring low profile tents and extra food for weather delays. Partial shade from trees. Picnic table, food storage box, and drinking water provided. No stores or services.

    •Quiet time is enforced at 10:00 pm.

    •Proper food and trash storage is required. Food/trash storage lockers are provided at each site. Recommend hard-sided container (i.e., action packer) to further protect food/garbage from animals.

    •Visitors are required to pack out what they pack in, including garbage.

    •No campfires or charcoal fires. Only enclosed gas camp stoves are allowed.

    •Smoking is only allowed on beach areas at Scorpion, Smugglers, and Prisoners Harbors.

    •Avoid contact with deer mice. Hantavirus has been found in island deer mice. For more information visit:

    •To help prevent the introduction of nonnative species the following items may not be brought to the park: pets; live or potted plants; soil; cut flowers; firewood or any untreated, unfinished wood (including hiking sticks); corrugated boxes; tools or equipment with attached soil; motorized vehicles; bicycles; and single-use plastic grocery bags.

    •No fishing in marine reserves. California fishing license and ocean enhancement sticker required to fish outside marine reserves.

    •Kayakers: ocean conditions can rapidly change, requiring expert abilities. Ocean kayaking is an inherently dangerous activity. Always check weather and do not kayak beyond your experience level.

    • 17 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Laguna Beach, CA

    End of Summer Hike/BBQ/Pool Party

    Come out and celebrate the end of summer in Laguna Beach, we'll start the day with a hike @ 10:00 AM at the James Dilley Preserve located in the Laguna Wilderness Park.  On our hike we'll be going to Barbara's Lake, the only naturally occurring lake in Orange County.

    After our hike, we'll head down to Matthew & Brendon's house for a BBQ and a dip in the pool.

    Link to the hike:,-117.7619389,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x80dce63f45ee6eb5:0xb3f74d6029c61393!8m2!3d33.5947885!4d-117.7597502

    Link to the BBQ/Pool Party:,+Laguna+Beach,+CA+92651/@33.5202115,-117.7636067,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x80dce50d283c2235:0x6e42ea8aa27f7bc!8m2!3d33.520207!4d-117.761418

Past events

09 Jul 2017 Day Event - Mission Bay Kayaking/SUP
05 May 2017 Lake Isabella/Remington Hot Springs Campout
30 Apr 2017 Day Hike - Santa Rosa Plateau Loop
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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