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    • 04 Jul 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • 07 Jul 2019
    • 12:00 PM
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    July 4th Weekend Campout:July 4-7, 2019



    Note: Registration will open at 7am on May 4, 2019 on the Rainbow Sierrans website.

    Join our group camp for 30 people at Green Creek Campground (elevation 7500 ft near Bridgeport CA).  Although the site is primitive (vault toilets), it is one of the sweetest group camps in the Eastern Sierra.  We will have wonderful access to the best of high country hiking and cool mountain lakes.  You might even find yourself venturing further to check out a real-life ghost town (Bodie) or a natural hot spring.  Our proximity to water and the mixed pine setting in the fresh Sierra Nevada air  make for an excellent group retreat destination. 

    Hikes:  Trip leaders will arrange an assortment of different levels of hiking activities for the group.

    Rainbow Sierran camping trips also feature a potluck dinner on Saturday evening, and camaraderie around our  propane fire pits, with options for Follies (skits and home-grown entertainment), game night, sing-alongs and/or a dance party depending on the participants interest. 

    We hope you will join us for what promises to be a wonderful extended weekend in a magical location. 


    (Details to consider when deciding if this trip is appropriate for you)
    • The campground is designed for tent camping onlyCampers may drive cars down to the sites to drop off gear, but must then drive cars back up to parking lot.  Piped drinking water, vault toilets, picnic tables, and a group cooking area are among the amenities.  
    • Like any outdoor area, there may be bees, wasps, and mosquitos.  Although we will do our best to minimize their presence in camp, all campers should be advised and those with allergies MUST  bring epinephrine pens if they decide to come.
    • Registration is limited to 25 participants, first come, first served. Each participant must register separately, and you must be a GLS member to register: non-members must join the club in order to register. The cost of the trip is $60/person. 
    • No pets are allowed.  Even emotional support or therapy animals are not permitted.
    • We will be asking for medical information during registration.  This allows the trip leaders to be informed of the medical conditions you may have prior to an unexpected crisis.  This information is kept confidential.

    Angela Romagnoli Camping Scholarship:  This scholarship, which provides free registration to one camper for each GLS camping trip, has been established in the memory of Angie Romagnoli. It is intended for a GLS member who might otherwise not be able to join a camping trip due to financial restraints.  

    Registration and Cancellation Policies for Outings

    1.    All participants must register and pay online on the GLS website.

    2.    No registrations will be accepted until an outing has been announced to the full membership via email announcement.

    3.    Space on any outing will be assigned only upon completion of registration and payment.

    4.    Confirmed reservations are non-transferable.

    5.    As with any GLS outing, acceptance of any individual on a trip will be at the discretion of the particular Outings Leader for that trip.

    6.    Registration fees will be refunded to any Outings Leader who plans and leads a group hike during camping trips. Serving as a co-leader for such activities does not qualify for a refund.

    7.    Once the allowable number of participants has been confirmed, a wait list will be compiled. If a cancellation occurs, individuals will be contacted in the order in which their names appear on the waitlist. Failure to respond within 24 hours will forfeit one’s place on the waitlist. Registration for most trips will close two days in advance of trips.

    8.   CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS:  All cancellations must be sent via email to the trip registrar. Cancellations received at least 14 days in advance will be refunded the registration fee, less $10, if and only if the space can be filled. Otherwise, the full fee will be forfeited. Cancellations received less than 14 days in advance of a trip will forfeit the full registration fee. If a personal or family illness or other extenuating circumstances cause a last minute cancellation, that person may appeal in writing to GovCom for a waiver and partial refund. In all cases, no refunds will be issued until after the scheduled camping trip or outing.

    9.    To facilitate trip leadership and safety, registration and payment is required in order to participate in any aspect of a camping trip or other outing sponsored by the GLS Governing Committee.

    10. Should the Governing Committee cancel a camping trip or outing for any reason, all registrants will receive a full refund.  

    Cancellation:  read entire cancellation policy before registering: 

     Outing Registration and Cancellation Policies

    • 14 Jul 2019
    • 10:15 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz
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    Join us for the Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour!


    This 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center.  Younger Lagoon Reserve contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. Come and see what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about the workings of one of Californias rare coastal lagoons.  Participants must be physically able to walk up and down steep inclines. Bring water, hiking shoes, sunscreen, wind protection.

    Please arrive on time as the tour will depart on time.

    Meet the leader, Beth Bittle, just outside the Seymour Marine Discovery Center.

    No refunds if you need to cancel

    • 01 Aug 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • 04 Aug 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Manzanita Lake Campground, Lassen Volcanic National Park
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    Lassen Volcanic National Park

    Dark Sky Festival

    August 1-4, 2019

    The Rainbow Sierrans are excited to return to Lassen Volcanic National Park for a long weekend of hiking, camping, stargazing and swimming in pristine mountain lakes.

    This scenic and geologically fascinating park allows us to offer a wide variety of hikes of different lengths. Some hikes pass through areas of geothermal activity (such as Bumpass Hell), others scale peaks and wooded areas, with numerous opportunities for swimming in cold water.

    This special camping trip coincides with the annual Lassen Dark Sky Festival, two days of talks, stargazing with astronomers, and workshops and other star-oriented activities. Our campground provides vault toilets, some flush toilets, coin-operated showers and a camp store. Hike during the day, learn about the night sky after dark, and hang out at camp and on the trail with friends from the Rainbow Sierrans. What could be better? Hope you will join us! Trip leaders: Paget Valentas and Nancy Kates. 


    Cost: $60.00 per person for Rainbow Sierrans members; limited scholarships available for those in need

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    Lassen Volcanic National Park

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    Manzanita Lake Campground

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