Star Parties

Johnson Valley Site

Johnson Valley

Latitude: 34.45° N

Longitude: -116.9667° W

Altitude: NA

Directions: Printable Map
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Notes: This site is approximately 43 miles from the Bear Valley Road exit off of I-15. It is a remote desert location with no facilities nor running water. Plan appropriately. The directions on the map are excellent. Remember to dress warmly, as the desert nights can be cold, especially in winter. Be sure to bring plenty of drinks and snacks for yourself. Bring appropriate sleeping gear and supplies if you plan to sleep overnight.

Wildlands Conservancy Site

Wildlands Conservancy

Latitude: 34.0399° N

Longitude: -116.9392° W

Altitude: 5,024 feet

39611 Oak Glen Rd, Oak Glen, CA
(909) 797-8507
 
Directions: Printable Map
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Notes:The club has partnered with the Wildlands Conservancy's for outreaches and star parties.  The Wildlands Conservancy is located at the Oak Glen Preserve / Los Rios Rancho. Situated at 5,024 feet, the preserve is adjacent to the steep escarpments of Yucaipa Ridge in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Grandview Site

Grandview Campground

Grandview Campground:

Latitude: 37.3336° N

Longitude: 118.1877° W

Elevation = 8,556ft

Ferguson:

Latitude: 37.2796° N

Longitude: -118.1545° W

Altitude: 7,800' approx.

Weather: Click for Big Pine, California Forecast
Satellites: Satellite Tracking
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Notes: The Grandview Campground site located past the "new" Group Camp Ferguson site which we have tried out a couple times but which also requires reservations in advance.  Therefore, we when we say Grandview, we might mean the campground proper or the group camp.  The Grandview campground is approximately 8,500 feet while Ferguson is 5 miles down the road at approximately 7,800 feet above sea level. The oxygen level is less than good 'ol San Bernardino valley. You may need to reduce your activities due to the thin air. There is no running water at the Grandview campground or Ferguson campsite but there are camp vault toilets; plan appropriately. Remember to dress warmly, as the mountain nights can be quite cold. Be sure to bring plenty of drinks and snacks for yourself.  There is a nice picnic area and the club usually plans on providing two group meals.  Bring appropriate sleeping gear and supplies for staying over a couple nights. During the day, you can visit the ancient Bristlecone forest which is up the road from Grandview. There are two nature trails that you can take. One is approximately 1 miles and the other, more challenging one, is 4 miles and takes you to the Methuselah tree. Remember, that you are at 10,000 feet! Additional information about the Inyo White Mountains.

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