Where We're Going

4th of July at Bear River Reservoir

Saturday, June 30 - Wednesday July 4th


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Our July 4th camp-out this year will take us to Bear River Reservoir on Rt. 88, 30 miles west of Carson Pass.

Situated at 6,000 feet, its proximity to water and the mixed pine setting in the fresh Sierra Nevada air make Bear River Group Campground an excellent group retreat destination.

Water sports near camp include fishing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming and picnicking on the shores.

There are spectacular hikes into the High Sierra from a number of trailheads along 88 as well as short, easy hikes near camp.

GLS 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.

Registration is limited to 60 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 $50 per person. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018. A detailed trip letter will be sent upon completion of registration.

Details to consider when deciding if this trip is right for you:

The campground is designed for tent camping only. Campers 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, campfire rings and a group cooking area are among the amenities.

One of the two sites is a walk-in site. You may have to carry your stuff up to 150 feet to set up your tent and store your food.

Yellow jackets have been reported in this area. 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.

A nearby resort rents fishing boats, kayaks, canoes, or paddle boats. and the restaurant, lounge, and hot showers provide creature comforts.

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Who We Are

The San Francisco Bay Area Gay & Lesbian Sierrans is an outings and conservation club for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered people, queer identified people and our friends.

We are an official activities section of the Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club. Founded in 1986, we were the Sierra Club's first gay and lesbian activities section. We're still one of the largest of a growing number of GLS chapters around the country.

We sponsor a variety of activities offering something for almost anyone who enjoys the outdoors. GLS outings run the gamut from easy urban strolls to vigorous peak hikes; relaxed car camping to demanding wilderness backpacks and naturalist-led walks; to hands-on restoration and trail maintenance. Everyone is welcome on our outings, whether or not they have joined GLS.

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