Golden Trout Natural History Workshops, Inc.

GT Workshops

for Families and Individuals
Previously located at Golden Trout Camp, west of Lone Pine, CA

(No sessions/camps planned as of 2024)

The group has not decided what its future will be. We will post here and let our participants know when there is specific news.

The Barcroft Observatory in the White Mountains - 2019


You can contact us via , or via our Registrar.

As an example of what to expect when we next have a session, the full brochure/registration form for the cancelled 2020 session is posted at , and an easy to print --Sample Only -- GT Registraion form is located at Registration Form.

If you have never attended one of the workshops or are uncertain whether you are on the mailing list, contact registrar Paul Roark at one of the above G-mail addresses above -- or

Registrations, deposits, and final payments must be mailed to our Post Office box address, below.

PO Box 253, Solvang, CA 93464 - 0253

We do not have an on-line payment capability.

Workshop Schedule -- 202?

June 28 -- July 3 (sample only)

We are having a single 202? session. Our session will be held in the White Mountains and based at the Crooked Creek Research Station (CCR), a high elevation mountain lodge which is part of the UC Natural Reserve System.

For information on the facilities click here.

For a Brochure and Registration form, click here.

For an easy to print registration form, click here.

The Whites are located to the east of the Owens Valley. CCR is located at 10,150 ft. which is a similar elevation to our previous site at Golden Trout.

A non-refundable registration fee of $100 per person is due at the time of registration and is included in the total fee/cost. Full payment must be received not later than May 1. Absolutely no refunds will be made on cancellations after May 1 unless there is a replacement. Note that travel insurance may be available but is the responsibility of individual guests.

The facility is at 10,150 feet, and day hikes and activities will go to somewhat higher elevations. If you have ever experienced problems with high elevations or have a heart condition, consult your doctor about potential altitude and medical problems prior to registering. The Crooked Creek Research facility does have internet connections.



Adults: $550
Children under 12: $325
Note that there are no nearby streams for children to play in. As such, children may get bored and are the responsibility of their parents.



Facilities include dormatory type rooms as well as a few private rooms. The limited private rooms will be allocated to couples on a first-come basis. There are also places for tents within easy walking distance.

Note that participants are expected to help with breakfast set up, dinner clean up, and room KP at the end of the session.

For more information on the Crooked Creek facilities, click here.

How to Get There

The White Mtn. facility is 33 miles (1 1/2 hours) north-east of Lone Pine, CA.
Just north of Big Pine, on Hwy 395, turn east on Hwy 168, then north on White Mtn. Rd.
We recommend you Google "Crooked Creek Field Station, White Mountain Road"


A basic map of the area is posted at

A large (18 MP) topo map of most of the White Mountains was put together from numerous small topo maps. At 200 ppi this is about 43 by 104 inches -- not something that is convenient to carry around. However, for those who would like the map of the entire area, click here..

This large area map has been divided into 3 parts. These are still larger, but they are more convenient than the all-in-one map of the area, above. To download and save these separately. See below.,,

Letter size maps of the areas I expect we might be traveling to or hiking in are linked below. In addition to the 7 small maps, there is a larger one that shows the coverage of each of the smaller ones. The letter size maps should print well on any color printer. However, to get them onto a single page, I recommend you download them first, and then open them for printing. My browser does not fit them onto a single page if printed from the browser. Also, specify a higher quality paper than plain paper to get them to print with sufficient density to see the fine detail; again, my browser does not allow me to do that. Depending on the software you have, you may have to experiment with settings to get them right. I will bring a number of copies of the letter size maps to the workshop. They are numbered from 1 to 7, starting at the north end of our likely range of activities.










Links to Other Sites of Interest

Altitude Sickness
In addition to this general article on altitude sickness, see the section on prevention. "Ascending slowly is the best way to avoid altitude sickness. Avoiding strenuous activity such as skiing, hiking, etc. in the first 24 hours at high altitude reduces the symptoms of AMS. Alcohol and sleeping pills are respiratory depressants, and thus slow down the acclimatization process and should be avoided. Alcohol also tends to cause dehydration and exacerbates AMS. Thus, avoiding alcohol consumption in the first 24-48 hours at a higher altitude is optimal."

Altitude Sickness and Ibuprofen
See this NPR summary of a study that found ibuprofen to be useful in lowering the possibility of altitude sickness.

See also "Avoiding Altitude Sickness: Complete Beginner's Guide (2020)".

Paul Roark, Photographer

Click here to learn more about GT Natural History Workshops, their purposes and goals.

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