Gold Rush Night Orienteering.

Saturday April 4th, 2020. Location Barrett Cove, Lake McClure, CA

The 2020 Night 'O' is great preparation for one of our adventure races.

The 2020 Night 'O', night orienteering, event will be an intermediate level event that is fun for more experienced competitors too and being at night will tune up your nav for future events

The course will have about 12 checkpoints over 5 to 6 miles.

The location is an hour East of Modesto. The date is chosen as a full moon so that there will be some long distance terrain visibility.

You can run the event as an individual or in a team of any number. You will need hiking/running gear, a headlight and a compass. Maps will be handed out at the start. We will be able to give instruction to anyone who wants it. This is a great way to improve your skills. Come and compete and have fun. You can walk, hike or run depending on your enthusiasm and skill.

The event uses trails and checkpoints set up in the area of the Exchequer  Park.  The winning time is expected to be about 1 and a 1/2 hours for a fast team and 3 to four hours are allowed. Teams may choose to get as many checkpoints as they desire so the event is suitable for all levels.

Barbecue fixings and hot coals included. Barbie will be lit at 10pm. Bring your own choice of entrée.

Direction to Barretts Cove: It is about 45 miles East of Modesto. Follow Highway 132 from Modesto through Waterford and La Grange and about 10 miles after La Grange you will come to the Don Pedro gas station and store. Go 1/4 mile more on the main road and then turn right on 'Merced Falls Road'. Follow 'Merced Falls Road' about 2 and a 1/2 miles to an intersection and turn left onto 'Barrett Cove Road' which leads 1 mile to Barretts Cove entrance station. Once inside find campsite M66 for the event location.

We also have orienteering clinics at various times depending on demand. Please email if you are interested in a clinic,. They are usually held at East La Loma park in Modesto.

Entry to Lake McClure at Barrett Cove is $8 per vehicle. Go to campsite M66 to checkin for the event.

To enjoy the full fun of the event, plan on camping over on Saturday night at one of the many nice campsites at Barrett Cove on Lake McClure. The event will use campsite M66 so get a campsite near that (or far away if you want quiet!) for Saturday night the 4th April. Cost for a campsite is $22.oo. General information can be seen at Lake McClure camping.  Camping can be booked by calling 1-(855) 800-2267 (Mon-Sat 9a-4p) . Make sure you book at Barrett  Cove on McClure as other camp areas on lake McClure can be a Long way away. 

Let us know you are coming by emailing at
Pay and sign waiver at the event.


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Saturday April 4th 2020
6:30 pm Orienteering Clinic
8:00 Check-In, $20 covers cost of maps and refreshments
8:30 Short meeting and maps
9:00 Start, Head for the hills! 
11:00 Last teams should return by 11pm, enjoy BBQ and refreshments
Let us know you are coming by emailing at
Pay and sign waiver at the event.

2018 Results

Orienteer Time CP's Position
Team Lucky: Jeremy and Mila Olson 1:37 12 1
And Loving It: Nick Giori, Tom Proulx, Roy Lambertson 2:05 12 2
McTeam: Jerry McDaniel, Jesse McDaniel, Ben McDaniel 3:29 11 3
RDT: Ray Kablanow, Denise Hecht, Tammy Hollaway 4:01 5 4