Welcome To Great Outdoors, Los Angeles Chapter!
Home Membership Calendar Newsletter About Us Ongoing Activities Photos Corporate Home Facebook Facebook

Social & Elections 2014

September 13, 2014

Saturday Afternoon in the Park and Elections
When: September 13, 2014 from 2pm - 7pm
Where: Griffith Park
RSVP to Menard dayactivities@greatoutdoorsla.org

What a better way to hold an election than at traditional Great Outdoors Potluck in Los Angeles’s most premier park. Come spend the afternoon and socialize with fellow Great Outdoors members and their guests, feast on delicious food, go on a hike or ride the Merry-Go-Round.

Bring: A main dish, Side dish, salad or dessert to share with the group. Don’t forget to bring serving utensils. You may also wish to bring a hat, umbrella, towel, sunscreen, a camp chair.

Great Outdoors will provide soft drinks, water and paper products and utensils.

Cost: Free for members and their guests.

Itinerary: 2:00 pm Hike to bee Rock – led by Russell
                3:30 pm Social, Potluck and elections

Meeting Place: Picnic tables near the Old Zoo. Address: 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Look for the Great Outdoors Banner.

Elections: This is your chance to help make sure the chapter continues to provide great activities for its members. We will need people to volunteer to run for the following positions: President, VP Outings and Treasurer. Other positions on the board are appointed. Let a core group member know if you are interested in being part of our core group. Information on each of the positions is on our website at: http://www.greatoutdoorsla.org

2014-2015 Overnight Trips and Day Activities: Please consider leading an overnight (Camping, Backpacking, etc.) or day activity. During our All-Chapter Conference during October, we will meet to plan the overnight trips for the following year. If you have some great ideas for future trips, please let us know during our September Social or before the October All-Chapter Conference.

Game Night

September 20, 2014

Game Night
When: Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 5pm - 10pm
Where: Silver Lake

Join your friends from Great Outdoors for an evening of pot-luck dinner… fun …and games.

Game lovers can enjoy Taboo, Pictionary, Scrabble, Uno (got a game; bring it!) and a host of various card games. It will also be a chance to catch-up & visit with your friends from Great Outdoors.  Pot luck dinner will be loosely coordinated; bring a dish to share (there are food groups beyond salt & sugar!).

Your host for his event is Timothy.

Address: 1328 N Occidental Blvd Los Angeles CA 90026
(Occidental runs parallel to Silver Lake Blvd, it’s 1 block to the east. I’m between Reservoir St & Berkeley.

For more information contact Timothy at: mailto:ts709@roadrunner.com

See you in September.     

San Clemente Car Camping

September 26, 2014

San Clemente Car Camping
When: September 26 - 28, 2014
Where: San Clemente State Beach
Trip Leaders: John and Ky at johnlongbeach@msn.com or 562-981-4133

Join our endless summer outing at one of Southern California’s most beautiful and relaxing beaches. Come pitch your tent on a dramatically scenic bluff overlooking the beach with sunset and ocean views. Our group site will be your respite weekend home away to relax, be invigorated, and have fun with your fellow GOers

Facilities include bodysurfing, camp fire pits, nature trails, picnic area, restrooms and showers, surfing and swimming.

What To Bring: Bring your ten essentials (listed on GO website at: www.greatoutdoorsla.org/essen.html), camping/cooking gear, firewood ( 1 bundle per person), food, warm/cool weather clothing and a swimsuit if you plan to do water activities or sunbathe.

Extra Fees: Bring quarters for camp showers, etc.

Carpooling is recommended to help reduce gas cost and parking. Parking is limited at our group campsite. We will try, but not guarantee, to match you up with another individual based upon how you answer the carpool questions on the registration form.

Weather: Fabulous! Before you go, check out for up to the minute surf and weather report and web-cam of San Clemente Beach: http://www.surfline.com/surf-report/san-clemente-state-beach-southern-california_4843/

Pet Policy: Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and under your supervision at all times. They are not permitted on the trails or beaches (except for service dogs). Noisy and/or vicious dogs will be removed from the campground upon complaint. Please clean up after your pets. Dogs must be confined to a vehicle or tent at night.

Please click here for the tripnote! You can register and pay using the button below.

Member Type
I agree to the liability waiver on the registration form:

Great Outdoors - Conference 2014

October 17, 2014

Great Outdoors - Conference 2014
Harvest Festival at the Shore

When: October 17 - 19, 2014
Where: Carpinteria

Ah! The last sunny days of autumn, warm days and chilly nights, a crispness in the air and a special time to spend with friends old and new around a flickering camp fire.

Come and join us in the sleepy seaside town of Carpinteria for the Annual Great Outdoors Conference Weekend.

We are planning a Harvest Festival by the Shore with a full schedule of events and workshops from a welcoming “tea” on Friday to an old fashioned County Hoedown on Saturday night. There will be numerous day hikes from viewing tide pools to mountain vistas, a master class in pumpkin carving and competitions for the best Country Dessert, Carved Pumpkin and Rattiest Blue Jeans.

The campground is right on the shore of the Pacific in the village of Carpinteria. It is a five minute walk to the downtown which offers numerous art galleries, antique stores, surf shops, restaurants and amenities and is a 15 minute drive from Santa Barbara for those who wish to go wine tasting, sight-seeing or power shopping. The first night “tea,” two Continental breakfasts, the Hoe Down Dinner and campground charges are all included in the registration fee.

This is sure to be a Conference to remember. So, pack your favorite old jeans and plaid shirt, your version of grandma’s famous dessert and a pumpkin for carving and join us for an unforgettable Harvest Festival by the Shore.

Arrive Friday, October 17 any time 11am or after. A limited number of spaces available to arrive Thursday evening, check with us first.

Location: The Park is off U.S. 101, twelve miles south of Santa Barbara. Exit at Casitas. Pass Road, travel West on Casitas Pass Road to Carpinteria Avenue, make a right at the signal; then turn left at Palm. The beach is at the end of Palm Ave.

Provided meals: Friday night "tea," Continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday, Hoedown Dinner on Saturday.

Bring: 1 bundle of firewood/person, “Country” Dessert to share Saturday night, pumpkin to carve (optional), ratty blue jeans (optional)

Price: $60 per person for GO members in tents ($85 non/member includes 1 yr. membership to chapter of your choice)

Trip Notes 36th Annual Conference & Campout

Register Now at http://www.regonline.com/GOConference2014

$40 per person for GO members in RV (RV campers must make own site reservation by visiting http://tinyurl.com/o9r7ve2)

All vehicles pay own parking fee $10/night, so carpooling is encouraged.

Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. They are not allowed on the beach, may not be left unattended, and must be in a tent or vehicle at night.

Musch Trail to Eagle Rock – Topanga Canyon

November 1, 2014

Panoramic Views of Surrounding Canyons and Ocean – Beautiful Oak Groves and Meadows
Date: November 1, 2014
Time: 9:30 am
Near: Topanga, CA 90290
Distance: 7.25 miles round trip
Difficulty:  Moderate
Elevation: 800 feet
Hike Time: 4 1/2 hours
Trail Type: Trail/Fire Road
Hike Type: Loop
Higlights:  Beautiful meadows, oak groves, panoramic views, impressive Eagle Rock

Summary: Trippet Ranch is the main entrance and parking area for Topanga State Park. We will start at the Musch Trail along a grassy hillside and soon plunge into the shade of oak and bay trees.  We pass a trail campground and soon begin our winding ascent through chaparral.  Soon we will see the imposing Eagle Rock.  This layered sandstone outcrop is pitted with caves and is part of a 15 million year-old Topanga Canyon Formation. Eagle Rock is easily the most impressive landmark in Topanga State Park and affords great panoramic views of the surrounding canyons and the ocean.  Back on the fire road, we continue along the ridgeline to “hub junction.”  We will take a short detour to Cathedral Rock before we continue our descent back to Trippet Ranch.

Trailhead: From the San Fernando Valley, take Topanga Canyon Blvd South for 12 miles and turn left on Entrada Road.  From Santa Monica, drive north on PCH to Topanga Canyon Blvd and turn right.  Drive about 4.6 miles and turn right on to Entrada Road.  Once on Entrada Road, follow the signs to Trippet Ranch Parking Lot.  There is some parking on the street before you reach the entrance station.  Otherwise, if you park inside the fee is $10 per car. We will meet at near the restrooms on the left hand side of the parking lot.

What to Bring: Good hiking boots/shoes. A hiking/trekking pole may be useful for the occasional step ascent/descent on the trail, but not necessary. Pack a lunch, snacks and bring plenty of water. Bring a hat/cap and sunscreen.

Carpooling: Contact other members to carpool; share the conversation and travel expenses.

Rain Cancels.  Contact Menard at menard3@yahoo.com or (323) 804-4700.

Greater Palm Springs Pride

November 8, 2014

Palm Springs Pride
Nov 8 – Great Outdoors BBQ and Pool Party - afternoon
Nov 8 – Arenas Road Block Party – Downtown (6:00-11:00 pm) – Free Pride event
Nov 8-9 – Pride Festival – Free Pride event – Downtown
Nov 9 – Pride Parade – (10:00 am) Palm Canyon Drive

This is a Pride weekend that you will not want to miss!  Great Outdoors Palm Springs will be hosting this event. Book your stay early in Palm Springs or stay with friends!  Hotels will sell out early for this weekend.  Come for the day or the whole weekend.  March with us on parade day and show your pride!

Palm Springs Pride is Southern California’s popular and longest-running LGBT festival in the Coachella Valley. Palm Canyon Drive will be closed to traffic and transformed into a vibrant, pedestrian friendly Pride Festival, unique to Southern California.  A diverse array of artists, entertainers, multiple beverage gardens and purveyors of all sorts including, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Add all that to great shopping restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues located along world-famous Palm Canyon Drive.  See more at: http://pspride.org

If you have any questions, contact Menard Jaramillo at 323-804-4700 or email at menard3@yahoo.com

New to Camping?

If you have any general questions about car camping, camping gear & equipment, carpooling, camp meals, membership benefits, or procedures specific to Great Outdoors; if you'd like to meet some of the other campers at a pre-outing (warm-up) meeting ... please don't hesitate to contact the group via email at outings@greatoutdoorsla.org.

Great Outdoors Los Angeles now has a meetup site. A new way to find out what's going on with GOLA! Click the meetup logo below and sign up today!


Do you have a favorite day activity that you would like to lead or maybe suggestions for a fun outdoors activity or social event? Get involved and make some new buddies while being in the Great Outdoors.

Thank you for your
anticipated participation.

Contact us at:

Day Activities Coordinator:
Menard Jaramillo
(323) 804-4700


Great Outdoors is comprised of five Chapters located in the southern part of California. Each Chapter creates their own overnight trips for camping (cars, tents & RVs), backpacking, off roading, etc. During our annual conference (held in October each year), the five Chapters compile the calendar.

The calendar dates are for planning purposes only. Dates may change and trips may be canceled due to weather, problems getting campground reservations, schedule conflicts, etc.