Upcoming Hikes and Events

    • Sun, February 25, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Devil's Punchbowl County Park
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    Summary

    • Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018
    • Time: 8:00 AM
    • Location: Devil's Punchbowl County Park
    • Length: 6 - 7 miles 
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • Elevation gain: 1000 feet
    • Configuration: One way with shuttle back

    Description

    This six-mile one-way shuttle hike traverses the zone where the Mojave Desert begins to transition into low-elevation hardwood and conifer forest on the northern edge of the Angeles National Forest. Along the way we’ll also check out some of the coolest geology in southern California, including the bizarre rock formation known as the Devil’s Chair. The hike ends in Devil’s Punchbowl County Park, where an optional one-mile loop trail will enable one to really explore this bizarre confluence of three different geologic faults.

    Trailhead address

    Devil's Punchbowl County Park

    Directions

    We’ll meet at Devil’s Punchbowl County Park at 8:00am. To get there, get on CA Highway 138 from either the 14 freeway (from the west) or I-15 (from the east). Turn south on County Road N6 from the small town of Pearblossom, and then follow the signs to the end of N6 and the Park parking lot.


    Carpool and early arrival strongly suggested!

    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. Rain cancels but threat of rain does not.

    Hike Leaders

    Matthew Bokach and Wes Stieringer. 


    • Sat, March 31, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Malibu 90265
    • 15
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    Summary

    • Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018
    • Time: 9:00 AM
    • Location: Near Malibu 90265
    • Length: 7 miles – 4 hours
    • Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous
    • Elevation gain: 1300 feet
    • Configuration: Loop
    • Exposure: Sun/Shade
    Description
    This  is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains and considered one of the best hikes in Southern California. Highlights include the spectacular Echo Cliffs where rock climbers ascend shear cliffs, a house sized boulder delicately balanced on a small rock beneath, a giant split rock, stunning giant sandstone formations, and breathtaking views from the top of Sandstone Peak and Inspiration point. Sandstone Peak is the tallest in the Santa Monica Mountains at 3111 feet.

    Trailhead address

    14041 Yerba Buena RD, Malibu, CA. 

    Directions

    From 101 Fwy/Westlake BL to trailhead is about 35 minutes. Please plan your commute accordingly

    1. Follow US-101 N to CA-23 South/S Westlake Blvd in Thousand Oaks. (Exit 40 from US-101 N). Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Westlake Blvd (CA-23 S)
    2. Continue to follow CA-23 S for 7.2 miles
    3. Slight right turn onto Mulholland Hwy. Go for .4 miles
    4. Turn right at Little Sycamore Canyon Rd 1.9 mi. Do not turn left onto Decker Rd!!
    5. Little Sycamore Canyon Rd becomes Yerba Buena Rd, continue for 2.0 mi. You will see the parking lot on the right. If that lot is full, there is a lot on the left side of the road. We will start the hike at the Mishe Mokwa trailhead.
    From PCH North, Hwy 1: Northbound on Hwy 1, turn right on Yerba Buena and go about 7 miles. Mishe Mokwa Parking lot is on the left.

    Carpool and early arrival strongly suggested, lot fills up!

    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. Rain cancels but threat of rain does not.

    After the hike we can go to a favorite Great Outdoors restaurant: The Stonehaus Restaurant/Coffee house/Winery, 32039 Agoura Road, Westlake Village, CA 91361

    Hike Leader

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



    • Sun, April 29, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Angeles National Forest near Big Pines
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    Photo courtesy of Time for a Hike

    Great Outdoors is taking on the "6-Pack of Peaks Challenge"!  Our Los Angeles and Orange County/Long Beach chapters are teaming up to hike these six awesome, major SoCal peaks. Take the challenge with us and get your hike on! Our first, and "easiest" peak is Mount Baden Powell.

    Summary

    • Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018 (alternate date, if snow hasn’t yet melted: Saturday, July 15)
    • Time: 8:00 am
    • Location: Near Big Pines, CA
    • Distance: 8 miles round trip
    • Elevation: 2,800 ft
    • Hike Time: 5 hours
    • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
    • Trail Type: Well maintained trail
    • Hike Type: Out and Back


    Description

    The second-most popular peak climb in the San Gabriels (after Baldy), and also the easiest. We’ll meet at Vincent Gap, right off Highway 2 about 53 miles east of La Cañada Flintridge or 5.5 miles west of Big Pines, at 8:00 am. Although the parking lot is huge, Vincent is one of the most popular trailheads on the Angeles National Forest, so we encourage carpooling (and this is the rationale for the early start). All parked cars need to display an Adventure Pass.

    Baden-Powell is an 8-mile up-and-back-down hike boasting 2,800 feet of elevation gain and 41 switchbacks (which should give you an idea how steep it is). An optional side trip to one of the few surface springs on the Angeles National Forest will add about ¾ of a mile.

    Photo courtesy of Westcentric

    The trail is well signposted and easy to follow all the way to the top. At about the 3.5 mile mark and 9,000 feet of elevation, we’ll start to encounter 2,000-year-old limber pines, including the impressively-gnarled Waldron Tree. At the summit is a bronze-and-cement monument to Lord Robert Stevenson Smyth Baden-Powell, a British Army officer who founded the Boy Scouts in 1907. The summit offers breathtaking views in nearly 360 degrees – all the way to Long Beach to the south (on a clear day) and the south end of the Sierras to the north.


    Photo courtesy of SoCal Hiker

    We’ll plan to hike Baden-Powell on April 29, but in case the snow hasn’t melted by then a “snow check” date of July 15th will be planned. Registrants for the April hike will be informed at least a week ahead of time if we need to move the hike to July.



    Directions to Trailhead

    We’ll meet at Vincent Gap, right off Highway 2 - about 53 miles east of La Cañada Flintridge (at least 1 hour and a half) or 5.5 miles west of Big Pines, at 8:00 am.  

    Google Maps


    What to Bring

    Good hiking boots/shoes. Pack a lunch, snacks and bring plenty of water. Bring a hat/cap and sunscreen. 

    Hike Leader

    Bryan Matsumoto. If you have any questions, please call Bryan at 626-246-8634 or e-mail bmotzbmotz@yahoo.com 


    More information: https://socalhiker.net/hiking-mt-baden-powell/


    About the SoCal Six Pack of Peaks Challenge

    Southern California is a landscape of horizon-filling mountain ranges and towering peaks. Explore the highest highs with us this year!  The LA Chapter of Great Outdoors is scheduling hikes in partnership with the Orange County/Long Beach chapter,  to six of the tallest peaks in southern CA. Those with an interest can register for the SoCal Six Pack of Peaks Challenge here.

    The “Starter” package is a $30 contribution, some of which goes to support Big City Mountaineers. BCM instills critical life skills in under-served youth through transformative wilderness mentoring expeditions.

    Regardless of whether you register for the challenge or not, we hope you’ll consider joining us for all six peak climbs. Open to all, must be in good physical health, let's make this the year we climb all six!

Past Hikes and Events

Sat, February 17, 2018 Malibu Creek State Park Hike
Tue, February 13, 2018 February Core Meeting & Social
Sat, January 27, 2018 Nethercutt Museum and Collection
Sat, January 20, 2018 Stunt High Trail to Saddle Peak
Thu, January 18, 2018 Planning Dinner & Social
Sun, January 14, 2018 Big Gay Picnic + Echo Park Stair Hike II
Fri, January 05, 2018 Gay Film Series: "Call Me By Your Name" and Dinner
Sat, December 30, 2017 Upper Rustic Garapito Loop Trail
Wed, December 27, 2017 Holiday Gay Skate! at Moonlight Rollerway
Sat, December 23, 2017 WeHo Walking Tour + Axis Mundo: Queer Chicano Art Exhibit
Thu, December 21, 2017 Solstice Canyon Hike and Malibu Fish Market for the Winter Solstice!
Sun, December 17, 2017 Great Outdoors LA Holiday Party at the Retro Montrose Bowl!
Wed, December 13, 2017 L.A. Zoo Lights
Sun, November 19, 2017 Sullivan Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains
Sun, November 12, 2017 Steppin’ & Sketchin’: Stairs + Tom of Finland House
Sat, October 28, 2017 Cancelled - Trail closure due to fire - Orchard Camp Hike (2960')
Sun, October 01, 2017 Fall Fitness & Geology Hike to Fish Canyon
Sun, September 10, 2017 Summer Social and Elections
Tue, July 25, 2017 Roller Skating with Live Organ Music (and optional class!) - No need to register. Just come have a great time!
Sat, July 22, 2017 Bridge to Nowhere Adventure! Must Register on Eventbrite!
Sun, July 09, 2017 Cooper Canyon Falls & Will Thrall Peak in the Pleasant Ridge Wilderness
Wed, June 07, 2017 GO Rainbow Skate Night at Moonlight Rollerway - No need to register. Just come and have a great time!
Sat, June 03, 2017 Spring BBQ and Social - Free to Members and a Guest
Sat, May 27, 2017 ***CANCELLED*** Orchard Camp Hike (2960') CANCELLED
Tue, May 09, 2017 Live Organ Night at Moonlight Rollerway (Roller Skating) - No need to register. Just come have a great time!
Sat, April 29, 2017 Malibu Creek State Park Hike - No need to register. Free to anyone who wants to participate.
Sat, April 22, 2017 **CANCELLED due to high heat** Skyline Trail - PS Museum to the Tram's Mountain Station - Hosted by PS Chapter - Free - Contact Trip Leader for Details
Wed, April 12, 2017 GO Rainbow Skate Night at Moonlight Rollerway - No need to register. Just come and have a great time!
Sat, April 01, 2017 Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak
Sat, March 04, 2017 Hike Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve
Sat, February 25, 2017 Get to Steppin! Secret Stairs of Echo Park + Tom of Finland House
Sat, February 18, 2017 *CANCELLED* Stunt High Trail to Saddle Rock
Sun, February 12, 2017 SWITZER FALLS HIKE
Thu, February 09, 2017 Full Moon Hikes (with Great Outdoors and CMG)
Sat, January 28, 2017 Los Liones Trail to Parker Mesa Overlook Hike

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