Upcoming Hikes and Events

    • Thu, January 04, 2018
    • Thu, December 12, 2019
    • 24 sessions
    • Griffith Observatory

    Image credits: griffithobservatory.org

    Hike Leader: Gary Cleff.  Additional questions about the hike or where to meet contact Gary at (323) 314-7143 or email at garycleff@sbcglobal.net

    Co-sponsored by Great Outdoors and California Men's Gatherings

    No need to register, and free to anyone who wants to participate. 


    Time: 7:00 pm SHARP

    Would you like to see the lights of Hollywood, Downtown, Burbank and the San Fernando Valley while hiking way above them during the full moon, without a flashlight? And maybe dinner afterwards in the company of warm & wonderful Great Outdoors and CMG friends? Then join us as we come together for their once-a-month "Thursday-Closest-to-the-Full-Moon Hike."

    The LA Chapter continues the popular monthly Full Moon hikes in Griffith Park. Bring a friend, or meet some new ones, as we hike about 3 miles from the Griffith Park Observatory to the top of Mt Hollywood and back, enjoying airline views of Los Angeles and environs. Dogs are absolutely welcome, but must be on a leash. This is the same route as our Monday Night hike and is a moderate hike.

    Event Cost: FREE -- there is no charge for this event.  No need to RSVP - just join us!

    Parking: There is free parking in the Griffith Park Observatory parking lot, but we strongly encourages carpooling and public transportation whenever possible! On busy summer nights, especially near the full moon [or if there is any other significant event in the sky, the lot fills up and you'll have to park along the road down the hill.

    Hike: This easy 90-minute hike up Charlie Turner's Trail (with a few hundred feet elevation gain) takes us from the trailhead in the Griffith Park Observatory parking lot up past Dante's View to the spectacular views on the peak of Mt. Hollywood, which some refer to as the "McDaddy" of Los Angeles hiking trails. For more details on this trail, go to www.guidespot.com/guides/best_hiking_trails_in.

    What to Bring: Comfortable walking/hiking shoes, water and a jacket . . . it gets cool at the top some evenings.

    Additional questions? contact Gary at garycleff@sbcglobal.net or call (323) 314-7143

    Also check out: Weekly Griffith Park Monday Night Hike

    • Sat, February 16, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • PCT trailhead just north of South Fork Campground

    Hike difficulty: Moderate

    Length: 4 miles total

    Elevation: ~600 feet of elevation gain.

    The South Fork of Big Rock Creek is one of the most beautiful canyons on the Angeles National Forest, and yet is something of a well-kept secret. It contains an astonishing diversity of natural features: beautiful geology, narrow rocky cliffs, typical mid-elevation desert vegetation giving way to a wide swath of riparian hardwood forest, and at least one historic structure. It’s also one of the best places on the ANF to see bighorn sheep. Join Great Outdoors LA chapter for a short hike up the canyon to experience all of this!

    We’ll meet at the PCT trailhead just north of South Fork Campground at 8am. To reach the trailhead get yourself to Highway 138, then turn south on 165th St. E. This turns into Bob’s Gap road. After driving about 6.4 miles you’ll dead-end into Valyermo Road. Turn left and in roughly a quarter-mile turn left again down Big Rock Creek Road. Follow Big Rock Creek Road about 2.3 miles, then take the left turn onto a rough dirt road toward South Fork Campground. The parking area for the trailhead is a right turn roughly 0.85 miles, just before the campground. The map at this link shows driving directions from either the west (via the 5 and 14 freeways) or the east (via the 15 freeway). All parked vehicles should display an Adventure Pass!


    We’ll wait until about 8:15 and then start the hike.

    This is a moderately rough hike along and sometimes IN the stream bed of Big Rock Creek. Wear long pants and strong-soled boots as we’ll repeatedly be using rocks to cross the creek. It’s possible (but not necessary) that your feet will get wet. Everyone should have at least one liter of water and snacks. We also suggest you dress in layers as the early morning will be cold until the sun rises over the eastern wall of the canyon. We’ll do a small amount of pushing through vegetation but for most of the length of the hike there are narrow game trails to follow. Bring a camera partly to capture the beauty of the canyon and creek, and partly in hopes that we spot some bighorn sheep on the cliffs above the creek. We’ll hike about two miles up to the riparian hardwood forest where we’ll stop for lunch, then turn around and backtrack to the trailhead. The elevation gain on this hike is minimal and gradual.

    As always on a Great Outdoors hike we suggest folks bring the “ten essentials” listed here.

    Most of this hike is in the Pleasant View Ridge Wilderness and so group size is restricted to 15 persons. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity – register now! Group leader is Matthew Bokach, you can reach him at orobourical@yahoo.com with any questions.

    • Thu, February 21, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Panini Kabob Grill, 600 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

    Great Outdoors - Los Angeles has restarted our monthly planning meeting so Core Group members, trip leaders and members can meet face-to-face and plan upcoming activities - and have a meal together!

    We're attempting to rotate this monthly meeting around L.A. to make it more accessible to all members.

    "Come early for the meeting or later for just eating."

    Core Group Meeting starts at 7 PM (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter). 

    Social starts at 8 PM.

    Venue: Panini Kabob Grill,  600 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Past Hikes and Events

Thu, January 10, 2019 Core Meeting & Social
Sat, December 08, 2018 Winter Holidays Party + Core Group Meeting
Sat, November 17, 2018 Mount Waterman Loop Hike
Thu, November 08, 2018 Core Meeting & Social
Sat, October 20, 2018 Palos Verdes Del Cerro/Portuguese Bend Reserve
Fri, October 12, 2018 2018 Great Outdoors Annual Conference
Sun, September 30, 2018 San Bernardino Peak Day Hike
Sat, September 22, 2018 Kayaking and Birding in Beautiful Newport Back Bay
Thu, September 13, 2018 Core Meeting & Social
Sat, August 25, 2018 Hike to Cucamonga Peak (Important Updates!)
Sat, August 11, 2018 End of Summer BBQ
Sat, July 28, 2018 Hike to Mount Gorgonio CANCELED -- Important Update, Please Read!
Sun, June 24, 2018 Hike Mt. San Jacinto (Six Pack of Peaks #3)
Sat, June 23, 2018 Bridge to Nowhere Hike
Sun, May 27, 2018 Hike Mt. Baldy (Six Pack of Peaks #2)
Thu, May 24, 2018 Core Meeting & Social - New date: May 24
Sat, May 12, 2018 Day hike to San Pedro and along the Palos Verdes Peninsula
Sun, May 06, 2018 Great Outdoors Hike Leader Training
Sun, April 29, 2018 6-Pack of Peaks: #1 Mount Baden-Powell Hike
Sat, April 21, 2018 Silver Lake Ramble & Social
Sun, April 15, 2018 LA Bike Ride & Lunch!
Thu, April 12, 2018 April Core Meeting & Social
Sun, April 08, 2018 Gay Camping 101 & Big Gay Picnic!
Sat, April 07, 2018 Echo Mountain Shuttle Hike and Launch
Sat, March 31, 2018 Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak
Sat, March 17, 2018 Pt. Fermin & Pt. Vicente Lighthouses, Korean Bell, Palos Verdes and Hike
Sun, March 11, 2018 [POSTPONED]: Gay Camping 101 & Big Gay Picnic!
Fri, March 09, 2018 Game Night & Potluck Dinner
Wed, March 07, 2018 March Core Meeting & Social
Sun, February 25, 2018 Devil's Punchbowl and the Devil's Chair
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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