Upcoming Hikes and Events

    • Thu, January 04, 2018
    • Thu, December 20, 2018
    • 11 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. 


    2018 dates:  Jan 4 | Feb 1 | March 1 | March 29 | April 26 | May 24 | June 28 | Aug 23 | Sept 27 | Oct 27 | Nov 21 | Dec 20

    Please note that the July 26 hike has been canceled.

    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, August 25, 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 7698 Ice House Canyon Rd, Mt Baldy, CA 91759

    Icehouse Canyon Cabin

    (Image from SoCalHiker.net)

    N.B.: If you are joining us on this hike, please read this again as important updates have been added!

    Cucamonga Peak via the Icehouse Canyon Trail is one of the most popular hikes on the Angeles National Forest. The hike is 13.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,500 feet. The reward for all your hard work is one of the best views in all of the San Gabriels. This is also one of the SoCal Six Pack of Peaks for those who are completing that challenge this summer. Icehouse Canyon is one of the most beautiful areas on the Angeles National Forest, with a wide diversity of habitat types including a babbling creek, riparian vegetation, and high-elevation conifer forest.

    Some excellent detailed descriptions of the trail, including photos, can be found on SoCalHiker.net and ModernHiker.com. (Note that their descriptions list this as an 11-ish mile hike, but our figure of 13.5 miles is GPS-verified.)

    Schedule:  We’ll meet at the trailhead at 7:00 am, in hopes of there still being some parking available. There is usually plenty of overflow parking available along the sides of Mt. Baldy Road. All parked vehicles must display an Adventure Pass. We will depart at 7:30 am sharp, so latecomers will be on their own at that point. The hike will take between 7-8 hours. We will take one or two short breaks on the way up, a longer lunch break at the summit, and one short break on the way back down.

    Trip Leader: Matthew Bokach (orobourical@yahoo.com). Contact Matthew with any questions!

    Permits: Once everyone in the group is present, the trip leader will fill out a single free Wilderness permit for the group. Group sizes in the Wilderness cannot exceed 12 people and apparently volunteers check compliance along the trail. If our total group is more than 12 folks we will split into two groups with separate hike leaders. All hikers will also fill out the Great Outdoors roster so the group leader(s) can make sure everyone is accounted for.

    What to bring: Especially on a long and remote hike like this one, hikers are strongly encouraged to bring the "ten essentials" listed here: https://www.greatoutdoorsla.org/page-18105. This is a strenuous hike based both on distance and elevation gain. If you aren't sure if you're fit enough for this hike, please contact Matthew Bokach and chat about your experience level. All hikers must have at least 3 liters of water, and adequate snacks/lunch. We will not allow anyone with less than this to join the group, and more is recommended. As a rough guide, when we scouted this route our fitness app said we burned over 2,000 calories. Most of this hike is exposed and nearly the entire descent will be under direct sunlight and hot. That said, mornings in Icehouse Canyon are cool (because the sun hasn't yet risen over the ridge) - so a lightweight warm removable layer of clothes is highly recommended. Appropriate footwear is also a necessity as there's a lot of scrambling over rocks along this route.

    Directions: From the 210 freeway, take exit 54 for Mountain Ave. exit and travel north. As you drive up the hill, Mountain Avenue veers to the right and then back to the left. Just past the Lower San Antonio fire station the road bends sharply to the left then dead-ends onto Mount Baldy Road – turn right (north). Go through Mount Baldy Village and take a right at the fork in the road toward Icehouse Canyon. The trailhead parking lot is at the end of the short road. If using navigation software, the trailhead address is: 7698 Ice House Canyon Rd, Mt Baldy, CA 91759.

    • Sat, September 22, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Newport Aquatic Center

    Join the LA GO Chapter for a fun morning of paddling in a hidden gem of a location! The Newport Back Bay is an important bird habitat and beautiful kayaking destination. The calm, protected estuary allows even beginners to peacefully enjoy the wetland habitat and view birds, free from boats and waves. Birds sometimes seen include Snowy Egret, Great Blue Heron, Brown Pelican and different species of shorebirds. 

    Largest Remaining Natural Estuary in Southern California

    Upper Newport Bay (aka the “Back Bay”) is the largest of only a few remaining natural estuaries in Southern California. An estuary is a coastal wetland where saltwater from the ocean mixes with nutrient-rich freshwater from inland sources, to provide a fertile feeding area for birds, fish and other animals.

    Kayaking: Beginners are welcome, kayaking is fun and easy to learn! We will share basic paddling instruction. Single or double kayaks available for rent.  If you own a kayak, launch for free at the same location, at North Star Beach next to the Newport Aquatic Center.

    Location:Park and meet in front of the Newport Aquatic Center.  1 Whitecliffs Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/pe5sA5yXLb82  Carpooling encouraged! Free parking.

    Rental Cost (paid directly to the Newport Aquatic Center): 

    Single kayak: $15/per hour

    Double kayak: $20/per hour

    Estimated cost is $20-30 per person, based on 2 hours on the water. There is NO Great Outdoors fee for this event.


    Event subject to cancellation in the instance of rain or inclement weather. If the event is to be cancelled, we will notify you by e-mail if you have RSVPed with your contact info by Friday 9/21/18. 

    Liability Waiver: 

    All members must sign a Newport Aquatic Center Release of Liability Waiver (available at the facility), and must leave a valid Driver’s License at the front desk, upon payment.

    All members must complete a Great Outdoors Day Trip Activity Sign-in Sheet Waiver Form.  Form will be available at the facility.

    Lifejackets are required to be worn by everyone, at all times, using a kayak.

    Please watch the Newport Aquatic Center’s Kayak & Stand-Up Paddling Instructional Video to learn more helpful tips and safety instructions:


    Gear: Wear swimwear or beach attire (T-shirt and swim-trunks), sandals, sunscreen, a hat, a light jacket if the weather is chilly. Bring a towel and change of clothes. Optional: Binoculars, waterproof camera, waterproof watch.

    Valuables: The aquatic center has a locker-room available for changing and showering.  Valuables and electronics (phones, cameras, etc.) are recommended to be kept inside your vehicle.  If you do choose to bring them along, it is recommended that you do keep them in a waterproof ziplock type bag to avoid possible loss or damage.  Each member is solely responsible for their own valuables and possessions.

    Directions: Use Google maps to locate the Newport Aquatic Center at 1 Whitecliffs Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660. http://tinyurl.com/NACKayak

    Group Lunch: Following our outing, join us for lunch (optional) at a nearby restaurant (to be determined).

    For More Information:

         Newport Aquatic Center Kayak Rental http://newportaquaticcenter.com/kayak-sups/

         Article: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/bay-501154-area-park.html

    While you’re in the area… Check out:

         Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center (Newport Bay Conservancy)
    Learn about life in and around an estuary and why Upper Newport Bay is such an important estuary. Walking trail along estuary edge.
    Open til 4:00 pm, Free. (949) 923-2290
    Directions: http://newportbay.org/home/maps-and-directions/

    PLEASE RSVP before September 21, 2018 with your name and contact information to the leaders below. Questions, suggestions - let us know!

    Trip leaders:  Larry Edmonds and Bob King. Contact info: Larry e-mail: lje77@sbcglobal.net; Bob – bk78@pacbell.net.

    • Sun, September 30, 2018
    • Angelus Oaks trailhead

    This trail has amazing views that begin very early in the hike. San Bernardino Peak is one of the lesser known (and lesser traveled) peaks in Southern California, providing a nice break from the more crowded trails like Mt. San Antonio.

    This is an Orange County/Long Beach-led hike. For more information, please visit greatoutdoors.org/oclb/OCLBWebsite/Trip-Notes/2018_San_Bernardino_Day_Hike.pdf

    • Fri, October 12, 2018
    • Sun, October 14, 2018

    The 2018 Great Outdoors Annual Conference is coming up (October 12-14).

    To register and for more information, please visit http://greatoutdoorssandiego.wildapricot.org/event-3018763

    • Sat, December 08, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • TBD

Past Hikes and Events

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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