Upcoming Hikes and Events

    • Thu, January 04, 2018
    • Thu, December 20, 2018
    • 12 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. 

    NOTE: UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, THE HIKE WILL BEGIN AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE PARK ON COMMONWEALTH ABOUT 1/2 MILE NORTH OF LOS FELIZ DUE TO WORK ON THE OBSERVATORY PARKING LOT.

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

    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

    • Sun, June 24, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
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    This is an excellent day hike that gets you away from the Summer heat and turmoil of the LA/Long Beach/Orange County metropolis. On this Orange County/Long Beach chapter-led hike, we will take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway from the desert up into the San Jacinto Wilderness.

    For more information and to register, please visit greatoutdoors.org/oclb/OCLBWebsite/Trip-Notes/2018_Mount_San_Jacinto_Day_Hike.pdf


    Image courtesy of Modern Hiker. Further trail description here:

    https://modernhiker.com/hike/hiking-mount-san-jacinto-via-mountain-station


    Optional: Make it a Palm Springs weekend, or camp up on Mt. San Jacinto!




    • Sat, July 28, 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 41900 Falls Rd, Forest Falls, CA 92339
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    (Image from SoCalHiker.com)

    Gorgonio is the highest peak in Southern California at 11,503 feet above sea level. This will be an extremely challenging but fulfilling day! We’ll be hiking the Vivian Creek trail, which is the steepest but also the shortest option for reaching the summit. The round-trip is 17.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,840 feet.

    Some excellent detailed descriptions of the trail, including photos, can be found on SoCalHiker.net and ModernHiker.com.

    Schedule:  We’ll meet at the trailhead at 7:00 am. The early start time is meant to accommodate slower hikers who might need more than the estimated 10 hours to complete this hike. (Sunset is at approximately 8:00 pm.)

    Trip Leader: Matthew Bokach (orobourical@yahoo.com)

    Permits: The San Bernardino National Forest requests that all hikers fill out and carry a Wilderness Permit. The trip leader will have blank permits available at the trailhead. Group sizes in the Wilderness cannot exceed 12 people and apparently volunteers check compliance along the trail. Contact Matthew Bokach at orobourical@yahoo.com with any questions.

    What to bring: Especially on a long, remote, and challenging hike like this one, hikers are strongly encouraged to bring the "ten essentials" listed here: https://www.greatoutdoorsla.org/page-18105

    Directions: From I-10, take Exit 80 for University Avenue, and turn north. (If coming from the east, turn left onto Citrus Ave. at the end of the ramp, then take the first right turn onto University Avenue). Continue for 1 mile, and then turn right onto Lugonia Ave. (CA-38). Continue east for 20 miles, passing the Mill Creek Ranger Station on the right after 9 miles. After 20 miles, take the right turn for Valley of the Falls Road. Continue east for 4 miles until you reach the entrance for Big Falls Picnic Area. You can find parking for the trailhead at the eastern end of the picnic area near the Vivian Creek Trailhead. All parked vehicles must display an Adventure Pass.

    If using navigation software, the trailhead address is: 41900 Falls Rd, Forest Falls, CA 92339

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

    Icehouse Canyon Cabin

    (Image from SoCalHiker.net)

    Cucamonga Peak via the Icehouse Canyon Trail is one of the most popular hikes on the Angeles National Forest. The hike is 11.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,300 feet.

    Some excellent detailed descriptions of the trail, including photos, can be found on SoCalHiker.net and ModernHiker.com.

    Schedule:  We’ll meet at the trailhead at 7:00 am, in hopes of there still being some parking available. The hike will take 6-7 hours. All parked vehicles must display an Adventure Pass. Self-registration for a Wilderness Permit is required and available for free at the trailhead.

    Trip Leader: Matthew Bokach (orobourical@yahoo.com)

    Permits: All hikers must fill out and carry a Wilderness Permit. The trip leader will have blank permits available at the trailhead. Group sizes in the Wilderness cannot exceed 12 people and apparently volunteers check compliance along the trail. Contact Matthew Bokach at orobourical@yahoo.com with any questions.

    What to bring: Especially on a long, remote, and challenging hike like this one, hikers are strongly encouraged to bring the "ten essentials" listed here: https://www.greatoutdoorsla.org/page-18105

    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.

    Contact Matthew Bokach at orobourical@yahoo.com with any questions.



    • Sun, September 30, 2018
    • Angelus Oaks trailhead
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    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

Past Hikes and Events

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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