Upcoming events

    • 23 Jan 2017
    • 25 Dec 2017
    • 49 sessions
    • Griffith Observatory


    Mondays, 6:00 PM - No need to register, and the hike is free to anyone who would like 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.

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

    (Meet by the "Charlie Turner's Trail" sign, in the back of the Observatory parking lot).

    This hike is an easy ascent/stroll. After the hike, we will meet at a local restaurant for dinner. Rain after 4:30 p.m. cancels.

    The hike is on the Charlie Turner Trail and goes to the top of Mount Hollywood. We meet at the trailhead which is at the far end of the Griffith Park Observatory parking area.

    Starting at the Charlie Turner trailhead, this hike is 2.5 miles with an elevation change of about 1000 feet. The views are great. On a clear day, you can see Catalina Island. Great views of the high rise buildings in downtown, Century City, Westwood and the Miracle Mile. Parking is adjacent to the trailhead. The parking lot is used by visitors to the Griffith Park Observatory. Get there early to ensure close parking. Parking is available on the roads leading to the parking lot but the walk to the trailhead will all be uphill! There is no fee for parking or to enter the park.

    For more information Contact Gary by email at mondaynighthike@greatoutdoorsla.org


    • 9 Feb 2017
    • 6 Jul 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Griffith Observatory


    Full Moon Hikes
     (with Great Outdoors and CMG)

    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

    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.

    (Meet by the "Charlie Turner's Trail" sign, in the back of the Observatory parking lot).

    Time: 7:00 SHARP

    2017 dates: Jan 12 | Feb 9 | Mar 9 | Apr 6 | May 11 | Jun 8 | Jul 6 | Aug 3 | Sept 7 | Oct 5 | Nov 2 | Dec 7

    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

    • 27 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Mt. Wilson Trail



    HIKE IS CANCELLED DUE TO CONFLICT WITH THE MT WILSON TRAIL RUN EVENT.  TRAIL IS CLOSED TO NON-RACERS.

    Orchard Camp (2960')
    Views of San Gabriel Valley, Giant Oaks, Streams and Waterfalls.

    Date: Saturday, May 27, 2011
    Time: 9:00 AM
    Near: Sierra Madre, CA
    Length: 7 miles roundtrip – 4 1/2 hours
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Elevation Gain: 1990 feet
    Configuration:  Out and back
    Exposure:  Sun/Shade

    Summary: The Mount Wilson trail is a throwback to a bygone era. The trail’s history begins with The Gabrielino Indians, who were believed to have trekked through the area in search of acorns and wild game. The trail was officially constructed under the direction of Benjamin Wilson in 1864. The purpose at that time was to transport lumber from what was later named “Mt. Wilson”. The trail was later (1889) used to transport the first of many telescopes to the mountaintop. The second telescope was carried up the trail and assembled atop Mount Wilson.

    Orchard Camp was constructed in 1864 as a construction camp for laborers. Around 1890 the camp was converted to a trail resort. It was immensely popular throughout most of its 50 years of operation. 1911 was a peak year with 40,000 persons signing the register.

    Those days are gone now but you can still see the remains of Orchard camp. The site was abandoned in 1940. Orchard Camp at one time was both an orchard and a camp. Today, there is little more than the ruins of concrete footings to remind us that this is the site of Wilson's Halfway House and the hotel that succeeded it. The biggest attraction is the 1,500-year-old Canyon Oak, looming above the site.

    The trail begins with a steady climb up the western slope of Santa Anita Canyon. We will be treated to extraordinary views of the San Gabriel Valley and beyond. The hills are a lush green evident from the recent rainfalls with many wildflowers ranging from purple to yellow.  Along the way, we will hear the nearby stream and see a large waterfall. We will pause for a break, relaxing along the heavily wooded stream.  We will resume our hike, climbing gently toward Orchard Camp. We will walk amid a forest of live oak and California laurel.

    Orchard Camp is a pleasantly wooded location in a setting of live oak, canyon oak and spruce. This will be a great place to stop for lunch while admiring the majestic canyon oak that is found here. This tree is among the largest and oldest in all the San Gabriels, having first set down roots around 500 A.D.

    Trailhead: From the 210 Freeway, exit Baldwin Ave. and go north. When you come to a traffic light where you have to go either right or left, go left to the next light and that is Baldwin Ave. Take a right and continue up Baldwin Ave. through the downtown area of Sierra Madre. Approximately ¾ of a mile from the downtown plaza, take a right on Mira Monte. Go down about ½ mile and you will come to a small park on your left. Park anywhere in this area along Mira Monte.  We will meet at the Mt. Wilson Trail Park near the sign.


    What to Bring: Good hiking boots/shoes, snacks, lunch, plenty of water, hat/cap and sunscreen.

    Hike Leaders: Menard Jaramillo and Paul Ripley

    For more information, contact Menard at 323-804-4700, menard3@yahoo.com  


    • 3 Jun 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Crystal Lake Recreation Area


    Spring BBQ and Social
    Crystal Lake Area in the Angeles National Forest
    Saturday, June 3, 2017

    Hike 10:00 am

    BBQ 1:00 pm

    Join fellow Great Outdoors members and their guests.  Relax, go on a hike, bike ride, feast on delicious food and enjoy meeting new people and long-time friends.  Bring your camp chair, sunscreen and hat.

    Great Outdoors will provide the BBQ, soft drinks, water and dessert.  Please bring a side dish to share with the group.  We will have a raffle with some great prizes!

    Cost:  This event is free to all members and a guest.  Non-member fee is $10.00 with option to join Great Outdoors for $20.00 (normally a $25 fee).  There is a $5 day use fee by the Forest Service (Adventure Pass or Interagency).  The Pass can be obtained at the any ranger station, the Crystal Lake Visitor Center/Cafe or at many sporting good stores.

    Directions:  We will have our BBQ/Social at the Crystal Lake Fawnskin Picnic Area.  Look for the Great Outdoors banner.  From Azusa, take Highway 39 north for 25 miles, through San Gabriel Canyon. Follow the signs to Crystal Lake. When you come to N Crystal Lake Road, turn right to Crystal Lake. Stop at fee station.

    LAT/LONG:
    34.324990, -117.830990

    Crystal Lake Recreation Area
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    RSVP to Menard at menard3@yahoo.com or register here, so we know how many people to plan for. See you there!



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