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

    • 9 Jul 2017
    • 7:00 AM
    • Buckhorn Campground


    Epic Hike to Will Thrall Peak in the Pleasant Ridge Wilderness - San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

    Sunday, July 9, 2017  7 AM

    Join our refreshing all-day adventure exploring the San Gabriel Mountains high country before summer heats up!

    A strenuous, gorgeous hike through a diverse landscape, from shaded canyons of cedars and pines, down to Littlerock Creek, up to sunny, rocky slopes of yucca and chaparral ending at Will Thrall Peak - with dramatic views of the forest and high desert.

    • Distance: 11.2 miles
    • Elevation gain: ~3,300 feet
    • Suggested time: 6.5 hours
    • Difficulty rating: Strenuous (Elevation gain, distance, steepness, terrain, altitude)
    • Restroom: Outhouse at trailhead

    "An absolutely epic day hike... your effort and perseverance will be returned in kind with equal doses of jaw-dropping beauty, peaceful solitude, and a profound connection with the seemingly-untouched wilderness of the high country."

    https://modernhiker.com/hike/hiking-will-thrall-peak-via-buckhorn

    "This strenuous and very scenic hike not only explores some of the best high country of the Angeles National Forest but it visits one of the more isolated summits in the San Gabriels. Will Thrall Peak (elevation 7,848) isn’t exactly a secret among L.A. hikers but it doesn’t get nearly the attention of Mt. Baldy or Mt. Baden-Powell. Hikers who are up for the challenge – including a very steep climb from the saddle to the summit and almost 1,000 feet of elevation gain required on the return route – won’t want to miss this adventure."

    https://www.nobodyhikesinla.com/2017/05/17/will-thrall-peak-from-buckhorn-campground

    This 11.2 mile, all day hike is not for beginners, and we will cap it at 20 people max. Hikers are expected to read the full trail descriptions in the links above, come prepared with proper footwear, water, tasty lunch, snacks, sun protection, 10 essentials, and sign the Great Outdoors release at the trailhead.


    DIRECTIONS (Read carefully):

    We will meet at 7 AM in Buckhorn Campground.

    Take the Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy 2) 33.9 miles east of the exit off the 210 in La Cañada Flintridge. Shortly after you pass the Mount Waterman Ski Area, enter the BUCKHORN CAMPGROUND on your left, NOT the day use area just before it.) Drive through the campground, following the signs for the Burkhart Trail. Park in the day-use lot and display your Adventure Pass. Note that the Google Maps Directions wants to send you past the Buckhorn Campground.

    (See "How to Get There" in the Modern Hiker link above). The early start is to ensure parking availability and cool weather for our ascent. Parking is limited and carpooling is highly encouraged! 

    CARPOOL meeting point: 5:45 AM at Flanders Rd in La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

    https://goo.gl/maps/JFMaEQLQjfS2

    The drive up the mountain is one hour from the carpool point.

    Optional camping: Camp beforehand on your own in Buckhorn Campground (assuming availability).

    Looking forward to a great day! Questions? 

    I NEED RSVPs from everyone so I have a head count for carpooling and hiking. Cheers!

    Hike leader Bryan Matsumoto bmotzbmotz@yahoo.com, cell: 626-246-8634




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