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. 


    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. 


    (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

    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Malibu Creek State Park


    Malibu Creek State Park Hike    

    Rock Pool, Century Lake, M*A*S*H Movie Site, Forest Trail

    No need to register. Hike is free to anyone who wants to participate. 

    Time:           9:00 am
    Distance:      8 miles round trip
    Elevation:     300 ft                                                
    Hike Time:   4 1/2 hours                                        Difficulty:     Easy to Moderate 
    Trail Type:   Well maintained trail                            
    Hike Type:   Out and Back                                                    

    Before land for Malibu Creek State Park was acquired in 1974, it was divided into three parcels belonging to Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan, and 20th Century Fox. Although the park is still used for moviemaking, it’s primarily a haven for day hikers and picnickers.

    Malibu Creek State Park is a sprawling chunk of parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains, hugging the Malibu Creek as it flows into the ocean, while also stretching east along the Backbone Trail. There are several distinct sections of the park, and we will hike the “lower canyon” area, along the trails that follow Malibu Creek through a striking section of the mountains known as the Goat Buttes.

    Century Lake: We will start the hike with a leisurely stroll through the Grassland trail and meet up with Crags road. We will see a prominent concrete bridge crossing the creek that leads to the visitor center. We will veer right, keeping on Crags Road, and will cross Malibu Creek on another bridge, just north of Century Lake. Here, the landscape is more like a wetland, and during the spring months there are many migratory birds that make a stop in this area of the canyon. After crossing the creek, the road narrows considerably, and eventually turns into a single-track trail over some very rocky terrain.

    M*A*S*H Movie site: The trail continues in this shaded section between the Goat Buttes, then comes upon the site of the M*A*S*H set. There’s not a whole lot left from the show, but there are two rusted but fairly well preserved vehicles.  We will have a nice view of the prominent Goat Buttes that tower above the site and were featured in the opening shot of each episode.

    We will then turn back and at the 4.7-mile mark we will reach the Forest Trail junction. It isn’t marked with a sign like many of the other side trails, but it’s a very clear path cut through the grass, just before we cross the bridge over the Creek.

    The Forest Trail is a short stretch of track that hugs the southern banks of Century Lake, another artificial lake formed by a dam. The trail here is shady and cool, the result of some non-native trees such as Redwoods that were planted here some time ago. The trail is only a half-mile to the edge of the dam, where we will have to turn around and hike back the way we came. But the views from the dam and the reflections on the lake water are worth the short side-trip.

    Rock Pool:  One last stop before we head out is Rock Pool — a popular area for swimming and rock climbing. The “Swiss Family Robinson” television series and some Tarzan movies were filmed here. We may see a few climbers on the rock walls along the way.  The trail ends at the aptly named Rock Pool. This is a very popular hangout. Relax, take a dip, or try your hand at climbing a bit? We will then return back to the Grassland Trail.

    Directions to Trailhead: From Highway 101/Ventura Freeway, take Las Virgenes Road South for about 3 1/2 miles. Turn right on Mulholland Road.

    From Pacific Coast Highway, turn inland on Malibu Canyon Road and proceed 6.75 miles and turn left on Mulholland Highway.

    You can park for free on the side of the road. Walk up the road until you see a sign for the Grasslands Trail.  We will meet there.

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

    After the Hike, we can have lunch, coffee, or light snacks at a nearby restaurant.

    Rain Cancels    

    Contact:  Menard Jaramillo at (323) 804-4700 or by email menard3@yahoo.com

    • 9 May 2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Moonlight Rollerway

    Who doesn't love live organs? Tonight, GREAT OUTDOORS LA invites you to roller skate to the fun melodic tunes of roller skating organ music, played live by rink owner Domenic on the 1930's Hammond B3 Organ.

    “Live Organ Music Night: Since I own the rink and play the organ, why not? There has to be someone to carry on the tradition. There are still those who like to skate to the organ music, not only old timers but young adults in their 20’s and 30’s who enjoy the night and find it quite different." - Domenic Cangelosi.  http://moonlightrollerway.com/meet-dominic/

    ✨ MOONLIGHT ROLLERWAY is a retro LA roller rink classic beloved by many. Every Tuesday night owner Domenic fires up the organ and plays tunes you're unlikely to hear anywhere else. They also graciously host LA's longest-running weekly LGBTQ-and-friends Rainbow Skate night on Wednesdays. ✨

    If you haven't been, it's a must. All are welcome, share & invite friends for a fun night out on wheels!

    Admission: $9.50 Skate rental: $5
    Yes Credit cards/cash. No checks/debit cards. There are lockers available for shoes, etc.

    Can I bring my own skates? Absolutely! Rollerblades too. See website FAQ

    An old school snack bar sells pizza, hot dogs, nachos, etc.

    Retro outfits not required but encouraged!


    Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/DgVVMfSLYhq
    Transit: Metro Bus: 12 / 94 / 794
    Parking: Plenty on street

    GREAT OUTDOORS is the largest gay outdoor recreational organization in Southern California, with 5 chapters in Los Angeles, Orange County/Long Beach, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, and San Diego. Join us for fun hikes, camping trips & more!

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