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


    • 10 Sep 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Brand Park, Glendale

    End of Summer BBQ and Elections
    Brand Park in Glendale

    Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 11:00 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, dessert, soft drinks and water. 

    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). 

    Elections: This is your chance to help make sure the chapter continues to provide great activities for its members. We will need people to volunteer to run for the following positions: President, VP Outings and Treasurer.  Other positions on the board such as Day Activities Coordinator, Webmaster, Newsletter Editor, Publicity/Outreach Coordinator, Special Events/Meetings Coordinator are appointed. Let a core group member know if you are interested in being part of our core group.

    2017-2018 Overnight Trips and Day Activities:  Please consider leading an overnight (Camping, Backpacking, etc.) or day activity.  During our All-Chapter Conference during October, we will meet to plan the overnight trips for the following year.  If you have some great ideas for future trips, please let us know during our September BBQ or before the October All-Chapter Conference.

    Brand Park. Located in the Verdugo Mountains in the City of Glendale, Brand Park provides picnic areas, and hiking, as well as a window into local history. Leslie C. Brand, often referred to as the "father of Glendale," purchased 1,000 acres in the Verdugo Mountains at the turn of the twentieth century. Brand built the 5,000-square foot mansion named El Mirador at the base of the mountains. Brand's property and elegant home were deeded to the city of Glendale after his wife's death in 1945 to become Brand Park. El Mirador is now Brand Library. The park also contains a historic home in the Queen Anne style known as the "Doctors House," that was moved to the site in 1979. Brand Trail is a fire road that offers a moderately steep ascent from El Mirador to the ridge of the Verdugos. The trail connects to a network of trails that crisscross the range.

    Address:  Address: 1601 W. Mountain Street, Glendale.  
    Meeting Place:  Look for the Great Outdoors Banner.  We will be in the area to the left of the "Miradero" Entrance just as you enter the park.

    RSVP to Menard at menard3@yahoo.com so we know how many people to plan for. See you there!




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