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

    • 28 Oct 2017
    • Mt. Wilson Trail - Sierra Madre

    Views of San Gabriel Valley, Giant Oaks, Streams

    Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
    Time: 9:00 AM
    Near: Sierra Madre, CA 91024
    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    

Past events

1 Oct 2017 Fall Fitness & Geology Hike to Fish Canyon
10 Sep 2017 Summer Social and Elections
25 Jul 2017 Roller Skating with Live Organ Music (and optional class!) - No need to register. Just come have a great time!
22 Jul 2017 Bridge to Nowhere Adventure! Must Register on Eventbrite!
9 Jul 2017 Cooper Canyon Falls & Will Thrall Peak in the Pleasant Ridge Wilderness
7 Jun 2017 GO Rainbow Skate Night at Moonlight Rollerway - No need to register. Just come and have a great time!
3 Jun 2017 Spring BBQ and Social - Free to Members and a Guest
27 May 2017 ***CANCELLED*** Orchard Camp Hike (2960') CANCELLED
9 May 2017 Live Organ Night at Moonlight Rollerway (Roller Skating) - No need to register. Just come have a great time!
29 Apr 2017 Malibu Creek State Park Hike - No need to register. Free to anyone who wants to participate.
22 Apr 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
12 Apr 2017 GO Rainbow Skate Night at Moonlight Rollerway - No need to register. Just come and have a great time!
1 Apr 2017 Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak
4 Mar 2017 Hike Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve
25 Feb 2017 Get to Steppin! Secret Stairs of Echo Park + Tom of Finland House
18 Feb 2017 *CANCELLED* Stunt High Trail to Saddle Rock
9 Feb 2017 Full Moon Hikes (with Great Outdoors and CMG)
28 Jan 2017 Los Liones Trail to Parker Mesa Overlook Hike

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