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Our Monthly Social Meeting is at

Marie Callender's

16390 Beach Blvd.

Westminster, CA 92683

Phone: 714-847-6600

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Our next Gathering will be on 

May 1, 2018 


OC / LB Chapter Monthly Social Meeting is on the first Tuesday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

 We have a social hour at 7 PM, and dinner service will begin at about 7:30 PM.  Each person is responsible for their own food and beverage bill.  

During the Social Hour, the Core Group will be meeting briefly. You are welcome to participate in  the Core Group Meeting and give input. Only Core Group Members can vote. 

Fullerton Aboretum

April  20, 2018

Please notify the trip leader if you plan to attend.

Excerpts from the Fullerton Arboretum Website:

 “Mission of the Fullerton Arboretum Provide our visitors the opportunity to gain knowledge and appreciation of the plant world through collections that preserve and promote stewardship of worldwide plant diversity and regional agricultural heritage. Serve faculty, students and the broader community through education and scholarly activities.”

Heritage House:

Heritage house is a 19th century house on the grounds, restored in 1984. “In 1972 the house was moved from its original town site at the corner of Amerige and Harvard (Lemon) to the Fullerton Arboretum. The restored house now serves as a museum of family life and medical practice of the 1890s. Heritage House is an excellent example of Eastlake Victorian-style architecture, prevalent in Orange County during the late 1800s. The structural elements of the building's ornamentation and scale are balanced in pleasing proportions. The home is constructed of redwood and fir. Two other historic structures were moved to the Heritage House yard: an 1880s outhouse and an 1895 pump house and windmill. The wisteria-covered arbor was built from plans from an 1880s architectural design book. The gardens and orchards surrounding Heritage House have been planted in a manner typical of the late 19th century. They harken back to the agricultural heritage of Orange County's a way of life that has all but vanished from the Southern California urban landscape.”

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Puente Hills Wilderness Preserve Day Hike

April 29, 2018 at 9 AM

Please notify the trip leader if you plan to attend.

We meet at 9:00 am at the home of Dennis Vinopal located in the Puente Hills which straddles the border of Los Angeles and Orange County. From there we will carpool to Wa parking area about a mile away.

This easy to moderate hike will follow a figure eight loop that takes us through 8 miles of oak shaded canyons and ridge-line vista with a total of about 1100 feet of gain and loss. This preserve of about 1000 acres is a section of a 26 mile wild life corridor that extends from Cleveland National Forest to the Western end of the city of Whittier. Deer, coyote, bobcats and many bird species are frequently seen in the preserve.

On a clear day, you will see many vistas. On the south side of the hike, you can see much of Orange and Los Angeles County including Catalina Island and the Pacific coast line. On the North part of hike you may see parts of downtown Los Angeles and all of the San Gabriel valley and surrounding mountains. Mount San Jacinto may also be seen.

Note: The Preserve is closed for two days after rain has occurred due to muddy and hazardous conditions. Please call Dennis to verify.

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Aliso and Wood Canyons Day Hike

May 5, 2018, 9:00 AM

Please notify the trip leader if you plan to attend.

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park in south Orange County covers more than 4200 acres of scenic canyons, rock formations, meadows, old oaks, and is home to lots of wildlife. We will be traversing the northern portion of this beautiful area to the spectacular views of Alta Laguna Park, ‘Top of the World’, above Laguna Beach.

Our hike will start at Canyon View Park in Aliso Viejo. We will go down Wood Canyon along Wood Creek, stopping at Dripping Cave. We will then proceed up Mathis canyon to the West Ridge and then on upwards to Alta Laguna Park. After a snack break and rest stop we will take the West Ridge trail high above Laguna Canyon Road back to the trailhead. The total hike will be about 8 miles, 600 ft. elevation gain/loss, and take about 4 hours.

The trails are closed for 3 days following major rain. To verify closure/access, check Alerts at: http://www.ocparks.com/. No alternative hike is planned.


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Upcoming Events for 2017 and 2018

Fullerton Arboretum
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Doug Cable
Puente Hills Wildnerness Preserve Day Hike
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Dennis Vinopal
Aliso and Woods Canyon Regional Park Day Hike
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Frederick Brown
Hollyhock House Day Trip
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Gary Spake
Mount Baldy Day Hike
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Frederick Brown
Dogwood Car Camp
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06/01/2018 to 06/03/2018
Dennis Vinopal
Beginner Backpack
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06/10/2018 to 06/12/2018
Frederick Brown
Mount San Jacinto Day Hike
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Doug Cable
Intermediate Backpack
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07/09/2018 to 07/14/2108
Frederick Brown
Abalone and Sacred Coves Day Hike
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Frederick Brown
Advanced Backpack
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08/05/2018 to
Rob Talbert
Advanced / Intermediate Backpack
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08/26/2018 to
Doug Cable
Automotive Driving Museum
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Gary Spake
San Bernardino Peak Day Hike
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Doug Cable
Great Outdoors Annual Conference10/12/2018 to
Santa Ana Zoo
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Gary Spake

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