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Our Monthly Social Meeting is at:

Marie Callender's

16390 Beach Blvd.

Westminster, CA 92683

Phone: 714-847-6600

Come and Join Us

Our next Gathering will be on 

October 2, 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. 

2018 All Chapter Conference

October 12-14, 2018

Come out and join the 2018 All Chapter Conference hosted by the San Diego Great Outdoors at Cuyamaca Rancho SP - Green Valley Campground.

This year marks the Ruby (40th) Anniversary of the Great Outdoors, for some this has been a journey for others this new, in either case its a great way to connect with other like minded LGBT and allies.

We have a weekend full of fun activities planned for all participants, whether that is to reconnect with old friends or hike in a new area, we'll be offering something for everyone.

A little about Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

East of San Diego, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park offers respite from the dry Southern California landscape. The park’s 24,700 acres of oak and conifer forests and expansive meadows are broken by running streams.

Located in the Peninsular Range of mountains, Cuyamaca Peak, at 6,512 feet, is the second highest point in San Diego County. From the peak, visitors can see Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to the east and the Pacific coastline to the west. Over half of the park’s acreage is designated as state wilderness.

Our Campground

Green Valley sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet and has a creek which runs through the middle of the campground.  We have 12 campsites for sleeping and one campsite designated as our event space.

Saturday Night Event

What would a Anniversary be without a celebration, our celebration will be themed to the 1970s/80s. So put on your bell bottoms, or dust off your parachute pants, and let's have some fun. Prizes will be awards to the best dressed participants.

Weekend Itinerary

Friday, October 12, 2018

2:00 PM - Registration Opens

6:00 PM - Meet and Great - Hosted by San Diego Great Outdoors

8:00 PM - Movie: La Cage aux Folies (1978)

Saturday, October 13, 2018

10:00 AM - Day Hike

2:00 PM - Photo Scavenger Hunt

6:00 PM - Potluck Dinner

7:00 PM - Evening Program (Wear your best 70's/80's outfit)

Sunday, October 14, 2018

9:00 AM - Hosted breakfast

12:00 PM - Event ends

What to Bring

Ten Essentials, camp chair, camp table, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, potluck item for Saturday night, firewood.


Dogs must be attended and leashed at all times. Except for service animals, pets are allowed only on paved roads.

Health Problems/allergies

It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.


Payment in full confirms the reservation. Cancellation for a full refund must be received by October 5.

Click here for more information and registration

Automobile Driving Museum - LA

Date changed to Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018

(from September 9, 2018)

Join Great Outdoors for a Sunday morning visit to the amazing Automobile Driving Museum, located just South of LAX, at 610 Lairport St., El Segundo, CA 90245. The Museum operates with a Volunteer staff and is supported mainly by guest Donations. The recommended Donation is $10 for adults. Plan to meet in-line, near the front door, at about 9:30 AM, before signing in for the “touring” and museum… 

Get map, here 

There is ‘No Registration required’ for this event, just call or email & meet-up! 

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San Bernardino Peak Day Hike

September 30, 2018

Overview: Distance: 16 miles Elevation Gain/Loss: 4600 Feet Level: Advanced Day HikeOne of the best-kept secrets of Southern California is San Bernardino Mountains. Just five miles away from the highest peak in Southern California— San Gorgonio — San Bernardino tops out at a respectable 10,649 feet. Hiking from Angelus Oaks, this 16-mile out-and-back trail climbs over 4,600 feet.

This trail has amazing views that begin very early in the hike. San Bernardino Peak is one of the lesser known (and lesser traveled) peaks in Southern California, providing a nice break from the more crowded trails like Mt. San Antonio.

There are three distinct sections to this trail. The first section climbs steadily up well-engineered switchbacks through oak and pine forest. You gain a lot of elevation quickly, but the trail is smooth and not too steep. The second section gently climbs through manzanita, with beautiful views to the north towards Big Bear. The trail beings to climb up the final slope as you near Limber Pines. There is a small seasonal creek that you’ll cross about 1/2 mile before Limber Pines. The third and final section follows switchbacks up the steep slope to Washington’s Monument, then parallels the ridge to the top of San Bernardino Peak.

Click here for more information and registration

Check out the other chapters' upcoming events:

(Click on Chapter Name for Website)

Great Outdoors Corporate Website

Los Angeles Chapter

Palm Springs Chapter

San Diego Chapter

Santa Barbara/Ventura County Chapter

Upcoming Events for 2017 and 2018

Advanced Backpack
Click here for more information
08/05/2018 to
Rob Talbert
Advanced / Intermediate Backpack
Click here for more information
08/26/2018 to
Frederick Brown
Automotive Driving Museum
Click here for more information
Date Chnaged from 09/09/16 to 09/23/16
Gary Spake
San Bernardino Peak Day Hike
Click here for more information
Matthew Bokach
(Los Angeles Chapter)
Great Outdoors Annual Conference10/12/2018 to
San Diego Chapter
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Santa Ana Zoo
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Gary Spake

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