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Updated Notice

The Chapter still needs at ;east one person willing to step up and be an officer for the next year--especially the President's position. (In our experience, this position is actually the least demanding.)

Our Vice-President of Outings will take on the Treasurer and Membership position to replace our Treasurer who is stepping down. Our current President will take over the role of Vice-President of Outings and the Secretary's roles. We have a new volunteer who will take over the Newsletter and Website jobs. And we have a candidate interested in the Outreach position.  The current Board Representative is willing to continue. 

The Orange County/Long Beach Chapter has been in existence since the 1981 and has been an important contributor to the advnacement of rights in the LGBTQ Community. 

If you are willing to volunteer, come to our next meeting (see below), or send an e-mail to secretary-oclb@greatoutdoors.org

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 

July 3, 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. 

Mount San Jacinto Day Hike

June 24, 2018, 8:00 AM

This is an excellent day hike that gets you away from the Summer heat and turmoil of the Long Beach/Orange County metropolis. We will take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway from the desert up into the San Jacinto Wilderness.

From the tram station, we will have a steep descent down to reach the trail to the top of the mountain. For about the first two miles, we will hike through a beautiful evergreen forest, passing through Round Valley.

We then begin an ascent to the Wellman Divide, which is a good spot for a rest and snack because of its great views.

We begin a long uphill traverse toward the peak. Although we will still be in the forest, it thins as we ascend. Thus, we will have increasingly great views of the desert beneath us. Just before the summit, we will come to a stone cabin. From there, we have about 100 yards of scrambling to reach the top. After lunch, we will return by the same route.

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Second Recess Intermediate Backpack

July 9-14, 2018

Early on July 9th, from Mosquito Flats, we begin our trip at 10,000 feet, traveling 6 miles, with about 2000 feet gain/loss. As we climb out of the valley, we will have nice views of Heart, Box and some of the Hidden Lakes. Above Ruby Lake, we will see the notch of Mono Pass ahead. Climbing up switchbacks, we reach the pass at 12,000 feet. Descending from the pass, we will pass Summit Lake, ford Golden Creek, and then turn south on the trail to Fourth Recess Lake. Here we will camp at just over 10,000 feet, with a view across the lake of a 1,000 foot waterfall. The rest of the intinerary will be somewhat flexible.

The second day, we will return to the Mono Pass trail, heading down the valley along Mono Creek, until we come to the junction to the Second Recess. When we arrive at Fish Camp at 8,550 feet, and about 5 miles distant, we can camp there, or proceed on to Lower Mills Creek Lake, another 4 miles up to 10,840 feet. If we arrive at Lower Mills Creek Lake on the second day, we will have a rest day.

Leaving Lower Mills Creek Lake on the fourth day, we will retrace our steps, returning to Mono Creek and either staying at the junction with the Third Recess, or returning to the Fourth Recess.

The fifth day, we will go over Mono Pass and camp at Ruby Lake, so that on our last day, we will have a short trip down to the trail head.

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Abalone and Sacred Coves Day Hike

Thursday, July 26, 2018, 10 AM

Abalone Cove Shoreline Park features 2 beaches (Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove), tidepools, bluff top viewing areas and trails crisscrossing the area. The park contains a State Ecological Preserve and taking of protected animals and marine life is prohibited. There is direct access to a parking lot off Palos Verdes Drive South. Access to Abalone Cove Beach is by a long trail from the parking lot. To access Sacred Cove, users must walk along Palos Verdes Drive South to 1 of 2 trails between Portuguese and Inspiration Points. Lifeguards are on duty at Abalone Cove Beach during summer hours and weekends only. The views of the ocean and Catalina Island are spectacular. Barbeques and fires are prohibited at this site. Dogs are prohibited on the beach; however, onleash dogs are permitted in the upper picnic area and on designated trails.

There are an abundant amount of trails covering Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, whether you want to hike down to the beach below, or enjoy the views from high above on the bluffs.

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Los Angeles Chapter

Palm Springs Chapter

San Diego Chapter

Santa Barbara/Ventura County Chapter

Upcoming Events for 2017 and 2018

Beginner Backpack
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06/10/2018 to 06/12/2018
Frederick Brown
Mount San Jacinto Day Hike
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Frederick Brpwm
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
Frederick Brown
Automotive Driving Museum
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Gary Spake
San Bernardino Peak Day Hike
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Matthew Bokach
(Los Angeles Chapter)
Great Outdoors Annual Conference10/12/2018 to
Santa Ana Zoo
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Gary Spake

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