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Updated Notice

We have a volunteer willing to be president of the chapter.

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 

August 7, 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. 

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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Rainbow Lake Advanced Backpack

August 5 to 12, 2018

Join the GO Annual Perseid meteor shower backpack. We will start a remote northern corner of the Sierra National Forest just south of Yosemite National Park on the west side of the Sierra. Easy backpacking with two layover days. Lots of side trips to more lakes for swimming and exploring. Expect lots of time to relax. 

Backpack Plan: 

Sunday Aug 5: Starting from Fernandez Trailhead 7,533’, backpack to Vanderburg Lake 8,650’. 4.5 miles 1120’ gain 

Monday Aug 6: Rest day. Day hike to Lady Lake. 

Tuesday Aug 7: Vanderburg Lake to Lillian Lake 8868’. 2 miles 493’ gain 275’ loss. Side Trip to Chittenden Lake. 

Wednesday Aug 8: Lillian Lake to Rainbow Lake 9258’. 3.5 miles 639' gain -249' loss 

Thursday Aug 9: Rainbow Lake to Rutherford Lake 9741’. 4 miles 820' gain -337' loss 

Friday Aug 10: Rest day. Day hike to Ruth Lake, Monument Lake or Fernandez Lakes. 

Saturday Aug 11: Backpack from Rutherford Lake to Fernandez trailhead. 7.5 miles 480' gain -2690' loss. This is our longest day with lots of downhill! Car camp overnight at trailhead. 

Sunday Aug 12: Drive Home

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Devils Punchbowl Backpack Intermediate/Advanced Trip

August 26 to September 2, 2018

Day one of backpacking: We will begin our backpack from the Maxson Meadows Trail Head, We will spend most of the day hiking through meadows, including Maxson Meadows and Long Meadow, until we reach our first destination at Post Corral Meadows. We will camp between the Meadow before reaching the ford acrsoss the creek. Total Gain/loss for the day is about +500/-500 feet, over a distance of 7 miles.

Day two of backpacking. Leaving our campsite, we will spend most of the day with some gentle and some steep climbs. By the end of the day, we will be in subalpine country, reaching an altitude of 9,889 feet. We will camp at Rae Lake, having passed Flemming Lake. Total Gain/loss for day two is about +1700/-0 feet, covering a distance of 5 miles.

Day three of backpacking. From Rae Lake, we will travel only 4 miles. We will descend briefly, then ascend 500 feet. From here we will have a good view back to Rae Lake and its surrounding area. We then dscend about 300 feet, ascend 300 feet, and reach our campsite at Devils Punchbowl at 10, 098 feet. From Devils Punchbowl,we will have several options for day hikes.

Day four of backpacking. We descend back to the meadows on this day. We will have a 2,000 foot descent, covering 6 miles, camping beside the North Fork of the Kings River.

Days five and six of backpacking. We backpack from the North Fork of the Kings River 4 miles to Post Corral Meadows, and then back to the trail head at Courtright Reservoir.

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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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Date Chnaged from 09/16/2018 to 09/09/16
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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