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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 

June 5, 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 Baldy Day Hike

Sunday, May 27, 2018, 8 AM

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Come with us to Mount Baldy, the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains. We will be leaving from the trail head at Manker Flats north of the Mount Baldy Village. You will need an Adventure Pass to park. The hike will leave at 8:00 AM. If coming from the west on the 210, exit Baseline Rd. and turn left at the first signal and then right on Padua. Then right on Mt. Baldy Rd. When you come to Manker Flats (the road has a median there, drive to near the end of the median), you can find parking along the road. If you arrive at the ski area, you have gone too far.

From Manker Flats, we will follow the mountain road to San Antonio Falls which flows year round. Continuing on the road, at .six tenths of a mile, we will hit the trail up through San Antonio Canyon. Our next stop will be a the Sierra Club's ski hut. After a rest there, we will continue across a rocky area, and then climb up the canyon to a ridge. From there, we will have a steep climb to the summit at 10,064 feet.

On a clear day, it is possible to see as far as the Channel Islands, Mount San Gorgonio, Mount San Jacinto, the Santa Monica Mountains, and far out into the desert.

At the summit, we will enjoy the views. People can eat the lunches that they have brought for the hike. After lunch, we will descend via the Devil's Backbone trail. This is a spectacular trail that descends to the Mount Baldy Ski Area. The trail is a narrow spine with dramatic drop offs on both sides,

When we reach the Mount Baldy Ski Area lodge, we can partake of food and drink in the restaurant for those who wish to do so. Then we will hike down the ski area access road, back to our cars at Manker Flats. (Hikers may also opt to take the chairlift down.) Total gain/loss is 3,900 feet. Total mileage is 11.25 miles.

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Dogwood Campground Lake Arrowhead

Friday June 1 to Sunday June 3, 2018

Join us for our annual outing to the most beautiful campground in the San Bernardino Mountains! 

Do you like camping in areas which appear very remote, but which are actually quite accessible to many activities? If so, then you'll enjoy camping in the US Forest Service's Dogwood Campground. The Dogwood Campground is located off the main highway through the Lake Arrowhead area, the National Scenic Byway called "Rim of the World Drive" (California Route 18). Situated away from the noise of the busy highway...nestled down a narrow, but well paved spur road...the campground truly feels "away from it all" when you're within its boundaries. You can enjoy the wonders of nature along its hiking trails. 

Just a short 10 minute drive away takes you to the shopping pleasures of Lake Arrowhead Village, where you will find cute little boutiques (and even some factory outlet stores) to explore. Take a cruise on beautiful Lake Arrowhead or stock up on groceries and necessities. 

Dogwood campground is named for the beautiful Dogwood trees, whose spring blossoms and fall foliage present spectacular displays. Located in a densely wooded area with tall conifers and lush undergrowth, this campground features a variety of nature trails leading in and out of the campground! 

Each campsite provides maximum seclusion, level grounds, and wonderful shade. Clean restrooms with flush toilets, and showers with cold and hot water are available on site. Potable water is also available for drinking and cooking. 

We have reserved three campsites together that can accommodate up to 24 individuals combined. However, this event is typically very popular and fills up fast, so we recommend submitting your registration to the Trip Leader as soon as possible.

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Cottonwood Lakes Beginner Backpack

June 10 through 12, 2018

Mid June is a great time to get away to the High Sierra. This is Spring in the High Sierra. Temperatures are moderate. The weather is usually beautifully clear.

Driving to Horseshoe Meadow campground on June 9, the day before the backpack begins is recommended. We will be leaving from the trailhead around 9 AM on June 10. Staying overnight at Horseshoe Meadow will help you adjust to the 10,000 foot altitude.

On the first day, we will backpack into the Cottonwood Lakes basin. Starting at 10,040 feet above sea level, we will climb to about 11,000 feet over about 5 miles. The initial climb will be short and easy through Lodgepole and Foxtail Pine trees. We will then descend slightly to cross the South Fork of Cottonwood Creek at about the 1 mile mark. We will then climb, crossing Cottonwood Creek again, and later again. Next, we will ascend until we reach the Cottonwood Lakes basin with views of Mount Langley. We will set up our camp at Muir Lake in the basin.

On the second day, people can bask in the Sierra Sunshine. For those more ambitious folks, we can do a day hike to the top of New Army Pass, which tops out at 12,300 feet.

The third day, we will retrace our steps from the first day, and drive back to Orange County/Long Beach.

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San Diego Chapter

Santa Barbara/Ventura County Chapter

Upcoming Events for 2017 and 2018

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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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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