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Notes: Overnight trips for 2017 are now on our calendar. They usually fill up early. We recommend if you are interested,  request and submit the registration form and payment as soon as possible due to expected high demand. Some trips are not firm at this time, because site reservations have not yet opened. For thise events, contact the trip leader, and he will notify you as soon as you can register.

Our Monthly Meeting is at

Marie Callender's

16390 Beach Blvd.

Westminster, CA 92683

Phone: 714-847-6600

Come and Join Us

Our next Meeting will be on 

June 6, 2017


OC / LB Chapter Monthly Meeting on the first Tuesday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 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. We have a $50 minimum for our group.  

During the Social Hour, the Core Group will be meeting briefly. You are welcome to attend the Core Group Meeting and give input. Only Core Group Members can vote. The general meeting will start at 8:00 PM.

Pine Creek to Summit Lake Beginner Backpack

June 2 to 5, 2017

Come along and join GO/OCLB’s first backpacking trip of the season into the High Sierra. You‘ll see stunning vistas, beautiful alpine flowers, tumbling waterfalls and get to swim in serene lakes. In the evenings, you can watch the sunset wash the peaks with Alpenglow and see more stars than you remember exist.

Note: In the event of lingering snow and ice at higher altitudes, you will be reimbursed and an alternate trip will be offered.

Beginning Friday morning, June 2, we will be backpacking up the North Fork of Big Pine Creek to Black Lake at about 10,600 feet. We will then pass second falls, a cabin built by Lon Chaney in the 1920's, and proceed through alpine gardens. Continuing to our base camp at Summit Lake, we will pass two lakes that are milky turquoise in color from the glacial powder carried down from the glacier.

Our base camp, at Summit Lake, will have spectacular views of the Palisade Glacier and the Palisade Crest which averages 14,000 feet. This is the southern most glacier in the United States and is estimated to be about two miles long and several hundred feet thick. There will be optional day hikes to the fourth, fifth and sixth lakes on one day, and to the glacier on the other day. The day hike to the lakes has only minor elevation gain/loss. The trip to the glacier tops out at about 13,000 feet.

On Monday, June 5, we will return to the North Fork via Third Lake, and backpack out to the trailhead.

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Registration closes June 2, 2017

Dogwood Campground at Lake Arrowhead Car Camp

June 9 to 11, 2017

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 two campsites 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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Please contact the tripi leader if you plan to attend.

Mount Wilson Observatory Tour

June 24, 2017 at Noon

From the Observatory website:

Located on the summit of Mount Wilson above Pasadena at an altitude of 5715 feet, the Observatory is visible from much of the Los Angeles area. Visitors can view the historic Hooker 100-inch telescope from the Visitors' Gallery inside the dome. Those purchasing tickets for the 1 pm Weekend Guided Tours, are admitted to the telescope floor directly beneath the 100-inch. There is also a small Astronomical Museum on the observatory grounds. The Cosmic Cafe sandwich shop, located in the Pavilion above the main parking lot, serves fresh-made sandwiches and other treats and souvenirs on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm.Date and hours for visiting - The observatory is open to visitors every day from 10 AM to 5 PM. Weather conditions may occasionally result in unscheduled closures.

Dates and Hours for Visiting - The observatory is open to visitors every day from 10 AM to 5 PM. Weather conditions may occasionally result in unscheduled closures.

Docent-led walking tours of the observatory take place on Saturdays and Sundays during Apr 1 - Nov 30. They depart at 1:00 pm sharp from the Cosmic Cafe located above the large parking lot at the entrance to the Observatory. A special feature of these tours is admission to the area directly beneath the 100-inch Telescope rather than a restricted view from the visitors gallery in the dome. A shorter tour that does not provide entry to the telescope, leaves the Pavilion at 2:00 pm sharp on Saturdays from June 1 - Aug 31.

Tour tickets are available for same-day purchase at the Cosmic Cafe. Tickets are $15 (adults) and $12 (ages 16 and under & 62 and older). Children under age 6 are not permitted. The approximately 2-hour tour (1-hour for the 2 pm Saturday tour) involves about a mile of walking and climbing some stairs.

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Check out the other chapters' upcoming events:

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Scheduled Events for 2016-2017

Available Trip Note Links are in Blue below.

Click here for Mt. Wilson Observatory Tour notes06/24/2017

Frederick Brown
Click here for Second Recess Intermediate Backpack notes07/08-14/2017

Frederick Brown
Click here for San Jacinto Day Hike notes07/23/2017

Larry Purtle
Click here for the Margaret Lakes  Advanced Backpack

(Changed from Lakes of the Glacier Divide)

Rob Talbert
Click here for Mineral King Advanced/I
Intermediate Backpack notes

Doug Cable
Click here for Los Angeles Conservancy Art Deco Tour of Downtown notes09/30/2017

John Bacarro
GO Conference and Jamboree10/13-15/2017Click here for El More - Crystal Cove Day Hike notes10/29/2017

John Bacarro

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