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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 

May 2, 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.

All Chapter Jamboree

May 11-14, 2017

Renew, Recover, Rejuvenate, those words come to mind when visiting Sage Hill Campground. Having been a very popular camping location for GO in past years, it has recently gone through some very difficult times. A major wild fire and a prolonged drought had left the area parched and, for lack of a better word, dying.  But not anymore!  Nature has a way of quickly breathing life back into places if there's enough rain, and boy has there been a lot of rain!  The Santa Ynez River has roared back to life. Towering oak trees are once again thick and leafy canopies of green as well as the surrounding hills. With a healthy smattering of wild flowers and wildlife it's your opportunity to come back with your friends of Great Outdoors and witness the healing powers of nature!

There are many scenic hiking trails, swimming holes along the river, and down the road are some of the best wineries on the planet!  Hiking, Swimming and wine tasting are on the agenda.  

Not to mention many great places to eat and drink, Danish pastries anyone?   There's also the Chumash Casino located in the nearby town of Santa Ynez if anyone wants to try their luck there as well.

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Emerald Canyon - Bommer Ridge

Day Hike

May 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM Sharp

Please Contact the Trip Leader if you plan to atttend.

This moderate hike loops through coastal canyons and high open ridges in the heart of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. The route follow tree-shaded Willow and Emerald Canyongs, passing weather-carved rock formations and meadows. The hike also includes Emerald and Bommer ridges, with panoramic vistas of the ocean, coastline, and San Joaquin Hills.

We start at the northwest corner of the parking lot at the tailhead and head up Willow Canyon, traversing Willow Ridge, Laurel Canyon, Emerald Canyon, Bommer ridge, and Big Ben Trail. This hiking trail boasts the coveted shade of sycamore and oak tress, large sandstone boulders, and grassy oak woodlands. The total distance covered is approximately 6.5 miles, with an elevation gain of 1,400 feet.

The hike will begin promptly at 8:00 AM. Please arrive prepared with the club recommended essentials (http://www.greatoutdoorsla.org/page-18105). Snack breaks will be taken at regular intervals.

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Mount Baldy Day Hike

May 20, 2017, 8 AM

Please Contact the Trip Leader if you plan to atttend.

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 dropoffs on both sides, A Mount Baldy from Mount Ontario

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. Total gain/loss is 3,900 feet. Total mileage is 11.25 miles.

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Check out the other chapters' upcoming events:

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Great Outdoors Corporate Website

Los Angeles Chapter

Palm Springs Chapter

San Diego Chapter

Santa Barbara/Ventura County Chapter

Scheduled Events for 2016-2017

Available Trip Note Links are in Blue below.

Click here for Los Angeles Opera presents Tosca trip notesCanceled for lack of interest
(Feel free to go on your own)


John Bacarro
Click here for 2017 Jamboree Trip Notes05/11-14/2017

Brian Miller
Click here for Emerald Canyon - Bommer Ridge Loop Day Hike notesDate change to 05/14/2017 from 05/06/2017

John Bacarro
Click here for Mt. Baldy Day Hike notes05/20/2017

Doug Cable
Click here for Big Pine Creek Beginner Backpack notes06/02-05/2017

Larry Purtle
Click here for Dogwood Car Camp Trip notes06/09/-11/2017

John Bacarro

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 Lakes of the Glacier Divide Advanced Backpack

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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