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16390 Beach Blvd.

Westminster, CA 92683

Phone: 714-847-6600

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Our next Meeting will be on 

August 1, 2017 


OC / LB Chapter Monthly Meeting 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. 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.

Please contact the trip leader if you plan to attend:

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Mount San Jacinto Day Hike

July 23, 2017, 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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Margaret Lakes Backpack Trip

August 8 to15, 2016

Join the GO Annual Perseid meteor shower backpack. We will start Lake Edison on the west side of the Sierra. The start of the trip is on Onion Springs OHV road, 5.7 total miles one way 800 feet gain. Depending on conditions and vehicles available we may shuttle the packs and people to the trail head at Arch Rock Trailhead or hike this portion. The plan is to head over Arch Pass to Frog Lake and then do a counter clock-wise loop around the Margaret Lakes Basin. Bring your poles for stream crossing.

Starting from Onions Spring Trailhead (8081 feet), we will hike up to Arch Pass (10,531 feet). This could take two days or one depending if we drive or hike the OHV road. We will either have a rest day at Frog Lake or a 3 miles round trip optional day hike to Rock Creek Lake. From Frog Lake, we will descend to the start of the Lake Loop. The loop around the lake is 4.8 miles with a minimum elevation of 9390 feet and a maximum elevation of 10,10,338 feet. The plan is to camp and Rainbow Lake (9,980 feet), Rainbow Lake (9,869 feet) and Coyote Lake (9,665 feet), then back to Frog Lake Monday night. On Tuesday, we will go over the pass and out. There will be one or two rest days depending on speed and conditioning of the group. Optional side trips will be available on rest days.

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Mineral King to Nine Lakes

September 3 to 10, 2017

Starting from spectacular Mineral King, we begin hiking north over Timber Gap (9,400') for 1,600 vertical feet. Once we reach the summit, we will enter the forest as we descend to to Cliff Creek crossing at about 7, 000 feet. We begin ascending again, passing Cliff Creek Falls, before arriving at our first night campsite near small Pinto Lake (c 8,500'). We will have covered 8 miles.

Leaving Pinto Lake, we have a grueling 3,100 foot gain over Black Rock Pass at 11,600'. On the way up, we will have nice views of Spring Lake Falls, Spring Lake, Cyclamen Lake and Columbine Lake. Once we reach the pass we descend into the five lakes basin, but not before enjoying a rest and views of the Kaweah Peaks, and the Whitney Crest. We will also have views of the Five Lakes Basin. We will camp at the north end of the first lake on the peninsula.

The third day, we will head north to the Nine Lakes Basin, camping at the first lake which is at 10,450'. Here we will have a rest day, giving us time to explore numerous secluded lakes north and east in spectacular settings.

On the fifth day, we will retrace our steps to Little Five Lakes, and then go on to the Big Five Lakes. Here we can have another rest day in Sierra Bliss.

On the seventh day, we will go to the head of Lost Canyon, camping in a high altitude meadow at 10,200'. From there, the eighth day, we will hike over Sawtooth and Glacier passes both over 11,000', descending steeply to Mineral King.

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