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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

March 1, 2016


OC / LB Chapter Monthly Meeting on the first Tuesday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Our meetings will be at Marie Callender's from now until further notice.

 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.

Bike Ride at the Beach

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Our journey will start at Alfredo’s Beach Club in Belmont Shores and take us to the historic Queen Mary and back. We will have the chance to see why people love to ride this bike path. Along the way riders will pass by the pier, Shoreline Village, Rainbow Lagoon, the marina, lighthouse, and much more. 

Our ride will be approximately 10.5 to 11 miles and be done at a leisurely pace set by the group, which should take around 1 to 2 hours. This is the perfect opportunity to dust off that beach cruiser, hybrid, or bring the road bike you love to ride and have a blast. From wicker baskets to compression gear, all types of riders are welcome to enjoy in the fun!

Your trip leader for this event is an experienced cyclist with thousands of miles in the saddle. Daryl will share his experience with cycling by starting this trip with a brief bicycle inspection, basic maintenance and safety presentation, followed by pointing out some of the joys of riding the beach path along the way.

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Kayaking Around Naples

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Let’s go kayaking around Naples Island! Long Beach’s Alamitos Bay, between Belmont Shore and Naples Island, is beautiful and very user friendly. The water is almost always flat and calm and there is very little boat traffic. 

Kayak Rentals.Net (Kayaks on the Water) provides a full service kayak rental opportunity, including safety briefing and life vests at an individual hourly rate. 

We plan to explore the Naples inner canal, and depending on time and group interest, the west channel toward Marina Pacifica to look for jellyfish swarms (if in season) and other wildlife!

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Mount Zion Loop Day Hike

Sunday, March 27, 2016, 7:00 AM

Did you know that there are fresh water streams and waterfalls less than an hour from Orange County/Long Beach? Come with us on the Mount Zion Loop. This trail starts with a steep descent to the bottom of Santa Anita Canyon, and then an easy walk up the canyon. An optional one mile side trip will take us to the bottom of Sturtevant Falls. 

We will then continue up the river, passing above the Falls, and following the river as it tumbles through a rocky gorge as it heads for the Falls. 

Eventually, we will come to Sturtevant Camp, the oldest remaining camp in the Santa Anita watershed. It was built in 1892. From there we will continue upward until we reach Spruce Grove Trail Camp, where we can rest and have lunch. 

We leave the water at Spruce Grove, and head on up until we reach the summit of Mount Zion with views of the Los Angeles Basin. 

From there we head down, reaching Hoegee's Camp ruins. We return to water here, and follow the stream back to the bottom of Santa Anita Canyon, from where we will hike back up to the parking lot at Chantry Flat.

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Check out the other chapters' upcoming events:

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Los Angeles Chapter

Palm Springs Chapter

San Diego Chapter

Santa Barbara/Ventura County Chapter

Scheduled Events for 2015-2016

Available Trip Note Links are in Blue below.

Hike Trip Leader Training2/20/16
Hidden Valley Nature Center, Riverside, CA

This training class is in the planning stages... dates may change or this event may be cancelled if site reservations can not be obtained...

For additional information, questions, date confirmation, etc., please contact our Wilderness Education Chair at the following email:

Outdoors Experience Phase 1

3/12/2015 –

3/13/2015 (Location TBD)

Outdoors Experience Phase 2


4/10/2015 (Location TBD)

Click here for Whiting Ranch/ Red Rocks Trip Notes


(Date Change from April 9)

Doug Cable

Click here Red Rock Canyon State Park Car Camp Trip Notes


Larry Purtle

Click here for Bowers Museum Trip Notes


Larry Purtle

Click here for Leo Carrillo State Beach Trip Notes

Trip Canceled becuase State closed the Campsites  that had been reserved.


Click here for Bridge to Nowhere Trip Notes


Frederick Brown

Click here for Cottonwood Lakes Beginner Backpack Trip Notes


Larry Purtle

Click here for Dogwood Campground Car Camp Trip Notes


John Bacarro

Click here for Mount Baldy Trip Notes


Frederick Brown

Click here for Mount San Jacinto Trip Notes


Frederick Brown

Click here for Intermediate Sierra Backpacking Trip Notes


Frederick Brown

Click here for Icehouse Canyon Trip Notes


Frederick Brown

Advanced Sierra Backpacking Trip


Rob Talbert

Click here for OCLB Beach Party Trip Notes


Larry Purtle

2017 Planning Meeting

9/3/2016 (TBD)

Larry Purtle

Click here for Advanced /
Intermediate Sierra Backpacking Trip Notes


Doug Cable

Click here for Exploring Historic Julian 
Trip Notes


Frederick Brown

GO Conference 2015

10/14-10/16-2016 (TBD)

Click here for Huntington Library & Gardens Trip Notes


Larry Purtle

Click here for Crystal Cove Day Hike Trip Notes


John Bacarro

Click here for Top of The World Trip Notes


Doug Cable

Naples Boat Parade

Date (TBD)

Larry Purtle

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