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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.

Battleship Iowa Tour Day Trip

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Come and join with the Great Outdoors OC/LB as we explore and learn the history of the Battleship of the Presidents: the USS Iowa! The USS Iowa is the only west coast battleship museum and features displays of naval history and life at sea for thousands of sailors over the past 70 years, while interacting with numerous exhibits and following a clever mascot dog named Victory on a popular scavenger hunt. 

During her more than 50 years in service, the USS IOWA earned 14 different ribbons. Look for these displayed proudly on her bridge wings. She hosted more U.S. Presidents than any other Battleship, earning her the nickname “Battleship of the Presidents”. 

The Battleship Iowa museum is a melding of science, technology, engineering, and math. She was built during the early 1940's - a time when drawing boards were the norm and computers as we know them didn’t exist. It is hard to imagine the effort it took to design, build, and bring alive 45,000 tons of steel, and an 887 foot long behemoth that was a city at sea for thousands of sailors over three different decades.

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Day Hike to Echo Mt. And Alpine Tavern

Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 9 AM

Have you seen the San Gabriel Mountains close up in the Winter? Take a walk through history, as we climb up from Altadena to Echo Summit. Here is the site of the White City, a 19th century hotel at the top of an incline railway that was a wonder of the world. From there, we will follow the old trolley line to the site of the Alpine Tavern. There are many interesting picture markers of the old trolley along the way. We will have lunch at the Alpine Tavern.

You will see great vistas of the Los Angeles basin from Inspiration Point after lunch, from the Valley to Santa Monica to Long Beach and Catalina Island, if it is a clear day. The wild flowers should be stunning along the way. From Inspiration Point, we will descend through Castle Canyon, passing an abandoned gold mine along the way, coming back again to the White City before descending to Altadena.

The trailhead is at 1800 feet, the White City is at 3200 feet, and the Alpine Tavern is at 4400 feet. The total vertical climb is 2600 feet over about 5 miles. We descend the same distance in a little over 4 miles.

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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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Scheduled Events for 2015-2016

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Hike Trip Leader Training
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:
Hidden Valley Nature Center, Riverside, CA

Bike Ride With Daryl


Daryl Arthur

Outdoors Experience Phase 1

3/12/2015 –

3/13/2015 (Location TBD)

Click here  for Kayaking around Naples Island Trip Notes


Larry Purtle

Click here for Mount Zion Loop Trip Notes


Frederick Brown

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


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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