Welcome to Great Outdoors Los Angeles!

We are the LA Chapter of Great Outdoors, proudly serving the LGBTQ+ Community since 1978!

Great Outdoors is the largest gay outdoor recreational organization in Southern California. Our volunteers plan welcoming, fun and affordable events so everyone can participate.

Come escape the city and find yourself and new friends in the Great Outdoors.  You are welcome whether a newbie hiker, car camper, hardcore backpacker or just curious to experience the natural beauty of where we live! More history in About Us -->

Long Beach BBQ Party
Big Gay Picnic: Echo Park Lake
Chalk Dudleya
Big Rock Creek
Frogtown Brewery
Pride Month: Rocketman movie night
Gabrielino Trail
Trail of 100 Giants
Mt. Baldy
Pride Bike Ride: Griffith Park to LA River
Little Lakes Valley
Kern River
Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico: Wine tasting
Bear Canyon, San Gabriel Mountains
Fish Canyon
Bear Canyon, San Gabriel Mountains
Bear Canyon, San Gabriel Mountains
Fish Canyon
Fish Canyon
Holiday Party
Las Cañadas, Ensenada, Mexico
Devil's Postpile National Monument
Little Lakes Valley
Ensenada, Mexico
Zip lines and bridges at Las Cañadas, Ensenada, Mexico
Malibu Creek State Park
Catalina Island cooking
Catalina Island Girls
Will Thrall Peak

Day Hikes & Social Events

All hikes are free and we welcome new participants!   

Upcoming Events

Overnight Trips

Upcoming Events

We're always busy planning new upcoming events... if you'd like to help lead an outing, contact us! See some past Great Outdoors LA events here.

Join us in Great Outdoors LA!

Hello friends! Great Outdoors LA welcomes you to hike, camp, and explore urban wonders and the Great Outdoors!

Open to all: Hikes and most day-outings are free (no membership required). See upcoming events below to register. 

Members: Receive e-mail announcements for event registration. Select the types of events you want advance notifications for. Camping trips require membership. Limited space outings will be announced to members first.

Volunteer Trip Leaders/Become an Officer: Want to organize an outing or help Great Outdoors LA expand its reach? 

Current COVID-19 Requirements: Most of our participants are vaccinated, and we ask that you get vaccinated if able to. Together, we are fighting the spread of this virus and its variants! We ask all outing participants to comply with the following:

  1. I will follow Federal, State and local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the event leader(s). See Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
  2. I will not attend if feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID.
  3. I will contact Trip Leader if I test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event.

Hope to see you on the trails soon! - Your Great Outdoors Los Angeles Core Group

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California Great Outdoors, Inc. is a 501(C)7 not for profit, all-volunteer LGBTQA+ organization dedicated to the enjoyment of outdoor recreation. Copyright 1981 - 2023 by California Great Outdoors, Inc. All rights reserved.