Experience Shangra-La in the cool mountain air on a late summer evening and enjoy the sunset from top of the tram. We will hike through pine forest in Long Valley to a secluded scenic overlook surrounded by granite boulder formations where few people visit. We will return to the Mountain Station at 6:30 PM for dinner at the Pines Cafe. Ride and Dine ticket applicable.
Meet at Valley Tram Station at 3:30 pm. We will board the tram departing at 4:00 PM. If you need to purchase a ticket or pass, arrive in time to purchase a ticket for the 4:00 pm tram.
You are welcome to join us for dinner if you can’t make the hike. Annual and Summer Pass holders receive 10% off regular cost of dinner.
Adult Tram ticket $30.95 Senior $28.95. Ride and dine $41. Parking fee waived for pass holders and local residents.
The Pines Café offers the Pines Ride and Dine menu. You can get at ticket at 4 pm with the meal beginning at 4:30 pm. 'This is an exceptional culinary journey that combines breathtaking views with a delectable two-course meal. Begin with a salad that includes shredded cheese, her croutons and your choice of dressing. The entrees are served with your choice of two sides. Selections include chicken, vegetarian lasagna, BBQ pork ribs, and beef burgundy. The menus are subject to change.'
What to Bring
Hike Leader Scott Connelly contact click here
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.
Carrizo Canyon offers some of the most interesting and diverse geological and natural features the Coachella Valley.
Discover what is is like to explore an area that has been closed for 9 months and be the first to lay tracks in the sand that has only animal tracks. This is a one-of-a-kind experience in one of our special desert places. Carrizo Canyon shows off some of the most interesting and diverse geologic history in the Coachella Valley. Bighorn sheep habitat with a variety of desert floral in a deep walled granite canyon with waterfalls. Topography is steep within the approximately 1,000-acre Carrizo Canyon Ecological Reserve. The dominant vegetation is creosote bush scrub. Large mammals using the area include bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyote, bobcat, and gray fox.
We will look for both historical and archeological artifacts from those that past here before us.
Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch and snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear and adequate drinking water required.
Contact Hike Leaders: Scott C. Email
You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing. Departure is at 8 AM. Distance to trailhead along Hwy. 74 is 18 miles, approximately 30 minutes.
Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels. Additional Photos Click Here
Health Problems/Allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the trip leader that may affect your ability to complete this event.
Pool & Pizza Party!
OCT 1, 2023!
2023 Monkey Pool Party & Pizza!
Sunday 2 pm – 6 pm.
This party will have a Registration Fee of $10 for all members.
Bring a guest for $20. Better yet, have them join as a member to take advantage to pricing discounts for this and future events!
We have a limited capacity of 35 for this event.
The Pool Parties reach full capacity so if you intend to go, sign up NOW!
All members must register individually and pay the event registration fee. Once all of the requirements are met, you will be furnished the event address 3 days prior to the event.
This pool party will be at a member's home in Huntington Beach.
The address will be included in the e-mail reminder and is close to Beach Blvd exit off the 405 in Huntington Beach.
A variety of Pizza's will be provided along with vegan pizza too.
We'll also provide a variety of soft drinks and bottled water.
Adult beverages are BYOB!
Sunday October 1:
Bunch of Monkey's with JD shots @ previous OCLB pool party.
What to Bring: Towel, swimsuit, suntan lotion, folding chair, flip-flops.
Directions: To be provided via e-mail to those who register for this event.
Helpers: We need TWO helper (man the grill, prep and assist in managing the pool party) -the helpers will have courtesy admission.
Please email host Lance Whitmier via email:
Refunds - There are no refunds for this event. However, we do request that, if you are unable to attend, cancel your registration so someone on the wait list might be able to attend in your place.
Questions/Contact and Registration Cancellations can be sent to:
Photos: Before taking photos, please ask the subject if that's OK with them... Some may not want their handsome faces to be splashed all over the internet.
AMC Orange 30
(The Block of Orange)
Monday Oct. 2nd
Matinee @ 12:30 PM
The theater selected is the one with Dolby Cinema and
AMC Signature Recliners.
If interested you are responsible for your own purchases (tickets, snacks, parking and other possible expenses).
Amidst a future war between the human race and the forces of artificial intelligence, Joshua, a hardened ex-special forces agent grieving the disappearance of his wife, is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the elusive architect of advanced AI who has developed a mysterious weapon with the power to end the war… and mankind itself. Joshua and his team of elite operatives journey across enemy lines, into the dark heart of AI-occupied territory only to discover the world-ending weapon he's been instructed to destroy is an AI in the form of a young child.
Received a Tomato from Critics: 80% Rating
Received (no rating) from Audience:
Movie has not been released as of this posting date.
Go to the Rotten Tomatoes website for more information about this movie.
The movie starts @ 12:30
in Auditorium 15.
Trip Leader plans to be there @ noon.
Getting to the Theater:
Take advantage of technology and use your favorite map application if you are unfamiliar with the area. Currently called The Outlets of Orange but was formerly called The Block of Orange, the AMC Theater is the centerpiece of this shopping area. The Outlets of Orange.
Free Parking as this is an open air shopping district.
What to Bring:
Happy Attitude and
$ for Movie Ticket, Popcorn, Drink & Candy!
Lance Whitmier will be the trip leader.
He has purchased seat G13. So you may want to consider purchasing a ticket(s) in that vicinity.
Lance can be reached at:
Contact him for questions or if you need additional information.
Hike, bike, and day activities planning meeting.
We will review the calendar for the next 2 or 3 months and schedule accordingly.
Date: Monday, Oct 2, 5:30pm at members residence in Palm Springs with complimentary dinner (El Polo Loco buffet).
Meeting address will be in registration confirmation email.
If you are unable to attend, you may submit your hike, bike or other event and we will work to get them scheduled.
Contact VP of Outings click here with your ideas and suggestions .
This GOPS club event is intended for Great Outdoors members who are familiar with pickleball play and pickleball rules. It is designed to be a fun event that will rotate players through groups of 4 for games. This is also a chance to meet and get to know other Great Outdoors members who enjoy playing pickleball.
Like any sport there is a risk of injury that comes along with playing pickleball. To help reduce the risk of injury, please review the pickle ball safety tips at: https://usapickleball.org/play/health-safety
Location/Directions: Directions to the courts will be provided to those that sign up.
Cancel: If you cannot make a this event for which you have registered, please cancel as others may be on the waitlist. You may cancel directly from your profile settings or notify the event leader.
Photos - click here to see some of our games.
Event Leader: John Ryan - eMail: click here.
Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.
Special COVID Requirements: Following current California Safety Measures click here
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader that may affect your ability to play pickleball.
Sequoia National Park
Checkout Friday morning.
The wilderness of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks protects one of America's most superlative scenic landscapes. An extraordinary continuum of ecosystems is arrayed along the greatest vertical relief (1,370 to 14,505 feet in elevation) of any protected area in the lower 48 states. Magnificent glacial canyons, broad lake basins, lush meadows, and sheer granite peaks--hallmarks of the most rugged portion of the High Sierra--form the core of the largest expanse of contiguous wilderness in California, which is visited and valued by people from around the world.
Arrive Tuesday around noon/early afternoon and depart Friday morning, thus giving us 2 1/2 glorious days to hike, relax and/or enjoy the vastness of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
A National Park Pass is required per vehicle to enter Sequoia National Park otherwise an entry fee has to be paid.
We have one campsite so this is a limited opportunity for a couple of people. Limitations include max of 2 vehicles and 3 people (max of 6 if sharing of tents occurs between a couple, throuple, FWB or FWNB).
The photo above is our reserved campsite at Lodgepole Campground.
Lodgepole Campground is located in the breathtaking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in central California's rugged Sierra Nevada range. Lodgepole is perched on the banks of the scenic and lengthy Marble Fork of the Kaweah River, at an elevation of 6,700 ft. The inspiring Giant Forest Grove and the mighty General Sherman Tree - the world's largest tree in volume - are just two miles from the campground.
Lodgepole Campground is very popular with tent and RV campers alike. It has paved roads, flush toilets, and drinking water. Picnic tables, fire rings, and bear food storage boxes are provided at each site. Lodgepole Village is a quick, 1/4-mile away, offering, a Visitor Center, market and gift shop. Coin-operated showers and laundry facilities are not available for 2023 season.
Forty miles of trails, including the paved Big Trees Trail, invite visitors to immerse themselves in the majesty of the ancient grove. Several additional popular hiking and wilderness trailheads are close by, including the trail to Moro Rock, a granite dome with spectacular views of the Great Western Divide and western half of the park. Tokopah Falls Trail is an easy walk along the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River, leading to an impressive 1200 ft. waterfall.
We will be having a scheduled series of hikes if you so wish to participate and a list of hikes (easy) that you may want to consider doing too. There are several areas of Kings Canyon and Sequoia that are closed due to the damage incurred on many of the roads this past winter season; however there will be plenty of areas to explore during our stay.
The availability of places to eat will be extremely limited again due to several campgrounds being closed due to last winter's damage and also we have entered the fall season.
The good news: We will not be inundated with crowds of people! Yes!!!
Here is the link to the Sequoia National Park website to get more information:
Unpredictable. Late September-early October temperatures range from a high of 66-70 degrees during the day to 45-54 degrees at night.
Layers - Layers - Layers
Member Registration Fee: $35.
Member (#2) Sharing a Member tent: $25
Non-Member Sharing a Member tent: $50 but includes a year membership to GO OCLB Chapter.
Each vehicle entering Sequoia National Park must either possess a National Park Pass or pay a $35 entry fee per vehicle.
This fee is in addition to the $35 Registration Fee for Members ( Non-members $50) charged for the use of the campsite due upon registration.
Thank you for participating in the Great Outdoors club!
POC: Lance Whitmier
Photo taken at Sequoia - Kings Canyon National Park hike.
Calling all Santa Barbara and Ventura Great Outdoors members! Are you interested in leading a campout this year?
As an all-volunteer organization, we rely on our members to support our trips, and encourage those who are up to the task to lead them! Trip leaders have the pleasure of choosing the destination, setting the itinerary, and meeting new fellow outdoors enthusiasts.
If you are interested in becoming a trip leader, or have a trip you would like to tentatively schedule for our chapter, please register for this event. We will discuss the different types of campouts we plan to calendar, the responsibilities of trip leaders, and how to plan a successful trip.
Location will be sent via email the night before. We hope to see you there!
Deep Creek Hot Springs is a popular, clothing optional, skinny-dipping spot on U.S. Forest Service land. It's got (1) hot springs, (2) a cold creek, (3) beach-like areas and rocks to hang out on.
Meeting Location*: 8 AM meet in the outer parking lot in front of Arizona tile next to the Palm Desert Costco, Map Click Here. We will caravan out to the trailhead (N34° 21.882' W117° 09.832'). Please arrive at least 10- 15 minutes early to give yourself time to meet with your fellow hikers and arrange carpooling. * Costco is at the corner of Monterey Avenue and Dinah Shore Drive. If you are coming on I-10, take the Monterey Avenue exit and turn south on Monterey Avenue. Costco will be on your right as you go down the hill from the interchange. The first light is at Dinah Shore Drive. Turn right onto Dinah Shore Drive and then turn right again at the next light into the Costco parking lot. Arizona Tile is in the west end of the building immediately west of Costco in the back of the parking lot. If you are coming from Palm Springs or Cathedral City, to can take Dinah Shore Drive all the way to the left turn into the Costco parking lot. That left turn is at the third light after you cross Bob Hope Drive. Here's a link to the exact meeting place: Map click here
Meeting Location in Apple Valley: NW corner of Bear Valley Rd and Central Rd at the vacant Apple Valley Plaza parking lot (34°28'13.9"N 117°10'22.8"W.) at 9:40am
Expected Time Of Return: 6:30 PM or later. Option to stop at Johns Place in Yucca Valley for dinner.
Stream conditions: Click here
Road conditions to trailhead: Deep Creek is about 100 miles (2.5 hours) from Palm Springs and the last 6 miles of driving is on a washboard dirt road where you should have a high-clearance vehicle.
Bring: Ten Essentials (click here), plenty of water (3 liters recommended), lunch and snacks. Hat, sunscreen and layered clothing are recommended; something to sit on (a towel is good), water shoes for crossing the river and the slippery hot tubs, and $10 cash for access fee. Hiking poles may be helpful. Sturdy hiking footwear and adequate drinking water are required. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).
Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share.
Photos: Please ask before taking photos of people. Click here to see photos from some of our prior trips to Deep Creek.
General Notes from USFS website (click here).
Do not drink the water! The Hot Springs pools of Deep Creek contain a rare and sometimes fatal disease called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis. The disease is apparently contained in contaminated soil and transmitted to the Hot Springs pools as the warm water flows through and over the soil. It is advisable not to submerge your head.
Hike Leader: Scott: VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org (click here)
Cancel: If you cannot make a hike for which you have registered please cancel as others may be on the waitlist. You may cancel directly from your profile settings or email the hike leader.
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.
Great Outdoors Los Angeles
Bicycle Ride in Griffith Park and Los Angeles River Bike Path
We will meet at the Los Angeles Zoo free parking lot on Zoo Drive at 11:00 AM. This trip has no hills and anticipated mileage is 15 miles round trip. This is a fairly easy bike ride with great views of Glendale and the LA River along the way. The half-way point is at the outdoor Bicycle Spoke Cafe in Frogtown (Elysian Valley) where we can stop for coffee or brunch at 12:30 PM or so.
Attendance to this event is open to ALL!
Bring lots of water, sunscreen, and money for brunch break. Riders are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet on all bike rides and inflate their tires to the correct pressure. Please be prepared to address any breakdowns on your own. Bring a spare inner tube, tire pump, repair kit, ability to call Lyft/Uber, etc. The trip leader/group may not have the capacity to repair your bike. Participants are also expected to bring their own first aid kit appropriate for the event. Thanks for your understanding.
Trip Leader: Michael Wickstrom email: President-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
Join us at our booth for a fun Autumn day in the mountains. Last year was a huge success. Free admission for our volunteers. To volunteer, select register and choose the time slot(s) that you would like to be at the booth.
You may register for more than one time period. You can also register without a specific time.
Contact : Doug Wylie Email
Here’s your chance to help spread the word about Great Outdoors Palm Springs, meet new friends and have some fun! Google Map: Click Here
Programming / Events: click here: Idyllwild Pride Under the Pines
Saturday October 7th.
South Coast Plaza Area
Two Bridges Row
OC Museum of Art
California Scenario-Noguchi Gardens
If there were a 'super easy' category, this urban hike fall into that category. Since there is no such category, this hike is listed as 'easy'.
A leisure Sunday morning stroll begins at the first floor center lobby of Apple South Coast Plaza (formally known as the Crystal Court) at 10 AM.
Our journey starts by going to the top floor and crossing the Bridge of Gardens (pedestrian bridge -first bridge) to main South Coast Plaza. We will venture through the mall area to the outside area of Claim Jumpers restaurant. We will then traverse over The Unity Bridge (our second bridge) toward the OC Museum of Art. Spending an hour at the Museum, we will then venture to the California Scenario-Noguchi Gardens. Stopping for photo opportunities, we will then double back from to our starting point. For those so inclined, we will have lunch at Ruby's Diner.
OC Museum of Art:
Along with its predecessor institution, the Newport Harbor Art Museum, OCMA has an established reputation as an innovative art museum with a history of actively discovering and engaging with living artists at pivotal points in their careers. Since its inception, OCMA’s commitment to artists and audiences has been at the core of its activities, presenting the voices and work of influential artists and creative thinkers through innovative and ground-breaking exhibitions and programs.
In our new permanent home located on the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus—designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis Studio—OCMA will continue to champion the transformative possibilities of art.
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne is the founder of the influential studio Morphosis and co-founder of the prestigious Southern California Institute of Architecture. For more than 40 years, Morphosis has practiced at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, and design. With a team of more than 60 in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai and Seoul, Morphosis focuses on rigorous research and innovation, prioritizing performance-driven design that is environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.
Since its inception, OCMA’s commitment to artists and audiences has been at the core of its activities, presenting the voices and work of influential artists and creative thinkers through innovative and ground-breaking exhibitions and programs. In our new permanent home on the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus, OCMA will continue to champion the transformative possibilities of art. From new commissions, performances, immersive activities, workshops, film series, and exciting community happenings, OCMA’s program engages and sparks meaningful encounters with art and ideas.
OCMA’s dynamic visual arts program features major thematic exhibitions, surveys of leading contemporary artists, new commissions, and first-ever solo museum shows.
Commissioned by the Segerstrom family in 1979 and completed in 1982, Isamu Noguchi’s California Scenario is recognized as one of the country’s preeminent sculpture gardens and the most vital publicly accessible outdoor sculpture oasis in Southern California. One of the artist’s most important public sculpture gardens, its design symbolizes various geographical characteristics of California, incorporating indigenous plants and materials.
Six principal elements comprise California Scenario: Forest Walk, Land Use, Desert Land, Water Source, Water Use and Energy Fountain. The centerpiece of the garden is The Spirit of the Lima Bean, a sculpture of dramatic portions, composed of 15 rust-colored granite rocks cut precisely to fit together. This sculpture was created in recognition of Henry T. Segerstrom’ s friendship with the artist, Isamu Noguchi, and the Segerstrom family’s contribution to the agricultural heritage of Southern California.
Unity Bridge connects South Coast Plaza and Town Center in Costa Mesa.
We will wrap the urban hike with lunch at Ruby's Diner (optional and at your expense)!
Meeting Place: Referred to as Apple South Coast Plaza because it houses the Apple store.
If you have any doubts as to the location, CONTACT the Trip Leader.
Please be there by 10 AM so we can start on time!
Sorry four legged furry friends won't be allowed in the museum!
Here is the link to the map. Meet in the first floor, center lobby area.
The Center lobby area has the Sunglass Hut, Sur La Table and Tableau Kitchen and Bar (as well as the Ruby's Diner) located in the immediate vicinity.
Trip Leader Lance Whitmier via email:
Greg Adkisson and Phil York have invited us all to the Pool/Swim Time and Game Night on Sunday the 8th of October 2023 at their beautiful home in Cathedral City.
NOTE: Registration for this event will close on October 5th!
Note: You must be a Great Outdoors Member to attend this event. Guests without prior membership and registration will NOT be allowed in. You cannot join at the door.
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM - POOL-SPA TIME
6:00 PM to 6:15 PM - SOCIAL PERIOD
6:15 PM to 7:00 PM – POTLUCK DINNER
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – GAME TIME
WHAT TO BRING:
1) Pool Time - Towel, chair and swimwear. Nudity is not permitted.
2) Potluck Item for at least 2 people. GOPS will provide dessert.
3) Your own beverage(s) Great Outdoors provides water and ice.
4) Table Games you want to play (Great Outdoors provides many games)
NOTE: Bring potluck dishes/snacks/etc. "ready to serve" in a serving bowl or dish, including any needed serving utensils.
PLEASE DO NOT ask our hosts to provide access to their ovens or bowls, spoons, etc.
Four volunteers are needed to help set up before the party. Volunteers get a free ride on the food!
Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts!
Please call Jóse Ghilarducci at 760-774-8716 or email GameNightCoordinator-PS@greatoutdoors.org if you are interested in hosting Game Night.
To view photos from our past game nights - click here.
To view our Game Night guidelines - click here.
Great Outdoor encourages members to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This event will be primarily outdoors, and vaccination will not be required.
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader if you wish.
Hike, Apples, and Tri Tip at the Ranch
Enjoy an Autumn day at S. California's largest historic (103 year old) apple ranch and Wetlands Conservancy. Habitats encountered on the main trail include ponds, streams, wetlands, oak and pine forests, chaparral, and willow at 4,000 feet. Lunch on your own at the Ranch. We may meet the Conservancy representative and hear about the latest land conservations acquisitions, Website: The Wildlands Conservancy
What to bring:
Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), lunch/snacks, sun protection, layered clothing and hiking poles. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. Money for lunch and ride share if applicable. Hiking Requirements - Click here for more information.
Open to Guest and nonmembers beginning Sunday September 17
Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share.
Hike Leader: Scott Connelly Email click here
Photos from previous hike: click here
Happy Hour Mixer
Monthly Chapter Meeting!
Thursday September 14
Come on get Happy!
Start the weekend early!
El Torito Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
15042 Goldenwest Blvd.
(The 405 Freeway & Goldenwest Blvd.)
Westminster, CA 92683
Join us for Happy Hour Mixer from 6 - 7 PM in the Cantina.
Then the GO OCLB Board meeting will convene at 7 pm in the restaurant (along with ordering an optional meal) to conduct their monthly meeting.
Cantina Happy Hour is from 3 PM to 7 PM.
OCLB will have the fireplace room in the Cantina area beginning @ 6!
El Torito's Happy Hour prices end at 7 PM!
Schedule will be:
6 PM - 7 PM: Happy Hour in the Cantina!
All Members & Core Group can make introductions, snack, socialize, toss around ideas/suggestions and make merry! Each person is responsible for their own beverage and snack ordering and payment. Come and meet your board members and fellow outdoor enthusiasts in a relaxing atmosphere.
7 PM: Monthly Meeting!
Core Group will begin their meeting where the various trip leaders will have a chance to highlight their recent and upcoming trips, and answer any questions. We will continue to focus on future activities of 2023 and how to further engage with our members.
Any and all members are allowed and encouraged to attend and participate! (Please be aware that only Core Group Members are allowed to vote during the Core Group meeting.).
3. Meeting will adjourn upon completion of agenda! Aiming for 8 PM.
A few of the Core Group: Lance, Rick, Frederick, Doug and Ray.
If you have any questions please contact:
Robert (Outreach) at: Outreach-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
Rick (VP of Outings) at: VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
Lance (President) at: President-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
7.8 miles of car-free streets connecting Echo Park, Chinatown, DTLA, Little Tokyo, Arts District, and Boyle Heights - including the new 6th Street Viaduct!
The Great Outdoors group plans to depart from the San Bernardino Depot Metrolink Station at 1170 N. 3rd St, San Bernardino CA 92418 (not to be confused with the San Bernardino Downtown Station) to LA Union Station. You will need to bring your own bicycles, which are welcome on the train.
Those wishing to carpool/caravan from Palm Springs should meet at Palm Springs PetSmart at Ramon/Crossley (Map) at 6:45 am for 7:00 am departure. If you want to rideshare and have extra space available on your bike rack or truck, you may so indicate when you register. Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Metro departs San Bernardino at 8:41am, arrives LA Union Station 10:22.
You can also meet us along the route. We will start at Civic Center/Grand Park station. We should be there by 11am When you register you will receive the cell # of Scott and Dan.
There will be ample parking at the Station Depot. hose planning to drive from Palm Springs to the San Bernardino Depot should bring vehicles capable of carrying bicycles.
The Great Outdoors group plans to return from LA Union Station to the San Bernardino Depot on the 3:38 pm train, arriving at the San Bernardino Depot at 5:15 p.m.
You are encouraged to download the Metrolink app to your smart phone containing all of its schedules. Once registered, you can buy your electronic ticket ($10 all day for Metrolink and all downtown subways - you must purchase the ticket on Sunday). The machines at the depot are notoriously user unfriendly.
Other transportation options:
You are, of course, free to drive all the way to Los Angeles, to take both an earlier departing train (dep. 6:41 am arr. 8:22 am) or later returning train (dep. 5:38 pm arr. 6:16 pm). A meeting place in Los Angeles will be arranged for those departing earlier or later.
What to Bring: Water, small day back, sun protection and helmet.
Trip leaders :
Dan Haueter: Email
Scott Connelly: Email
Here are some things to know before you go:
Attractions along the route: click here
Hubs are resting and meeting points along the route. Each hub has free basic bike repair, bike parking, an information booth, CicLAvia merchandise, free drinking water, and ADA-compliant restrooms. Some hubs include additional programming and activities.
Health Problems/allergies: Advise trip leader of any medical or other issues that may affect your ability to complete this event.
Liberty Station to North Harbor
Sunday, October 15, 2023
Event Lead: Steven Stowe (619-309-5674)
Join us Sunday, October 1, for a bike ride through Liberty Station, North Harbor and back In total, we’ll bike ride around 11.6 Miles, which will take us about 2 hours. There’ll be some elevation change, 200 Ft Total. The difficulty is moderate.
There is a bathroom throughout the trail the whole way.
We’ll meet at the Liberty Station Parking Lot in front of the Liberty Station Kayak Launch, by the parking lot, pictured below. During the route, we will stop at a few photos op places to capture the memory and have some water breaks.
Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, make sure your tires are aired up, any snacks you may want, any medications you may need, and weather-appropriate clothing.
Hope you can join us!
Annual End of Summer Hike, BBQ, and Pool Party!
GOSD will hold our annual end of summer hike and pool party in Laguna Beach again this year. Join us for a morning hike followed by a BBQ and dip in the pool, GOSD will provide the food for this event.
HIKE - Little Sycamore Canyon, Serrano Ridge, and West Canyon Loop
Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 1 h 35 min to complete. This is a very popular area for birding, camping, and hiking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. You'll need to leave pups at home — dogs aren't allowed on this trail.
Meeting time: 9:30 AM
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area, Laguna Canyon Road at the 73 (north side), Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Distance: 4.2 miles
Park Brochure can be accessed here.
Don't forget to bring a hat, sunscreen, and water along, as it will be warm in October!
As with any outing, don't forget your 10 essentials!
BBQ & POOL PARTY
After the hike is over, approximately 12:00 PM, come over and cool off in the pool and enjoy some BBQ & drinks.
Address: 159 Nyes Place, Laguna Beach, CA
We look forward to seeing you there, if you have any questions, please contact Matthew Schreiner at email@example.com or 949.394.9607.
Shakey's Pizza on Sunset
Riviera Business Park Quad
2030 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
6:00pm Core Group Meeting
7:00pm Membership Social
Join us in the fresh air and under the open sky at the picturesque outdoor courtyard/quad of the Riviera Business Park for our monthly meeting and social gathering. It's the perfect setting to connect with fellow nature enthusiasts.
Feel free to bring your favorite beverages (BYOB), and to satisfy your appetite, we've got some delicious pizza on the menu. You can enjoy a slice or two for a small $5 donation (payable upon registration).
We can't wait to extend a warm welcome to new friends and catch up with our cherished current members. We'll be talking about next year's trips and planning our annual Halloween party! Come on over and discover what your local Great Outdoors chapter has in store for you...
Monthly Multi-Group Bonfire & Potluck
Date: Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023
Time: 5:30-9:00 pm
Location: Vacation Island, to the right (north) of the Paradise Point resort (previously called Pacific Princess resort)
RSVP: None....Just show up!
Event Cost: Free (bring potluck stuff to share)
Parking: Easy. Ample parking on site
Join us for our Potluck Bonfires by the Bay!
DESCRIPTION: Monthly bonfires on the 3rd Thursday of the month for the 2022 season through October.
Bring a friend or cuddle buddy. Please also bring an entree or a side dish, and a beverage of your choice.(Alcohol is banned in Mission Bay Park). You can also help support this event by bringing a portable table, paper plates, cups, utensils, napkins or firewood, but CMG is making sure that's covered.
WHAT TO BRING: 1) Potluck item. Remember, we CAN have too many desserts, but we can never have too many meal choices and sides. If you have a dessert you're eager to bring, lovely! But if you're on the fence, maybe think dinner, not dessert.
2) A beach chair if you'd like to sit. Bonus points if you bring a spare for others to use!
3) A serving utensil if your dish needs one.
DIRECTIONS: Take the 8 freeway west toward Mission Bay, exit onto Mission Bay Drive and make a right, then merge into the far left hand lane onto Ingraham Street, heading North, then make a left onto Vacation Rd as if you were heading into Paradise Point Resort (previously called Pacific Princess Resort), but then an immediate Right before entering the resort to get to the side parking lot. We’ll be on the left (West) side of parking lot by the rest rooms. (Note: we're on the WEST side of Ingraham St. Don't confuse this spot with a similar one on the east side of the street.)
45th ALL CHAPTER CAMPOUT & CONFERENCE
45th ALL CHAPTER CAMPOUT & CONFERENCE
Lake Perris State Recreation Area This year's theme:
Our 45th Anniversary! Join us and celebrate our sapphire anniversary with a weekend of entertainment and a variety of activities including, hiking, biking, boating, swimming, museum visit, multimedia presentation - GO past and present, special activities, contests, raffle prizes, and campfire activities.
Our camp -"A sparkling jewel and a land of mystery..." Hidden among rock-studded hills, Lake Perris State Recreation Area’s 8,800 acres of broad valley are bounded on three sides by low ridges. The surrounding hills obscure the view of nearby cities. The San Bernardino, San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains stand tall in the distance. We have dedicated tent only sites under large shade trees. RV sites with hookups with a group gathering area in the middle.
Registration options include: Tents and RV’s. Tents will be in tent only sites. RV sites are located adjacent to the tent only sites, separated by a grassy area. We will have a group campfire located in a central spot. A few tents may be placed on RV site in an area away from the RVs if needed. Sites will be preassigned with site assignments and updated details in an email one week prior to the event. Registration is available to Great Outdoors members only. If not a member, you may join and purchase a membership - Click Here for Membership
Amenities for Tent and RV
Campers: Every site has a picnic table and a fire ring with a grill. There are shade trees in the tent site areas. Water and restrooms with free hot showers is available. Up to three vehicles may be parked at any one campsite.
Amenities for RVs: The RV sites have fresh water, electrical hook-ups and gray water drain. RV dumping is available for $10. Camping fees do not include using the dump station. RVs must be parked in provided space and may not protrude into roadway. Maximum length 31' but RVs up to 40' may be backed in with tail overhanging campsite. Roadway must be kept open and clear. Quiet hours 10pm - 6am.
Non-Campers: Lodging can be found in nearby Moreno Valley
Pets: welcomed - leashed, controlled, picked up after, allowed on paved trails.
What to Bring:
Schedule of Events:
All members are encouraged and welcome to attend the business meetings.
Check white board at camp for updates and details
Sunrise 6:58 AM Sunset 6:09 PM
Friday Oct 20
Saturday Oct 21
9:00 - 11 am General Business meeting, Corp Board and elections**
Incoming Board Meeting***
11:00 am Outdoor Experience Committee meeting****
Sunday, Oct 22
* Attended by current Corp Board and Committee Chairs.
** Attended by outgoing Corp Board, Chapter Delegates, Committee Chairs. We elect a Corp. Chair, Secretary and Financial Officer. The Chair then appoints Committee Chairs.
*** Attended by the newly elected Corp Board and Committee Chairs.
**** Attended by VPOs of each Chapter and other interested parties.
Directions: The recreation area is located 11 miles south of Riverside via Highway 60 or I-215. Google map
Climate and Elevation: Average high/low: 82° / 52° ; Elevation 1595'
Cancellation/Refund Policy: Cancellations must be received by Oct. 5 to receive a refund minus a $10 service fee.
Payments: Online payments only using credit cards.
What is the difference between a regular GO campout and a conference campout?
Conference is held once every year in October (as required in the by-laws) where delegates from each of the five chapters and the Corp board come together to:
Who puts on the Conference?
Do I need to attend any of these business meetings?
Can I come to any of these meetings if I am not on the Corp board or a delegate?
What if I am not part of the Corp board or a delegate, can I still attend the conference?
Can I attend the day activities without camping?
Any other questions? - contact Trip Leaders or Board Members
If you would like to know more about the history and founding of GO click here.
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the trip leader that may affect your ability to complete this event.
SAVE THE DATE
Hike the hills and canyons created by the San Andreas fault with outstanding geological features and great views from the ridge.
9:00 AM Meeting Place: PetSmart Ramon/Crossley, Palm Springs: Map Click Here. Meet at the north/east corner parking lot
*Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike. Click here for more information.
Bring Ten Essentials (click here) - water (2 to 3 liters recommended), and trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).
Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.
Optional Lunch: CIE Sichuan Cuisine, 45682 Towne St., downtown Indio. Website has all-day menu. Bring $20 cash or Venmo to facilitate sharing dishes. Arrange your carpooling accordingly.
Contact leader: Howard Goldberg - email click here
Carpooling - is encouraged and may be available if offered by a driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. Departure is at 9 AM. Distance to trailhead (Golf Center Parkway/Ave 42) is 18 miles, approximately 30 minutes.
Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels
Additional Photos - Click Here
You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
Warren Peak is located in the less visited but easy to access Black Rock Canyon area on the west end of Joshua Tree National Park.
The 5.7-mile hike to Warren Peak combines easy wash walking in pretty Black Rock Canyon; an occasionally steep trail through the aptly named Panorama Loop; a short, steep, occasionally loose walk-up ascent of Warren Peak. Views from the peak include all the surrounding area including San Jacinto and San Gorgonio. Vegetation includes some nice larger pinyon/juniper and oak. Starting elevation of 4000 feet with 1200-foot gain.
Rated: Moderately Strenuous: will generally be challenging for an unconditioned person. The terrain will involve a steady and often steep incline.
Hiking Requirements: You will need to be in good physical condition for this hike. Click here for more information.
8:00 am meet at PetSmart Palm Springs Ramon/Crossley map click here
Carpooling may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation or ride share.
Cancel: If you cannot make a hike for which you have registered please cancel as others may be on the waitlist. You may cancel directly from your profile settings or notify the hike leader.
Contact hike leader: Spencer Ballard
SBVC - Halloween Party
Friday, October 27, 2023
SAVE THE DATE!
️Theme: "Queens of Darkness"
Dress in your most regal and ghoulish attire, and let your inner monarch of the macabre reign supreme. A costume is not just recommended; it's absolutely required! For in this ethereal gathering, a grand contest shall unfold, pitting the most majestic, the eeriest, and the most captivatingly creepy against one another. Prizes fit for the spectral elite shall be bestowed upon the victors!
Location: The secret lair, whose address will be revealed as we draw nearer to this spectral spectacle.
What to bring: Your most splendid costume, of course! And don't forget to bring your preferred elixir for the evening, as well as a hauntingly delicious finger food as a tribute to the gathering. Fear not, for GO shall provide an array of bewitching light refreshments and an atmosphere that shall transport you to the very heart of the supernatural.
Prepare for an enchanting evening of wicked revelry, where darkness and royalty converge in eerie harmony. Join us on the other side of reality, where magic and mystery reign supreme.
For any inquiries, or if you dare to become more deeply entwined in our spectral affairs, please email our Mistress of Ceremonies.
Breakfast - Hike - Soak
9 AM - energized with breakfast, drive/carpool minutes to the
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve.
Missed that trip to Vermont for Fall Foliage season last year? You can catch a very similar scene late October in our own backyard by joining this walk/hike.
Located on Morongo Valley north of Desert Hot Springs, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is well recognized as an important wildlife corridor that links the San Gorgonio Wilderness with the San Bernardino National Forest and Joshua Tree National Park.
We will combine parts of three trails for an easy to moderate walk of about two to three miles that will include the marsh and riparian habitats and of course Fall Foliage. In addition to wildlife, the Preserve is an internationally-recognized birding site so consider bringing your binoculars. Preserve Education Rangers will join us to add their insight along the trail.
After taking in the sites, we retrace our steps back to the trailhead and move onto Miracle Springs Resort & Spa for lunch at their indoor/outdoor Capri Restaurant and then “take the waters” in any of the 8 mineral pools of different temperatures.
You may skip the hike and meet us at the Spa Resort for lunch.
Spa entry day pass (pay at front desk lobby):
Make sure you go to the correct Spa resort. There are two adjacent resorts, go to the Miracle Springs Resort & Spa to the North of the other spa, address is: 10625 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, CA (Our Holiday party location)
Bring: Swimsuit - Towel - Lock for locker
Ten Essentials (click here), water, 1 or 2 liters recommended, snacks, sun protection, layered clothing , hiking poles may be helpful. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. Inclement weather may cancel.
Meeting location address will be sent in the confirmation email.
Experience one of our best local hikes as we cross the San Andreas fault into two lush palm oases. This hike is located in the Coachella Valley Preserve, a lush co-centration of California Fan Palms. The trail follows the San Andreas Fault before descending into a canyon and palm oasis. The rail leads up and out of the oasis onto a plateau before descending into a sandy wash.
Trail Length: 5 miles
Meet at PetSmart (Ramon & Crossley) Time: 9:00 AM Map click here
Or Meet at Coachella Valley Preserve Parking Lot 9:20 AM Map click here.
Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Hiking poles may be helpful.
Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. Be able to hike up steep, narrow canyon and along narrow ridge.
*Moderate hike is generally suitable for novice hikers who want a bit of a challenge. The terrain will involve a moderate incline and may have some steeper sections.
Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike. Click here for more information.
Contact Hike Leader: John Ryan: email
Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. Departure is at 9 AM. Distance to trailhead is 11 miles.
Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.
No dogs or pets allowed in the Preserve.
Photos prior hike click here and here