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    • Sun, June 16, 2024
    • 9:15 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Gould Mesa Trailhead along Highway 2
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    Just announced: Join our Pride Hike this Sunday! We're going back to Gould Mesa Trailhead > Gabrielino Trail > the Arroyo Seco and Brown Mountain Dam since it was so popular last month (our May 14 hike). With LA warming up, the water and shade will feel great, and we want to introduce our community partners to this beautiful hike! 

    Rejuvenate with flowing water and stream crossings under the shade of cottonwood and big-leaf maple trees. Discover a surprise waterfall in your Angeles National Forest and newly declared San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, and celebrate Nature’s healing safe space with community!

    We'll be joined by Nature for All (amazing outdoor equity organization), and Somos Familia Valle (wonderful LGBTQ resource center in the San Fernando Valley). Free Subway sandwiches will be provided for all registered, courtesy of Nature for All!  Fashion theme: It's a hike, but make it Pride! Colorful, festive, fabulous!

    Yes it’s on Father’s Day, sorry for schedule conflicts. But Daddies are welcome. And Mommies !)

    Description: Moderately strenuous 6-mile round trip hike, Total elevation gain: 820 ft.

    • We hike downhill 1.2 miles to Gould Mesa campground where a pit toilet is available.
    • Then we hike 1.6 miles through the relatively flat, mostly shaded canyon along the Gabrielino Trail, with 8 wet stream crossings of the Arroyo Seco. (The water is flowing, it's not "seco" (dry) right now!)
    • We end at the Brown Mountain Dam waterfall to relax for lunch.
    • We return the same way. The end is 1.2 miles uphill/550 ft. elevation back to the cars.

    "Hiking to the Brown Mountain Dam waterfall quickly transports you from suburban LA to a natural wonderland. You'll follow the Arroyo Seco, a lifeline watershed, into the Angeles National Forest, to the hidden waterfall at the abandoned Brown Mountain Dam. The shaded trail passes ruins, secluded picnic areas, and beautiful willows, oaks, and sycamores." - Hiking Guy website




    Schedule

    9:15 Meet at Gould Mesa Trailhead

    9:30 Start hike 

    12 pm Lunch (provided)

    12:45/1 pm Hike back

    3/3:30 pm Back at cars



    PARKING DIRECTIONS:

    Gould Mesa trailhead is just above the City of La Cañada Flintridge, along Highway 2 right before it enters the Angeles National Forest/San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

    Google Maphttps://maps.app.goo.gl/LNkktMDTj2wFG6eAA

    The small trailhead turnout parking has 7-10 spaces. If it is full, go a little further up the highway, and park on the opposite side, very large turnout. (See image) Walk carefully back and cross the street at a safe location where drivers can see you, not at the curve! Keep all valuables out of sight. Carpooling highly encouraged!

    Hike description on All Trails.




    BRING:

    • Plenty of water (at least 32 oz/1 L). There is no water available.
    • Sun protection: Hat, long sleeves, sunscreen
    • Small bag/backpack if needed, wipes, hand sanitizer, any personal needs/snacks
    • Optional: Hiking poles if you want help for stream crossings and uphill return

    About shoes/water sandals:

    Bring shoes you don't mind getting fully wet, or water sandals. We will likely all get our shoes wet walking through the stream crossings. The water is not strong, but flows above shoe height. Perfect if you have water sandals. But fine to walk with shoes.

    Shoes for any hike, including this one, should not have smooth bottoms. Some grip is preferred, since trails, wet rocks and surfaces can be slippery. Trail running shoes are my favorite since they are light, grippy and well ventilated. Water also runs out of them. We don’t recommend waterproof shoes for this hike, because water may go in the top and stay inside the shoe. 

    On this trail I (Bryan) wear shoes until the first stream crossing. Then I change to water sandals for the rest of the hike.

     

    Dress:

    • It’s a Pride Hike! Colorful fabulousness encouraged! Bring your Pride flags, ribbons, accessorize!
    • But also, lightweight, quick dry fabrics are recommended for hiking
    • Depends on your comfort: shorts are fine, or lightweight long pants if you don’t like overgrown plants
    • The downhill and return uphill two miles of the hike are exposed (no shade) so sun protection (hats/sleeves) are recommended. The rest of the hike is partially shaded.

    Pets: Pets are welcome in the Angeles National Forest, but in consideration of other visitors and for your pet's safety and the protection of wildlife, all pets must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet in length at all times and under the control of the owner. Please bring doggie bags and clean up any of their waste. 

    Poison oak: As with many trails, poison oak is growing along the edges. Learn to identify this itchy plant. "Leaves of three, let it be!" We will point it out so you know what it looks like.

    Health Problems/allergies: It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency, and talk to a trip organizer before to confirm appropriateness of your ability & participation.

    Hike leader: Bryan Matsumoto, Cell: (626) 246-8634

    Please register (free!) so we have a head count! Happy Pride!

    • Sun, June 23, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Stoneview Nature Center
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    The beautiful natural flora and fauna - Provided by www.hikespeak.com

    Join us for Pride Outside,

    a Pride Month Celebration at Stoneview Nature Center

    including a hike to the Culver City Steps and 

    Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

    Sunday, June 23, 9 AM - 12 PM

    Location: Meet at 9:00 AM at the Stoneview Nature Center: 5950 Stoneview Drive, Culver City, CA 90232

    Distance of hike: approximately 2 hours, 2.5 miles, Moderate difficulty, 512 ft elevation gain

    Time: 9:15 AM Orientation and Introductions. The hike begins at 9:30 AM

    EVENT:

    LA County Parks is hosting Pride Month celebrations through the month of June at various parks, pools and natural areas in partnership with LGBTQ+ community-based organizations with the hope to elevate inclusion in parks and recreation programs and spaces, while celebrating LA County’s diversity. Each park will host a different activity and experience that may range from a picnic, artist experience, concert, and dance, just to name a few.

    We are very excited to have been invited to collaborate with the Stoneview Nature Center, where we will be leading a hike and hosting a table to answer questions about who Great Outdoors is and to provide some fun giveaways. The Stoneview team will also have other activities happening from 9am - Noon including a Family Hike, Pride Button crafting, Corn Snake presentation and more! 

    This event will give participants an opportunity to visit two special parks, enjoy some moderate hiking with spectacular views of Los Angeles from the mountains to ocean, and gather back for lunch at Stoneview. 


    Our hike will begin with a walk around the habitat gardens as we learn about the Nature Center. 

    We will then hike up the hill to the State of California's Baldwin Hills Overlook Visitors Center to learn about the natural and cultural heritage of Los Angeles before heading down the hill to start on the main hiking trail, which is steep and winds up one mile from the park entrance at Jefferson Blvd. to the Scenic Overlook.

    Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook


    The trail zig zags around a very steep and straight staircase which visitors can also access. The path is very pretty with grassland, native plants and trees, and cheerful birds to watch.

    CLICK HERE TO VIEW TRAIL MAP

    Provided by yellowpages.com

    Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook & the Culver City Stairs - California Through My Lens

    After we enjoy the views of Los Angeles at the top of the Overlook, we'll head back down to Stoneview where we'll give away some goodies, check out the other activities and have a bring-your-own picnic lunch (There are picnic tables and benches around the Nature Center.)

    Registration for up to 30 people.

    Free but must register in advance via the GOLA website.

    Carpool/ridesharing information: Due to liability and insurance reasons Great Outdoors cannot organize carpools and hike/trip leaders cannot take an active role in making arrangements for participants' transportation. If you would like a ride, or could provide a ride, members can sign up on your own at the link below. https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/7y3dfq

    THE LINK – BALDWIN HILLS PARKLANDS SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE transports park visitors from the Metro Expo La Cienega Station to Kenneth Hahn State Recreational Area and the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. The Parklands Shuttle operates 8 am – 6:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays. Rides are 25 cents one way. The shuttle is free for Seniors and children under 5. The shuttle has 3 routes with stops located at: La Cienega/Jefferson Metro bus stop adjacent to the Expo Station; Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook; and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Shuttles run on a 20-minute route, are air-conditioned and ADA accessible. Route information

    Bring: Ten Essentials (click here),Drinking water in reusable bottle (1 to 2 liters recommended), sun protection, layered clothing and wear sturdy hiking footwear with a good tread. Carry your emergency contact info (ICE) with you at all times. Lunch. And, feel free to wear your Pride colors, flags, etc. 

    Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.

    Hike Leader: John Butta, John Blasco, Kim Brown

    Questions: Contact: John Butta (213) 200-7843 or john.butta@pacbell.net

    If you need to cancel your registration, it is very important that you please contact John so that persons who may be on a wait list can be accommodated. Thank you.

    Health Problems/allergies: It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.

    GREAT OUTDOORS, INC. is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization dedicated to the enjoyment of the outdoors. All rights reserved.

    • Wed, June 26, 2024
    • 2:00 PM
    • Sun, June 30, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Malibu Creek State Park
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    Malibu Creek State Park Campout

    Start: Wednesday, June 26, 2024 2:00 PM

    End: Sunday, June 30, 2024 12:00 PM

    Spaces: 40

    Trip Leader:

    Russell Hammerl: VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org

    Co-Leaders:

    John Blasco: johnlongbeach@msn.com

    John Butta: President-LA@greatoutdoors.org


    Our group campsite is secluded amongst a grove of mature live oaks next to a meadow in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains. The campout is five days and four nights but you can arrive on any day- however, fees will be the same. Please let the trip leader, Russell, know the day you will be arriving. The campout is priced under the break-even point.

    Over a hundred films and television series have been filmed in the park. Picture yourself camping in the mountains where the opening scenes to the TV show MASH were filmed, without the helicopters. The visitors center has information on the films shot in the park when it was part of 20th Century Fox. There are many options for hiking, in fact there is a fifteen mile trail along the creek which is the only one to traverse the Santa Monica Mountains. Park Brochure

    Within walking distance is one of the largest Hindu Temples in Southern California. Also within hiking distance is King Gillette Ranch - yes, the razor guy. There will be a day hike in the mountains each morning and the beach in the afternoon. On the hikes we will be identifying and learning about the native plants and geology of the area. If it's warm a swim at Dan Blocker Beach next to Cher’s house will be perfect.

    • The gates at Malibu Creek State Park are open from 8 a.m.- 10 p.m.
    • Facilities have free hot showers, flushable toilets, picnic tables, and potable water.
    • The campsite is about 300 yards from the parking area.
    • RVs park in our own secluded group campsite parking lot.
    • Fires are prohibited during Red Flag warnings. If permitted, firewood is available from the Camp Host.
    • Dogs are only allowed in the campsite and must be at all times on leashes no longer than 6' and in a tent or enclosed vehicle at night. Except for service animals, pets are not allowed on trails, park buildings, or on most beaches.

    Volunteers needed! If you can assist please contact Russell Hammerl


    Wednesday, June 26

    2:00 PM Check in, set up camp

    5:00 PM Meet and greet, bring a snack to share

    6:30 PM Short nature trail walk, dinner on your own

    Thursday, June 27

    8:00 AM Hike to Piuma Ridge trail, about 4-5 miles round trip. Some of this hike is shaded under a canopy of oaks, sycamores, bay trees. Bring 10 essentials, plenty of water, hiking poles, snacks or lunch, hiking shoes with good traction and grip, hat, sunscreen, etc.

    12:30 PM Lunch on your own

    1:30 PM Dan Blocker Beach swim and hang out

    5:00 PM Malibu Seafood, not expensive but excellent fish, picnic tables, outside. Bring a jacket! It can be cool in evening by the ocean.

    6:30 PM Slow drive back to camp with stops at the pocket pullouts on Malibu Canyon Road. Relax under the oaks, board games, etc.

    Friday, June 28

    8:00 AM Hike to King Gillette Ranch and Visitors Center.

    11:00 AM Option to continue hike to Hindu Temple, however respectful attire requested, shoes are not worn around the temple.

    2:00 PM Malibu Lagoon, parking is just a few dollars, meet in the parking lot. Stroll around lagoon, bird watch, walk to Surfrider Beach, swim, and hangout.

    Perhaps a walk to the end of Malibu Pier for a soda or coffee.

    6:00 PM Dinner on your own or possibly order from Mediterranean Pita Grill

    Saturday, June 29

    8:00 AM Hike to Mash site with a long stop at visitors' center, 4-5 miles at a moderate pace. Bring your own sack lunch, at least 2 liters of water, hiking poles, good traction hiking shoes and 10 essentials.

    2:00 PM Afternoon is on your own. A suggestion is La Piedra a pocket beach or relax at camp. It’s up to you.

    7:00 PM Potluck dinner, bring something to share 4-6 servings.

    Sunday, June 30

    Morning:  Group cleans campground

    12:00 PM Latest check out

    Price:

    a. RV first person – $145.00

    b. Each additional RV passenger – $25.00 Must arrive in the RV. 

    c. Tent first person – $65.00

    d. Tent each additional person – $25.00 Must arrive in the same vehicle as tent first person.

    A maximum of 30 cars is allowed for the group site.  The parking lot is a short walk from the group campsite.  Carpooling will be necessary for us to reach our maximum of 40 participants. See below for note on Carpooling.

    Info for RVs: There is one dump site for $10.00. Maximum RV length is 30 feet. Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am and generators may only be operated between 10 am and 8 pm. Check with the park for more specific details 310 457-8144.

    Dark Sky: Keeping your camp lights off or at a minimum allows the insects, birds, and animals to continue their natural rhythm of the night and for us to enjoy the stars.

    What to Bring: Camping/cooking gear,10 essential items, food, clothing for warm days and cool nights, beach gear including swimsuit if desired, potluck item for Saturday night. Please bring your own plates, cups, mugs, and eating utensils*, towel, soap/shampoo and one bundle of firewood. If permitted firewood is available from the camp host.

    *In order to cut down on waste, please consider bringing your own reusable plate, utensils and cup/mug.  Follow posted rules about dish washing.

    Directions: The park is located four miles south of Highway 101 on Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road.

    1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CA 91302

    At the entrance booth, say you are going to the Group Campground. The attendant will give you directions, find your way to our site. See map link. You must enter the park before 10 pm, they close the entrance gate

    Weather: Temperatures in Malibu Creek State Park can vary greatly. June can range from an average high of 84º to a low of 60º.

    Refunds: Cancel by June 11, 2024 for a refund (minus $20 service fee).

    Payments: Pay online with a credit card when you register using the link above.

    You must be a paid member of one of the Great Outdoor (GO) Chapters in order to register for this event. Annual membership is only $25.  You can easily join online and then register for this trip. 

    Carpool/ride sharing information: Due to liability and insurance reasons Great Outdoors cannot organize carpools and hike/trip leaders cannot take an active role in making arrangements for participants' transportation. If you would like a ride, or could provide a ride, you can sign up on your own at the link below. https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/ksx809


    • Thu, June 27, 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • Sat, June 29, 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • 1829 Las Virgenes Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302
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    Join the Fun at

    Malibu Creek State Park

    June 27, 28 and 29, 2024


    Whether you are camping with us this weekend or not, we want to extend this invitation to you. Great Outdoors members are welcome to join us at Malibu Creek State Park for hikes around the park, trips to the beach, dinner or other. Park in the day-use lot if not camping and walk over to the group camping site for one or many of our activities. 

    Thursday, June 27

    8:00 AM Hike to Piuma Ridge trail, about 4-5 miles round trip. Some of this hike is shaded under a canopy of oaks, sycamores, bay trees. Bring 10 essentials, plenty of water, hiking poles, snacks, lunch, hiking shoes with good traction and grip, hat, sunscreen, etc.

    12:30 PM Lunch on your own

    1:30 PM Dan Blocker Beach swim and hang out

    5:00 PM Malibu Seafood, not expensive but excellent fish, picnic tables, outside. Bring a jacket! It can be cool in the evening by the ocean.

    6:30 PM Slow drive back to camp with stops at the pocket pullouts on Malibu Canyon Road. Relax under the oaks, board games, etc.

    Friday, June 28

    8:00 AM Hike to King Gillette Ranch and Visitors Center.

    11:00 AM Option to continue hike to Hindu Temple, however respectful attire requested, shoes are not worn around the temple.

    2:00 PM Malibu Lagoon, parking is just a few dollars, meet in the parking lot. Stroll around the lagoon, bird watch, walk to Surfrider Beach, swim, and hangout. Perhaps a walk to the end of Malibu Pier for a soda or coffee.

    6:00 PM Dinner on your own or possibly order from Mediterranean Pita Grill

    Saturday, June 29

    8:00 AM Hike to Mash site with a long stop at Visitors' Center, 4-5 miles at a moderate pace. Bring your own sack lunch, at least 2 liters of water, hiking poles, good traction hiking shoes and 10 essentials. In keeping with the theme of M.A.S.H. maybe wear something military? 

    2:00 PM Afternoon on your own. A suggestion is La Piedra, a pocket beach or relax at camp. It’s up to you.

    7:00 PM Potluck dinner, bring something to share 4-6 servings.

    Bring: Any items mentioned above, Ten Essentials (click here), drinking water in reusable bottle (1 to 2 liters recommended), sun protection, layered clothing and wear sturdy hiking footwear with a good tread. Carry your emergency contact info (ICE) with you at all times.

    Do not bring firewood into the park. It needs to be purchased from the camp host. See the link about the invasive beetle we are trying to keep out of the park.goldspotted oak borer killing Southern California Oaks 

    Other:

    • Times are approximate and may need to be adjusted. 
    • See Malibu Creek State Park brochure for additional details
    • The gates are open from 8am-10pm.
    • Parking rates will apply. All Day: $12
    • Dogs are not allowed on the hiking trails.

    Hiking Requirements: you should be in good physical condition for hikes.  Click here for more information.

    Trip leaders: Russell Hammerl: biz4russ@yahoo.com, John Butta: President-LA@greatoutdoors.org, John Blasco: johnlongbeach@msn.com

    Questions: Contact: Russell Hammerl (323) 537-3882 or Russell Hammerl at biz4russ@yahoo.com 

    If you need to cancel your registration, it is very important that you please contact Russell so that persons who may be on a wait list can be accommodated. Thank you.

    Health Problems/allergies: It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.

    GREAT OUTDOORS, INC. is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization dedicated to the enjoyment of the outdoors. All rights reserved.

    • Thu, June 27, 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • 1805 W. 9th St, San Pedro, CA 90732
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    Deane Dana Friendship Community Regional Park & Nature Center - San Pedro, CA

    Join Pride Outside for a unique Pride Month Celebration at

    Deane Dana Friendship Park and Nature Center

    Music, A Drag Queen, Stargazing and more!

    Thursday, June 27, 6 PM - 9:30 PM

    Location: 1805 W 9th St, San Pedro, CA 90732 (310) 519-6115

    Event: 

    LA County Parks is hosting Pride Month celebrations through the month of June at various parks, pools and natural areas in partnership with LGBTQ+ community-based organizations with the hope to elevate inclusion in parks and recreation programs and spaces, while celebrating LA County’s diversity. Each park will host a different activity and experience that may range from a picnic, artist experience, concert, and dance, just to name a few.

    We are excited to have been invited to share this event with you; where the Deane Dana Friendship Park's team will celebrate the beauty of our differences while making s'mores, sitting around a campfire with live entertainment, story time, and stargazing.  

    Spotlight on Drag Queen Storytime - Blog - Free Library

    ·         6:00-7:00 pm: A local band will play while people begin to gather.

    ·         7:00-7:45 pm: Astronomy Storytime with a Drag Queen

    ·         8:00-8:30 pm: A short hike to the overlook.

    ·         8:30-9:30 pm: Stargazing with telescopes set up at the overlook (timing depends on interest).

    Image result for deane dana friendship park

    Get there earlier and visit to the park's Nature Center and museum and have dinner on one of the park's picnic tables or benches. 

    Carpool/ridesharing information: Due to liability and insurance reasons Great Outdoors cannot organize carpools and hike/trip leaders cannot take an active role in making arrangements for participants' transportation. If you would like a ride, or could provide a ride, members can sign up on your own at the link here https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/0p8y74

    Bring: A jacket and blanket, a chair and your Pride colors, flags, etc. (There are picnic tables and benches back outside of the Nature Center).

    Questions: Contact: John Butta (213) 200-7843 or john.butta@pacbell.net

    GREAT OUTDOORS, INC. is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization dedicated to the enjoyment of the outdoors. All rights reserved.


    • Thu, June 27, 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Eaton Canyon Natural Area
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    Pasadena, CA - Dove Creek Townhome Community

    Join us for Pride Outside,

    a Pride Month Celebration at Eaton Canyon Natural Area

    Queer Plant Walk- Celebrating the Diversity of Native Plants!

    Thursday, June 27, 6 - 9 PM

    Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park and Nature Center is a natural preserve located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. This scenic 198 acre natural area was originally called “El Precipicio” by Spanish settlers because of its steep gorges, and was later named after Judge Benjamin Eaton a progressive pioneer, who was the first to use irrigation from Eaton creek to grow grapes on the slopes. Visitors can explore Eaton Canyon’s expansive hiking and equestrian trails, along with a staging area, seasonal streams, abundant native plants and wildlife and a nature center with displays, live animals, classrooms, auditorium and gift shop!

    Location: Eaton Canyon Natural Area1750 N Altadena Dr, Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 398-5420 

    Distance of walk: 1.5 hour walk around the Natural Area exploring plants, approximately 1 mile round trip, one stream crossing with 2 inches of water.  Wear shoes that can get wet or cross over rocks.

    Time: 6 PM 

    EVENT: LA County Parks is hosting Pride Month celebrations through the month of June at various parks, pools and natural areas in partnership with LGBTQ+ community-based organizations with the hope to elevate inclusion in parks and recreation programs and spaces, while celebrating LA County’s diversity. Each park will host a different activity and experience that may range from a picnic, artist experience, concert, and dance, just to name a few.

    We are very excited to have been invited to collaborate with the Eaton Canyon Nature Center, where we will be joining our Eaton Canyon partners on a Queer Plant Walk - Celebrating the Diversity of Native Plants in addition to hosting a table to answer questions about who Great Outdoors is and to provide some fun giveaways. The Eaton Canyon team will also have other activities including crafting, nature journaling and more! 

    ECNCA - Eaton Canyon Nature Center Associates | A Zoological, botanical, and geological nature ...

    Our walk will begin at the Nature Center where we will learn more about the Park.  We will then walk through our Native Garden and into the natural area

    and discover the amazing world of sexual diversity in native plants, their habitat preferences, pollinator partners, reproductive systems and so much more.



    After the walk, you will be invited to join activities including nature journaling and painting.  Then, lets socialize as you check out our nature exhibitors as well as resources and volunteer opportunities available to you!

    Free but must register in advance via the GOLA website.

    Carpool/ridesharing information: Due to liability and insurance reasons Great Outdoors cannot organize carpools and hike/trip leaders cannot take an active role in making arrangements for participants' transportation. If you would like a ride, or could provide a ride, members can sign up on your own at the link below. https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/race85

    Go Car Free

    Bring: Drinking water in reusable bottle, sun protection, and wear sturdy footwear. Carry your emergency contact info with you at all times. And, feel free to wear your Pride colors, flags, etc. 

    Hike Leader: John Butta

    Questions: Contact: John Butta (213) 200-7843 or john.butta@pacbell.net

    If you need to cancel your registration, it is very important that you please contact John so that persons who may be on a wait list can be accommodated. Thank you.

    Health Problems/allergies: It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.

    GREAT OUTDOORS, INC. is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization dedicated to the enjoyment of the outdoors. All rights reserved.

    • Sun, July 07, 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave, 90068, CA
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    Sold Out! 

    Patti LaBelle at the Hollywood Bowl

    Details: The Grammy-winning Godmother of Soul returns for a dazzling night under the stars. With hits such as “Lady Marmalade,” “If Only You Knew,” and “On My Own,” the elegant Patti LaBelle always captivates with her signature vocal stylings.

    5:30 pm (Optional): Meet us for a pre-performance picnic at Picnic Area 7 (click to view map). This is the uppermost picnic area, where we will save tables with a view of LA. It's the last one, beyond the last (3rd) escalator, then turn right into it. If you are joining us for the picnic, bring your food and drink (wine bottles are allowed*.

    7:10ish pm: Walk to our seats. Have your electronic ticket ready.

    7:30 pm: - Show begins

    *This is not a "Lease Event", so you may bring your own wine bottles etc. into the seating area.

    FAQs | Hollywood Bowl

    Transportation options: There are many options to get to the Bowl including driving, shuttles, carpooling and others. As Great Outdoors members we strive to do our part to reduce traffic and parking congestion and help protect the environment. Please see the following:

    • Hollywood Bowl Parking, Shuttle & Transportation Info | Hollywood Bowl, or
    • Carpool/ride sharing information: Due to liability and insurance reasons Great Outdoors cannot organize carpools and hike/trip leaders cannot take an active role in making arrangements for participants' transportation. If you would like a ride, or could provide a ride, you can sign up on your own at the link here https://groupcarpool.com/t/2r4i78

    Tickets: $50/ticket. Registration is for up to 30 people with a max of 4 tickets per person.  Your ticket will paid for by registering and paying via the Registration link.  All tickets are in Section K-2, which are relatively close to the stage. No refunds after June 7, 2024. Add yourself to the wait list if it sells out.

    1. I will email or text your tickets to you no later than July 1, 2024. Note: If you determine that you cannot attend after receiving the tickets, you will be responsible for dispositioning of your tickets yourself, i.e. donating it back to GOLA, transferring it to someone else, other.

    2. You may present your tickets on your mobile device by logging into a Hollywood Bowl account the day of the performance and showing your tickets directly from your browser.

    3. Access and manage your upcoming events by downloading the Hollywood Bowl app.

    There are step by step guides on both of these options available at www.hollywoodbowl.com/digital-tickets.

    Trip Leaders: John Butta and Joe Holiday.

    Questions: contact John at 213-200-7843 or jbutta@pacbell.net

    Health issues/allergies: It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with the tour leader if you wish.


    • Sat, July 27, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online meeting using Zoom
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    California Great Outdoors - Board Meeting

    Saturday, July 27, 2024, 10 AM - Noon

    The Great Outdoors Board will meet on Saturday July 27, 2024 starting at 10:00 AM.  The meeting will take place online using Zoom.

    All GO Board Members and Chapter Representatives attending this meeting: Please register for this event.

    All GO members may register this meeting if interested.

    July 2024 Board Meetings Agenda here

    April 2024 Board Meetings Minutes here


    If you have any questions, please contact Dennis Curran via email - Chair@GreatOutdoors.org.



    • Fri, August 09, 2024
    • 2:00 PM
    • Sun, August 11, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Shady Cove Group Campground, San Bernardino National Forest near Running Springs
    • 12
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    SHADY COVE-PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER CAMPOUT

    August 9-11, 2024

    Shady Cove Group Campground in the

    San Bernardino National Forest near Running Springs.

    Once again, the Perseids meteor shower returns to illuminate the night sky with a spectacular display for your viewing pleasure. We have secured 2 group sites at Shady Cove campground high up in the San Bernardino National Forest for this event. The campground is easily accessible, just off a paved road with stunning vistas of the surrounding area. It has forested tent sites and is situated in at an elevation of about 6,000 feet. Amenities include drinking water, picnic tables, vault restrooms, grills, trash containers, group fire ring and plenty of tent space. Plan on getting here during daylight hours for best viewing of the beautiful scenery along the way, Due to parking and space limitations, there is no room for RVs in the parking areas.

    The Perseid meteor shower is one of the best shooting star displays of the year, caused by the comet Swift-Tuttle discovered in 1862. Watching pieces of comet debris burn up in a bright burst of light, streaking a vivid path across the sky traveling at 37 miles per second is an amazing site! Although the moon will be 50% illuminated at the time of the Perseids' peak, it will set around midnight, so there will be dark skies until dawn — perfect for meteor hunting! On average, you can expect to see up to 100 meteors per hour during the Perseid's peak.


    For some real adventure during the day, take the short drive from our campsite to the Keller Peak Fire Lookout. You can also hike to the lookout but it’s a steep climb considering it’s perched on the edge of the mountain at 7,882 ft. It’s an active look out station with trained observers who are happy to explain the use of the Osborne, a device used to locate points within the forest when smoke is spotted. The views are awe inspiring! On clear days you can see the ocean, Catalina Island and the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range to the northwest. You can view two memorial plaques at Keller Peak lookout. The first designates the 1926-built tower as a historic landmark. The second, located 200 yards (175 m) to the west, marks the spot where a B-26 bomber crashed on December 30, 1941. Some of the wreckage is still visible.


    Hiking, biking and birding are popular activities in the area and many trails begin at or near the campground. There are lots of interesting boulder formations to climb around and photograph and be sure to pick out your favorite boulder for lounging while meteor hunting.

    For last minute groceries or dining options, Running Springs offers a variety of dining and shopping options with a grocery store, restaurants and fuel stations. You may also want to visit Lake Arrowhead Village with its many shops, restaurants overlooking the lake and a Stater Bros. supermarket. Lake Arrowhead is a private lake, so no swimming or boating is allowed unless you’re a resident. You can however book a tour of the lake aboard the Arrowhead Queen, a paddlewheel boat that takes you around the lake, pointing out numerous historical homes and sites. Tours leave every hour on the hour from 11:00-5:00. Ticket info: (909) 336-6992


    Directions to Shady Cove. From Highway 330, exit at Running Springs. Turn right on Highway 18. Drive approximately one mile to the Deerlick Ranger Station (aka: Children's Forest Visitor Center). Turn right just past the Ranger Station on Keller Peak Road (the street sign was down last time I was there. If you pass the Valero Gas station you went too far) and proceed five miles to the fork in the road. Turn left at the fork and proceed to the Children's Forest Trail Head. Turn left at the Children's Forest Trailhead and follow the signs to Shady Cove, sites B & C. These are group sites so your vehicle may not be adjacent to your tent location.

    Tentative Schedule of Events

    Friday, August 9th

    • Check-in after 2:pm (please don't arrive early, they are strict about this)
    • 6pm - Meet n’ Greet. Bring snack or light refreshments to share, if you want
    • Group campfire (bring firewood, locally bought if possible)
    • Meteor shower viewing; best around midnight but still visible before

    Saturday, August 10th

    • This is free-form campout where everyone is encouraged to self-organize. Plans for hikes, trips to the lookout tower or picnics by the reservoir can be arranged on Friday or throughout the day.  
    • 6pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share). Desserts will be provided.
    • Group campfire (bring firewood)
    • Meteor shower viewing; best around midnight but still visible before

    Sunday, August 11th

    • 8am – get in an early morning hike or pack up and clean up, say our tearful goodbyes, lots of hugging encouraged!
    • 12pm - Check out

    Prices:  $30 per person.  Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

    Parking limits: This campout is limited by the number of vehicles allowed at the group sites. Our site comes with only 20 parking spaces. Therefore, we encourage carpooling.  Besides, it also saves gas, reduces traffic congestion and pollution, and may earn you the respect and admiration of your peers.

    During registration, please note if/who you will be carpooling with. We will assign the first 20 parking spots in the order people register. 

    If the trip is sold out, please add yourself to the wait list. Based on the number of vehicles from other registrants, you may still be added to the trip in the order added to the waitlist if we can fit you in.

    Carpool/ridesharing information: Due to liability and insurance reasons Great Outdoors cannot organize carpools and hike/trip leaders cannot take an active role in making arrangements for participants' transportation. If you would like a ride, or could provide a ride, members can sign up on your own here è  https://groupcarpool.com/t/pf3xuy

    Payments:  This event is limited to GO members. When you register, you'll need to have your credit card (MC, VISA, Discover or Amex.) ready and pay your registration fee within 15 mins. If you are not a member yet, you can first join as a member online at Greatoutdoorsla.org and then return here to register.

    Refunds:  Cancellation for a refund, minus $10, will be allowed only if there is a waitlist and must be received by August 2nd.  All cancellation requests must be sent to the Trip Leader (see email above). 

    What to Bring:  Camp chair, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool/wet weather clothing, potluck item, one bundle of firewood per person and the Ten Essentials.

    Think eco-friendly. Everyone brings their own reusable plates, utensils, cups, napkins, etc. For the potluck, remember to bring your own serving dishes, bowls or platters with serving utensils. Be sure to pick up your dishes when you leave. Let's aim to minimize trash/ single-use disposables.  Thank you for pitching in to keep our camp clean.

    Health issues/allergies: It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.

    Pets: Are permitted if they are properly restrained and under the control of the owner. Dogs must be licensed, restrained on a leash no longer than six feet, and always attended.

    Contact Trip Leaders: Steve Sisneros - via email to hikensteve@gmail.com or text (951) 318-0530 or Wes Stieringer-Sisneros fwsj69@gmail.com

    • Fri, September 06, 2024
    • 3:00 PM
    • Sun, September 08, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Mount Piños Car Camp - Los Padres NF
    • 19
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    Mount Piños Car Camp

    September 6-8, 2024

    Trip Leader: Bob King (323) 394-9313, bk78@pacbell.net

    Spaces: 35

    Vehicles: 13 including RVs or trailers, max 30’

    Cost: $50.00

    Mount Piños is located in the Los Padres National Forest on the boundary between Ventura and Kern Counties, California. The summit, at 8,847 feet (2,697 m), is the highest point in Ventura County, so it is much cooler than in the city of Los Angeles. Bring a sweater and escape the heat. The mountain is the highest point of the Transverse Ranges west of the Tejon Pass. Tall Jeffrey and Ponderosa Pines shade the campground. This mountain top location has rugged rock formations and a feeling of being quite remote.


    Campground Information:

    We will be at Group Site 1 at McGill Campground. The facility has vault toilets, fire rings, and picnic tables. There is NO WATER at the campground so bring all the water you will need.

    Bears may frequent the area and all food must be kept in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle.

    Friday

    Arrive any time after 3 PM and set up your tent. Meet and greet snacks around 5-6 PM and Dinner is on your own with a campfire at sundown.

    Saturday

    There will be an organized hike on Saturday morning. You will need hiking boots, daypack, water, 10 essential items, hiking poles, and a sack lunch.

    Traditional Tea at 4 PM.

    The Great Outdoors potluck dinner will be at 7 PM. Dinner will be followed by a campfire activity.

    Sunday

    Breakfast on your own and relax until check out time at 12 noon.


    Directions:

    McGill Campground Take I-5 North to Frazier Mountain Park Road exit. Go west on Frazier Mountain Park Road for 7 miles and the name of the road changes to Cuddy Valley Road and continue about 5 more miles. Stay left at the Y in the road and head towards Mt. Pinos, NOT towards Pine Mountain Club. Continue about 5 miles to McGill Campground on the right. We are at Group Site 1.

    Equipment:

    This site is for tent camping and RV’s. All regular camping equipment is needed, including a tent, ground cloth, sleeping bag, stove and fuel, cooking utensils, dishes and cutlery, folding chair, and a cooler with food. Limited parking is available for trailers or RV’s.

    Note, Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

    *In order to cut down on waste, please consider bringing your own reusable plate, utensils, tablecloth and cup/mug. Follow posted rules about dish washing.

    Weather: The weather is variable, so be prepared for cool nights and warm days.

    Refunds: Cancel by August 26, 2024 for a refund (minus $20 service fee).

    Payments: Pay online here with a credit card at time of reservation.

    You must be a paid member of one of the Great Outdoors (GO) chapters in order to register for this event. Membership is $25.

    This announcement is first being sent to GOLA members only.  If it does not fill up it will then be sent to other GO chapter members on or about March 1.  Register now to reserve spots for you and your carpool mate(s). 

    Carpool/ride sharing information: Please plan on carpooling as the number of vehicles is limited.  When registering online you will be asked who you are carpooling with.  It is imperative that each registrant respond to that question so that we may keep track of how many vehicles are tied to registrants.  As noted, there is a limit of 13 vehicles. 

    Due to liability and insurance reasons Great Outdoors cannot organize carpools and hike/trip leaders cannot take an active role in making arrangements for participants' transportation. If you would like a ride, or could provide a ride, you can sign up on your own at the link below. https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/x2uny4

    Nearby Attractions: The Jacinto Reyes National Scenic Byway travels past breathtaking cliffs, rock formations and lush riparian areas.


    • Fri, October 18, 2024
    • Sun, October 20, 2024
    • Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area - Rio Group Site




    This event is currently being planned by the Los Angeles Chapter. For more information about this trip:

    • Please check back here for updates in the future; or
    • Please contact our LA Chapter VPO - via email: VPO-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
    • Volunteers wanted! Please contact John Butta for a variety of opportunities. 


    Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area  

    The park is located off of Highway 138 and Cleghorn Road, 11 miles east of I-15 heading east; or 20 miles north of San Bernardino via Highways 18 & 138. Get directions through Google Maps

    The Rio group campsite can accommodate over 100 people. There are restrooms and paid showers on site as well as potable water, fire rings, BBQ grills, covered pagodas and picnic tables; all in a central location. Dogs allowed. Trailers/Campers/Motorhomes up to 31 feet

    The San Bernardino National Forest is comprised of the northern Santa Rosa Mountains, the eastern San Gabriel Mountains, the San Jacintos Mountains, and the San Bernardino Mountains. These ranges cover 100 miles of Southern California and comprise a diverse ecosystem. Local fauna includes 440 species, more than two dozen of which are currently endangered or threatened. There are many different species of flora as well, including Joshua trees, various types of pines and firs, and barrel cactuses.

    Climate and Elevation:  Average high/low: 79° / 50° ; Elevation 3400'

    Campground Brochure: Click Here 

    Campground Contact: (760) 389-2281

    Campground Images: Rio Baranca Valle Group Campground

    Note:

    There may be times that the water quality for recreation may pose a health risk due to algae blooms

    Theme - tbd

    Agenda - tbd

    Activities - tbd

    Registration- tbd

    • Registration options include: Tents and RV’s. Tents will be in tent only sites. RV sites are located adjacent to the tent only sites. We will have a group campfire located in a central spot. 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 
    • Campers:  Water and restrooms with paid hot showers are available. 
    • RVs No RV hookups. RVs must be parked in provided space and may not protrude into roadway. Maximum length 31' Roadway must be kept open and clear to allow for emergency vehicles. Quiet hours 10pm - 6am.
    • Non-Campers: Lodging can be found in nearby Crestline 
    • Pets: welcomed - leashed, controlled, picked up after, allowed on paved trails.

    Payments:  Online payments only using credit cards. 

    Cancellation/Refund Policy:  Cancellations must be received by Oct. 5 to receive a refund minus a $10 service fee. 

    What to Bring: 

    • Ten Essentials, camping/cooking gear, food, name tag.
    • Camp chair, warm/cool weather clothing, bicycle. 
    • Potluck item - main entrée, or side dish. GO will furnish desserts (our anniversary cake).
    • Appetizer to share for meet & greet ‘tea’ along with your favorite beverage.
    • Swim suit, towel, water shoes for swimming, boating or kayaking.
    • Cash for the raffle. If you would like to donate an item for the raffle, contact trip leader.
    • A bundle or two of non-oak firewood. Notice: Due to the threat of the goldspotted oak borer, no oak firewood will be allowed. Firewood may be purchased on site. 
    GOING GREEN!  Please bring your own plates, cups, mugs, eating utensils, napkins, paper towels, camp soap, etc.  There are water spigots located in the camp or in the nearby restroom for washing dishes.

    Conference FAQs

    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:

    • Nominate and elect a new Corp board for the upcoming year.
    • Vote and amend any by-law changes that may occur.
    • Schedule and coordinate the next year's camping trips.
    • Special awards and recognition will be presented.

    Who puts on the Conference?

    • Hosting conference is by one of the five chapters on a rotational basis.
    • This year is hosted by the Los Angeles Chapter
    • Next year will be hosted by another Chapter and so on.

    Do I need to attend any of these business meetings?

    • Only if you are a chapter delegate, a Corp committee chair or Corp board member; however, all are welcome to attend.

    Can I come to any of these meetings if I am not on the Corp board or a delegate?

    • Yes! We encourage anyone who is interested in how our organizational leadership works to come and observe our meetings!

    What if I am not part of the Corp board or a delegate, can I still attend the conference?

    • Yes! There will be other planned activities and events you can take part in.
    • This is a great opportunity to hang out and get acquainted with other GO members that you would not normally meet outside your chapter designated area!

    Can I attend the day activities without camping?

    • Yes, register for day use only.

    Volunteer?

    • Each Chapter elects or appoints a Board Representative to represent your Chapter at all GO Corp. meetings (usually four per year). 
    • The GO Board also consists of the following appointed committees or positions:  Archives, Awards, Bylaws, Outings, Outdoors Experience and Webmaster
    • If you are interested in running for one of the three (3) elected positions or serving on one of our Committees, attend the meetings and let us know.

    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.


    • Fri, November 08, 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • Sun, November 10, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Whitewater Preserve Palm Springs
    Register

          OUTDOORS EXPERIENCE

    Hike Leader - Morning 4 hrs
    Trip LeaderAfternoon 4 hrs

      You may attend either one or both.

      Full Weekend Schedule:

      Friday Nov 8 2 pm - Fun hike at Whitewater Preserve.  This is a welcome hike for attendees at the hike/trip leader training this weekend. We will discuss and demonstrate The Ten Essentials and safety on the trail.  

      Saturday Nov 9  8-5 - Training class at the Preserve Administrative Building.

      • 8 am - 12 pm  Hike Leader Training
      • 1 pm - 5 pm Trip Leader Training

      Sunday Nov 10  8:30 am - 11 am - Training hike at the Preserve where participants will be confronted with a variety of situations that one may encounter on the trail.

      Registration: You may request printed manual(s) be mailed to your during registration process, ($25 each). You will be refunded upon check in at the training.

      DAY HIKE LEADER - SECTION I

      8am - 12 pm

      Be a Hike Leader!  Not just someone who knows the way, but someone who applies safety, best practices, fun, and local knowledge to make a successful outing. In addition to the course outline we will discuss any issues with past hikes and plan for future hikes. We will review basic hike leader procedures and techniques and latest technology and information.  Completing this course will provide participants with Day Hike Leader Certification. Also a good refresher for hike leaders.

      Hike Leader Syllabus

      Prerequisites: Great Outdoors member (click here to join). The course is  for anyone interested in becoming a hiker leader, learning more about leading effective hikes, or becoming a more confident and capable hiker.

      This Hike Leader Certification course is for hikers who are interested in learning new skills as well as experienced hike leaders  who are looking to update or refresh their outdoor leadership skills. It is suitable for all ranges of hiker abilities, from novice up to very experienced hikers.

      Objectives: Introduce participants to the skills, knowledge and attitudes of a trained hike leader, including appropriate risk management for day hikes. Present skills for leading a safe, environmentally responsible and enjoyable hike.

      Content/Topics Covered:  Hike planning, description, screening participants, trail group management, emergency management, medical issues on the trail, map reading and navigation, outdoor techniques, environmental protection, and problem solving techniques and scenarios.

      Course Format: The training includes in person instruction with group discussion and problem solving  applications and trail-based scenarios.

      Pre-Course Assignment:  Review training manuals and video:

      Link to Training Resources: Click Here

      How to Lead a Hike: Video: Click Here

      Printed manuals will be available at the training location. 

      Option have manual(s) mailed to you upon registration. Registration fee is fully refundable upon check in.


      * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

      TRIP LEADERSHIP - OVERNIGHT EVENTS - SECTION II

       1pm - 5 pm

      One of the premier features of Great Outdoors is overnight trips. As a leader you will propose, research and design overnight trips. You will manage and administer the trip using leadership and group management skills. Completing this course will provide participants with Trip Leadership Certification.

      Course Outline:

      • Create a new trip or update a former trip.

      • Planning, scouting, securing reservations.

      • Finances and budget.

      • Create a trip description and promotion.

      • Secure all logistics including any permits, and support staff as necessary.

      • Communicate with participants to provide information and answer questions.

      • Conducting your trip, safety issues, group management issues - preventing and solving.

      * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

      Location: Whitewater Preserve

      Course Length/Hours: 4 hours.

      Schedule: Start at 8:00 am and go to 5 pm with a lunch break.  Coffee, tea, water provided. Bring a mug for hot drinks.

      What to bring:  Lunch, water bottle, mug for hot drinks. If you are taking the Hike Leader course bring day pack with your 10 essentials. If you are tent camping, bring food, camp gear, warm clothing, etc.

      Weather: Be prepared for cooler temperatures. NOAA spot forecast: click here

      Facilities:  Whitewater Preserve located in a beautiful canyon along the Whitewater river and part of the Sand to Snow National Monument. We will be in the visitor center back room with tables, chairs, TV monitor and restrooms. Trailheads located onsite. No cell service or Wi-Fi. No cell service or internet. Guests can receive cell service 3.5 miles south of the preserve on Whitewater Canyon Road.

      Carpooling Encouraged: Limited parking spaces available. 

      Overnight Accommodations:

      Camping (free) available on site at Whitewater Preserve: Click Here for details and to reserve a spot.  You can let us know you are camping when you register here for the training. Tent camping and small RV or  trailer allowed if they will fit in the 20' parking spaces in the parking lot (you may take 2 spaces, one for your vehicle and one for you trailer) Restrooms, water, tables available. No fires of any kind. Only gas or propane for cooking. There are no trash containers -pack it out, no hookups and generators are prohibited. Arrive before 4:30 pm since the gates lock at 5 pm.  Overnight campers will be provided the combination to the gate lock for after hours access. No alcohol or smoking. Photos of the camp area click here. 

      Hotel/motel/RV accommodations located in the Palm Springs area which is approximately 30-40 minute drive to Whitewater Preserve training site.

      Nearby KOA Desert Hot Springs has both tent and RV sites with hot water springs and nice facilities.

      Address: Whitewater Preserve lies at the end of Whitewater Canyon Road, northwest of Palm Springs, off Interstate 10.

      9160 Whitewater Canyon Road
      Whitewater, California
      GPS: 33.989075, -116.655673 (N33° 59.367' W116° 39.416')
      Elevation: 2200'       Get Directions

      Contact:

      Course Preparation: We will send you a link to the Outdoor Experience Training Manuals. You are encouraged to review the material ahead of time. 

      Link to Training Resources: Click Here

      Suggested Reading:
      1. Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter, & GPS. Bob Burns, Mike Burns
      2. The National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Guide Mark Harvey
      3. How to Lead a Hike by the Sierra Club  15 min. video click here




      • Fri, November 22, 2024
      • Mon, December 02, 2024
      • Morocco!
      • 0
      Registration is closed


      LA – GeoTours Morocco

      Great Outdoors LA invites you to Morocco from Nov. 22 to Dec. 2, 2024. This trip is being organized and sponsored though GeoTours, which is an LGBTQ-friendly company that organizes regular tours to places all over the world at very reasonable prices compared to other tour companies. Although not sponsored by Great Outdoors, this is an exclusive GOLA invitation that will be led by our long-time GO member and hike leader Joe Holliday, along with GeoTours. Click here for the trip itinerary and details: https://www.geotours.us/tour/morocco-2024/. Registration closes May 1, 2024.

      Why Morrocco? Although it's a favorite destination for Europeans, many Americans feel unsafe traveling in Arab countries. However, Morocco is considered one of the safest Arab countries in which LGBTQ groups can travel, and it has some of the best scenery and tourism of any region in northern Africa. Therefore, we are inviting this group of travelers to a wonderful place where they may not feel comfortable going individually but can have an “opportunity to learn about life in a different country through immersion into the culture. Seeing something from the outside versus experiencing it from the inside provides two completely different insights into a way of life.” -- Gay Travel in Morocco: An Overview (journeybeyondtravel.com).


      Personal Considerations: While several LGBTQ groups visit Morocco every year with no problems, all participants will need to understand and acknowledge the following cultural note to ensure the group's safety:

      It’s important to note that in Morocco homosexual acts are illegal and punishable by prison. Even though this is not always enforced, it’s smart to use street sense and avoid public displays of affection, as this is culturally frowned upon for both opposite and same-sex couples. As in any country, we ask our travelers to respect local customs (hats off in mosques, no kissing in public, etc) and most people will not be hostile. Transgender travelers should be especially aware of potentially abusive behavior, particularly to transgender women, due a lack of education in the country and conservative Muslim values. Please review and consider the additional information provided prior to deciding whether to participate or not:

      Additional resources include:

      · https://queerintheworld.com/lgbt-rights-in-morocco/

      · Gay Morocco | LGBTQ+ Travel Guide, Morocco Gay Rights & Safety Tips (iglta.org)

      · LGBT Rights In Morocco: Everything You Should Know Before You Visit! (queerintheworld.com)

      · LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index: 203 Countries Ranked in 2023 (asherfergusson.com)

      We plan to donate to local LGBTQ groups in Morocco to help the country's progress toward more equality.

      This is the first of what we hope will be several trips around the world (Iceland, New Zealand, Peru, etc.).


      Itinerary:

      Friday 11/22/24 – Depart USA

      Depart USA or depart earlier to have more time in Morocco.

      Saturday 11/23/24 - Arrive Casablanca, Morocco

      Arrive in Casablanca, Morocco's largest city. One night in Casablanca at Idou Anfa Hotel (4*).

      Sunday 11/24/24 – Casablanca-Rabat-Chefchaouen

      Visit the old Kasbah of Rabat, Morocco’s capital city, and go inside the richly decorated mausoleum of King Mohammed V. Continue to Chefchaouen, one of the most beautiful small towns in Morocco. One night at Dar Ecchaouen (4*).

      Monday 11/25/24 – Chefchaouen-Volubilis-Fes

      Enjoy a morning walking tour in the old medina of Chefchaouen, with beautiful pastel-blue buildings. Visit Volubilis, the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Fes, the imperial capital for much of the last 1000 years. Two nights in Fes at Riad El Yacout (4*) or equivalent.

      Tuesday 11/26/24 – Fes

      Spend a full day in Fes, the most complete medieval city of the Arab world. Take a walking tour of the medina, the bustling old part of the city, with a chaotic and exhilarating mélange of artisan quarters: brass & copper craftsmen, wedding goods, carpenters, bakers, butchers, spice sellers. Soak in a fine panoramic view of the colorful vats of the leather tanneries. Night #2 in Fes.

      Wednesday 11/27/24 – Fes – Middle Atlas Mountains – Sahara

      Journey through the Middle Atlas Mountains to the Sahara, passing through cedar forests with Barbary Apes. Stop at Ziz Gorges, deeply eroded by water and with very colorful geology. Arrive in Merzouga, a small town on the edge of the Saharan sand dunes. One night in Merzouga at Riad Azawad (3*) with dinner included.

      Thursday 11/28/24 - Sahara Desert near Merzouga

      Spend the day experiencing the Sahara Desert: visit a village of the Gnaoua people, descendants of West African slaves. Ride a camel for an hour over the impressive sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. See the Saharan sunset over the dunes. Spend the night at Azawad Luxury Desert Camp, with dinner included, followed by Berber musical entertainment.

      Friday 11/29/24 - Merzouga – Ouarzazate

      Sunrise over the desert and then ride a camel (or walk) 3 miles over the dunes to Merzouga. Breakfast in Merzouga before continuing to Todra Gorge, a narrow canyon with walls towering 1000’ high. One night in Ouarzazate at Dar Chamaa (3*).

      Saturday 11/30/24 - Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou - Atlas Mtns - Marrakech

      Explore Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a wonderful kasbah with narrow, winding lanes. Drive over the High Atlas Mountains, across Tizi n’Tichka pass at 7400' altitude. Two nights in Marrakech at Riad Nesma (4*).

      Sunday 12/1/24 - Marrakech

      Tour Marrakech, one of the great medieval cities of the Islamic world. Djemaa el Fna, is the wonderful city square of Marrakech with great activity, entertainment, and food. Free afternoon for shopping or more sightseeing of Marrakech.

      Monday 12/2/24- Marrakech - USA

      Morocco tour ends, with a departure from Marrakech airport, or stay longer in Morocco on your own.


      Details:

      https://www.geotours.us/tour/morocco-2024

      Additional details will be discussed in an online forum and provide you with an opportunity to ask questions prior to the final cancellation deadline. We will also have an additional forum closer to the trip departure date.

      Tour Dates: Nov.22-Dec. 2, 2024 (actual tour: Nov.23-Dec.2)

      Land Only Tour Cost: $1890. Price based on a minimum of 12 paying participants. Otherwise, the price may increase or cancel the tour. Price is also based on sharing a room; single supplement is +$500 but single rooms are limited to approx. 5 or 6 on a first come basis. There will be 12 rooms total for the group. (Estimated additional cost of international flights to be arranged on your own: $1350. LAX-CMN; RAK-LAX)

      Cost Includes: Hotels, guide, bus, entries, breakfasts, 3 dinners, and tips

      Looking to Share a Room?: Will send the contact info to the members who wish to consider this option.

      Group Size: 12-20 G.O. members

      Tour Locations: Rabat, Chefchaouen, Volubillis, Fes, Sahara Desert (Merzouga), Ouarzazate, Atlas Mountains, Marrakech (see website for exact dates and route map)

      Walk/Hike limits: At least one hike up to 5 miles and one hike on sand dunes

      Weather: Inland California climate (high 65-75, low in 50s in November)

      Cancellation policy: see Geotours website

      Registration closes: May 1, 2024. Click here to register now:

      https://www.geotours.us/tour/morocco-2024/

      Please also register via the GOLA website (link at beginning of the email, or on website).  The trip leader needs to monitor how many travelers of each type have registered and will use this registration for various updates and communications. 

      GOLA Website Registration Types:

      • One Traveler - Wants a Roomie

      Registrants are responsible for finding their own roommate. GOLA will provide connections for those interested in sharing a room. 

      • One Traveler - Has a Roomie

      When registering type the first and last name of your roommate.

      • Solo Traveler - Does not want to room with anyone

      As noted elsewhere, solo travelers will pay an surcharge of approx. $500.

      Trip insurance: Highly Encouraged. See Details link above for more information

      Have additional questions: Reach out to GeoTours, Joe Holliday  or John Butta


    Past LA Chapter Events

    Sat, May 18, 2024 LA - Stream Hike This Saturday! Gabrielino Trail from Gould Mesa Trailhead to Brown Mountain Dam
    Sat, May 04, 2024 LA - MetroLink to Hilbert Museum
    Sun, April 28, 2024 LA - Hike: Double the Friendship
    Sat, April 20, 2024 CORP - Great Outdoors - Board Mtg
    Tue, March 26, 2024 LA - Short Notice! Tuesday 3/26 Full Moon Wine & Cheese Potluck Night Hike - Echo Mountain!
    Sat, March 16, 2024 LA-Hike: Santa Monica Mountains Native Plant Restoration & Hike
    Sun, February 25, 2024 LA - Just added! Hike Beaudry Loop in the Verdugo Mountains
    Fri, February 23, 2024 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike Leader - Trip Leader - Event Mgmt. Training
    Sat, February 03, 2024 LA - Social: Vincent Price Art Musuem & Lunch
    Sun, January 28, 2024 LA-Hike: Winter in Palos Verdes along the Terranea Trail and Brunch/Lunch!
    Sun, January 21, 2024 LA - Election Brunch at DeSano Pizza Bakery
    Sat, January 20, 2024 LA - Social: Camellia Tour @ Descanso Gardens
    Sat, January 20, 2024 CORP Great Outdoors - Quarterly Board Mtg
    Sun, December 31, 2023 LA -Rose Parade Float *Viewing*
    Thu, December 28, 2023 LA -Rose Parade Float Decorating
    Sat, December 16, 2023 LA - OCLB - Palos Verdes Hike: Hills, Rocks, and Ocean Hike
    Wed, December 13, 2023 CORP - Website Event Creating and Posting 12/13
    Sun, December 10, 2023 LA - Holiday Party
    Sat, November 18, 2023 LA - Hike: POSTPONED Tapia Park to Piuma Ridge Trail
    Sun, November 12, 2023 LA - Long Beach Bike & Brunch: Ascend the New Bridge
    Fri, November 03, 2023 CORP-ALL CHAPTER JAMBOREE - PALM SPRINGS PRIDE
    Fri, October 20, 2023 PS/CORP - 45th All Chapter Campout and Conference - Lake Perris
    Sun, October 15, 2023 LA - Pizza Social and Planning Meeting
    Sat, October 14, 2023 LA-Hike: Cucamonga Peak hike
    Sat, October 07, 2023 LA-Los Angeles River Bike Path Ride
    Sat, September 23, 2023 LA-Hiking: 3 T's Trail
    Sun, September 10, 2023 LA-Hike: Palos Verdes Summer Vacation Day Two: Hike, Beach, and Relax
    Sat, August 26, 2023 LA - Boy George and Culture Club
    Sat, August 12, 2023 LA - Hiking: South Fork Big Rock Creek
    Fri, July 28, 2023 LA-Camping-Table Mountain Campout
    Sat, July 22, 2023 CORP Great Outdoors - Board Mtg
    Sat, July 22, 2023 LA - Hike: Fish Canyon Narrows
    Sun, July 09, 2023 LA-Hike: Palos Verdes Summer: Oceanfront Hike, Learn, and Relax
    Thu, June 22, 2023 OCLB -Free! OCparks Summer Concert Series: Paco Versailles
    Fri, June 16, 2023 LA - 🌈 Dodgers Pride Night! - Deadline extended to 6/14 - Special price!
    Thu, June 15, 2023 (LA - Kern River Campout) CANCELED: Campground is closed due to flooding
    Sun, June 11, 2023 LA - Hike: This Sunday! Strawberry Spring and Meadows
    Fri, June 02, 2023 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Canceled - Hike and Trip Leader Training
    Sun, May 21, 2023 LA-Hike: Devil's Chair and Punchbowl
    Sat, May 20, 2023 LA-OCLB - Proud! Fest and Beach Streets
    Sat, April 29, 2023 LA - Henninger Flats Hike and Picnic
    Sat, April 22, 2023 CORP Great Outdoors - Board Mtg
    Wed, April 05, 2023 LA - Central Coast and Morro Bay Camping
    Sun, March 12, 2023 LA - Mt Lowe Trail Camp - CANCELED
    Sun, March 05, 2023 LA - Hiking: Switzer's Falls - CANCELLED
    Sun, February 26, 2023 CORP - Website Event Creating and Posting 12/22
    Sat, February 25, 2023 LA - The Nethercutt Collection - Sylmar
    Sun, January 22, 2023 LA - Coastal Bike Ride: Long Beach to Seal Beach
    Sat, January 21, 2023 CORP Great Outdoors - Board Mtg
    Thu, December 22, 2022 CORP - Website Event Creating and Posting 12/22
    Sun, December 18, 2022 LA - San Pedro: Tide pools, Sea Cliffs, History, and Aquarium
    Sun, December 11, 2022 LA - Holiday Party
    Sat, December 10, 2022 LA - Long Beach | Belmont | Naples Boat Parade and Decoration Walk
    Sat, November 12, 2022 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike and Trip Leader Training
    Sat, November 05, 2022 LA - Kayak/Paddleboard
    Wed, November 02, 2022 CORP - Website Event Creating and Posting
    Sat, October 29, 2022 OCLB - Long Beach Festival of Flight
    Sat, October 15, 2022 CORP - Outings Committee Mtg
    Sat, October 15, 2022 CORP - Annual Conference and Election of Officers
    Fri, October 14, 2022 OCLB/CORP - 44th Annual All Chapter Conference Registration
    Thu, October 06, 2022 LA - Pirate Camp Catalina at Two Harbors!
    Sun, September 11, 2022 LA - Coastal Bike Ride: Long Beach
    Sat, August 27, 2022 PS - August Game Night: Gather Your Balls for BOWLING!!
    Thu, July 28, 2022 OCLB -Bruno Mars Tribute Band "Uptown Funk"! Free!
    Thu, July 28, 2022 LA - Agnew Meadows (Mammoth)
    Sat, July 23, 2022 Great Outdoors CORP - Board Mtg
    Sat, July 23, 2022 LA - Palos Verdes Summer Vacation Day: Hike, Beach, and Relax
    Sat, May 21, 2022 LA - Palos Verdes Hike: Hills, Rocks, and Ocean Hike
    Sat, April 16, 2022 LA - Eaton Canyon Hike
    Sat, April 16, 2022 CORP - Board Mtg
    Thu, March 24, 2022 LA - Central Coast and Morro Bay Camping
    Sat, March 12, 2022 LA - Temescal Canyon Loop in the Santa Monica Mountains
    Sun, February 27, 2022 LA - Beautiful Bear Canyon Hike in the San Gabriel Mountains
    Sat, February 26, 2022 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike and Trip Leader Training
    Sat, February 12, 2022 LA - Second Saturdays Hike: Sandstone Peak
    Thu, February 03, 2022 LA - Death Valley, Furnace Creek Camping
    Sat, January 22, 2022 CORP - Board Mtg
    Sat, January 08, 2022 LA - Bluff Cove and Lunada Bay hike in Palos Verdes
    Sat, December 18, 2021 LA - Long Beach | Belmont | Naples Boat Parade and Decoration Walk
    Sat, December 18, 2021 GO LA with OC/Long Beach Chapter present: The Belmont -Naples Boat Parade and Decoration Walk
    Sat, December 18, 2021 LA - Abalone and Sacred Coves Palos Verdes Hike
    Sun, December 12, 2021 LA - Holiday Party 2021 at DeSano Pizza Bakery!
    Sun, November 21, 2021 LA - Bicycle Tour Shoreline Long Beach
    Tue, November 16, 2021 LA - LA Chapter Monthly Meeting
    Sun, November 07, 2021 LA - Hike: Windy Gap, Crystal Lake Recreation Area
    Sat, October 23, 2021 LA - SOLD OUT! - Camp Mozumdar Historic Walking Tour and Lunch
    Tue, October 19, 2021 LA - LA Chapter Monthly Meeting
    Sun, October 17, 2021 LA - Palos Verdes Coastal Walk: Point Vicente to Terranea
    Sat, October 16, 2021 CORP - Outings Committee Mtg
    Sat, October 16, 2021 CORP - Annual Conference and Election of Officers
    Sun, September 26, 2021 LA - Palos Verdes Hike: Founders Park/Ocean Trails Reserve
    Sat, September 18, 2021 LA - Malibu Hindu Temple
    Sun, August 29, 2021 LA - Ballona Creek Bike Ride
    Sat, August 28, 2021 LA - Lake Shrine Walk
    Tue, August 24, 2021 LA - Monthly LA Chapter Planning Meeting
    Thu, August 19, 2021 LA - Camping Trip Quaking Aspen, Sequoia National Forest Campout
    Sun, August 08, 2021 LA - DISCOASIS Skate Night: Black Charmed's Bloom Ball!
    Tue, August 03, 2021 LA - [POSTPONED]: Roller Skate Lesson & Skate Night at Moonlight Rollerway!
    Sun, July 18, 2021 LA - Los Angeles River Bike Path Bike Ride
    Thu, June 17, 2021 LA - Dogwood Campground (Lake Arrowhead)
    Wed, May 26, 2021 CORP - OUTDOORS EXPERIENCE - HIKING SAFETY
    Thu, April 15, 2021 OCLB - Caspers Wilderness Car Camp
    Wed, April 07, 2021 CORP - Reopening Plan Review
    Sat, March 27, 2021 CORP - Training - Trip Leader - Outdoors Experience
    Wed, March 10, 2021 CORP - Training - Covid Protocols Event Leader
    Tue, March 09, 2021 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Sat, January 30, 2021 CORP - Online Training - Outdoor Experiences
    Tue, January 19, 2021 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Tue, November 24, 2020 LA - Thanksgiving-edition LA Monthly Core Meeting & Zoom Social
    Thu, November 19, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Tue, October 27, 2020 LA - Halloween-edition LA Monthly Core Meeting & Zoom Social
    Fri, August 21, 2020 CORP - Online Training - Outdoors Experience - Interest Survey
    Fri, August 14, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Sat, July 11, 2020 LA - [CANCELED] GO Picnic and Social Hike at Chilao
    Fri, July 10, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Sat, June 20, 2020 LA - Pasadena Architectural House Walking Tour
    Tue, June 16, 2020 LA - Cancelled -Virtual Open Mic/Show & Tell Social!
    Fri, May 15, 2020 CANCELLED - CORP - Lake Perris Jamboree
    Tue, May 05, 2020 LA - Virtual Cinco de Mayo Social!
    Tue, March 31, 2020 LA - Virtual Happy Hour
    Sat, March 28, 2020 Canceled: OCLB - Arroyo Seco Day Hike
    Sat, March 21, 2020 LA - Cancelled - Condor Peak Hike
    Thu, February 27, 2020 LA - Joshua Tree N.P. - Jumbo Rocks Campground
    Sat, February 22, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike And Trip Leader Training
    Sat, February 15, 2020 LA - Echo Mountain: Hike through History
    Sat, February 08, 2020 LA - Oak and Fascination Springs Hike
    Sun, February 02, 2020 LA - Kayaking and Birding in Beautiful Newport Back Bay
    Sun, January 12, 2020 OCLB - Palos Verdes Day Hike
    Sun, January 05, 2020 LA - New Year's Hike: Bear Canyon
    Sun, December 08, 2019 LA - Holiday Party 2019 at DeSano Pizza Bakery!
    Thu, November 28, 2019 LA - Ensenada, Mexico (Condo Or Hotel)
    Sun, November 24, 2019 LA - Fish Canyon Hike
    Sun, November 03, 2019 LA - Central Gabrielino Trail
    Sat, October 19, 2019 LA - Blue Ridge to Baldy summit (via Pine Mountain) aka “The North Backbone”
    Fri, October 11, 2019 SBVC/CORP - 41st Annual GO Conference, Jamboree & Campout
    Sun, September 29, 2019 LA - Huntington Brunch and Chapter Elections
    Sat, September 21, 2019 LA - Scenic hike along Bluff Cove in Palos Verdes
    Thu, August 15, 2019 LA - Rock Creek Canyon (near Mammoth)
    Sat, August 03, 2019 LA - Chinatown Urban Walk & Wine Day
    Sat, July 20, 2019 LA - Long Beach Beach Party 2019
    Sat, July 13, 2019 LA - Big Rock Creek / Pleasant View Ridge Wilderness day hike
    Thu, July 04, 2019 LA - Mount Hillyer Day Hike
    Sat, June 29, 2019 LA - Big Gay Picnic + Victorian Urban Stair Hike
    Sat, June 29, 2019 GO - Hike Leader Training - Outdoor Experience
    Sun, June 23, 2019 LA - Beginner Pride Bike Ride
    Thu, June 20, 2019 LA - Core Group & Member Meeting *Canceled*
    Thu, June 13, 2019 LA - Kern River Camping and Rafting
    Thu, June 06, 2019 LA - Pride Pop-Up! Rocketman Movie Night + Happy Hour
    Thu, May 23, 2019 LA - Core Group & Member Meeting
    Wed, April 17, 2019 LA - Monthly Core Group and Member Meeting

    Above is a just a partial list of past Great Outdoors LA events. We've had many events each year going way back to 1978!