Upcoming Hikes and Events

    • Thu, January 04, 2018
    • Thu, December 20, 2018
    • 12 sessions
    • Griffith Observatory

    Image credits: griffithobservatory.org

    Hike Leader: Gary Cleff.  Additional questions about the hike or where to meet contact Gary at (323) 314-7143 or email at garycleff@sbcglobal.net

    Co-sponsored by Great Outdoors and California Men's Gatherings

    No need to register, and free to anyone who wants to participate. 


    2018 dates:  Jan 4 | Feb 1 | March 1 | March 29 | April 26 | May 24 | June 28 | July 26 | Aug 23 | Sept 27 | Oct 27 | Nov 21 | Dec 20

    Time: 7:00 pm SHARP

    Would you like to see the lights of Hollywood, Downtown, Burbank and the San Fernando Valley while hiking way above them during the full moon, without a flashlight? And maybe dinner afterwards in the company of warm & wonderful Great Outdoors and CMG friends? Then join us as we come together for their once-a-month "Thursday-Closest-to-the-Full-Moon Hike."

    The LA Chapter continues the popular monthly Full Moon hikes in Griffith Park. Bring a friend, or meet some new ones, as we hike about 3 miles from the Griffith Park Observatory to the top of Mt Hollywood and back, enjoying airline views of Los Angeles and environs. Dogs are absolutely welcome, but must be on a leash. This is the same route as our Monday Night hike and is a moderate hike.

    Event Cost: FREE -- there is no charge for this event.  No need to RSVP - just join us!

    Parking: There is free parking in the Griffith Park Observatory parking lot, but we strongly encourages carpooling and public transportation whenever possible! On busy summer nights, especially near the full moon [or if there is any other significant event in the sky, the lot fills up and you'll have to park along the road down the hill.

    Hike: This easy 90-minute hike up Charlie Turner's Trail (with a few hundred feet elevation gain) takes us from the trailhead in the Griffith Park Observatory parking lot up past Dante's View to the spectacular views on the peak of Mt. Hollywood, which some refer to as the "McDaddy" of Los Angeles hiking trails. For more details on this trail, go to www.guidespot.com/guides/best_hiking_trails_in.

    What to Bring: Comfortable walking/hiking shoes, water and a jacket . . . it gets cool at the top some evenings.

    Additional questions? contact Gary at garycleff@sbcglobal.net or call (323) 314-7143

    Also check out: Weekly Griffith Park Monday Night Hike

    • Sun, April 29, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Angeles National Forest near Big Pines

    Photo courtesy of Time for a Hike

    Great Outdoors is taking on the "6-Pack of Peaks Challenge"!  Our Los Angeles and Orange County/Long Beach chapters are teaming up to hike these six awesome, major SoCal peaks. Take the challenge with us and get your hike on! Our first, and "easiest" peak is Mount Baden Powell.


    • Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018 (alternate date, if snow hasn’t yet melted: Saturday, July 15)
    • Time: 8:00 am
    • Location: Near Big Pines, CA
    • Distance: 8 miles round trip
    • Elevation: 2,800 ft
    • Hike Time: 5 hours
    • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
    • Trail Type: Well maintained trail
    • Hike Type: Out and Back


    The second-most popular peak climb in the San Gabriels (after Baldy), and also the easiest. We’ll meet at Vincent Gap, right off Highway 2 about 53 miles east of La Cañada Flintridge or 5.5 miles west of Big Pines, at 8:00 am. Although the parking lot is huge, Vincent is one of the most popular trailheads on the Angeles National Forest, so we encourage carpooling (and this is the rationale for the early start). All parked cars need to display an Adventure Pass.

    Baden-Powell is an 8-mile up-and-back-down hike boasting 2,800 feet of elevation gain and 41 switchbacks (which should give you an idea how steep it is). An optional side trip to one of the few surface springs on the Angeles National Forest will add about ¾ of a mile.

    Photo courtesy of Westcentric

    The trail is well signposted and easy to follow all the way to the top. At about the 3.5 mile mark and 9,000 feet of elevation, we’ll start to encounter 2,000-year-old limber pines, including the impressively-gnarled Waldron Tree. At the summit is a bronze-and-cement monument to Lord Robert Stevenson Smyth Baden-Powell, a British Army officer who founded the Boy Scouts in 1907. The summit offers breathtaking views in nearly 360 degrees – all the way to Long Beach to the south (on a clear day) and the south end of the Sierras to the north.

    Photo courtesy of SoCal Hiker

    We’ll plan to hike Baden-Powell on April 29, but in case the snow hasn’t melted by then a “snow check” date of July 15th will be planned. Registrants for the April hike will be informed at least a week ahead of time if we need to move the hike to July.

    Directions to Trailhead

    We’ll meet at Vincent Gap, right off Highway 2 - about 53 miles east of La Cañada Flintridge (at least 1 hour and a half) or 5.5 miles west of Big Pines, at 8:00 am.  

    Google Maps

    What to Bring

    Good hiking boots/shoes. Pack a lunch, snacks and bring plenty of water. Bring a hat/cap and sunscreen. 

    Hike Leader

    Bryan Matsumoto. If you have any questions, please call Bryan at 626-246-8634 or e-mail bmotzbmotz@yahoo.com 

    More information: https://socalhiker.net/hiking-mt-baden-powell/

    About the SoCal Six Pack of Peaks Challenge

    Southern California is a landscape of horizon-filling mountain ranges and towering peaks. Explore the highest highs with us this year!  The LA Chapter of Great Outdoors is scheduling hikes in partnership with the Orange County/Long Beach chapter,  to six of the tallest peaks in southern CA. Those with an interest can register for the SoCal Six Pack of Peaks Challenge here.

    The “Starter” package is a $30 contribution, some of which goes to support Big City Mountaineers. BCM instills critical life skills in under-served youth through transformative wilderness mentoring expeditions.

    Regardless of whether you register for the challenge or not, we hope you’ll consider joining us for all six peak climbs. Open to all, must be in good physical health, let's make this the year we climb all six!

    • Sun, May 06, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • San Gabriel Canyon Environmental Education Center

    Hike Leader Training

    When: Sunday, May 6, 2017 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

    • Continental Breakfast Provided by GO -  8:00 AM
    • Training starts promptly at 8:30 AM
    • Training will be approximately 4 hours.  

    Where: San Gabriel Canyon Environmental Education Center


    If you are interested in possibly leading a hike please join us. Current hike leaders will discuss any issues with past hikes and plan for future hikes. We will review basic hike leader procedures and techniques. This is also a good refresher for current hike leaders.  We will go on a short hike after the training.

    Course Objectives:

    • Planning
    • Describing-Promoting
    • Conducting
    • Safety Management
    • Have Fun and Inspire  

    Directions: Driving northbound on Highway 39, the San Gabriel Canyon Environmental Education Center is on the west (left) side of the road, shortly after passing the ORV (Off Road Vehicle) access area.  Meeting location is across the road and slightly south of the Rincon Fire Station entrance.  No permit is needed for parking. See map below.  GPS Coordinates: 34.237154, Longitude: -117.861802.

    What to bring:  Hiking shoes, hat/cap, sunscreen, water and your lunch.  Great Outdoors will provide a continental breakfast and some snacks.

    For further information or details about this upcoming event, please send an email to:

    Contact: Menard: menard3@yahoo.com 

    • Sat, May 12, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 13

    On Saturday May 12th Great Outdoors Los Angeles will host a day hike to visit two amazing parks/beaches in San Pedro and along the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

    When: Saturday, May 12th from 11:00 AM to about 4:15 ish PM.

    Where: White Point/Royal Palms County Beach
    Western Avenue and Paseo del Mar
    San Pedro, CA 90732
    (Access via Western Avenue – Paseo del Mar does not go through to Gaffey Street),


    Abalone Cove, Palos Verdes Peninsula

    Length: About 5 to 5 1/2 hours total. Lots to pack in, pretend you are on a Princess cruise docking at L.A. Harbor and this is a shore excursion!

    Difficulty of hiking: Easy

    What to Bring: Good hiking boots/shoes. Pack a lunch, snacks and bring plenty of water. Bring a hat/cap and sunscreen. Your cameras (even consider bringing the ones not on your phone).

    Rain cancels but threat of rain does not.

    Event Leader: John Blasco, 562-981-4133


    Event starts: 10:45 AM – 11:00 : Meet on top of White Point Park near picnic tables within sight of the restrooms. (Western Avenue and Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90732) 

    Park in FREE gravel parking lot.

    At 11:00 we will have about a half hour presentation by geologist and professor Joe Holliday. At about 11:30 we will hike down to Royal Palms Beach below and visit historic beach and tide pools. At about 12:45 we will hike back up to White Point and have lunch about 1:00 at the picnic tables. This is a "pack your own" lunch, drinks, snacks outing!

    After we have eaten/snacked and enjoyed the White Point/Royal Palms beach excursion, we will head out around 1:45 to caravan along the beautiful Palos Verdes coast toward our next destination Abalone Cove Shoreline Park (a 5.3 mile drive). Please refer to this link for information about Abalone Cove: https://pvplc.org/_lands/abalone_cove.asp)

    At Abalone Cove Shoreline Park parking is Not Free, carpooling is encouraged. Our excursion at Abalone Cove will be less than 2 hours and thus $6 for parking (after 2 hours parking fee is $12 per car).

    At approximately 2:30 Joe Holliday will give us another geological presentation and guide us down to the beach cove which will include visiting the only sea caves in Los Angeles County.

    Our outing will conclude by 4:00 – 4:15 to get us out of parking lot in less than 2 hours.

    If you want to carpool please send your name and contact info (email and/or smart phone number) to John Blasco at: johnlongbeach@gmail.com and a carpool interest list will be sent out to all who might want to carpool.

    • Sat, June 23, 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • San Gabriel River - East Fork
    • 8

    This classic hike takes us along the wild San Gabriel River, with multiple cooling river crossings, through varied habitats and into the Sheep Mountain Wilderness 'til we reach our prize: the mysterious abandoned bridge leading to... nowhere!, with swimming holes and cold rushing water to dip in. We'll find a shady spot to lunch, relax, then play and swim (?) in the refreshing water! Most people don't realize we have real rivers so close to home. 

    Distance: 10.1 Miles round trip
    Time: 8-11 hours
    Level: Strenuous

    Summer's here and that means Bridge to Nowhere - a Top 10 Must Do hike! 

    This 10.1 mile, all-day hike is not for beginners, and we'll cap it at 20 people max. Hikers are expected to read the full trail description in the link below, be in fit condition, and come prepared for an all day, long but rewarding, memorable hike! 

    "Carry *lots* of drinking water and be sure you stop to eat snacks along the way. There is almost no shade and the trail – with its numerous boulder hops and crossings – is deceptively exhausting." - Modern Hiker

    https://latrailhikers.com/hikes/bridge-to-nowhere/ *This one gives good expectations


    7 am: Meet at trailhead, hike in.
    11 am: Arrive at Bridge to Nowhere. Lunch / relax / swim / water / explore.
    Around 2 pm: Hike back.
    Return around 6 pm.

    I suggest we all come back together so everyone returns safely, but if you want to leave earlier you are on your own! Don't get lost.

    COME PREPARED: Sleep well, wear hiking shoes you don't mind getting wet. We will be walking over miles of river bed (loose rocks) and walking through water up to our knees; no flip flops. Wear shoes, then bring water shoes/Tevas for the swimming holes (slippery underfoot). Quick-dry shorts/swim trunks/bathing suit, Sun protection: hat, quick-dry top, sunscreen, shades, wet bandana feels great on your neck, Lots of water: 2-3 times what you think you'll need, or water filter. It's an all day, exposed hike. Afternoon full sun. Tip: Freeze your water... Mmm! (Electrolyte drink?) Lunch, snacks, fruit, Waterproof camera, if you have? Emergency toilet paper, hand sanitizer, first aid? Ya never know. Hiking pole if desired for crossings. Change of clothes/shoes in car, if desired. Adventure Pass if driving. Read full event description & trail links

    7 AM sharp at the Trailhead. The early start is for a cooler hike in, and because the parking lot fills fast. If full, we need to park further down the road. Carpools highly encouraged!

    From the 210 Freeway, exit Azusa Ave/CA-39. Head north for 11.8 miles winding into the mountains. At East Fork Road turn right, going over the bridge. In 3.3 miles, stay to the right to keep on East Fork Road and in 1.9 miles make a sharp left onto Camp Bonita Road. This road ends at the trailhead. There is a pit toilet available.
    Google Map to Trailhead: https://goo.gl/maps/qa16gq7WeBM2

    The pass is required to park at the trailhead (one per vehicle); don't get a ticket. Buy your day pass ($5) or annual pass ahead of time because the Gateway Center won't be open yet when we go up. Where can I buy it? Many locations including: Some 7-Elevens, gas stations, Big 5, REI, USFS visitor centers: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/r5/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5181410

    Coordinate amongst yourselves based on return plans: Do you need to get back soon (Are you breaking from the group?) Or is your day free to spend a long time in the water, relaxing/exploring before heading back? 
    Transit riders can be picked up at the Metro Gold Line Azusa Station along the way. If driving from different areas, you can meet carpool mates at River Wilderness Park along the way, and leave cars behind (free parking lot). Address: 100 Old San Gabriel Canyon Rd. Azusa, CA 91702 
    Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/BhrsEi2qhLn From this carpool point it's a 30 minute drive to the trailhead.





    Looking forward to a fun hike y'all! It's a challenge but worth it!

    Contact John Buckley with any questions at j_l_buckley@yahoo.com

    • Sat, July 28, 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 41900 Falls Rd, Forest Falls, CA 92339

    (Image from SoCalHiker.com)

    Gorgonio is the highest peak in Southern California at 11,503 feet above sea level. This will be an extremely challenging but fulfilling day! We’ll be hiking the Vivian Creek trail, which is the steepest but also the shortest option for reaching the summit. The round-trip is 17.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,840 feet.

    Some excellent detailed descriptions of the trail, including photos, can be found on SoCalHiker.net and ModernHiker.com.

    Schedule:  We’ll meet at the trailhead at 7:00 am. The early start time is meant to accommodate slower hikers who might need more than the estimated 10 hours to complete this hike. (Sunset is at approximately 8:00 pm.)

    Trip Leader: Matthew Bokach (orobourical@yahoo.com)

    Permits: The San Bernardino National Forest requests that all hikers fill out and carry a Wilderness Permit. The trip leader will have blank permits available at the trailhead. Group sizes in the Wilderness cannot exceed 12 people and apparently volunteers check compliance along the trail. Contact Matthew Bokach at orobourical@yahoo.com with any questions.

    What to bring: Especially on a long, remote, and challenging hike like this one, hikers are strongly encouraged to bring the "ten essentials" listed here: https://www.greatoutdoorsla.org/page-18105

    Directions: From I-10, take Exit 80 for University Avenue, and turn north. (If coming from the east, turn left onto Citrus Ave. at the end of the ramp, then take the first right turn onto University Avenue). Continue for 1 mile, and then turn right onto Lugonia Ave. (CA-38). Continue east for 20 miles, passing the Mill Creek Ranger Station on the right after 9 miles. After 20 miles, take the right turn for Valley of the Falls Road. Continue east for 4 miles until you reach the entrance for Big Falls Picnic Area. You can find parking for the trailhead at the eastern end of the picnic area near the Vivian Creek Trailhead. All parked vehicles must display an Adventure Pass.

    If using navigation software, the trailhead address is: 41900 Falls Rd, Forest Falls, CA 92339

    • Sat, August 25, 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 7698 Ice House Canyon Rd, Mt Baldy, CA 91759

    Icehouse Canyon Cabin

    (Image from SoCalHiker.net)

    Cucamonga Peak via the Icehouse Canyon Trail is one of the most popular hikes on the Angeles National Forest. The hike is 11.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,300 feet.

    Some excellent detailed descriptions of the trail, including photos, can be found on SoCalHiker.net and ModernHiker.com.

    Schedule:  We’ll meet at the trailhead at 7:00 am, in hopes of there still being some parking available. The hike will take 6-7 hours. All parked vehicles must display an Adventure Pass. Self-registration for a Wilderness Permit is required and available for free at the trailhead.

    Trip Leader: Matthew Bokach (orobourical@yahoo.com)

    Permits: All hikers must fill out and carry a Wilderness Permit. The trip leader will have blank permits available at the trailhead. Group sizes in the Wilderness cannot exceed 12 people and apparently volunteers check compliance along the trail. Contact Matthew Bokach at orobourical@yahoo.com with any questions.

    What to bring: Especially on a long, remote, and challenging hike like this one, hikers are strongly encouraged to bring the "ten essentials" listed here: https://www.greatoutdoorsla.org/page-18105

    Directions: From the 210 freeway, take exit 54 for Mountain Ave. exit and travel north. As you drive up the hill, Mountain Avenue veers to the right and then back to the left. Just past the Lower San Antonio fire station the road bends sharply to the left then dead-ends onto Mount Baldy Road – turn right (north). Go through Mount Baldy Village and take a right at the fork in the road toward Icehouse Canyon. The trailhead parking lot is at the end of the short road. If using navigation software, the trailhead address is: 7698 Ice House Canyon Rd, Mt Baldy, CA 91759.

    Contact Matthew Bokach at orobourical@yahoo.com with any questions.

Past Hikes and Events

Sat, April 21, 2018 Silver Lake Ramble & Social
Sun, April 15, 2018 LA Bike Ride & Lunch!
Thu, April 12, 2018 April Core Meeting & Social
Sun, April 08, 2018 Gay Camping 101 & Big Gay Picnic!
Sat, April 07, 2018 Echo Mountain Shuttle Hike and Launch
Sat, March 31, 2018 Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak
Sat, March 17, 2018 Pt. Fermin & Pt. Vicente Lighthouses, Korean Bell, Palos Verdes and Hike
Sun, March 11, 2018 [POSTPONED]: Gay Camping 101 & Big Gay Picnic!
Fri, March 09, 2018 Game Night & Potluck Dinner
Wed, March 07, 2018 March Core Meeting & Social
Sun, February 25, 2018 Devil's Punchbowl and the Devil's Chair
Sat, February 17, 2018 Malibu Creek State Park Hike
Tue, February 13, 2018 February Core Meeting & Social
Sat, January 27, 2018 Nethercutt Museum and Collection
Sat, January 20, 2018 Stunt High Trail to Saddle Peak
Thu, January 18, 2018 Planning Dinner & Social
Sun, January 14, 2018 Big Gay Picnic + Echo Park Stair Hike II
Fri, January 05, 2018 Gay Film Series: "Call Me By Your Name" and Dinner
Sat, December 30, 2017 Upper Rustic Garapito Loop Trail
Wed, December 27, 2017 Holiday Gay Skate! at Moonlight Rollerway
Sat, December 23, 2017 WeHo Walking Tour + Axis Mundo: Queer Chicano Art Exhibit
Thu, December 21, 2017 Solstice Canyon Hike and Malibu Fish Market for the Winter Solstice!
Sun, December 17, 2017 Great Outdoors LA Holiday Party at the Retro Montrose Bowl!
Wed, December 13, 2017 L.A. Zoo Lights
Sun, November 19, 2017 Sullivan Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains
Sun, November 12, 2017 Steppin’ & Sketchin’: Stairs + Tom of Finland House
Sat, October 28, 2017 Cancelled - Trail closure due to fire - Orchard Camp Hike (2960')
Sun, October 01, 2017 Fall Fitness & Geology Hike to Fish Canyon
Sun, September 10, 2017 Summer Social and Elections
Tue, July 25, 2017 Roller Skating with Live Organ Music (and optional class!) - No need to register. Just come have a great time!
Sat, July 22, 2017 Bridge to Nowhere Adventure! Must Register on Eventbrite!
Sun, July 09, 2017 Cooper Canyon Falls & Will Thrall Peak in the Pleasant Ridge Wilderness
Wed, June 07, 2017 GO Rainbow Skate Night at Moonlight Rollerway - No need to register. Just come and have a great time!
Sat, June 03, 2017 Spring BBQ and Social - Free to Members and a Guest
Sat, May 27, 2017 ***CANCELLED*** Orchard Camp Hike (2960') CANCELLED
Tue, May 09, 2017 Live Organ Night at Moonlight Rollerway (Roller Skating) - No need to register. Just come have a great time!
Sat, April 29, 2017 Malibu Creek State Park Hike - No need to register. Free to anyone who wants to participate.
Sat, April 22, 2017 **CANCELLED due to high heat** Skyline Trail - PS Museum to the Tram's Mountain Station - Hosted by PS Chapter - Free - Contact Trip Leader for Details
Wed, April 12, 2017 GO Rainbow Skate Night at Moonlight Rollerway - No need to register. Just come and have a great time!
Sat, April 01, 2017 Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak
Sat, March 04, 2017 Hike Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve
Sat, February 25, 2017 Get to Steppin! Secret Stairs of Echo Park + Tom of Finland House
Sat, February 18, 2017 *CANCELLED* Stunt High Trail to Saddle Rock
Sun, February 12, 2017 SWITZER FALLS HIKE
Thu, February 09, 2017 Full Moon Hikes (with Great Outdoors and CMG)
Sat, January 28, 2017 Los Liones Trail to Parker Mesa Overlook Hike


2017 © Great Outdoors, Inc.

All rights reserved

Great Outdoors is a 501(c)7 not for profit, all-volunteer LGBT organization dedicated to the enjoyment of outdoor recreation.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software