Upcoming events

    • 23 Jan 2017
    • 25 Dec 2017
    • 49 sessions
    • Griffith Observatory


    Mondays, 6:00 PM - No need to register, and the hike is free to anyone who would like to participate. 

    NOTE: UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, THE HIKE WILL BEGIN AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE PARK ON COMMONWEALTH ABOUT 1/2 MILE NORTH OF LOS FELIZ DUE TO WORK ON THE OBSERVATORY PARKING LOT.

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

    (Meet by the "Charlie Turner's Trail" sign, in the back of the Observatory parking lot).

    This hike is an easy ascent/stroll. After the hike, we will meet at a local restaurant for dinner. Rain after 4:30 p.m. cancels.

    The hike is on the Charlie Turner Trail and goes to the top of Mount Hollywood. We meet at the trailhead which is at the far end of the Griffith Park Observatory parking area.

    Starting at the Charlie Turner trailhead, this hike is 2.5 miles with an elevation change of about 1000 feet. The views are great. On a clear day, you can see Catalina Island. Great views of the high rise buildings in downtown, Century City, Westwood and the Miracle Mile. Parking is adjacent to the trailhead. The parking lot is used by visitors to the Griffith Park Observatory. Get there early to ensure close parking. Parking is available on the roads leading to the parking lot but the walk to the trailhead will all be uphill! There is no fee for parking or to enter the park.

    For more information Contact Gary by email at mondaynighthike@greatoutdoorsla.org


    • 22 Jul 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • San Gabriel River - East Fork


    Great Outdoors member Bryan Matsumoto invites you to a hike he's leading through the San Gabriel Mountains Forever Conservation group. 

    ** RSVP ON THE EVENTBRITE PAGE after you've read the FULL descriptions and expectations there:
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bridge-to-nowhere-adventure-sgmf-stewards-hike-tickets-36114313885

    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. I called and the ranger says the river crossings may be ankle to knee-high water (deeper in pools), and it'll feel great!

    HIKE DESCRIPTION:
    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! **San Gabriel Mountains Forever Stewards, Leadership Academy, and volunteers receive first priority for this hike. If space is still available close to the hike, we welcome friends family, and the public!

    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! 

    READ MODERN HIKER'S & LA TRAIL HIKERS' FULL DESCRIPTIONS & SEE PHOTOS:
    "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://modernhiker.com/hike/hiking-the-east-fork-of-san-gabriel-river-to-the-bridge-to-nowhere

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

    ROUGH SCHEDULE:

    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.

    This is a generous estimate. I hike at a leisurely pace and take pictures, breaks, enjoy exploring... 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 wellHiking 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 suitSun protection: hat, quick-dry top, sunscreen, shades, wet bandana feels great on your neckLots 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, fruitWaterproof camera, if you have?Emergency toilet paper, hand sanitizer, first aid? Ya never know.Hiking pole if desired for crossingsChange of clothes/shoes in car, if desiredAdventure Pass if driving Read full event description & trail links

    MEETING TIME & TRAILHEAD PARKING DIRECTIONS:
    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

    ADVENTURE PASS REQUIRED - BUY AHEAD OF TIME:
    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

    CARPOOL/TRANSIT TIPS:
    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.

    AFTER-HIKE OPTIONS ("APRES-HIKE!"):
    If not wiped out after the hike, continue the fun at Lagunitas Brewing Company in Azusa: https://lagunitas.com/taprooms/azusa
    ... or, in Downtown LA, there's an exciting free Grand Performances show, "Her Voices" at 7pm, with South Asian, East African and Native American performers! http://www.grandperformances.org/her-voice

    MORE TRAIL DESCRIPTIONS:

    https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/bridge-to-nowhere-hike-los-angeles/

    https://socalhiker.net/hike-the-bridge-to-nowhere/

    https://sangabrielmountains.org/the-place/east-fork-trail/
    http://www.simpsoncity.com/hiking/bridge.html
    https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/east-fork-trail-bridge-to-nowhere

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

    Bryan Matsumoto
    Cell: 626-246-8634

    * Bonus! SGMF will provide interesting snacks! But bring your food anyway.

    ** RSVP ON THE EVENTBRITE PAGE after you've read the FULL descriptions and expectations there:
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bridge-to-nowhere-adventure-sgmf-stewards-hike-tickets-36114313885

    • 25 Jul 2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Moonlight Rollerway



    Who doesn't love live organs? Tonight, GREAT OUTDOORS LA invites you to roller skate to the fun melodic tunes of roller skating organ music, played live by rink owner Domenic on the 1930's Hammond B3 Organ.

    “Live Organ Music Night: Since I own the rink and play the organ, why not? There has to be someone to carry on the tradition. There are still those who like to skate to the organ music, not only old timers but young adults in their 20’s and 30’s who enjoy the night and find it quite different." - Domenic Cangelosi. http://moonlightrollerway.com/meet-dominic/

    ✨ MOONLIGHT ROLLERWAY is a retro LA roller rink classic beloved by many. Every Tuesday night owner Domenic fires up the organ and plays tunes you're unlikely to hear anywhere else. They also graciously host LA's longest-running weekly LGBTQ-and-friends Rainbow Skate night on Wednesdays. ✨

    If you haven't been, it's a must. All are welcome, share & invite friends for a fun night out on wheels!

    Admission: $9.50 Skate rental: $5
    Yes Credit cards/cash. No checks/debit cards. There are lockers available for shoes, etc.

    Can I bring my own skates? Absolutely! Rollerblades too. See website FAQ

    An old school snack bar sells pizza, hot dogs, nachos, etc.

    Retro outfits not required but encouraged!

    http://www.moonlightrollerway.com/

    OPTIONAL SKATE CLASS!  7– 8pm Come early and learn the basics for $16.50.  Includes skate rental and admission to the Evening Session (8-10:30pm). Fundamentals of skating.  Forward skating with good posture and balance and skating in time to the music!http://moonlightrollerway.com/classes/

    See you at the rink!

    DIRECTIONS
    Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/DgVVMfSLYhq
    Transit: Metro Bus: 12 / 94 / 794
    Parking: Plenty on street

    GREAT OUTDOORS is the largest gay outdoor recreational organization in Southern California, with 5 chapters in Los Angeles, Orange County/Long Beach, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, and San Diego. Join us for fun hikes, camping trips & more!


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