Upcoming Hikes and Events

    • Sat, January 20, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Calabasas

    Panoramic Views and Dramatic Sandstone Formations

    Date:               January 20, 2018
    Time:               9:30 a.m.
    Near:               Calabasas, CA 91302
    Distance:         8 miles round trip
    Elevation gain:   1677’
    Hike time:                   4 1/2 hours
    Difficulty:        Moderate
    Hike Type:       Out and Back

    Summary:  Stunt High Trail begins with a pleasant shaded walk along Cold Creek Canyon and is one of the secret treasures of the Santa Monica Mountains. A year-round stream and a protected north-facing canyon provide a rich variety of ferns and flowering plants in the 600-acre preserve.

    This hike has a terrific payoff at the end of a long steady climb in the way of panoramic views and dramatic sandstone formations at the top of Saddle Peak.  Saddle Peak is the sixth tallest summit in the Santa Monica Mountain range at 2805 feet. We will follow along the creek and make a left at the trail junction and pass an oak grove. We continue our steady ascent on Stunt High Trail until we access a trail that meets up with the Backbone Trail. Along the way we will hike through chaparral and Manzanita. Turn left onto the Backbone Trail going to Saddle Peak.  This hike provides a steady aerobic workout.


    From 101 North, exit Topanga Canyon Blvd South (CA-27), go 1.6 miles, turn right at Mulholland DR for .5 miles, turn left at Mulholland HWY and go 5.3 miles, turn left at Stunt RD for 1.0 mile to the pullout on the right.

    From 101 South, exit on Las Virgenes Road and head south for 3 miles to Mulholland Highway. Turn left and continue 4 miles to Stunt Road. Turn right and drive 1 mile to the pullout on the right.

    From Santa Monica, drive north on PCH/Highway 1 to Topanga Canyon Blvd (CA-27) and go 4.3 miles.  Turn left at Old Topanga Canyon RD, go 3.7 miles.  Turn left to stay on Old Topanga Canyon for 1.6 miles.  Turn left to stay on Old Topanga Canyon Rd for .4 miles.  Turn left at Mulholland Hwy for 3.6 miles.  Turn left at Stunt Rd for 1.0 mile to the pullout on the right.  We will gather at the parking lot.  I will be driving a gray Subaru Outback.

    What to Bring: Good hiking boots/shoes. A hiking/trekking pole may be useful for the occasional step ascent/descent on the trail, but not necessary. Pack a lunch, snacks and bring plenty of water. Bring a hat/cap and sunscreen.

    Carpooling: Contact other members to carpool; share the conversation and travel expenses.

    Rain Cancels.  Contact Menard at menard3@yahoo.com or (323) 804-4700.

    • Sat, January 27, 2018
    • 8:45 AM
    • 15151 Bledsoe Street, Sylmar, CA 91342

    Come join Great Outdoors and visit one of Los Angeles treasured jewels. The Nethercutt Collection features rare collectibles ranging from mechanical musical instruments and antique furniture to the true heart of the collection: over 250 American and European automobiles dating from 1898 to 1997.  http://www.nethercuttcollection.org/Home.aspx

    Founder J.B. Nethercutt spent a lifetime establishing this collection of historic importance. Unique to automobile museums, each car on display is attentively serviced and maintained to remain as drivable as when the vehicle originally rolled off the showroom floor. On view are various Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance winners and cars once owned by movie stars, royalty and other notable personalities.

    The entire collection is housed in two beautifully appointed exhibit facilities located just north of Los Angeles. Just steps outside the Museum are a resplendently restored steam locomotive and railcar.

    Address:  15151 Bledsoe Street, Sylmar, CA 91342

    Time:  8:45 am – Meet in front of the Nethercutt Museum.  There is plenty of free parking.

    The Tour: The first part of our visit will be a self-guided tour of the Auto Museum.  The Collection across the street is a guided tour starting promptly at 10:00 am and is approximately 2 hours in length.  After the guided tour, we will visit a beautifully restored locomotive and Pullman Private Car at 12:30.  Bring some snacks, as lunch will be after our tours.

    Lunch:  After the tour, we can go to the “Bear Pit Bar-B-Que located at 10825 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills.  The Bear Pit has been has been a local favorite for over 50 years and features Louisiana style BBQ.   http://bearpitbbq.com

    Cost:  Admission at all the facilities and parking is free.

    Space is limited. Please RSVP.  Contact Menard Jaramillo at menard3@yahoo.com or (323) 804-4700 for more information.  

Past Hikes and Events

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


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