Upcoming events

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


    Mondays, 6:00 PM

    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


    • 9 Feb 2017
    • 6 Jul 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Griffith Observatory


    Full Moon Hikes
     (with Great Outdoors and CMG)

    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

    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.

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

    Time: 7:00 SHARP

    2017 dates: Jan 12 | Feb 9 | Mar 9 | Apr 6 | May 11 | Jun 8 | Jul 6 | Aug 3 | Sept 7 | Oct 5 | Nov 2 | Dec 7

    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

    • 1 Apr 2017
    • 9:30 AM
    • 14041 Yerba Buena RD, Malibu, CA



    Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
    Time: 9:30AM
    Near:  Malibu 90265
    Length: 7 miles – 4 hours
    Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous
    Elevation gain:  1300 feet
    Exposure:  Sun/Shade

    Configuration:  Loop

    Description: 
    This is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains and considered one of the best hikes in Southern California.  Highlights include the spectacular Echo Cliffs where rock climbers ascend shear cliffs, a house sized boulder delicately balanced on a small rock beneath, a giant split rock, stunning giant sandstone formations, and breathtaking views from the top of Sandstone Peak and Inspiration point.  Sandstone Peak is the tallest in the Santa Monica Mountains at 3111 feet.

    Trailhead/Directions:  Address:  14041 Yerba Buena RD, Malibu, CA  

    From 101 Fwy/Westlake BL to trailhead is about 35 minutes.  Please plan your commute accordingly

    1.     Follow US-101 N to CA-23 South/S Westlake Blvd in Thousand Oaks.  (Exit 40 from US-101 N).  Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Westlake Blvd (CA-23 S)
    2.     Continue to follow CA-23 S for 7.2 miles
    3.     Slight right turn onto Mulholland Hwy.  Go for .4 miles          4.     Turn right at Little Sycamore Canyon Rd 1.9 mi.    Do not turn left onto Decker Rd!! 
    5.     Little Sycamore Canyon Rd becomes Yerba Buena Rd, continue for 2.7 mi.

    As you are traveling on Yerba Buena Rd, you will pass a parking area that has a parking lot on each side of the road.  This is the trailhead to the Mishe Mokwa trail. Keep going to the next parking lot on the right which is the Sandstone Peak/Backbone Trail parking lot. This is the parking lot where we will start our hike. If you reach the Circle X Ranger station you have gone to far. 

    From PCH North, Hwy 1:  Northbound on Hwy 1, turn right on Yerba Buena and go about 6 miles.  Parking lot is on the left.

    If you have a navigation system, here are the coordinates:

    +34° 6' 41.82", -118° 55' 35.34"  or map to 14041 Yerba Buena RD, Malibu, CA  

    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.  Rain cancels but threat of rain does not.

    Optional Brunch afterwards at The Stonehaus -- a Tuscan-style boutique coffee and wine shop, also serving salads, pastries and sandwiches.  Address: 32039 Agoura RD, Westlake Village, CA

    http://the-stonehaus.com



    Hike Leader: Menard Jaramillo. If you have any questions, please call at 323-804-4700 or email menard3@yahoo.com

    • 12 Apr 2017
    • 11:00 PM
    • Moonlight Rollerway


    Hey boys and girls, GREAT OUTDOORS LA invites you to roll... bounce the night away!

    ✨ Glendale's MOONLIGHT ROLLERWAY is a retro LA roller rink classic, and Wednesday nights are RAINBOW SKATE: LA's longest-running weekly LGBTQ-and-friends roller skate night! ✨

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

    http://moonlightrollerway.com/rainbow-skate-night/

    Admission: $10.25 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, hot pants, knee socks not required but encouraged!

    http://www.moonlightrollerway.com/

    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!

    • 9 May 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/

    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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