Orange County/Long Beach

What's Happening at Great Outdoors OCLB?

Come Join Us on September 2, 2014.



OC / LB Chapter Monthly Meeting, 13641 Deodara Drive,  Garden Grove, CA 92844 on the first Tuesday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.



We have a pot-luck social hour at 7 PM with FREE FOOD and beverages served. During the Social Hour, the Core Group will be meeting. You are welcome to attend the Core Group Meeting and give input. Only Core Group Members can vote. The general meeting will start at 8 PM.






Beach Party at Huntington Beach Pier



A surfing event is happening at the same location and this beach, as well as all of the surrounding beaches will be loaded with people for the event. Making our beach party happen this weekend will be impossible! This surfing event was not posted on the website for the beach when the beach party was planned.


The beach party has to be canceled for this weekend. Based on the current OC/LB calendar, it will have to be rescheduled for September.


Watch your newsletter and/or this website for updates.


Mount Palomar Car Camp

August 15-17, 2014

The beautiful forest and mountain meadows of Palomar Mountain State Park are in northern San Diego County, atop the west end of Palomar Mountain. Large pine, fir and cedar trees make the park one of the few areas in southern California with a Sierra Nevada-ish feel. Average elevation in the park is 5000 feet. The park features camping, hiking and trout fishing in Doane Pond. The world famous Mount Palomar Observatory (Gee Mr. Wizard, it's free) is just 10 miles away at the east end of the mountain. We will be staying at the beautiful Cedar Grove Group Campground in a shaded old forest.

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South Lake to North Lake Backpack


August 24-31, 2014


This is an intermediate backpack, because although it is long and rugged, the entire trip will be on trails. We will begin at South Lake and exit at North Lake. We will cross Bishop Pass, Muir Pass and Paiute Pass. The trip goes through beautiful Evolution Valley and Hutchinson Meadow. We will have great views of the Black Divide and Glacier Divide.
To go on this backpack, you will need to have been on a previous backpack with one of the trip leaders. You will need the ten essentials. Total distance is 50 miles. Total gain/loss is: 11,115'/11,855.


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Election of Officers

At the next chapter meeting on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, we will be electing our President, Treasurer, and Vice President of Outings. We need to have chapter members e-mail your nominations to: as soon as possible. Officers will be elected at the September meeting by majority vote of the members attending.


Chapter Award

This year, corporate will not be giving out awards. Instead, eachchapter will choose a volunteer of the year to be honored at conference, October 15-17, 2014. Chapter members: we need your nominee for this honor. Volunteer of the year nominees can also be e-mailed to:

The honoree will be chosen at the chapter meeting on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 by majority vote of those members attending.


Planning Meeting for 2014-2015 Chapter Events

September 13, Noon to 3 PM

13641 Deodara Drive, Garden Grove, CA 92844

A meeting in planned for Saturday, September 13, 2014 from Noon to 3 PM. This meeting will be at our usual meeting room at the Garden Grove Community Center.  At this meeting all of the Chapter outings for November to November will be planned and put on the calendar. Pizza will be served.

Members and non-members are welcome to contribute ideas for events of the 2014-2015 season. We look forward to having an exciting year ahead, with day hikes, backpacks, museum trips, car camps, and other outings yet to be imagined. 





Out on the Mountain

September 19, 2014

The Long Beach/Orange County Chapter of Great Outdoors is joining in "Out on the Mountain," a LGBT night at Magic Mountain. Go to to buy your tickets.

Let Gary Spake know by e-mailing him at so that he can be looking for you. Great Outdoors will meet at the gate at 5:30 on the night of the event. 


Wheeler Gorge Campout

October 3 through October 5, 2014

Located in the Los Padres National Forest, on the scenic banks of Matilija Creek, in a mountain canyon at just 1.100' of elevation, it is a favorite campground of many of our members for a convenient location and shady campsites. The stream's water may be low this time of year, but it still is not silent as it meanders through a creek bed nestled among huge boulders. This stream and its branches travel throughout the length of the campground. Shady campsites are provided with their cover by old Oak and Sycamore trees that gorw throughout the campground. This year (because it is close) we are including “wine tasting,” sampling wines from a small winery located on the outskirst of the lovely town of Ojai.

There are barbecue stands and camp fire rings in or near almost every campsite. The weather should be warm and ideal for a night hike after our usual potluck on Saturday night. Every campsite is unique and spaced so that it feels more like wilderness than it really is. Please bring two bundles of firewood for Friday and Saturday nights.


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Great Outdoors Conference 

October 15-17, 2014

Carpinteria State Beach

The park is off U.S. 101, twelve miles south of Santa Barbara. Exit at Casitas Pass Road, travel West on Casitas Pass Road to Carpinteria Avenue, make a right at the signal; then turn lef on Palm. The beach is at the end of Palm Avenue.  

Provided Meals: Friday night "tea," Continental Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, Hoedown Dinner on Saturday.  

Bring: 1 bundle of firewood/person, "Country" Dessert to share Saturday night, pumpkin to carve (optional), ratty blue jeans (optional) 

There will be three hikes for the Conference attendees. Two will be "nature walks" to view interesting and beautiful features of the Carpinteria shoreline and a longer hike taking us away from the shore and into the nearby foothills. 

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