What we're about

GO! (Gethsemane Outdoors) hiking and outdoors group heads into the beautiful Southern California land and seascapes once a month to re-energize our spirits, re-engage with others and restore that balance that traffic, stress and cubicles have stripped away. Hiking, kayaking, sledding and more are all practically (if not literally) at our doorstep, so we should get out there!

Originally started as the outdoors group at our church (Gethsemane Lutheran in Mar Vista) with members and close friends, we welcome anyone interested in a morning in the sun (or marine layer ... cancelled for out-and-out rain). We meet the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 am either at the outdoors destination or at a central parking location (we will probably leave from Gethsemane - easy parking, gated and secure while we're away) from which we can carpool to the destination.

Anyone interested in getting outdoors is welcome to join. Of course, hiking and other outdoor events do have a certain level of risk and that risk is assumed by each of the participants in the event. Please always wear take reasonable precautions to prevent injury or negative impact from outdoor activities by wearing proper hiking boots, sunblock, bringing water and snacks to keep up energy.

Hope you can join us outside! God bless!

Upcoming events (2)

Parker Mesa via Los Liones Trail + brunch at Duke's

501 Los Liones Dr

PLEASE BE SURE TO PROVIDE A CONTACT # SO THAT I CAN CONFIRM ATTENDEES THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT. YOU WILL BE UN-RSVP'd IF THE INFORMATION IS NOT PROVIDED. This doesn't mean you can't attend, but it does mean that we won't be looking for you or waiting for you if you're a couple minutes late. THANKS! Hi all! A HALLOWEEN HIKE!!!! SO FUN!!! I'll wear something festive. How 'bout you? This should be an awesome hike, but it's street parking so arriving early is a must! AND IT'LL BE HALLOWEEN!!! So candy is an acceptable snack at the top! Arrive early, leaving yourself more than enough time to walk up from a distant parking spot. Restrooms are located about 200 yards from the trailhead, on the right when you're walking up toward the trailhead. We will meet at the site, right at the trailhead pictured above at 7:45AM, so we're off by 8AM latest. The address listed for the trailhead is 501 or 510 Los Liones Pacific Palisades, CA. I have seen both in hike descriptions. Please note that there is minimal cell reception at the trailhead. If you are running at all late the morning, the second you know, please text me -[masked] (Rachel). The hike is a 7.3 mile with a 1580' elevation gain, listed as moderate. Sounds perfect for a ghoulish hike!! For a great hike description, please check out : https://socalhiker.net/los-liones-canyon-parker-mesa-overlook/ -or- https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/los-liones-trail-in-the-santa-monica-mountains/ If you are not up to the full hike, you can do about third the distance, hiking up 1.3 miles to the flat ridge with the bench with a view, then back down. If you wish to do that and still join the group for lunch, it's doable, but let me know so that we are looking for you on our way back down. Just arrive and start your hike at about 10:15 and wait for us at the flat spot with the bench. But do let me know so that we're all staying in communication. Unfortunately, doggies are not welcome on the hike. It is noted in the hike descriptions that fleas are quite common on this hike, so not sure you'd want the pupper along even if allowed. I've seen a lot of folks bring their dogs, but all hike descriptions I've seen note that dogs are not welcome. Sorry Snoopy!!! We will head over to brunch at Duke's after, so please let me know if you're planning on joining for lunch. If we have a confirmed # for brunch that's >8, I will make a reso. - Rachel

Burbank Peak, Cahuenga Peak, Mt. Lee and the Hollywood Sign

Wonder View Drive

**Be sure to provide a contact #. Be advised that if we do not have a contact number for you to confirm your RSVP on Friday, you will be un-RSVP'd. This doesn't mean you can't join, but we won't know to expect you and the group won't wait for you if you're a couple minutes late. Thank you!** Hi everyone! We did this one at the start of the year - which seems so very long ago now (typing this in September). It was so fun - a mix of hiking and scrambling. This hike is not long - 3 1/4 miles - but it's a workout - 1691' elevation gain. Great photo ops of the sign and LA! Added bonus: FREE PARKING on Lake Hollywood Drive. Also, dogs on leash are welcome to join! This is the hike with the most direct route to one of our most famous landmarks, but it's a pretty rugged trail, so should be a great workout! The hike begins at the corner of Lake Hollywood Drive and Wonder View Drive. We'll meet right there at 7:45am so we're definitely off by 8am, There are no restrooms near the beginning of this hike, so if you need to make a pitstop, hit a gas station or a Starbucks en route. A great and detailed hike description can be found here: https://socalhiker.net/hiking-burbank-peak-cahuenga-peak-mt-lee-the-hollywood-sign/. Here is a picture of the intersection where the trail begins: https://goo.gl/maps/NNbARVALGCGeqjPDA. Afterward, we'll head over to Grub in Hollywood (911 N. Seward) with its dog-friendly patio, also free parking and fantabulous brunch options. I'll be sure to make a reso for us, so be sure to answer the RSVP questions so I know how many are going! Thanks! See you then!! Rachel

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