What we're about

Outings for all levels of those adventurous at heart from beginning to experienced hikers throughout the Southern California area as well as Northern California, the rest of the U.S. and even International trips. Hiking, backpacking, off-trail, on-trail, snow travel, all throughout the year with many Sierra Club sections. . Meet other like-minded folks who love the outdoors. Enjoy shared "happy hours" camping beside alpine lakes; celebrate with others as they achieve their goals of climbing local, Sierra, and desert peaks; or go on regularly scheduled conditioning hikes and walks; make lifelong friends with whom you can explore the outdoors in every season. We are eager to share our love for the outdoors with old friends and new.

To find more WTC outings go to:

www.wildernesstravelcourse.org/outings;

This Meetup also announces the Sierra Club's Wilderness Travel Course (WTC), which runs from January to March of every year.

This ten-week Sierra Club course has been offering classroom instruction and field experiences to Los Angeles and Orange County outdoor enthusiasts for the past 20 years. During the late summer and autumn months, there is a series of free introductory/conditioning hikes (listed on this Meetup). The Wilderness Travel Course takes place every January through March and teaches basic navigation, off trail, snow travel, bouldering, and ,any other hiking / backpacking skills for mountain and desert travel. The Course includes navigation instruction using topo maps and compass, rock scrambling techniques, how to choose equipment, backpacking food and nutrition, snow travel, wilderness first aid, and lots more. Includes ten evening classes, and two full-day and two weekend outings with bus transportation provided. Offered in four So Cal locations (see below). See WTC Web site for more information, cost, and exact locations:
http://www.wildernesstravelcourse.org

Locations:

Orange County
South Bay (Long Beach, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, North OC)
San Gabriel Valley
West Los Angeles

Upcoming events (3)

Saturday in Santa Monicas #10 - Topanga Overlook (2469'), Saddle Peak (2805')

Join us on our tenth hike in the 2020 Saturday in the Santa Monicas series, a strenuous 10 mile, 2300’ gain loop hike, taking the Mountaineer’s Route to the 360 panoramic view at Topanga Lookout (2469’) from Stunt Road. Lunch will be on Saddle Peak (2805’) with ocean views. Return via Stunt High Trail. Meet at 8:00 AM at the Stunt Road trailhead (101 to Las Virgenes Rd, south 3.2 miles, or PCH to Malibu Canyon Road/Las Virgenes Road, north 7.5 miles Las Virgenes Road, east on Mulholland, 4 miles to left on Stunt Rd, 1 mile to parking). Park free in dirt lot on right side of road. This is a Sierra Club outing for which you will need to sign a waiver and stay between the leader and sweep. The philosophy of hike leaders for this outing is "Leave No Hiker Behind”, so they will meander at a pace that matches the outing's slowest participant. Poles could be useful. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and a good attitude. Rain or Red Flag alert cancels. Remaining 2020 Saturdays in the Santa Monica Mountains hikes: 11/21 - #11 Sandstone Sextet - 9 miles 12/12 - #12 Griffith Park Peaklets - 12 miles

Saturdays in the Santa Monica Mountains #11 - Sandstone Sextet.

Mishe Mokwa Trailhead Parking Lot

Join us on our eleventh hike in the 2020 Saturday in the Santa Monicas series, our annual hike from the Mishe Mokwa trailhead to 6 peaks: 9 mi, 2,700' gain. Here's your chance to get six peaks in one day on a strenuous hike at a moderate pace to the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains, Sandstone Peak (3111’), then Boney Peak (2825’), Exchange Peak(2950’), Tri-Peaks (3010’), Pop Top (2390), and Big Dome (2912’). Return on the Mishe Mokwa portion of the Backbone Trail, passing Split Rock with views of Balanced Rock. Meet at 8:00 AM at Mishe Mokwa trailhead (PCH 16 miles west of Malibu Canyon Road, Yerba Buena road north 7 winding miles to parking area on right side 2 miles past the Circle X ranger station). This is a Sierra Club outing for which you will need to sign a waiver and stay between the leader and sweep. The philosophy of hike leaders for this outing is "Leave No Hiker Behind”, so they will meander at a pace that matches the outing's slowest participant. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and a good attitude. Rain or Red Flag alert cancels. Remaining 2020 Saturdays in the Santa Monica Mountains hikes: 12/12 - #12 Griffith Park Peaklets - 12 miles

Saturdays in the Santa Monicas #12 - Griffith Park Peaklets

Merry Go Round Lot Two

Join us on our twelfth and last hike in the 2020 Saturday in the Santa Monicas series, our annual trek of Griffith Park, the finest city park in the country. This is a strenuous hike of 12 miles at a moderate pace with 3500 feet elevation gain on scrambles to eleven or more different peaklets. Plan to spend most of the day hiking at a moderate pace. We will hike from Burbank Peak to Beacon Hill passing by Bee Rock, the Hollywood Sign, Dante’s View, and the Old Zoo. Peaklets, rocks, and hills include Bee Rock (1056’), Taco Peak (1572'), Mt. Bell (1587’), Baby Bell (1570’), Mt. Chapel (1622’), Mt. Lee (1640’), Cahuenga Peak (1820’), Burbank Peak (1190’), Mt. Hollywood (1626’), Glendale Peak (1190’), Beacon Hill (1001’), and even peaklets we will name on the hike. Lunch at the Magic Tree. This is a Sierra Club outing for which you will need to sign a waiver and stay between the leader and sweep. The philosophy of hike leaders for this outing is "Leave No Hiker Behind”, so they will meander at a pace that matches the outing's slowest participant. Bring water, lunch, and lug soles. Poles could be useful. Rain or Red Flag alert cancels.

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