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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.

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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:


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

Upcoming events (5+)

Stairway to Heaven Stairhike: Los Feliz

Roosevelt Golf Course

There's a house on a hill, that was built by Frank Lloyd Wright, and we're going to climb a stairway to see it. Join us for a 3+ mile trek up and down various historical stairways in Los Feliz, including one of the few staircases granted historical status by the City of Los Angeles. We'll get great views of Los Angeles and nearly circumnavigate the Frank Lloyd Wright's designed state, city and national landmark, Ennis House. Meet at the Roosevelt Golf Course, located at 2650 N. Vermont Ave.Los Angeles, CA 90027 in Griffith Park, just before the Greek Theater.

Winter Combo Getaway Bus Trip to Mammoth Lakes

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Details Join OCSS for an awesome weekend adventure! This trip has it all: Learn to cross-country ski in the backcountry with our instructors; enjoy backcountry ski touring and snowshoe touring with leaders; XC ski or snowshoe on your own at Tamarack Nordic Ski Center; Downhill ski or snowboard on Mammoth Mtn. Newcomers and Non skiers Welcome, tons of stuff to do in Mammoth! Stay at Sierra Nevada Resort (2 per rm, 2 beds, priv.bath) close to shopping, night life, free shuttles. Leave O.C. 2 PM with pickup in San Fernando Valley. Return O.C. Sunday 10PM. Includes. bus, lodging, breakfast bagels, happy hour, Sunday dinner, bus refreshments and driver gratuity. Cost $315 with Sierra Club number or $330 non-members (check payable OCSS). For more information how to register, go to: http://angeles.sierraclub.org/ocss or send e mail to Reservationish/ Asst Leader: [masked] Just need a ride or a room? Ask about Transportation or Lodging only cost. Leader: Mark Fleming, Ski Leaders: Homer Tom. Backcountry Ski Instructors: Julie Smith-Meek & Scott Meek. Snowshoe Leaders: Todd Clark and Sylvie Cote.

Saturday in the Santa Monicas - Peak #1 Mugu Peak (1266')

Join us for our first peak in our 2019 Saturday Peaks in the Santa Monicas that will take us to the highest and most interesting peaks in the Santa Monica Mountains. Our first peak is to Mugu Peak on a moderately paced 8-mile round-trip, 1800’ gain hike. We will start with a steep ascent up the Chumash Trail and then hike through the rolling La Jolla Valley with a snack at the walk-in campground. There will be great views of mountains, ocean, coastal sage, and grasslands. Meet at 8:00 AM at the Chumash Trailhead (PCH 22.7 miles west of Malibu Canyon opposite Navy Firing Range orange tower). Park free in dirt lot. Bring water, snack, and lugsoles. Rain or Red Flag alert cancels. Saturday Peaks in the Santa Monicas 2019 hikes: 1/19 - #1 Mugu Peak - 8 miles 2/16 - #2 Simi Peak - 7 miles 3/23 - #3 Calabasas Peak - 9 miles 4/13 - #4 Temescal Peak - 9 miles 5/11 - #5 McAuley / Mesa Peaks - 7 miles 6/22 - #6 Kayton Memorial - Cathedral Rock - 10 miles 7/13 - #7 Valley to the Sea - Eagle Rock - 12 miles 8/17 - #8 San Vincent Mountain - 8 miles 9/14 - #9 Conejo Peak - 8 miles 10/5 - #10 Saddle Peak / Topanga Overlook - 10 miles 11/16 - #11 Sandstone Sextet - 9 miles 12/7 - #12 Griffith Park Peaklets - 13 miles

Stairway to Heaven Stairhike #4: Echo Park

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And a new day will dawn For those who stand long And the forests will echo with laughter A new day and another Echo Park stair hike! Follow us through the secret stairs and get a little Echo Park history, while you stay in shape for winter activities or for indulging in a little Valentine chocolates. Bring your loaded backpack for an extra high five. Meet at 6:30 PM by the Echo Park Lake Boathouse, 751 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026. Bring water, good spirit and strong legs! Flashlight optional.

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Kenneth Hahn State Park: Mid-City Nature

Kenneth Hahn Park Back Entrance

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