Chapter History

Angeles Chapter History

The Angeles Chapter was founded in 1911, starting first as the Southern California Section of the Sierra Club, then as the Southern California Chapter, and finally, as the Angeles Chapter. Our members have explored almost every nook and cranny of our region, both on their own and in tens of thousands of chapter-sponsored outings. Through these pages we recognize some of the achievements of our members and share the glorious past of the Angeles Chapter.

  • Great Leaders: Access the Honor Roll of Great Outings Leaders, a database of outings leaders created in 2001 by completion of a survey of chapter outings covering the period 1911-1972.
  • Obituaries: Access a collection of obituaries written in recent years to honor some of our leaders who have hiked over the Great Divide.
  • Muir Lodge: See a collection of photographs of Muir Lodge, the chapter's 'Mountain Home' from 1913 until its destruction by flood in 1938.
  • Chronologies: Find listings of founding dates of chapter entities.
  • Awards: Review who has received awards over the years, and find out how to nominate worthy individuals or groups to receive an award.
  • Sierra Club Oral History Project: All of the Sierra Club oral histories collected by the Regional Oral HIstory Office (ROHO) at the University of California, Berkeley, have transcripts now available online. Those histories with most relevance to the Angeles Chapter:
    • Nathan Clark
    • Sierra Club Nationwide IV (the histories for the Ives and the Reids)
    • Sierra Club Reminiscences III (Bernays, Crowe, Dawson)
    • Southern Sierrans I
    • Southern Sierrans II
    • Southern Sierrans III

- Bob Cates, Chapter Historian