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2014 Sep 25, Thu., 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Angeles Chapter Open House at the Zoo.  Help support GLS and learn more about the Sierra Club’s largest Chapter. Many of the Chapter’s sections will be represented here. You can learn about what they have to offer, and let them see what great people we have in GLS! We will have our own table at this event, so come on out and enjoy the evening with us. The Hundred Peaks Section, Sierra Peaks Section, Wilderness Travel Course, and more- they’ll all be there! Some food and drink will be available; last year there were raffles and fun prizes given away. Bring your friends and family! Help build bridges to the great Sierra Club community and make new friends. Please, if you have one, please be sure to wear your GLS t-shirt. For information, please contact Marie at Location: Los Angeles Zoo, (Grand Room) Griffith Park. Park in zoo main parking lot. Enter at Security office, main entrance. Tell guard “Sierra Club,” then follow signs to the Grand Room.


2014 Sep 27, Sat.  O: Zuma Loop Trail.  Alan Schimpff, Tom Molloy.  This a great strenuous workout rewarded by beautiful scenery. The trail includes two major ascents, a descent into Zuma Canyon, crossing a stream and a traverse along a ridge with beautiful ocean views. Round-trip: 11 miles, 2800 elevation gain and loss Bring at least 2 quarts of water and the 10 essentials. Meet at 9:30 AM at the trailhead. If taking the 101 west, turn left on Kanan Road and head over the mountains to PCH. On PCH, head northwest for about ½ mile (or two stoplights) until you reach Busch Road. Turn right on Busch and follow it to the end of the road which is the trailhead, park there. If taking PCH west, pass Kanan Road until you come to Busch Road about ½ mile (or two stoplights) later. Turn right on Busch and follow it to the end of the road which is the trailhead. Questions? Contact leaders at 310-589-9125.

2014 Oct 4, Saturday.  O: Cajon Pass. Mike Brostoff, Grace Hengst.  Cajon Pass is the mountain pass between the San Bernardinos and the San Gabriels where interstate 15 heads north from LA. We will meet at the intersection of the 15 and the 138 and hike 5.5 miles west on the Pacific Crest Trail, and then return We will walk underneath the 15, through the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks, over the San Andreas Fault and passing by many outcroppings of the Mormon Rocks. Bring water, sun protection, layers especially if it is cold, lunch, 10 essentials. Hike starts at 9:00 AM. If conditions are bad at the pass but good elsewhere, we will find an alternate hike. For more information and to RSVP, contact Mike Brostoff.

2014 Oct 12, Sunday.  O: Mt. Disappointment (5994’), San Gabriel Pk (6161’) and Mueller Tunnel.  Dora Olea, Gail Wise.  Let’s start with the name: Why is this mountain called “Disappointment”? Why such a weird odd name for a mountain - disappointment? Indeed, it was a disappointment for the government surveyors who lugged their equipment to the top of the mountain in 1875, but the mountain was not high enough, so they had to continue to the higher summit of San Gabriel Peak to do their surveying. The reward was and still is that the views from both summits are panoramic. A moderate-paced 7 miles rt. loop with 1400’ elevation gain and 1019’ loss. Last but not least, we will hike the famous Cliff Trail between Eaton Saddle and Markham Saddle, now bypassed by the Mueller Tunnel. This trip requires a shuttle and a National Forest Adventure Pass for parking. Dogs carry their own water. Bring 10 essentials, 3 qtrs. water (more if it’s hot out), lug soles, hiking poles (optional), sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, snacks and lunch. Meet 8:20 am because we will taking off at 8:30am sharp. Directions: 210 W. exit on Angeles Crest Highway, La Canada rideshare point for carpooling. Questions? Dora at

2014 Oct 18.  O: Evening Meditation Hike on Westridge.  Nancy Beverly, Anna Baum.  Join us for a silent, walking meditation hike in the Santa Monica Mountains as the sun goes down. We’ll meet at 5:45 p.m. at the top of paved Westridge where the fire road of the same name begins. After some brief instructions and a little centering exercise, we’ll head off. This is a moderate 7.4 mile out ‘n’ back hike with some modest hills along the way (the first two miles are uphill, but it’s gradual). Bring lugsole boots, water, snacks, and layers in case it gets chilly. No dogs please. There is a little park at the turnaround spot – which has picnic tables, a restroom and a water fountain (none of those are at the trail head). We may or may not break the silence to check in and see what insights people have had along the way. The sun sets at 6:15, so we’ll have twilight at the start but it’ll be dark on the return. As with Griffith Park, which we hike in darkness much of the year, we’re on a wide fire road and the bounce from the city lights should be enough to illuminate the way back. Bring a light for emergency purposes if you like but we won’t turn them on otherwise. Directions: go west on Sunset Blvd. from the 405. At the light at Mandeville Canyon Rd., turn right. At the first stop sign (Mandeville Lane is on the right), roll forward a few feet to Westridge and turn left. Stay on Westridge all the way to the top – ignore the many turn offs along the very steep way including the one to Banyon (the hike isn’t nearly as steep as the drive up!). Park on the paved street, the little dirt lot at the top is a bit tight on space. Questions? Contact Nancy, nancy at


2014 Oct 25, Sat, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (time tentative).  Angeles Chapter Leadership Training.  Become a qualified Sierra Club leader. The Leadership Training Program can prepare you to lead Angeles Chapter outings. Whatever your passion -- biking, climbing, hiking, photography, rafting, sailing, skiing, and much, much more - the LTP is your gateway to leading groups of folks who share your passion. Seminar at the Costa Mesa Community Center, 1845 Park Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. For information, see the LTC website ( Deadline for receipt of application is October 11. No registration after this date or at the door.


2014 Oct 25, Sat.  O: Orchard Camp, via Sierra Madre.  Dora Olea, Diane Zaepfel.  Que calor! Let’s beat the heat with a moderate paced hike, 9 miles rt with 2000’ elevation gain/loss on a trail that the Gabrielino Indians forged as a footpath on their way to the majestic Mt. Wilson. Later on, around 1800s, two colorful mountain­eers, George Aiken and George Islip, planted a small grove of apple, cherry, plum and chestnut trees. With the maturity of these trees, the place became known as Orchard Camp. On our way back, Diane will take us for a delicious lunch in a funky place which is her specialty. Bring 2 liters of water, lug soles, sunscreen, and snacks. Dogs welcome. Bathrooms at the trailhead Meet at Miramonte Ave. near the junction of Mt. Wilson Trail Rd. at 8am. Driving Directions: From the Foothill Freeway (210) in Arcadia, exit on Baldwin Ave. and head north. Turn right on Miramonte Ave. near the junction of Mt. Wilson Trail Road, which is on your left. Rain cancels. Questions? Contact Dora, (213) 200-0239 or


2014 Nov 1, Saturday. O: Vasquez Rocks. Dora Olea, Grace Hengst.  Amazing what 25 million years of earthquake activity can do! A beautiful outcropping landscape of rocks’ history that began in prehistoric times when the sandstone rocks were uplifted at a picturesque angle, showing their jagged red features. In 1874 Tiburcio Vasquez, one of California’s most notorious bandits, used these rocks to elude capture by law enforcement. It has been a popular filming location for movies, television shows and commercials. We’ll hike up to the Sanctuary Cave, over the Bandito Trail and the Geological Trail. About four miles with elevation gain/loss of less than 1000 ft. Great opportunities for taking pictures as well as identify many species of flora and perhaps fauna. K-9s welcome. Bring lug soles, lunch, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses as well as plenty of water. Contact leaders Grace (323) 697-6886, or Dora (213) 200-0239 or with any questions about the hike. Meet 9 am. From the Antelope Freeway (14) near Canyon Country, exit on Agua Dulce Road. Head north 1.5 miles. Agua Dulce swings west and you join Escondido Canyon Road, proceeding 0.25 miles to the signed Vasquez Rocks County Park entrance on your right. Rain cancels.

2014 Nov 7-10, Fri - Mon. O: Joshua Tree Carcamp. Dora Olea, Grace Hengst.  Circumstances of life have prevented us from putting a foot on the ground at J-T. Well, now we are going to put both feet: for one day, two or three (you choose). We will have hikes from 8 miles rt. to a 5 miles rt. or if you choose just to read or catch up with your needlework, this is the trip for you. The campsite has a limited space for participants and parking; therefore, carpooling is recommended. Cost not exceed $20.00 dollars. To reserve your spot, you MUST mail your check before Saturday, November 1st. RSVP and more details, contact Dora at (213) 200-0239 or



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