Gay & Lesbian Sierrans

Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club

Home Outings & Events About Us Volunteers Archives

Home > Outings & Events


The GLS web site only shows day hikes/events for the current month and all multi-day trips.  What if for as little as $10/year, you can join AND support GLS, AND receive comprehensive info on all hikes and events, conservation news, trip reports, and bi-monthly GLS news and stories?  You can by subscribing to TRACKS, the GLS newsletter.


CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.


2014 May 3, Saturday. O: Channel Island Day. Hike Mike Brostoff, Amanda Smith. NOTE: The starting time is an hour later than in previous years. The Channel Island day hike has now become an annual GLS tradition, attracting over two dozen participants each time. We will be taking a ferry to Santa Cruz Island where we will be offering a variety of hikes for different levels. There is no drinking water or food on the island, so pack your pack like a normal outing. After returning to the mainland, we will head over to a nearby restaurant (optional.) We will meet at Island Packers 1691 Spinnaker Drive Ventura Harbor 93001 at 8:15 AM. 805- 642-1393. The boat leaves at 9:00 AM. The ride is an hour and we should return to Ventura Harbor by 6:30 PM. The cost for the trip is $65.00. Most of the fee pays for the ferry, the extra will be sent to Sierra Club conservation. Send a check made payable to GLS by April 17th to: Mike Brostoff, 11220 Moorpark #110, Studio City CA 91602. After April 17th, please contact Mike to check for availability. Please include a note indicating whether you are interested in dinner afterwards, your e-mail address and the best phone number to reach you at. If you do not have e-mail then please include a SASE. Bring minimum 2 quart water, lugsole hiking boots, snacks, & 10 Essentials. Note: in the rare case that weather may be poor, call 805-642-1393 after 5:30AM on the day of the trip. A recording will indicate whether the boat is canceled.

2014 May 10, Saturday.  O: The Getty Museum.  Nancy Beverly, Jeff Johnson. How’s this for an art mash up: Ansel Adams, Jackson Pollack and Queen Victoria. Crazy, right? So join GLS on an art extravaganza trip to the Getty where you can see Ansel's landscapes, a restored Jackson mural, and portraits of the Queen + photos she collected when photography was in its infancy. The Getty opens at 10; we’ll meet at the Bad News Bears (I’m not kidding) Little League baseball parking lot at Sepulveda & Ohio no later than 9:30 a.m. Or you can meet us at the start of the Getty tram ride a little after 10. Museum address is 1200 N. Sepulveda, and parking there is $15 (hence the concept of carpooling from the baseball lot). After taking in all of the new aforementioned exhibits (plus catching Van Gogh’s Irises from the permanent collection because you should), we’ll gather for lunch and discuss our impressions. Bring money for parking plus your sack lunch (there is a restaurant but it’s pretty pricey and busy). Questions? Contact Nancy.


2014 May 15, Thursday.  O: Mount Wilson.  Susan Campo, Jim Angus. YES, we are trying something different. Let’s do a conditioning hike during the week, daytime. Maybe someone has the day off, is retired or just is tempted to play hookey! This Mt. Wilson hike will be shaped like a lollipop from Chantry Flats. 4800 foot gain in 14 mi RT….not for beginners! BUT it will be slowish and gentle as possible on the bones…a social and conditioning hike! Contact leader if you are coming or for more info! Meet at Chantry Flats by 8 am. (Take Santa Anita Ave. north off the 210 and drive all the way up the mountain to parking lot.) Rain cancels. Well behaved dogs on leashes okay.


This wonderful hike in DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK will not be hot like the rest of the park at this time. Hopefully all snow has just melted off the peaks and nights will be cold. Only experienced hikers should apply. Trip is limited to 10 and mostly determined by your means of transportation. Mahogany Flats (8,100 feet elev.) campground is 1.5 miles up a very steep gravel road past the Charcoal Kilns and is accessible ONLY by 4x4, high clearance vehicles (strong trucks). Mahogany Flats has no water so you must be prepared for wilderness camping. Thursday, we will drive up and save campsites in case you need to come on Friday night. Friday we will stretch our legs on Wildrose Peak about 10 miles, 2,200 ft gain. Saturday will be a rest and acclimatization day. Bring some fun games. Sunday we climb Telescope Peak, 14 miles RT, 3000 ft gain. NOTE: The Leader Susan reserves the right to change the day of the hike to Sat. due to weather. Monday morning we depart for home. This hike was first led by Susan in the early years of GLS; then led yearly by Steve Green for several years, making it a historic GLS hike. This is the leader’s favorite hike in Southern California because from the top you can see the highest peak in the USA, Whitney, AND the lowest point in the USA, Badwater! If you wish to reserve, you MUST send leader your info. AND hiking experience AND the type of vehicle you will be driving AND if you are willing to take any passengers. Even parking space is limited up there.

2014 May 24, Saturday.  O: Dawson's Saddle (7900') - Mt. Throop Junction (8790') - Mt. Baden-Powell (9,400’).  Gail Wise, Nancy Beverly.  Glider sightings, ancient trees and beautiful vistas in every direction -- what's not to like? As we hike a narrow ridge up the Dawson's Saddle trail, we'll have expansive views both east and west. We'll then connect with the PCT near Mt. Throop on our approach to Baden-Powell. There will be a good chance of seeing gliders along the way. Near the summit, we'll say hi to the Wally Waldron tree, which, at 1,500 years old is one of the oldest living trees in the San Gabriels. We'll enjoy lunch on the summit where we will have the entire Angeles National Forest to gaze upon in 360 degree panoramic splendor before returning the way we came. This 8.8 mile hike with 1,500' elevation gain will be challenging for the weekend day-hiker as almost all of it is above 8,000 feet. Sun screen is a must and a hat is highly recommended due to the strength of the sun at that elevation. Also bring layers and at least two liters of water (three liters are even better). Lug soles are mandatory. We'll start in the morning to avoid afternoon thunderstorms, but bring a waterproof shell/poncho/garbage bag just in case. Meet at 8:00 am at the La Canada rideshare point. The drive to the trailhead will be about an hour and 15 minutes. For questions contact Gail.

2014 Jun 5 - Jun 8, Thu - Sun.  O: Pismo Beach.  Barbara Edwards, Grace Hengst, Judith Demarrah.  Join us for a weekend of fun, just 3 hours, 175 miles, northwest of L.A. on the central coast. This area is home to the endangered Pismo clam and our campground lies adjacent to a freshwater lagoon that attracts both indigenous and non-native migratory birds. A wooded nature trail will take you around the lagoon and a short hike will lead you through the dunes to the beach. The Oceano sand dune area is recognized by scientists and conservationists as the finest, most extensive coastal dunes remaining in California. Activities could include hiking, bird watching, beach and dune walks. The charming town of Pismo Beach is a mile away and the Monarch Butterfly Grove, home to a large colony of monarchs every winter, is also nearby. Cost is $58 per person for 3 nights camping. Or $45 per person for 2 nights camping (Fri and Sat) This price includes all parking fees. Hot showers available. LEASHED dogs permitted in campground but not on state park trails. Send check made out to GLS to: Barbara Edwards.

2014 June 7, Saturday.  O: East Fork, San Gabriel River – Bridge to Nowhere.  Dora Olea, Jim Angus.  Born of snow-fed rivulets, the many tributaries of the East Fork of the San Gabriel River gather together to form one the liveliest mountains streams in the San Gabriel Mountains. Along a section called “The Narrows,” the East Fork squeezes through the deepest gorge in South California. At the lower portal of this gorge, miles from any existing roadway, stands the curious “Bridge to Nowhere,” a relic of an attempt in the 1930s to establish a highway link between the San Gabriel Valley and Wrightwood. A catastrophic flood in 1938 demolished most of the road-to-be, leaving the bridge stranded upstream. Even though, it is a moderate-kind of- strenuous hike with 1000ft gain and loss, we will pace our trekking for about 9.7 miles. Limited shade, mostly gradual with some rugged terrain and rock scrambling. Wading through ankle to thigh high water is unavoidable so bring an extra pair of sacks. There are a minimum of four river crossings on the hike up the canyon. Special features to find: Swam Rock, Sheep Mountain Wilderness, Bridge to Nowhere, wildflowers, deer, bighorn sheep, and “dreamers” along the river digging for gold. National Forest Adventure Pass. Dogs welcome. Bring plenty water, lug soles, hiking pool, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and your lunch. Meet 8 am ready to hike at the parking lot. Driving Direction: Carpooling is recommended from Target at Colorado and Sierra Vista in Eagle Rock. (MUST RSVP if you are carpooling from Target .)Take 210 East, exit Azusa / 39 hwy. Turn left on N. Azusa/39 Hwy., it changes to N. San Gabriel Canyon Rd. drive up for over 10 miles turn right onto E. East Fork Rd. up to the parking lot (Camp Bonita Rd.), before a sharp right onto Glendora Mountain Road. Questions? Dora.


2014 June 14, Saturday. O: Mount San Antonio Mt. Baldy (10,064’) and West Baldy (9,988’). Dora Olea, Sharon Kirk.  TJoin us for a steep and strenuous but moderately paced hike to one of our favorite local peaks. We’ll start at Manker Flats with a brief stop at the SC San Antonio Ski Hut, arriving at the top of Mt. Baldy, 9 mi rt, 4000’ gain/loss. If time and energy permit we’ll walk over to West Baldy (9,988’, not an official HPS peak) before returning the way we came to the TH. Meet at 7:00 am at the Manker Flats TH (at locked gate to the Baldy fire road) or 5:30 am at the Tustin rideshare (R side of Stater Bros). Bring 10 essentials including 3 liters water, lunch/snacks, lug-soled boots, hat, sunscreen, layers, rain gear. Rain cancels. Leaders: Dora Olea, and Sharon Kirk.

2014 June 29, Sunday. O: Make-Your-Own First Aid Kit. Marie Ammerman, Tim Vo.  A First Aid Kit is a must for every hiker or camper, even when on a Sierra Club outing. Leaders can only carry so much! Be able to help yourself if an emergency arises by making your own kit for $12.00 for GLS members; $15.00 for non-members. The leaders will pool the money to take advantage of bulk discounts, selecting items with hikers in mind, and then we'll all get together to divvy up the supplies, and talk a little about specific circumstances in which you might need some of these items. This is NOT a First Aid certification course; instead, it's a chance to have a little fun with friends and share the expenses of creating a personal first aid kit to keep in your backpack. Space will be limited, so sign up right away with Marie by mailing a check, payable to GLS, to Marie Ammerman, 5744 Ensign Ave., North Hollywood CA 91601. Please include an email address and phone number. For questions, contact Marie at ammermanm@, 818-406-3529. Location and meeting time will be given to all partici­pants upon sign-up. Deadline for signup: May 22 to give us time to order supplies.


2014 Jul 19 - Jul 20, Sat - Sun. O: Mt. San Jacinto Backpack. Kirk Olsen, Dora Olea.  This moderately strenuous trip is a great introduction to backpacking for beginners while still being fun for those with more experience. On Saturday we’ll ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the Mountain Station (8,516 ft. elev., bring $$ for tram) followed by a leisurely 2-3 mile backpack (600 ft. gain) to our campsite. After preparing camp we’ll have plenty of time to explore, play games or just relax. Sunday we’ll do a 6 mile RT day hike to the peak (10,804 ft. elev., 1,700 ft. gain/loss) where we’ll enjoy a spectacular view encompassing much of Southern California. After breaking camp we’ll backpack down to the Mountain Station (600 ft. loss) where we’ll board a tram and ride to the desert below. To reserve your spot mail a $12 check payable to GLS to the attention of Kirk Olsen, 3350 E 7th St Ste 301, Long Beach , CA 90804. Include your contact information (incl. e-mail, telephones) and a summary of your hiking experience (including elevation) and fitness level. Registered participants will receive gear list and time/location specifics. Permit is limited to 12 participants. Questions? Contact Kirk Olsen.

2014 Aug 29 - Aug 31, Fri - Sun. O: White Mountain Hiking. Susan Campo, TBA.  This is a classic hike on trail to a 14,252 foot peak, near Big Pine, CA. On Sunday there will be an Open House at the USC Research Station which means we can drive up a bit more to the higher trailhead making this hike 10 mi RT and 2000 ft gain/ loss. Do not under estimate this hike as the elevation can make it extremely difficult. NO BEGINNERS! Please do not attempt this hike if you are inexperienced with altitude and its effect on your body!

Aug. 29 Drive up from LA and meet at a primitive site for camping.

Aug. 30. We will acclimatize with a moderate hike in the interesting Bristlecone forest and re-group at a remote primitive location.

Aug. 31. At dawn drive up the 13 mi gravel road to the gate of the Research facility and start at the highest possible trailhead to climb the White Mountain. After the hike you are free to depart for home or continue on next adventure with Susan (see Mt. Tom below). No fee is charged for this trip, but you will be expected to “chip in” for carpooling to the trailhead if needed or for some group supplies, happy hour, or snacks.