ON THE HILL GANG LOS ANGELES (OHGLA) - ACTIVITIES

SKIING (January through April)


Skiing has been the primary activity of our club and was the common interest that rallied its founders. Our schedule features monthly mid-week trips to Mammoth during the season, with the relative absence of crowds and weekend snowboarders. For non-skiers or those who want to take a day off from skiing, we have recently added snowshoeing to our Mammoth winter activities. We enjoy additional ski trips, both domestic and international, with allied clubs. 

HIKING

First Saturday Hikes


Our hikes take us into the local mountains or seashore, are two to three hours in length, and often loop to offer continually new terrain and visual interest. They are paced to allow us to focus on our surroundings. We have recently added "Urban Walks" on alternating months to take advantage of our area's interesting history and architecture. Our leaders select a picnic spot or we enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant. Favorite outings? Too numerous to describe.

Extended Hiking Trips


Overnight hiking adventure trips of 4-6 days are often organized. For many years we have had an annual six day hiking trip to Mammoth over the Labor Day holiday. Other recent trips have included Salida, Colorado, and Mt. Hood, Oregon.


BIKING


Second Saturday Biking


From May through December our bike rides generally keep us on paved surfaces and away from traffic and range from 12 to 22 miles in length with average speeds from 8 to 12 miles per hour. Rides conclude in the early afternoon with lunch after the ride or on the return leg of the route. Some of our favorite rides are the Orange Line to Porto's in the Valley, the South Bay bike path between Torrance Beach and Santa Monica, Long Beach to Huntington Beach, and the West Fork of the San Gabriel River.

Extended Biking Trips


Club trips of 2-6 days duration are often organized, with recent destinations of Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Ventura/Ojai, Santa Barbara and San Diego. The club also participates in domestic and international bicycle trips through Road Scholar and International Bicycle Tours.

KAYAKING/SUP


Occasional third Saturday events are scheduled during the summer, usually for the morning hours when the wind and water are calm and are appropriate for both novice and more seasoned kayakers. Lunch usually follows at a nearby restaurant. We've recently combined Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) with our kayak activities. Past adventures have included Alamitos Bay, Catalina, Channel Island caves and Upper Newport Bay. 

 


TRAVEL


Africa, AustraliaSoutheast AsiaChinaRussia, Turkey, Costa Rica, and the Adriatic and Baltic Sea Countries are among past destinations. Trips are generally planned more than a year in advance, preferably with organizations catering to small group active travelers. 



SOCIAL AND CULTURAL EVENTS


Major social events include our summer picnic, Fall Gala (annual meeting), and year-end holiday party. Ethnic dinners and socials are scheduled in many months, as are art and cultural events to such places as the Getty, Broad and other museums and places of interest in the greater Los Angeles area.