Los Angeles's Top Events: June 14-17 - Backpacker

Los Angeles's Top Events: June 14-17

Our favorite 5 excursions for the weekend
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1. Class: Bikepacking Basics
When: 7-8:30 pm
Where: REI Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA
Cost: Free (registration required)
Details: Bikepacking--or backpacking by mountain bike--is an increasingly popular way to enjoy the outdoors. Join us to learn about a fun choice for cycling buddies, couples or even families who like to ride together and are looking for a new way to venture out on their mountain bike(s). Bikepacking lets you cover more miles than hiking plus you can access dirt roads and trails that may be inaccessible to other vehicles. In this class we will cover various aspects of bikepacking including outfitting your bike, gear to bring, and trip planning tips.


2. Camping Cooking Basics
When: 6:30 pm
Where: Adventure 16, West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Cost: Free
Details: When people get ready for an outdoor adventure, they spend a great deal of time planning all the details of their trip- from gear lists to weather reports to topographical maps- but food is usually treated as afterthought, with last-minute plans to grab hot dogs and peanut butter on the way out of town. Food is an essential that provides sustenance for survival, but also comfort on a cold night under the stars. We will teach you how to make food an elevated part of the experience for any type of outdoor adventure by providing tips, tricks, and adaptable recipes that take specific trip considerations into account, whether it’s a day trip, glamorous car camping trip, or backcountry adventure.


3. Hike: Mt. Baden-Powell
When: 7 am
Where: Mt. Baden-Powell, CA
Cost: Free
Details: Join us on a challenging 8.7 mile out and back climb to the summit of Mount Baden-Powell. The trail starts in forested trees of the Vincent Gap trailhead where we will start our 2900' climb along 40 switchbacks. As we climb past the switchbacks, the tree line thins out to give you expansive views of the San Gabriel Mountains and desert vistas below. This is a great conditioning hike for summer trips to the Sierras in our own backyard! We will meet at the Vincent Gap trailhead along Hwy 2 (near Wrightwood) at 7am. Bring 3 liters of water, snacks, sun protection, and 10 essentials.

4. Hike: Forrestal Area
When: 8 am
Where: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Cost: Free
Details: O: Forrestal Area Hike. 4 miles, 1000' gain, 2.5 hours. Take Palos Verdes Drive South to Forrestal Drive, north to gate. Meet at gate at 8:00 AM. Hike along the Pirate, Mariposa, Flying Mane, Canyon, Dauntless, Conquerer, Barn Owl, Panorama and Klondike Canyon Trails. Wear lug sole boots, bring a snack and water. If you anticipate rain, wear rain gear. Minors are permitted if accompanied on the hike by a parent. Leaders: Steven Morris and Minoo Hart.

Level: Moderate(O)


5. Battle of the Brews
When: 2-7 pm
Where: Mt. Baldy Notch, CA
Cost: $32
Details: Summer is here and so is one of the mountains favorite event series. The Battle of the Brews. This year we will be showcasing each brewery on their own every week at their own Sunday Session with live music and 3 beers beers from the brewery. After a summer of tasting each brewery weekly the Top of the Notch will host a throw down between your favorites at the Battle of the Brew. Purchase a Sunday Session ticket (Round Trip Lift, Flight & Pint) to enjoy some good tunes and tasty brews.

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