Baldwin Hills Ridgeline loop hike, hard at first, then easy, plus dinner option

Take 2 hours EVERY MONDAY--we get a 360 degree view from Downtown L.A. to Malibu to Palos Verdes and can watch the sunset.

 

WHEN: 6:00 pm to sunset, which is when the rangers start telling us to go home.

MEET: Lots of cool people

MEET WHERE?: at the Kenneth Hahn park--at the top of the Baldwin Hills.

DIFFICULTY: Hard at the start, 200 feet elevation gain on a steep, but short trail. Then we do the remaining 90% of the hike on civilized relatively level trails, but there will be a few more gradual uphills.

Lots of restrooms and water fountains.

PARKING: free. (except weekends and holidays)

 

DOGS: allowed in park on a leash

 

BRING WATER, COMFORTABLE SHOES, MAYBE A HAT IF IT'S HOT...

 

LEGAL STUFF: by going on this hike, you agree to assume all risks of this hike, and that no one at Meetup including the organizer is responsible for your safety. See the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2:

http://www.meetup.com/terms/



FREEWAY DIRECTIONS: the closest freeway to this hike is the 10. Take the La Cienega Blvd offramp and go south 1 mile (past the Target store--La Cienega turns into a freeway with limited exits and no way to make a u-turn) Continue to the park entrance at the first bridge over La Cienega. You will see a big sign saying "Kenneth Hahn park". Get in the right lane on La Cienega to exit onto the ramp to the bridge. Turn left at the top of the bridge. Continue into the park past the little parking fee shack. Do not pay to park (only required on weekends and holidays.) We will park at the first lot on the left after entering the park--there is a sign saying "Olympic Forest". Park in the first spaces you see ofter the "Olympic Forest" sign. The trail is located on the ridgeline to the east

 

OPTIONAL DINNER: 8:15 PM-- At Gaby's, a Lebanese/schwarma place located at La Cienega and Washington Blvds


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A LITTLE HISTORY: SEE THE VIDEOS OF THE BALDWIN HILLS DAM BURSTING ON DECEMBER 14, 1963

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIeNM8cm6J8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjfa-c8KUDw

PART OF OUR TRAIL LOOPS AROUND THE FORMER L.A. CITY RESERVOIR

 

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CHECK OUT MY GUIDE TO THE MOST AWESOME HIKES IN L.A.:

http://lameetuphikes.blogspot.com/p/list-of-hikes-i-lead.html

 

ALSO, CHECK OUT MY CALENDAR COMPILING HIKES OF ALL MEETUP GROUPS' (ABOUT 50) IN THE LA AREA: http://lameetuphikes.blogspot.com

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(photo by Puck)

(Photo by "That John Guy")

 

 

 

PRINTABLE MAPS OF TRAILS AND WHERE TO PARK:

http://photos4.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/b/6/f/9/highres_35866841.jpeg


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