East Ballona Wetlands and City lights viewing and garlic-fest Dinner at Alejo's

HIKE TO THE EAST BALLONA WETLANDS--FROM LINCOLN & JEFFERSON TO CABORA ROAD TRAIL AND THEN EAST TO THE MOVIE STUDIO OVERLOOK

Here's a 4 mile mostly level hike in the Ballona Wetlands and bluffs--the recently State-acquired preserve for birds, lizards and bunnies in the heart of paved-over L.A. (OK, elevation gain is 150 feet)

TIME:

HIKE--6:30 to 8:30 PM,

DINNER: 8:30 until they throw us out!

 

WE WILL MEET ON JEFFERSON BLVD. ON THE SOUTH SIDE, 500 FEET WEST OF LINCOLN BLVD. LOOK FOR THE CARS AND THE "BALLONA FRESHWATER MARSH" SIGN.

PARKING LOCATION: the Ballona Wetlands are located between LAX and Marina Del Rey. From the 405 Freeway, take the 90 Freeway west toward Marina Del Rey. Exit at Culver Blvd and turn left. Follow Culver Blvd. one mile until you reach Jefferson Blvd and turn sharply left (east) and go 2/10ths of a mile. The parking is up ahead along Jefferson. If you reach Lincoln Blvd., you have gone too far. Parking is immediately west of Lincoln Blvd. on Jefferson Blvd. on the south side of the street.


DETAILS: We will meet at the parking area located along Jefferson Blvd. which is immediately west of Lincoln Blvd. The hike begins at the Ballona Freshwater marsh, then goes southeast alongside Lincoln Blvd to the Cabora Road trail, which we follow for a mile to the east. We climb the hill to the Dunbarton Avenue trailhead, where we can check out the city lights from Brentwood to Hollywood. Then we return on the same path. The trail is wide open, not bumpy, easy for all!

I plan on giving you the 5 minute summary of the 30 year battle to save this land, then we're off!

 

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LOTS OF PHOTOS:

PICTURES OF CUTE CRITTERS:

https://picasaweb.google.com/Rare.Earth.fotos/BallonaCrittersAtRiskFromStateSBulldozingPlans

 

HISTORICAL PHOTOS:

https://picasaweb.google.com/Rare.Earth.fotos/BallonaHistoricalMapsAndPhotos

 

CONTROVERSY OVER THE STATE'S PLANS TO "RESTORE" THE BALLONA WETLANDS WITH BULLDOZERS

https://picasaweb.google.com/Rare.Earth.fotos/EvolutionOfTheStateSRestorationPlansForBallona

 

THE HIKE:

https://picasaweb.google.com/Rare.Earth.fotos/BallonaWetlandsWestLA

https://picasaweb.google.com/Rare.Earth.fotos/BallonaWetlandsPlayaVistaTsunamiWatch

 

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BRING: water, flashlight, comfortable hiking shoes.


8:30 pm--DINNER AFTERWARD: garlic-fest at Alejo's Italian restaurant located a block south of the wetlands on Lincoln Blvd. (8343 Lincoln) http://alejosrestaurant.com/

PLAN B: IF IT RAINS: WE MEET AT ALEJO'S AT 6:30 PM INSTEAD

 

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TO READ MY BLOG ON NEW HIKING SPOTS: http://rare-earth-news.blogspot.com

 

TO SEE A CALENDAR OF L.A. MEETUP HIKES: http://lameetuphikes.blogspot.com

 

AND FOR MY HANDY-DANDY GUIDE TO PHOTO POSTING: http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/messages/boards/thread/9914574

 

FOR A PRINTABLE TRAIL MAP:

http://photos2.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/7/8/e/2/highres_21330946.jpeg

 

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  • Teresa

    Very nice. Good pace.

    May 23, 2013

  • Vivi

    great pace and walk, nice people...

    May 23, 2013

  • wendy

    Great easy going hike after work. Hope to join you guys for another Wednesday evening.

    May 22, 2013

  • Jen

    Aw. :-(. I starting working full time this week and tried to haul ass to make it and apparently no cars in front of me wanted to. I'm sad, I think I got there JUST too late! I hope to join again next week!

    May 22, 2013

  • Emily K

    Be there 6:35

    May 22, 2013

  • Teresa

    Going to try to make it.

    May 22, 2013

  • Amanda R.

    I'm there!

    May 22, 2013

  • Ira G.

    Sorry, last minute change in plans. I will miss tonight's hike however I look forward to future hikes.

    May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Damn still not ready after twisted foot. Soon...

    May 22, 2013

  • wendy

    Hi Rex..I'm unclear on the meeting point . Where on Jefferson and Lincoln? Where do we park? Thanks! Hope to make this one!

    May 21, 2013

    • Musical Monkey Man Rex F.

      yes

      May 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      A good Meetup rule of thumb is when you aren't 100% sure about location, just go to the meetup place as described and then look for the group of people. The location for this one is exactly as Rex said, easy to find and everyone parks on Jefferson about 500 feet west of Lincoln.

      May 22, 2013

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