Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike- & (optional) Indian veggie dinner afterward

Take 2 hours, climb the 282 TALL stairs or take the switch-back trail to the top--we get a 360 degree view from Downtown L.A. to Malibu to Palos Verdes and can watch the sunset. (There are three routes to the top: the stairs, the switchback trail, and Hetzler Road.) Then we explore the various trails on the hilltop.

MEET: Lots of cool people who've recently discovered this park, which opened 2 years ago.

WHERE: The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, located on Jefferson Blvd a half mile west of La Cienega Blvd.

MEET WHERE?: at the intersection of Jefferson and Hetzler road. There is a big entrance sign to the park there saying "BALDWIN HILLS SCENIC OVERLOOK".

 

DOGS??????   NOOOOOO!!!!!!!! RANGERS WRITE BIG TICKETS--NO DOGS ALLOWED IN STATE PARKS!!!

DINNER AFTERWARD (at 8:45): at the vegetarian Indian restaurant called Bawarchi a mile away located at the southwest corner of Venice Blvd. and Motor Avenue. For ($10 for veggies, $12 for meat), more than you can probably eat, Come hungry, leave full).

(Directions: from the Overlook, go south-west on Jefferson, Turn right at the first signal, Duquesne Avenue, then go north 1/2 mile to Venice Blvd and turn left. Go a few blocks west and turn left at Motor Avenue. Bawarchi is in a mini-shopping center with a Donut shop on the corner.)

A PRINTABLE MAP IS HERE:

http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/8/b/c/f/highres_36035791.jpeg

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PHOTOS OF THIS HIKE, COURTESY OF PUCK: http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=1533011

 

MORE PHOTOS: 
http://picasaweb.google.com/Rare.Earth.fotos/BaldwinHillsScenicOverlookGrandOpening

http://picasaweb.google.com/hikingla/BALDWINHILLSSCENICOVERLOOK

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ALSO CHECK OUT REX'S MEETUP HIKES CALENDAR: 37 GROUPS' HIKES ALL IN ONE PLACE: http://lameetuphikes.blogspot.com

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OTHER DETAILS:

NO DOGS. State Park rules forbid any dogs, even if on leash.

PARKING: is free if you park on Jefferson. (You can also drive to the top of the overlook and pay at the State's parking lot. At the top is a visitor's center which so far is only open on weekends. HOWEVER, THAT MEANS YOU WILL MISS SEEING THE REST OF US HUFF AND PUFF!)


FREEWAY DIRECTIONS: the closest freeway to this hike is the 10. Take the La Cienega Blvd offramp and go south 1/2 mile to Rodeo Road (just past the Target store). Turn Right. The road forks soon becoming Jefferson Blvd., and take the left fork. Go west 1/4 mile until you see the undeveloped hillside on the left (south) side of the road. There's a big concrete State Parks department sign there, saying "Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook"..

YOUR HIKE LEADER: is also somewhat of an expert on local history, environmental battles and native plants, (so if you are looking for advice on drought tolerant native plants and wildflowers or suing developers to save open spaces, come on this hike)! You can see my blog at http://rare-earth-news.blogspot.com for stories on new parkland purchases and other environmental battles.

 

COOLNESS: The Scenic Overlook is part of a larger effort by the State and L.A. County to buy up the old oil fields and turn the entire undeveloped remains of the Baldwin Hills into a 1000 acre park.
I posted more about this here: http://rare-earth-news.blogspot.com/search/label/Baldwin%20Hills

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


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PRINTABLE MAP OF PARKING LOCATION AND TRAILS: http://photos4.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/4/2/e/7/highres_17837127.jpeg

For an enlargeable google map:
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?t=h&hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&ll=34.018269,-118.379509&spn=0.015438,0.032938&z=16&msid=101689764096842350298.00048e26dcc8191e8a589

 

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  • Donna

    Sorry for the no-show. I was there by 6:20, but finding parking was kind of crazy. Left after circling the neighborhood a few times. Now I know what to expect for this venue, so will see you next time. :)

    July 3, 2013

  • Jen

    I SO want to go today but pulled something in my knee so need to wait another week. :(

    July 3, 2013

  • Farah

    You got me on the food lol I love Indian food as well as nature and toning my body

    July 3, 2013

  • Michael L. B.

    Sorry, I have to cancel tonight's hike! I will see everyone next Wednesday.

    July 3, 2013

  • Michael L. B.

    Looking forward to hike but will avoid stairs! Anyone interested in taking alternate route to avoid stairs?

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    forgot i have a biz meeting. maybe next time

    July 2, 2013

  • Monika D.

    Need to prepare for my BBQ Party

    June 28, 2013

  • Mirna C.

    ...this will be my first meetup - looking forward to it.

    June 25, 2013

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