Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike - 2 Hrs & (optional) Indian 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 in 2009.

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!!!

 

PRINTABLE TRAILS ROUTE MAP:

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ROUTE:

From our Jefferson Blvd starting point, we take the stairs first to the top of the hill, then head south to the Visitor's Center and restrooms. Then we continue to the upper parking lot. From the parking lot we do first the 0.7 mile Canyon Loop trail, followed by the 1.4 mile Ball Fields Loop trail. Both of these loops start and finish at the upper parking lot. Finally, from the parking lot we then take the 1 mile Switchback trail down to Jefferson Blvd.

TOTAL LENGTH--AROUND 3.6 MILES

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DINNER AFTERWARD (at 8:15): at the Indian restaurant called Bawarchi a mile away located at the southwest corner of Venice Blvd. and Motor Avenue. For ($9), 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: 53 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"..

 

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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  • Kim C

    Thanks, Jennifer! I'll take a pick and post it afterwards. :)

    1 · September 10, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      Thanks! Loved the pics!

      1 · September 16, 2013

    • Kim C

      Hope you are all healed soon and can join us :)

      1 · September 16, 2013

  • Armond

    As always a nice workout when doing these steps. Rex, thanks for organizing it.

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • Doug N.

    Weather was great....nice and cool....people were friendly....Rex kept up a good pace :)

    September 12, 2013

  • Jay

    Any chance you'll leave just after 6 p.m. Traffic is horrendous. Or what direction will you leave and we'll catch up ;-)

    September 11, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Changing my RSVP and looking forward to seeing you.

    September 11, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Probably can't join on Wednesday but will turn out last minute if it's possible! Maybe see you afterward at Bawarchi anyway.

    September 10, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Have fun guys! If you remember, someone please take a sunset pic so I can see it later. :) When you get to the top, you can look towards Santa Monica and wink at me. ;)

    September 10, 2013

  • Annie Z.

    I had long hiking past Sunday. My body says taking a break. :(. See you next time.

    September 10, 2013

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