PLAN B for Ballona Wetlands if it is raining or likely to rain on us after we start: we will meet at the Ballona Wetlands and decide whether we like the weather. If not we will drive up the hill to the El Dorado Bowling alley a few blocks south of Alejo's restaurant (8731 Lincoln Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90045) for a few games, then at 8:30 we will head over to Alejo's for dinner.
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)
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!
LOTS OF PHOTOS:
PICTURES OF CUTE CRITTERS:
CONTROVERSY OVER THE STATE'S PLANS TO "RESTORE" THE BALLONA WETLANDS WITH BULLDOZERS
BRING: water, flashlight, comfortable hiking shoes.
DOGS: are allowed here on a leash
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
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: