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

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.
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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.

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

 

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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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  • Peter

    Hope you all enjoyed Alejos and bowling. Interesting- it seems to have stopped raining since 6:30 pm.

    October 9, 2013

    • Tati R.

      Actually we were looking for you at the trail , but could see a thing... as well a sno parking around... we were driving aroung from 6:40 to 7 pm

      October 10, 2013

  • Pamela

    Can't bowl worth beans. Sorry I won't be there.:'(

    October 9, 2013

  • Valerie

    Sorry to be such a lame o but I'm not going after all -- I need to finish something up and it is taking longer than I'd expected. Have fun and don't get too muddy!

    October 9, 2013

  • Peter

    There may be some mud- but that is par for the course with this hike.

    October 9, 2013

    • Peter

      So yes- Plan A.

      October 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Current weather report from Westchester (not far from Ballona Creek) where I live !
    Cloudy with a chance of meatballs (ok so much for Hiking Humor)
    Partly cloud, slight breeze which could bring clouds in.
    I vote for Plan A-- Hike

    1 · October 9, 2013

  • loretta

    Have to cx.not sure what's going with the weather . Thanks L.

    October 9, 2013

  • GERN B.

    what happens if I get hit in the head with lightning?

    1 · October 9, 2013

    • Sandy o.

      Duh! It may finally knock some sense into your head! =) lol.

      1 · October 9, 2013

    • ! That JOHN G.

      the usual happens... sparks... a lot of screaming for a few seconds and then you ask if you can borrow $5...

      October 9, 2013

  • Tati R.

    I am for plan A as well !!!

    October 9, 2013

  • Valerie

    Hi Rex, at what time do we/you decide re plan B? I'm up for plan A but if it's plan B, I'll find another way to get some exercise tonight. Obviously if it's pouring at 6 pm that's my answer....

    1 · October 9, 2013

  • Rex Frankel; Musical M.

    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), then at 8:30 we will head over to Alejo's for dinner.

    1 · October 9, 2013

    • Rhoda

      I like Plan B

      October 9, 2013

  • Peter

    I'm assuming that unless it's torrential rain- the hike is still 'go'.

    October 8, 2013

  • laurie

    Well I need to find a ride and it would not let me plus 1..is anyone coming out from inland near Fairfax and Olympic???I can get to there..i live by Olympic and Wilton..

    October 8, 2013

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