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.

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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  • Judy F.

    Fun- nice people. Great hike.

    February 26, 2014

  • Jessica S

    last work appt ran way late... though, totally rained on the way home, so perhaps you guys didn't hike?? Hope to make it next time.

    February 26, 2014

  • Bianca

    Drove along Jefferson in both directions and couldn't for the life of me figure out where you were! Kept hitting Lincoln knowing I had gone too far but never saw the sign or the parking... Should have done a dry run in the daylight, but oh well, maybe next time.

    February 26, 2014

  • Tristan

    Sorry, I would have had to come by bike. The chance of a downpour freaked me out a bit. Catch up with the group next time!

    February 26, 2014

  • Alexander

    Hate traffic! !! I won't get there on time ..I go next time

    February 26, 2014

  • Teresa

    I'm still waiting for some work to come in but can hopefully make it. Might meet en route. FYI - I live nearby and so far (4:45) blue sky and no rain. But stay off the 405. It's god awful today.

    February 26, 2014

  • S.G.

    I'm feeling under the weather so I won't be able to make it tonight- Please enjoy the hike for me..

    February 26, 2014

  • Alexander

    Hi I'm Alex ... can I use my running shoes?

    February 25, 2014

    • Rex Frankel; M.

      of course! Trail is cement for the first half, and dirt on the way back, but no special hiking shoes are needed.

      1 · February 26, 2014

  • Rex Frankel; M.

    as stated in the write-up, if it is raining at the start of the hike, we meet at Alejo's for dinner. If it is not raining, we meet at the trailhead, and we can decide then whether to hike or eat.

    February 26, 2014

  • Jessica S

    just had a 5pm meeting book, but I'm hoping it will done in time for me to get to the walk.. if not, I may just meet you for dinner anyway:-)

    February 24, 2014

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