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Ballona Lagoon and Venice Canals--and garlic-fest at Gaby's





4 MILES AND 2 HOURS HIKE/WALK, part on a dirt path, part on sidewalk in the Venice Canals


DIRECTIONS: In West L.A/Marina Del Rey area--take Washington Blvd all the way to the beach. Two blocks before the Venice Pier, turn left on Via Dolce and go 1/2 mile. At the fork, go straight. (The left fork is Marquesas and that leads to Via Marina--DON'T go that way!) The right fork stays called Via Dolce and we will be parked next to the big lagoon, between Marquesas Way and Roma Court.




A GOOGLE MAP TO THE HIKE:,+Marina+Del+Rey,+CA&hl=en&ll=33.976036,-118.46019&spn=0.010463,0.01929&sll=33.974969,-118.45886&sspn=0.010463,0.01929&z=16



BRING: water, flashlight, comfortable hiking shoes.

DOGS: are allowed here on a leash

CATS: are allowed off leash but good luck with finding them when you want to cuddle later



8:30 pm--DINNER AFTERWARD: Gaby's express on 3216 Washington Blvd., a block west of Lincoln Blvd.




MAP TO GABY'S:,-118.448737&sspn=0.006645,0.016512&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=3216+Washington+Blvd,+Marina+del+Rey,+Los+Angeles,+California+90292&z=17&iwloc=A






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  • Armond

    Venice canals walks are always beautiful and tranquil. Rex, thanks for organizing the urban hike. Many thanks to Carmen and Carey for sharing their beautiful photos! Carmen, the canal shots are outstanding!!

    2 · June 5, 2014

  • Claudia B.

    A wonderful walk on a beautiful evening! Thanks, Rex!

    June 5, 2014

  • Carmen

    A really relaxing stroll with great weather and cinematographic views along the canal. Thanks, Rex.

    June 5, 2014

  • Claudia B.

    Why is traffic so horrible tonight?

    June 4, 2014

    • Greg S.

      cuz General Motors bought all the train tracks and turned them into highways in 1945.

      1 · June 4, 2014

  • Jennifer F.

    Had to work late. Can't make it. :(

    June 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey jennifer. Bummer!! C u at the next one. Pinche work!!!:-)

      1 · June 4, 2014

    • Greg S.

      "pinche work" is vulgar. (laughing)

      June 4, 2014

  • Jessica

    can't go!!

    June 4, 2014

  • Kim C

    Not going to make it this evening. I have had lots of allergies this week, so will take it easy, so I'm closer to being 100% healthy this weekend. :) Have a fun night!

    June 4, 2014

  • Sandy o.

    Sorry looks like I cannot make it. Have fun! One of my fav hikes. See u all next time.

    June 4, 2014

  • Pamela W.

    So sorry for the last minute cancellation but it seems I have to work late.

    June 4, 2014

  • rexfrankel

    As you know, some of us bring guitars on the Wednesday night walks and sing assorted classic rock tunes. Anyone that wants to hear our friend and fellow walker Greg Schlotthauer sing and play piano at the Sainte Rocke club in Hermosa Beach, it's Thursday between 5:30 and 8 pm. He's got a 600 song request list! The management allow him to bring the audience up to join on songs, too. Admission is free and happy hour specials are $5 each. The address is 142 Pacific Coast Highway on the east side, a few blocks north of the King Harbor sign on PCH. I'll be there!

    2 · June 4, 2014

    • Greg S.

      Rex, thank you so much for this ! Hope to see you and anybody else mañana. Unfortunately tonight (my favorite walk in the Venice Canals) I can't make it anymore but have a great time.

      June 4, 2014

  • Claudia B.

    So glad for a hike that allows cats! They will love seeing so many birds! ;-)

    June 4, 2014

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