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.


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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  • Teresa

    Nice hike. Big group. Good conversation. I'm glad it's daylight savings time!

    March 14, 2013

  • Michelle C.

    Missed you Rex. Hope you're feeling better.

    March 13, 2013

  • rexfrankel.com "Rock" M.

    Dear friends, my head cold has gotten the best of me today. I probably will not make it tonight. If possible, can Don or Laura or Michael or Katie take over? You guys know the route. I know it won't be the same, no music, but the frogs' croaking sounds about the same as my voice right now.

    March 13, 2013

  • Cynthia

    Sorry, I cannot make it by that time!

    March 13, 2013

  • Don

    I will be there and know the route but I don't play the guitar and the frogs are better singers.
    There is a chance to see a comet tonight just after sunset!

    March 13, 2013

  • Jen

    Oh no! Something came up today :-( but will meet back up with the Wednesday hiking in two weeks.

    March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm there! Woo! Hoo!

    March 13, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Sunset is at 6:59 pm tonight! Yay, we get to start the hike in daylight again.

    March 13, 2013

  • marianne

    I have to work late so I cannot make it this time. Sorry.

    March 12, 2013

  • Merry

    I was really looking forward to going but my work just asked me to stay later tomorrow. I hope I can join in on the fun next week :(

    March 12, 2013

  • Michelle C.

    Very excited to do this walk again. Hoping for a large group tomorrow.

    March 12, 2013

  • Merry

    Sounds exciting! Who knew there are wetlands in LA!

    March 1, 2013

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