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Baldwin Hills Ridgeline loop hike, plus optional garlic-fest at Gaby's

Take 2 hours --we get a 360 degree view from Downtown L.A. to Malibu to Palos Verdes and can watch the sunset.

HIKE....WHEN: 5:00 pm to sunset, which is when the rangers start telling us to go home.

MEET: Lots of cool people

MEET WHERE?: at the Kenneth Hahn park--at the top of the Baldwin Hills.

FREEWAY DIRECTIONS: the closest freeway to this hike is the 10. Take the La Cienega Blvd offramp and go south 1 mile (past the Target store--La Cienega turns into a freeway with limited exits and no way to make a u-turn) Continue to the park entrance at the first bridge over La Cienega. You will see a big sign saying "Kenneth Hahn park". Get in the right lane on La Cienega to exit onto the ramp to the bridge. Turn left at the top of the bridge. Continue into the park past the little parking fee shack. Do not pay to park (only required on weekends and holidays.) We will park at the first lot on the left after entering the park--there is a sign saying "Olympic Forest". Park in the first spaces you see ofter the "Olympic Forest" sign. The trail is located on the ridgeline to the east

 

DINNER: 7:00 PM-- AT GABY'S EXPRESS, (MEDITERRANEAN Chicken, beef and vegetarian), lots of garlic sauce if you like it. LOCATED AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF LA CIENEGA AND WASHINGTON BLVD. (2901 La Cienega, which is 1/2 mile north of the hiking spot) http://www.gabysexpress.com/


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A LITTLE HISTORY: SEE THE VIDEOS OF THE BALDWIN HILLS DAM BURSTING ON DECEMBER 14, 1963

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIeNM8cm6J8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjfa-c8KUDw

PART OF OUR TRAIL LOOPS AROUND THE FORMER L.A. CITY RESERVOIR

 

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YOUR HIKE LEADER: is also somewhat of an expert on local history, environmental battles and native plants, (so if you are looking for advice on drought tolerant native plants and wildflowers or suing developers to save open spaces, come on this hike)! You can see my blog at http://rare-earth-new... for stories on new parkland purchases and other environmental battles.

 

DIFFICULTY: Easy, 200 feet maximum elevation gain on a civilized trail. Lots of restrooms and water fountains.

PARKING: free. (except weekends and holidays)

DOGS: are allowed in the park on a leash

 

BRING WATER, COMFORTABLE SHOES, MAYBE A HAT IF IT'S HOT...

ALSO, CHECK OUT MY CALENDAR COMPILING ALL MEETUP HIKES IN THE LA AREA: http://lameetuphikes.blogspot.com

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(photo by Puck)



(Photo by "That John Guy")



 

 

 

PRINTABLE MAPS OF TRAILS AND WHERE TO PARK:

http://photos4.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/b/6/f/9/highres_35866841.jpeg


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  • Maria C.

    Nice people, nice weather, some sweat, beautiful views....What else to ask for?

    March 20, 2014

  • Chary

    I've been there before but never around the loop that Rex took us. It was a nice gentle hike with beautiful views!! Great peeps as always :)

    March 20, 2014

  • Carmen

    Great hike! Thank you, Rex!

    March 20, 2014

  • Steven F.

    Fantastic

    March 20, 2014

  • ! That JOHN G.

    fun hike Rex!!!

    March 20, 2014

  • Andrew

    This was a great hike

    March 19, 2014

  • Marjorie G.

    Wonderful hike!

    March 19, 2014

  • Panit

    Ditto/I concur, on the fun & thanks, Rex dude.

    March 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    DUDE it was fun, I always have fun on your hikes
    Thanks Man

    March 19, 2014

  • Dee

    Sorry I could not make it. I'm still at work. Next time.

    March 19, 2014

  • Noah R.

    Got out of work too late.... ;(

    March 19, 2014

  • Heather

    Sorry i am sick with a bad cold /bronchitis cant make it today. Would love to go to the next one!

    March 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I discovered this earlier, but I'd love to join you for your next one!

    March 19, 2014

  • Shari F.

    What's with all this traffic? I'm trying to get there but I left Santa Monica at 4 and I'm still closer to SM than I am to the hike... I'm working on it though...

    March 19, 2014

  • Andrew

    Can I meet you guys at the front entrance?

    March 19, 2014

  • Andrew

    Where do I find you guys in the park?

    March 19, 2014

  • Nancy J

    I am sooooooooooooo sorry to cancel now at 4:25, but I just got out of an income tax meeting with my tax guy & can't possibly drive there in time! Aaargh...next time!!!

    March 19, 2014

  • c. d.

    Rex, I believe walking musicians with ukuleles are permitted ;o)

    March 19, 2014

    • rexfrankel

      I think doggies who can sing are allowed off-leash....

      2 · March 19, 2014

  • Shari F.

    Bringing the best, most well behaved Maltese poodle! We can't wait!

    1 · March 17, 2014

  • Marjorie G.

    From the state parks website:
    Yes, dogs are permitted in County parks and on trails as long as the dog is on a leash, no longer than 6 feet in length and under the full control of the owner. Additionally, there is a Dog Park at Crescenta Valley Community Regional Park.
    Dogs are not permitted in our Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, Golf Courses, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre and Hollywood Bowl.

    1 · March 17, 2014

  • Marjorie G.

    I was planning on bringing my dog Juneau (see photo). She is very friendly and loves to hike.

    March 17, 2014

  • Noah R.

    Dogs welcome?

    March 15, 2014

    • Heather

      I thought the signs said no dogs, no cigarettes...or is that just the Baldwin Hills Scenic park? I think both?

      March 17, 2014

    • Nancy J

      I also have a Shih Tsu I want to bring so am hoping you're right Rex!

      March 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This might work for me with the earlier start time, no evil traffic!!! I'm a definite... maybe ;)

    1 · March 17, 2014

  • Noah R.

    Are dogs allowed? I have a shih-tzu about 10 #

    March 14, 2014

  • Vince

    Is this the real deal or what????

    1 · March 7, 2014

    • Vince

      Aren't we parking off La Brea like before? ?????

      1 · March 14, 2014

    • rexfrankel

      nope. We a park in the lot accessed from La Cienega, unless the parking cops start misbehaving again.

      March 16, 2014

  • Nancy J

    I haven't been on this particular hike. Do the directions above apply?

    March 14, 2014

  • Jen

    Can't do 5! :(

    March 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been here before - it's a nice urban hike

    March 12, 2014

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