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Laissez les bons temps rouler. . . as we extend our Mardi Gras celebrations through Saturday by rollin’ along the L.A. River’s gorgeous Greenway.

See for yourself how L.A. does “riparian” right during this urban adventure that has something for everyone, from artists and architects to sculptors and photographers, and from golfers and gardeners to poets and yoga practitioners. Like Indian food? This hike has your name written all over it. I could write about this until Saturday and not do justice to all the natural and man-made beauty you'll see in one morning.

Did I mention it’s also next door to Griffith Park and Elysian Park, for anyone who wants to get some time in on dirt trails later in the afternoon?

This soft-bottom stretch of the river features 140+ species of birds, myriad art-packed “pocket parks” (thank you, North East Trees (!), a yoga par cours, and cool cats created out of storm drain covers.

We’ll start at the lushly-landscaped Los Angeles River Center (, which you can walk through at leisure at the end of our hike. This was the former Lawry’s California Center . . . a complex that included a restaurant serving more than 600,000 visitors annually. Scheduled to be demolished for the construction of a Home Depot in the ‘90s, portions of the Center were saved by community leaders, local elected officials and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The Center includes offices for the Friends of the Los Angeles River ( and a Visitors Center.

We’ll go at least 8 miles -- to Los Feliz Blvd and back -- roundtrip, or maybe add a few more miles -- North to Colorado -- if time permits. Since this is an out-and-back trail, anyone can return early via the same route if needed. While there’s a lot to see and do along the way, we’ll try to keep up a decent pace between the sights. Assume at least 3-to-3-1/2 hours to complete the entire route. Dogs are welcome on a leash, but be advised that we’ll be sharing a bike/pedestrian path for a good portion of the trail.

This is a flat, easy-to-moderate hike, on concrete the whole way, so tennis shoes may be more comfortable than boots. Limited shade, so bring hats, sunscreen, and water. Restrooms and water available at the start and finish at the L.A. River Center. No one will make fun of you for wearing purple, green or gold four days after Mardi Gras as long as you bring some King Cake for our snack break.

Note: Please review the directions and the map (,+CA+90065&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=33.160552,79.013672&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=570+W+Avenue+26,+Los+Angeles,+California+90065&ll=34.084707,-118.223405&spn=0.033837,0.077162&z=14) carefully as the Center is a little tricky to find and there's often construction on the 110 Freeway on weekends. (There’s also a great map on the LA River Center link above.) Park in the Center’s lot; they know we’re coming. Arrive early for stretching and we’ll start promptly at 8 am. I’ll email those who have RSVPed Saturday morning if we cancel due to rain and also note it on our SMH meetup page.

Shawn’s mobile: 213/[masked].


5 FREEWAY SOUTHBOUND – Take the Pasadena Freeway - Los Angeles off-ramp (first exit after Stadium Way). Keep left and take the Figueroa exit. Turn right at the corner onto Riverside Drive and continue over the bridge. The road becomes Figueroa Street. Go two blocks and make a left onto Avenue 26. Go 1.5 blocks and make a left into the main entrance.

5 FREEWAY NORTHBOUND – Take the Pasadena Freeway off-ramp (first exit on right after Broadway) and stay on the right lane, taking the Figueroa exit. Turn left onto Avenue 26, go 1.5 blocks and make a left into the main entrance.

110 SOUTHBOUND – Take the Avenue 26 exit (first exit on right after Golden State Freeway off ramp). Turn right onto Avenue 26, go 1.5 blocks and make a left into the main entrance.

110 NORTHBOUND – Pass through the tunnels (near Dodger Stadium), staying in the second left lane. Take the Figueroa Street exit - which exits to the left (first exit after the Golden State Freeway offramp). Turn right onto Figueroa, stay in the left lane to the corner of Avenue 26. Turn left onto Avenue 26, go 1.5 blocks and make a left into the main entrance.


MISC. SMH NOTES/NEWS (since the Discussion Board doesn’t get much traffic):

Both Shawn and Antonio are again out of town on Sat. March 19. Anyone interested in sharing their favorite hike with the group, please email Shawn. Otherwise, we’ll post a link to Rex Frankel’s great summary of all LA-area meetup hikes so you can choose from among them. Looking ahead, we’ll probably do the Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak on Sat. March 26 (thanks to member Jessica Falcone, who recommended this back in November). Today’s pos ( ( from the LAist’s always-delightful “7 Reasons to Love L.A.” photo essay series features photos from three of our hikes: the M*A*S*H shooting site at Malibu Creek State Park; the Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple (near the Puente Hills trail) and Fern Dell in Griffith Park. SoCal’s beloved “Modern Hiker (” blog made the Top 10 list of blogger Tom Mangan’s ( favorite hiking blogs (“Two Heel Drive”). Congratulations and thanks again to Casey Schreiner, whose terrific and thorough guide has helped so many of us discover and enjoy the huge variety of trails in SoCal. “The Hike Guy (,” written by another local blogger, Kolby Kirk, also made the list. Kolby’s very entertaining and inspiring blog documents his hiking goals for the year and documents his progress toward achieving them. The list includes great blogs on everything from gear to trail cooking to specific trails and land use policies. Bookmark them for some virtual hiking the next time we’re rained out. ********************************************************************************************************************************

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