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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:

https://secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/7/8/e/2/highres_21330946.jpeg

 

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  • Katie B.

    Always fun hiking with Rex and the group! Nice meeting everyone and seeing familiar faces!

    June 27, 2013

  • Cheryl S.

    Lovely evening with great views and very nice people

    June 27, 2013

  • Carrie Rebecca S.

    I enjoyed a summer's evening outside with a social, congenial group.

    June 27, 2013

  • Theresa M.

    Easy hike with interesting mix of people

    June 27, 2013

  • Eileen T.

    My dog Bear has been sick for two days, so I was afraid to leave him alone. Hope to make the next Wetlands hike.

    June 26, 2013

  • Karen

    Good group and fun dinner.

    June 26, 2013

  • Roya

    Good hike.. A little too short. I feel I didn't really earn that dinner.

    June 26, 2013

  • Steven F.

    Mucho Gusto

    June 26, 2013

  • Steven F.

    Mucho Gusto

    June 26, 2013

  • romy m.

    thx Rex was very good group

    June 26, 2013

  • Cynthia E.

    could not find a parking lot. Decided to do the sand walk instead.

    June 26, 2013

  • Bruce

    +1

    June 26, 2013

  • Jessica S

    just not going to get out of work early enough... hopefully another time

    June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Moonlight Poetry hike at Malibu Creek July 27 offered by PM hikers
    Meetup.

    June 2, 2013

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