Jun 23, 2013 · 7:45 PM
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View sunset and a (full) moonrise from a hilltop in Eugene Debs Regional Park in Montecito Heights just east of the 110 Freeway about halfway between Downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena.
This is, in truth, a stroll rather than a hike. We meet in the parking lot at 7:45 pm, trudge several hundred yards up a steep hill to a large pond surrounded by trees where we can watch the sun set over West Los Angeles at 8:08 pm, shuffle to the other side of the pond to watch the full moon rise in the east at 8:26 pm, and amble downhill to the parking lot between 8:45 and 9:00 pm as twilight turns to dark.
Take the 110 Freeway northbound (toward Pasadena) to the Via Marisol exit or southbound (toward Downtown Los Angeles) to the Avenue 57 exit.
From the Via Marisol exit turn right directly onto Via Marisol; from the Avenue 57 exit turn right onto Avenue 57 and then turn right again onto Via Marisol.
Proceed 0.3 mile on Via Marisol and turn right onto Monterey Road. Proceed 0.8 mile on Monterey Road and turn right into the entrance of Eugene Debs Regional Park. Follow the winding road about one-half mile uphill to the parking lot. Look for a white Volvo sedan parked on the far side of the lot (as far as possible from the entrance to the parking lot).
I will start to walk uphill PROMPTLY at 7:45 pm. If you arrive late, follow the asphalt path uphill from the north side of the parking lot and look for us at the western rim of the pond on top of the hill.
Bring a windbreaker, sweatshirt or a jacket as a chill breeze sometimes blows across the hillstop at twilight.
There are public restrooms in the park as well as 100 picnic tables and 20 barbecue pits available on a first come first serve basis scattered around the park if you wish to arrive early and dine in the open air.
My mobile number is[masked]-0168.
Joining this hike is entirely voluntary and participants assume all associated risks. It is each hiker's responsibility to ensure that s/he is in sufficient fitness and health to participate, with appropriate provisions and equipment. The Los Angeles Hiking Meetup group and the hike organizer make no warranties about the safety or supervision of these activities.