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Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike - 2 Hrs & (optional) Indian dinner afterward

Take 2 hours, climb the 282 TALL stairs or take the switch-back trail to the top--we get a 360 degree view from Downtown L.A. to Malibu to Palos Verdes and can watch the sunset. (There are three routes to the top: the stairs, the switchback trail, and Hetzler Road.) Then we explore the various trails on the hilltop.

MEET: Lots of cool people who've recently discovered this park, which opened in 2009.

WHERE: The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, located on Jefferson Blvd a half mile west of La Cienega Blvd.

MEET WHERE?: at the intersection of Jefferson and Hetzler road. There is a big entrance sign to the park there saying "BALDWIN HILLS SCENIC OVERLOOK".

 

DOGS??????   NOOOOOO!!!!!!!! RANGERS WRITE BIG TICKETS--NO DOGS ALLOWED IN STATE PARKS!!!

 

PRINTABLE TRAILS ROUTE MAP:

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ROUTE:

From our Jefferson Blvd starting point, we take the stairs first to the top of the hill, then head south to the Visitor's Center and restrooms. Then we continue to the upper parking lot. From the parking lot we do first the 0.7 mile Canyon Loop trail, followed by the 1.4 mile Ball Fields Loop trail. Both of these loops start and finish at the upper parking lot. Finally, from the parking lot we then take the 1 mile Switchback trail down to Jefferson Blvd.

TOTAL LENGTH--AROUND 3.6 MILES

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DINNER AFTERWARD (at 8:15): at the Indian restaurant called Bawarchi a mile away located at the southwest corner of Venice Blvd. and Motor Avenue. For ($9), more than you can probably eat, Come hungry, leave full).

(Directions: from the Overlook, go south-west on Jefferson, Turn right at the first signal, Duquesne Avenue, then go north 1/2 mile to Venice Blvd and turn left. Go a few blocks west and turn left at Motor Avenue. Bawarchi is in a mini-shopping center with a Donut shop on the corner.)

A PRINTABLE MAP IS HERE:

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PHOTOS OF THIS HIKE, COURTESY OF PUCK: http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=1533011

 

MORE PHOTOS: 
http://picasaweb.google.com/Rare.Earth.fotos/BaldwinHillsScenicOverlookGrandOpening

http://picasaweb.google.com/hikingla/BALDWINHILLSSCENICOVERLOOK

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ALSO CHECK OUT REX'S MEETUP HIKES CALENDAR: 53 GROUPS' HIKES ALL IN ONE PLACE: http://lameetuphikes.blogspot.com

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OTHER DETAILS:

NO DOGS. State Park rules forbid any dogs, even if on leash.

PARKING: is free if you park on Jefferson. (You can also drive to the top of the overlook and pay at the State's parking lot. At the top is a visitor's center which so far is only open on weekends. HOWEVER, THAT MEANS YOU WILL MISS SEEING THE REST OF US HUFF AND PUFF!)


FREEWAY DIRECTIONS: the closest freeway to this hike is the 10. Take the La Cienega Blvd offramp and go south 1/2 mile to Rodeo Road (just past the Target store). Turn Right. The road forks soon becoming Jefferson Blvd., and take the left fork. Go west 1/4 mile until you see the undeveloped hillside on the left (south) side of the road. There's a big concrete State Parks department sign there, saying "Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook"..

 

COOLNESS: The Scenic Overlook is part of a larger effort by the State and L.A. County to buy up the old oil fields and turn the entire undeveloped remains of the Baldwin Hills into a 1000 acre park.
I posted more about this here: http://rare-earth-news.blogspot.com/search/label/Baldwin%20Hills

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

 

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  • Jennifer B.

    Very nice hike, as per usual.

    August 9, 2013

  • Melinda

    Very cool hike! thanks Rex for a really interesting path! It was just too difficult finding parking for dinner after, so I gave up. Hope to try that place soon!

    August 8, 2013

  • Gayle

    Hi, anyone want to do the switch back and meet the group at the top? gayle

    August 8, 2013

  • Lita

    So, where do you people usually park?

    August 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Carla - I'm not one of the organizers, but I live nearby and go here almost every evening. There's free street parking on both sides of Jefferson. :-)

      August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The website says the park closes at sunset. Is this time wrong?

    July 22, 2013

    • rexfrankel

      sunset is 7:47 on August 8th. So we're ok.

      August 7, 2013

  • Fiona

    How many miles is the switchback?

    August 7, 2013

    • rexfrankel

      the total hike length is around 4 miles. The switchbacks portion of the trail, from the upper parking lot to Jefferson Blvd., is 1 mile. This comes from a gps track for a 2 mile version of this hike: http://alltrails.com/...­

      August 7, 2013

  • Marvin M

    +1

    August 5, 2013

  • Melinda

    Trying to recover from yesterday's Fossil Ridge hike. I will do a little mellow hike tomorrow to keep limber. Hopefully fully recovered by Thurs!

    August 5, 2013

  • Carrie Rebecca S.

    Did somebody say hills?

    August 4, 2013

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