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Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike - 2 Hrs--and dinner at Pampas Grill

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:

https://a248.e.akamai.net/secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/9/3/8/2/highres_268897762.jpeg

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): Pampas Grill, located at 3857 Overland Ave
Culver City, CA 90232, in Culver Center, located between Venice and Washington Blvds, which features a Rite-Aid and LA Fitness


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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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  • Larry T

    Got there late and couldn't find the group. Climbed the stairs and walked down the path. Talked with a few other stragglers and such at the trail head before going back home.

    October 18, 2013

  • Jim H

    Thank you,Rex!

    October 17, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Miscalculated traffic, got there late. Had a good workout on the stairs, ran back down on the path! The only crowd I saw was the boot camp group at the top...I've only met Rex once, and I'm thinking that wasn't his style...! Sorry to have missed everyone. next time I'll leave a day early :)

    October 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lost please don't wait

    October 16, 2013

  • Ellyn

    Isn't it going to be dark for the second half of this hike?

    October 16, 2013

    • rexfrankel

      this is the last time we will do this hike at this time until March, as it's getting dark too early. Anyway, bring a flashlight.

      October 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Rex I'm having a hard time finding the meeting point. Please don't wait for me. Ill try to catch up.

      October 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm lost don't wait for me

    October 16, 2013

  • MIKE P

    Have never done these stairs. I very heard great things about it! Looking forward to it!

    October 16, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    I'll probably be doing the switchbacks this time. Any other dinner ideas?

    1 · October 11, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      Cool! It's a 50/50 chance I'm going at this point. I may just go and see how I feel and not do the whole route.

      October 16, 2013

    • Kim C

      Okay hope to see you there, if not hope you get some good rest!

      October 16, 2013

  • rexfrankel

    I have changed the dinner location to the Pampas Grill
    3857 Overland Ave
    Culver City, CA 90232

    1 · October 16, 2013

  • MIKE P

    Have never done these stairs. I very heard great things about it! Looking forward to it!

    October 14, 2013

  • Flo

    If I can get away from work in time to attend this, I'll be there.

    October 14, 2013

  • Jessica

    Hope there is other dinner idea???

    October 11, 2013

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