Take 2 hours every third Wednesday--we get a 360 degree view from Downtown L.A. to Malibu to Palos Verdes and can watch the sunset.
HIKE....WHEN: 6:30 pm to sunset, which is when the rangers start telling us to go home.
MEET: Lots of cool people
MEET WHERE?: at the Kenneth Hahn park--at the top of the Baldwin Hills.
FREEWAY DIRECTIONS: the closest freeway to this hike is the 10. Take the La Cienega Blvd offramp and go south 1 mile (past the Target store) to the park entrance at the first bridge over La Cienega. Turn left at the top of the bridge. Continue into park past the little parking fee shack. Do not pay to park (only required on weekends and holidays.) We will park at the first lot on the left after entering the park--there is a sign saying "Olympic Forest". Park in the first spaces you see ofter the "Olympic Forest" sign. The trail is located on the ridgeline to the east
DINNER: 8:30 PM-- AT GABY'S EXPRESS, (MEDITERRANEAN Chicken, beef and vegetarian), lots of garlic sauce if you like it. LOCATED AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF LA CIENEGA AND WASHINGTON BLVD. (2901 La Cienega, which is 1/2 mile north of the hiking spot) http://www.gabysexpress.com/
A LITTLE HISTORY: SEE THE VIDEOS OF THE BALDWIN HILLS DAM BURSTING ON DECEMBER 14, 1963
PART OF OUR TRAIL LOOPS AROUND THE FORMER L.A. CITY RESERVOIR
YOUR HIKE LEADER: is also somewhat of an expert on local history, environmental battles and native plants, (so if you are looking for advice on drought tolerant native plants and wildflowers or suing developers to save open spaces, come on this hike)! You can see my blog at http://rare-earth-new... (http://rare-earth-news.blogspot.com) for stories on new parkland purchases and other environmental battles.
DIFFICULTY: Easy, 200 feet maximum elevation gain on a civilized trail. Lots of restrooms and water fountains.
PARKING: free. (except weekends and holidays)
BRING WATER, COMFORTABLE SHOES, MAYBE A HAT IF IT'S HOT...
(NOTE: this hike alternates every third Wednesday evening with our hikes at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook and the Ballona Wetlands)--one day we will be able to hike between the two halves of this park, but the trail is not yet open.
ALSO, CHECK OUT MY CALENDAR COMPILING ALL MEETUP HIKES IN THE LA AREA: http://lameetuphikes.blogspot.com
(photo by Puck)
PRINTABLE MAP OF TRAILS AND WHERE TO PARK: