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East Ballona Wetlands and City lights viewing and garlic-fest Dinner at Alejo's

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Ballona Wetlands

Lincoln Blvd & Jefferson Blvd · Los Angeles, CA

How to find us

Meet at 6:30, hike starts at 6:40 sharp, whether I am there or not...MEET at 500 feet west of Lincoln Blvd. on the south side of Jefferson Blvd.

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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)

---------A NOTE ABOUT MY 6:30 PM HIKES: -----------

SOMETIMES I AM REALLY BUSY OR I AM STUCK IN TRAFFIC AND ARRIVE LATE. IF I AM NOT THERE AT 6:40, START THE HIKE WITHOUT ME! DON'T WAIT FOR ME! I WILL CATCH UP! THE HIKE ROUTE IS ALWAYS THE SAME; SEE THE MAP BELOW... (http://photos2.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/7/8/e/2/highres_21330946.jpeg)

REX'S THURSDAY NIGHT HIKE SERIES FEATURES SIX DIFFERENT HIKES STARTING AT 6:30PM. THEY REVOLVE IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER: 1-Baldwin Hills Overlook, 2--Ballona Lagoon, 3--Cheviot Hills, 4--East Ballona Wetlands, 5--Kenneth Hahn Park/East Entrance, and 6--West Ballona Wetlands

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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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UPDATES ABOUT THE BALLONA WETLANDS:

http://ballona-news.blogspot.com

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 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 as long as owner is 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.com

FOR A PRINTABLE TRAIL MAP:

http://photos2.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/7/8/e/2/highres_21330946.jpeg