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Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike - 2 Hrs- followed by dinner

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Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

Jefferson Blvd and Hetzler Rd · Culver City, CA

How to find us

Meet at 6:30, Hike starts at 6:40 at the big concrete sign that says "Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook" on Jefferson Blvd.

Location image of event venue

Details

This is a fun, exhilarating hike with great city views. It can be a

beginner's hike if you take the switchback trail or road

instead of the steps to the top of the hill. The rest of the hike is fairly flat.

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.

While Rex is taking time off to study for the CA Bar Exam in July (yay Rex), and to maintain a sense of community and consistency, I have volunteered to lead his hikes in the usual order minus Cheviot Hills. Don't be surprised if you catch glimpses of him on the trail. The usual suspects are welcome to assist me with navigation.

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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!!!

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DINNER AFTERWARD: TO BE DECIDED AT THE HIKE usually Pampas Grill, 3857 Overland Ave, Culver City CA 90232

GPS:[masked] [masked] located in the Culver Center at the southwest corner of Venice Blvd and Overland Avenue (between L.A. Fitness and O'Reilly Auto Parts)

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PRINTABLE TRAILS ROUTE MAP:

http://photos1.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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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.com

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OTHER DETAILS:

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...