Past Meetup

Baldwin Hills mega-trek, from La Cienega to La Brea to Crenshaw and back

This Meetup is past

19 people went

Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

4100 S La Cienega Blvd · Los Angeles, CA

How to find us

when entering the park, we will be in the first parking lot on the left, see "Olympic Forest" sign.

Location image of event venue

Details

We're doing the usual route (La Cienega to La Brea Canyon and back) with an extra couple of miles added in following the Stocker Corridor trail down the hill towards the Crenshaw Mall.

LENGTH: 6 to 7 miles, so from 9:30 am to 1 pm

FOLLOWED BY OPTIONAL LUNCH AT THE AWESOME VEGETARIAN INDIAN RESTAURANT CALLED "BAWARCHI", LOCATED AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF VENICE BLVD. AND MOTOR AVENUE. (best deal--the $9 special, with 7 items)

http://indianbawarchi.com/

MAP TO BAWARCHI FROM KENNETH HAHN PARK: http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Kenneth+Hahn+Recreation+Area,+Los+Angeles,+CA&daddr=10408+Venice+Boulevard,+Los+Angeles,+CA&hl=en&ll=34.014072,-118.388114&spn=0.020988,0.038581&sll=34.020207,-118.404079&sspn=0.010493,0.01929&geocode=FQjvBgIdf9bx-CGE4DgCIlHbkA%3BFW8bBwIdEUzx-CkhbDgrLrrCgDG2BJx7Wsxd6A&vpsrc=6&mra=ls&t=m&z=15

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REVIEWS: “Great workout, nice smelling wildflowers and fun people...and Optional frisbee tossing, too!”

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

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A LITTLE HISTORY: SEE THE VIDEOS OF THE BALDWIN HILLS DAM BURSTING ON DECEMBER 14, 1963

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIeNM8cm6J8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjfa-c8KUDw

PART OF OUR TRAIL LOOPS AROUND THE FORMER L.A. CITY RESERVOIR

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DIFFICULTY: Easy, 200 feet maximum elevation gain on a civilized trail. Lots of restrooms and water fountains.

PARKING: free. (except weekends and holidays)

DOGS ARE ALLOWED HERE--on-leash

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

THE PARK HAS LOTS OF RESTROOMS AND DRINKING FOUNTAINS

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LEGAL STUFF: finally, by going on this hike, you agree to assume all risks of this hike, and that no one at Meetup including the organizer is responsible for your safety. See the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2:

http://www.meetup.com/terms/

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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-news.blogspot.com for stories on new parkland purchases and other environmental battles.

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(photo by Puck)

(Photo by "That John Guy")

PRINTABLE MAPS OF TRAILS AND WHERE TO PARK:

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