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Baldwin Hills Ridgeline loop hike, plus optional garlic-fest at Gaby's

Take 2 hours --we get a 360 degree view from Downtown L.A. to Malibu to Palos Verdes and can watch the sunset.

HIKE....WHEN: 4:00 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--La Cienega turns into a freeway with limited exits and no way to make a u-turn) Continue to the park entrance at the first bridge over La Cienega. You will see a big sign saying "Kenneth Hahn park". Get in the right lane on La Cienega to exit onto the ramp to the bridge. Turn left at the top of the bridge. Continue into the 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: 6:15 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/


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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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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... 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...

ALSO, CHECK OUT MY CALENDAR COMPILING ALL MEETUP HIKES IN THE LA AREA: http://lameetuphikes.blogspot.com

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(photo by Puck)

(Photo by "That John Guy")

PRINTABLE MAPS OF TRAILS AND WHERE TO PARK:

https://secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/b/6/f/9/highres_35866841.jpeg


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  • Patricia

    Great

    March 7, 2013

  • Steven F.

    Dam Break!

    February 27, 2013

  • Steven F.

    Here is a great video of the Baldwin Hills damn break in 1963..
    It's very interesting...explains the area, Inglewood oil fields..

    http://youtu.be/G8TCgreOqco

    February 27, 2013

  • david s.

    still trying to find my car in the dark...lol

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Rex! Hike was beautiful, just what I needed!

    February 27, 2013

  • Steven F.

    Hike was amazing

    February 27, 2013

  • Lee A.

    got stuck in traffic and couldn't get there in-time...sorry!

    February 27, 2013

  • Rathna

    Sorry Rex, not able to make it today

    February 27, 2013

  • Joy

    I wish I could go....

    February 27, 2013

  • Rathna

    Tentative for now, will try to get off work early

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Next week for sure! Work schedule changed again.

    February 27, 2013

  • Heiko

    Hi, I'm Heiko! I'm new to this group and looking forward to meet you tomorrow!

    February 26, 2013

  • Laura

    Have a conflict. Will try to meet up with you guys for dinner if I can! Will miss joining you! Have fun!

    February 25, 2013

  • AgapeSoul S.

    Boo Rex! Too early! I wouldn't be able to make it until 5.

    Maybe I'll just crash the garlic fest... ;-)

    February 24, 2013

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