Hiking

Ben and Rhys on Bishop Peak
Ben and Rhys on Bishop Peak

Maps, Guides and Logs

One of my greatest joys is being outdoors in a wide open space with nothing made by man in sight. At times, I do have to come back to reality, and occasionally when I do, I will share routes, guides, maps, and from time to time, gear recommendations.

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There are 2 types of templates that I am working on for this section, one which is a general hiking trail guide, like all-trails, and the other is a hiker log website which you can paste in your .gpx files to generate a log page with a map and other data.

Bluff Creek Trail

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AKA LMU Trail, AKA Westchester fireroad trail

Latitude
33° 58' 31.08"
Longitude
-119° 35' 17.16"

The Bluff Creek trail is a nice mostly flat partially paved/dirt path that traverses the bluff just under LMU. Recommended as a loop with a couple mile trail and then couple miles walking in Playa Vista through Oberrieder park.

Oberrieder Park

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The happiest place on earth

Latitude
33° 58' 18.48"
Longitude
-119° 34' 45.80"

Oberrieder Park includes a dog park, a basketball court, a paddle tennis court, picnic tables with grills, and a beautiful walking path along a wetland with views of the bluffs under LMU.

Bluff Trail

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The western extension of the Bluff Creek trail

Latitude
33° 57' 53.28"
Longitude
-119° 34' 21.76"

A short 1.5 mile trail located just west of LMU along the bluff beside the One Westbluff neighborhood. This trail has views of the ocean, the marina and the Ballonas Ecological Preserve.

Jet Pets

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Private dog friendly open space that allows hikers

Latitude
33° 57' 27.00"
Longitude
-119° 33' 57.60"

Jet Pets is an animal transportation company located in Playa Del Rey very close to LAX. They have a large field on their property that is fenced in and they keep it open most days and allow you to walk your dog there.

Ballona Creek Bike Path

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Part of Park to Playa Trail

Latitude
33° 57' 56.02"
Longitude
0° 00' %!f(int64= 00)"

The Ballona Creek Bike Path parallels Ballona Creek while connecting the Pacific Ocean at Marina Del Rey with Culver City. The trail connects with a beach path that continues south to Redondo Beach while at the north, Dusquesne Avenue connects the bike path with the eastern portions of the Park to Playa Trail.

Ballona Wetlands

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Ecological Preserve

Latitude
33° 57' 56.16"
Longitude
-119° 33' 38.52"

Ballona contains a complex mosaic of habitats defined mainly by hydrology, including wetland habitats, such as brackish and freshwater marshes, seasonally flooded freshwater wetlands, salt pans, riparian and upland habitats, like coastal sage scrub and sand dunes. Many wildlife species, especially birds, utilize more than one habitat type – thus the juxtaposition of these habitats next to one another, also known as heterogeneity, which is important for biodiversity.

Del Rey Lagoon

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The Lagoon beside the beach

Latitude
33° 57' 36.00"
Longitude
-119° 32' 60.00"

Del Rey Lagoon is a 14-acre park in the beach neighborhood of Playa Del Rey. This park features lighted baseball fields, basketball courts, and playground. There is a parking lot availability for visitors.