L.A. River Ramble with the Los Angeles Urban Rangers

Dust off your hiking boots this Thursday, August 4th, as the Los Angeles Urban Rangers in conjunction with MOCA's Engagement Party present a night of exploration along America's most famous forgotten river: the L.A. River Ramble.

Hikers will meet at the The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Little Tokyo, where rangers will be stationed to help you guide through the trails. The Departures team will be there with a film crew to conduct interviews with the hikers and hear their ideas on how to connect the river to the city Downtown.

See below for details of events and hikes that will be available at the ramble:


    THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011, 7-10pm

    Trailhead located at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

    152 North Cental Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90013

    Hone your river-scouting skills during this activity-filled hike to America's most famous forgotten river. Participants will journey through the riparian corridor of art, industry, and infrastructure to explore the past and future of the L.A. River in Downtown and its place in the megalopolis' watershed.

    The event is FREE to the public and no reservations are required.

    Wear sturdy shoes and carry water to avoid blisters and dehydration. Biking the L.A. River Ramble trail is strongly encouraged.

    For further information, please visit moca.org/party or contact education@moca.org. We hope to see you!

    In your service,

    Los Angeles Urban Rangers


  • Water Bar @ Geffen, aka MOCA Lodge Headquarters:

    The River Ramble Hike will begin at the Geffen plaza. The components here will include a Water Bar, video, and an information table w/info & maps for the hikes, and w/Rangers to explain the event.

  • Loop Hike to backcountry Riverside Ranger Station (on Santa Fe, SciArc front parking lot, N half 3rd-4th Sts.)

    A self-guided loop trail to the Station and back follows 2nd to Santa Fe (via 1st, Hewitt), and returns on 3rd and Traction (to Rose, 2nd, Alameda, 1st). Hikers will use a map to follow the route, which we'll also mark w/ arrows on the ground.

  • Backcountry Riverside Ranger Station:

    The backcountry Station has two components: an area where we issue backcountry permits for 2 hikes to the River; and an area for public input on Urban Waterfront Habitat Restoration, i.e. how to connect the River to Downtown. We'll have a bike parking area here.

    Backcountry Hike Permits:  We'll issue permits to hike the Riverfront Trail (Santa Fe) to 2 trails that go to the river: the East-West Connector Trail (1st St. bridge) and the Access Trail (6th St. bridge underpass). We'll encourage hikers to do one trail or the other, and for hikers w/bikes to do 6th St.--though anyone who wants to do both can do that.

    Public Input area: When hikers return, they are invited to share their ideas collectively for how to connect the river to the city Downtown. We'll offer 3 ways to do that. They can write or draw their input together on big sheets of paper, and a KCET film crew will conduct interviews. As inspiration, we'll include visuals from the City of L.A. master plan and other proposed visions.

    The Ranger Station area will also include an Ask-A-Ranger Station--what do you want to know about the River?--and a Library Corner w/brochures and books about the River and the communities on both sides.

  • East-West Connector Trail (guided hike--1st Street Bridge)

    This trail will be the easier of the two hikes as it is a couple short blocks to the backcountry Station. Hikers will ascend the bridge to the River--where we'll address the essential role of the River in LA's past, present, and future--and enjoy the River as a major connecting space in LA. We'll take groups up every 10 minutes.

  • Access Trail (guided hike--6th Street bridge underpass)

    This hike is a much longer spur trail--along Santa Fe to the 6th Street bridge. We'll take a group of hikers, who will have flashlights, through the underpass every 15-20 minutes. We'll stop at the end of the underpass above the River, and here, too, we'll address the essential role of the River in LA's past, present, and future, as well as thepast and future of public access. We'll have a bike parking area near the entrance to the underpass.

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