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The Beach At LAX  
User currently offlineTriley1057 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 1999, 461 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 5 months 23 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

I recently moved to Long Beach and last Saturday I flew out of LAX for the first time in a long time on a flight to Sacramento. For all of you LAX spotters, is it possible to get on the beach at the end of the runways or is it a restricted area? It seems like it would be an excellent spot to see planes take off. Also, someone metioned a great spot to view planes was on top of some hill? Can someone please repeat that information?

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User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1927 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 22 hours ago) and read 1796 times:

Yeah, it's called Dockweiler State Beach. Great waves! If you hang out there, and get some sun, the planes fly right above you and you can watch them ascend, level off, and turn which ever way they are going. I reccommend it. The only slight problem is that the planes usually take off half way down the runway, and then there's about a mile from the halfway mark to the ocean, so by then they are a little high up, but still very close!

Also, for that hill, you're thinking of Imperial Hill. That is one, I think, that is by 25L. There's a better one I know of called Sandpiper Road. It looks all the way down 24R/L and all that side of LAX.

By the way, neither of these are "hills" but merely roads that are on an incline but have a great view.

So check out Dockweiler Beach.... Imperial Hill... and Sandpiper.

And it's my duty as an LAX fan and resident to say that you MUST go to the In N' Out on Sepulveda ON the 24R flight path centerline. Amazing hamburgers and even better view!!!



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User currently offline9Q-CLI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 22 hours ago) and read 1766 times:

The beach is not restricted ( it's a State beach ).
For the hill, the street is Sandpiper Street off Pershing drive.( Playa Del Rey area )

Hope this helps,

Stefan


User currently offlineATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1378 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 22 hours ago) and read 1757 times:

Hey Qantas you cant park on Sandpiper anymore, they will even give you grief if you stand up their. Qantas did you ever go to that street that was just North of Lincoln that ran near 24L and R before they stopped parking their? It was great to watch them roar by you with full reverse thrust going.


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User currently offlineDelta-flyer From United States of America, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 2676 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 21 hours ago) and read 1710 times:

I like to stay at the Sheraton or Marriott on Century Blvd. when I am in LA so I can get some great in-room views of the south pair of runways as well as approaches to the north pair. Too bad I'm hardly in my room during daylight, except for early am.

Pete


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7456 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 20 hours ago) and read 1671 times:

The Hilton is very nice. Located between both runways. You can also go to the Proudbird rest. and watch 25L approaches.There are even porta -pots their.


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User currently offlineBhmal From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 140 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 20 hours ago) and read 1660 times:

United_Fan,

I've stayed at that Hilton a few times also. Terrific views. Where is the Proudbird rest you're talking about?

I'd be interested to try it next time I'm there.


User currently offlineBombayhog From United States of America, joined May 2001, 557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 19 hours ago) and read 1631 times:

In late 2000 I was in Los Angeles for a few days, and I made a trip to the airport one night to see if I could find some good places to spot. I ended up on a hill (I don't remember the name) that was right by the ocean, and had a couple planes thunder over me. It was very cool. But then after about five minutes the cops arrived and told me to get the hell out of there. I don't know if it's always like that, but it didn't seem like they were too fond of people spotting when I was there.

/gwl


User currently offlineRydawg82 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 858 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 18 hours ago) and read 1595 times:

ATAL1011 asked a good question....Westchester Parkway had a road that ran up close to 24L, when I was there in August you could still park up on a side street *sort of on an incline* post 9-11 have they shut this road down????

Also has anyone tried spotting in the B and C long term lots? Ryan



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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7456 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 17 hours ago) and read 1560 times:

I don't know the name of the road that Proudbird is on,but it's on the road that is at the beginning of 25L it's the same road that the cargo complex is on.There are a buch of old warplanes in the front of it.


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User currently offlineATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1378 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 1551 times:

Its on Aviation Bl and like 109s to 111st


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User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2789 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 14 hours ago) and read 1515 times:

I'd highly recommend the LAX Hilton, particularly the executive lounge. They have great views of the south complex. You can enjoy a nice drink and read the newspaper while listening to the incessant roars of heavy departures. Additionally, the In-N-Out is a great place to watch arrivals. 24R arrivals are so close that you can spit at the planes!

User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 13 hours ago) and read 1511 times:

The reason maybe you were chased off the hill is because there is some kind of butterfly sanctuary between whatever road that is on the west end and the beach.

I recall seeing some kind of sign that said blue butterfly sanctuary.


User currently offlineHB-IQF From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 103 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (12 years 5 months 13 hours ago) and read 1499 times:

@ all LAX based:

I agree completely about the In-N-Out ! Was there 2 years ago, great !!! But where should a european Spotter deffenitly go by now. I think a lot changed since 9-11 . 2 years ago it was so easy and cool, driving around the cargo Area checking out all of these parking lots, and the aproach. Made a lot of very good pics there. For me it was one of my best spots in the US.  Big thumbs up

Greethings from Germany
Marco
 Smokin cool




User currently offlineFly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3149 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 12 hours ago) and read 1486 times:
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