This lovely biking experience takes you through much of the
2000-acre Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area, one of the
soft-bottom stretches of the river. You’ll see verdant
trees and plants here, and a healthy array of birdlife.
Along this meandering bike loop, you’ll see Angelenos
engaged in all manner of physical activities. You’ll
also catch glimpses of the river – yes, that is the LA
River; and yes, here it does look like a real river! We
recommend a nine-mile loop, but the ride can easily be
broken up into smaller segments, depending on your time and
needs. Although the condition of the bike path varies from
section to section, it is generally well-maintained. Some
sections are smooth enough for rollerbladers and
skateboarders, so be ready to share the road. A 2.5-mile
section of the path passes through the serene core of Lake
Balboa Park and adjoining Woodley Avenue Park. This ride
offers all the basic amenities: water, restrooms,
playgrounds and and picnic tables, plus extras like boat and
equipment rentals, fishing, golf courses and ball fields,
etc. In Woodley Avenue Park you’ll find Japanese
gardens, cricket fields, a wildlife preserve, and even field
for radio-controlled aircraft.
Read more about "Sepulveda Basin Bike Loops"...
Though technically not alongside the river, Griffith Park is
close enough to allow serious forays to/from the channel.
The rides here are tree lined, scenic and well maintained.
How far you explore depends on your ambitions, of course,
as well as those of your traveling companions. The
simplest approach is taking Zoo Drive at Riverside Dr. to
the north, or Crystal Springs Drive at Los Feliz Boulevard
to the south. The two roads join within the park, where they
form a nine-mile scenic loop. This loop, in conjunction with
the LA River Bike Path, traverses higher ground that
overlooks the river.
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This 7.4 mile path takes you along one of the nicest
soft-bottom sections of the river. Sure, there’s a
concrete bank and yes, it runs at times alongside the
traffic on I-5 traffic. But the best parts of it take you
through a prettier, greener section, and ends near the spot
where the city of Los Angeles was founded. The upper part
of the route, which passes through the Glendale
Narrows, offers unfettered views of the majestic San
Gabriel Mountains. Though traffic in the area is steady,
it’s rarely congested. For much of the route, the bike
path drops below grade, which helps to drown out the
interstate. The lower part of the route, beginning near
Atwater Village, has a series of islands in the river, with
gentle whitewater rapids bubbling between them. Birds and
fish abound here, making it one of the best birding
locations in Southern California. Herons, egrets, ducks,
geese and kingfishers go about their business as hawks,
eagles circle above. The area is filled with human wildlife,
too, with walkers, joggers, bicyclists, horseback
riders, fishermen and artists enjoying the scenery.
Read more about "Glendale Narrows / Elysian Valley Bike Path"...
This 2.5-mile jaunt up and over the Hansen Dam travels a
wide asphalt path. A favorite of those living in the area,
it’s also a fun, quick trek for tourists. You’ll get
fantastic views of Little Tujunga Canyon in Lake View
Terrace, of Big Tujunga Canyon in Sunland, as well as the
Angeles National Forest and the San Fernando Valley. On
busier days, you’ll find concession trucks parked in the
lot, near the path’s origin. Soak up the views -- and the
sun -- as you bike across the dam, and be sure to pause in
the middle for a look down the face of the dam itself. The
descent to Wentworth Street marks the end of the ride.
Simply reverse direction and head back to the starting
point. For an eight-mile loop, however, turn left on
Wentworth St. and ride it to its end at Foothill Blvd. Turn
left on Foothill, then left at Osborne Street, and you’ll
find yourself back at the starting point.
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The joys of this serene, shaded 2.2-mile jaunt more than
offset its patchwork quality. The route traverses a
wonderful city parkway with intimate neighborhoods as it
heads from Pasadena down towards the confluence with the LA
River. The route offers the unusual experience of
in-channel riding, where you pass beneath a string of
beautifully designed bridges as you ride a curving path
beside the steadily bubbling creek and under sycamore
trees. You’re never more than a stone’s throw away
from large and lush parks here.
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A northern extension of the LaRio Bike Path, this path is
roughly demarcated by the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area
at Rush Street. The route saunters for a few miles through
smooth, gently sloping parkland, then straightens to make a
four-mile beeline through Rosemead to Peck Road Park in El
Monte. On the way you see the river make a dramatic
transition from a concrete channel into the natural-bottomed
narrows. Heading north, where a series of washes feed into
the river, you’ll pass the El Monte airport, a great place
to rest and watch the planes as they take off and
land. When you arrive at Peck Road Park you can explore the
pathways, or cross the bike path that connects to the
mile-long Santa Anita bike path spur. Again, this is
virtually all the same trail. When it dead-ends, turn back.
Read more about "LaRio/Upper Rio Hondo / Santa Anita Wash"...
Some of the most interesting glimpses into hidden Los
Angeles can be found along the tributaries that form the
larger Los Angeles River watershed. This bike path unveils a
sequence of varying landscapes -- patches of wetland
wilderness, surprisingly barren vistas, the greenery of
modest suburban neighborhoods and inner city vegetable
gardens, the grit of industrial smoke stacks. It’s all
found amid the easy curves and straight-aways that wend
their way through the undulating hills. Whether you’re
looking for an easy family bike outing, or a heart-pounding
workout, you’ll find it here.
Read more about "LaRio Bike Trail / Lower Rio Hondo"...
Compton Creek is a nearly 6 mile ride. The upper section,
just under three miles long, parallels the creek. It’s a
more urban ride along vertical concrete walls. Sycamore
trees line portions of the lower route, which runs just
under two miles. The river bed itself has a natural bottom
here, and produces an abundance of plants that attract a
varied bird population. Walkers, joggers, bicyclists and the
occasional horseback rider also frequent the area. At the
end of the line, just downstream from the Del Amo Metro
Station, Compton Creek joins the LA River. (Take Del Amo
Boulevard east to the river, turn right, go south for a
short bit until you hit the confluence.) You get expansive
views of the LA Basin and its surrounding mountain ranges
here. Across the river, you can pick up the South County LA
River Bike Trail, which heads north to Vernon and south to
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The South County trail, which begins south of downtown Los
Angeles in the town of Vernon, runs for 5.8 miles. Combined
with the adjoining LaRio Bike Trail, though, it creates
close to 17 miles of straightaway biking. For
distance-hungry riders, this offers a great open stretch of
unfettered bikeway along the LA River.
Although this stretch, with all its concrete, seems
monotonous and not too scenic, the lower half of the river
continues to support a robust bird population. Greening
projects in the working-class riverside neighborhoods of
Maywood, Cudahy and South Gate play a lead role in bringing
greater variety to the physical and social aspects of the
Read more about "South County Bike Path"...
The end of the LaRio Trail along the LA River separates into
four distinct yet interconnected bikeways that branch
throughout the shoreline area. Although not a high-speed
or rigorous set of paths, this is a prime location for urban
liveliness and local color. Long Beach has done a great
job to make this area enticing for whatever your particular
interest may be. The Queensway Bay Bike Path runs for .08
miles from the RMS Queen Mary, along the shoreline, over the
bridge at the estuary of the LA River, and back to where it
meets the Shoreline Bike Path. The one-mile Shoreline path
starts at the lighthouse in Shoreline Aquatic Park, juts out
and around the Aquarium and the Rainbow Park Lagoon in the
other direction, then returns to the water, intersecting the
Long Beach Marina Bike Path in one direction, and the Long
Beach Bike Path, which heads south along the coast. The
Marina path is a simple spur that curves for .07 miles
through the marina. At 4.6 miles, the Long Beach path
offers a longer, straighter excursion. Relatively
uncongested, it ends in Belmont Shore, at the Bayshore
Aquatic Playground Park. If you really want a workout,
keep going and find your way along the coast to Tijuana.
Read more about "Long Beach Shoreline Bike Paths"...