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 Long Beach.
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The path starts on El Segundo Blvd. just east of N. Pamelee Ave.
Directions to the Start
Transit Take the Metro Blue Line to the Compton Station. Head west on Compton Blvd to the river channel and then you can ride up or down river.
Car Get to the 105 (Century) fwy. Exit on Central Ave. Head south a few blocks and make a left on El Segundo Blvd.
Starting Point Parking
On weekends, the Centennial High School parking lot on El Segundo Blvd. should be open and have space. If not there is limited street parking on El Segundo Blvd.
The path ends at Del Amo Blvd. near the Metro Blue Line station.
Ending Point Parking
Street parking near Del Amo Metro Blue Line Station
Cut-over to LA River Bike Path: Just head east on Del Amo Blvd 1/4 of mile to see the main channel and join up with the LA River bike path.
Cressey-Gonzales Park - Recently renovated with a new boys and girls baseball fields, a gym, pool, and food court.
Raymond Street Park - 400 (block) West Raymond Street – 2.5 acres. This park has children’s playground apparatus, a junior baseball diamond and restrooms
Compton High School - Home of some notable professional athletes, musicians, and other figures.