Down by the Los Angeles River  by Joe Linton

Down by the Los Angeles River Guide Book

by Joe Linton (Wilderness Press)
Down by the Los Angeles River  by Joe Linton
Unknown to many Angelenos, the Los Angeles River wends its way through LA, from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. For years, much of the river has been culverted in concrete channels, hidden from view except as an occasional backdrop to gritty Hollywood movies scenes. Recently, the river has seen a renaissance, with organizations such as Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) working with local groups to revitalize the landscape with new parklands that combine natural beauty and urban artistic creativity. Down by the Los Angeles River presents a river that reflects the heart of LA itself. Travel with FoLAR guide and fine artist Joe Linton on more than 40 walking, biking, and driving tours that explore the parks, artwork, pathways, historic bridges, and natural areas along the 51 miles of river. Filled with beautiful original illustrations by Linton, this guide is as unique as the river itself.

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Trails from the "Down by the Los Angeles River" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 39.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 39.

The Arroyo Seco Bike Path offers a rare in-channel experience. The bikeway is essentially a slab laid in the bottom of the trapezoidal channel. The stream runs alongside the path. The bikeway is relat ...
Pasadena, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 2.1
Atwater River Walk is one of the first and largest pocket parks along the soft-bottom Glendale Narrows. Cottonwood and sycamore trees planted there in the mid-1990s are getting nice and tall. The walk ...
Glendale, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 1
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This park is named after the film star who reportedly lived in one of the large houses along Rancho Ave., across from the park. This walk is in the upstream end of the Glendale Narrows, which is my fa ...
Glendale, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 1.2
The Bosque Del Rio Hondo Park (Spanish for “forest of the deep river”) is a 5-acre park within the 277-acre Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, a lush and wild natural area with excellent bird-watching ...
Montebello, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 3.8
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Brown’s Creek debouches into the Los Angeles River near Mason Ave. in the West San Fernando Valley community of Winnetka. The Brown’s Creek Bike Path is a relatively short bikeway that serves mainly a ...
Simi Valley, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 1.5
Two new bikeways opened on Compton Creek in the spring of 2005. The Compton Creek Bike Path is the first phase of a planned greenway trail system that will transform this tributary from a neglected ut ...
Compton, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 2.9
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The Compton Creek Regional Garden Park is an ambitious vision for change that is supported by the community, the city of Compton, and county and federal elected officials. The project opened in 2005 w ...
Compton, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2.5
The Cornfields is a highly visible and important historic site for the region. The former rail yard was slated for warehouse construction, but in the late 1990s, FoLAR and the Chinatown Yards Alliance ...
Los Angeles, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2.3
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The Dominguez Gap is an area in North Long Beach where two side-channel wetlands parallel the Los Angeles River from just upstream of the 405 Freeway to upstream of Compton Creek. This walk showcases ...
Long Beach, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 1.9
The beauty of the Los Angeles River through downtown derives not from its natural wonders, but from its urban ones. This walk features four of the more than a dozen prominent historic bridges dating f ...
Los Angeles, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2.5
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From Egret Park, located at the downstream end of the scenic Glendale Narrows, you can observe the contrast in the river where the soft bottom ends and miles of concrete begin. This walk features seve ...
Glendale, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 3.4
Ernie’s Walk is the earliest community effort to revitalize the Los Angeles River. Begun by retired local resident Ernie La Mere in 1987, the formerly folksy garden site was refurbished by the county ...
Burbank, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 0.6
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This walk begins where the concrete ends. Below Willow Street in Long Beach, the river has an earthen bottom with sides reinforced by boulder riprap levees. The walk features native plantings, pocket ...
Long Beach, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2
The Glendale Narrows bikeway parallels the unpaved, soft-bottom LA River, making it a great way to see some of the nicest parts of the river. This section features various mini-parks, historic bridges ...
Glendale, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 8.3
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The Hansen Dam Bike Path is popular with pedestrians, runners, and bicyclists. The path, which runs along the top of Hansen Dam on the Tujunga Wash in Lake View Terrace, features expansive views of th ...
Glendale, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 2.5
Hansen Dam is a very popular place for pedestrians, runners, equestrians, and bicyclists—a sort of beach bike path for the families of the north San Fernando Valley. The dam’s massive size is an indic ...
Burbank, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2.5
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The Lario Bike Trail is longest river bikeway in the LA River watershed and can be combined with connecting bikeways for even longer rides (but don’t worry, there are plenty of parks along the way whe ...
Long Beach, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 23.5
The Village Gardens, located in Sherman Oaks, is a short stretch of the LA River where one bank has been reclaimed by the neighbors and where the state has created a mini-park on the other bank, compl ...
Burbank, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 1.2
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I am frequently asked how to bike the whole river, or how to bike from the Glendale Narrows LA River Bike Path to the beach. While I don’t recommend this ride for folks other than the most dedicated c ...
Los Angeles, CA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 55
With its pocket parks, bike paths, public art, and the only riverside café in LA, Los Feliz is an excellent place for experiencing the LA River. This soft-bottom stretch is popular with walkers, runne ...
Glendale, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2.6
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