Los Angeles River Bike Path

Griffith Park, California

Elevation Gain356ft
Trailhead Elevation457ft
Elevation Min/Max322/457ft
Elevation Start/End457/457ft

Los Angeles River Bike Path

Los Angeles River Bike Path is a hiking and biking trail in Los Angeles, California. It is within Griffith Park and Egret Park. It is 7.2 miles long and begins at 457 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 356 feet. Along the trail there is drinking water. This trail connects with the following: Marsh Street Path and Gilroy Street Path.

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Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster)
John McKinney
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"Viewed in the soft light of a winter rain, and from its most verdant vantage point, this river inspires the plein-air painter—a low, slow, but steady flow past sculpted sand bars and several tiny isles, by willow-lined banks and driftwood-strewn beaches. Musical accompaniment is offered by croaking bullfrogs, the rusty-hinge sounding call of the red-winged black bird, and by the river itself, bubbling over its cobble bed. When the rain stops and the misty curtain parts, L.A.’s namesake river is a different picture indeed. In harsher light, and from most vista points along its 51mile length, the river looks just like what it is—a concrete channelized viaduct built with the same aesthetics, environmental consciousness and sensitivity to neighborhood integrity as the freeways that cross and parallel it." Read more
Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster)
John McKinney
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"The eastside riverside revival is underway. More parks, more pathways, more people accessing the river from the east bank. Friends of Atwater Village is one organization active in river restoration efforts. Atwater, and other neighborhoods east of the river had, over the years, walled itself off from the waterway, but now is embracing the east bank as a greenway and as a community asset. At Fletcher Drive, the east bank hiker is welcomed with the Zen-named “Water with Rocks” park and a decorative gateway that interprets that theme. At Glendale Boulevard, the pedestrian encounters Red Car River Park. This park pays homage to the Pacific Electric Red Cars Glendale/ Burbank line that carried passengers to and from downtown L.A. and via a trestle that spanned the L.A. River. From the park, you can look out and see six large concrete pillars that once supported this passageway across the river." Read more
Down by the Los Angeles River (Wilderness Press)
Joe Linton
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"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, runners, and even dogs and horses. The walk features the infamous river cats, painted by Leo Limón on storm drain outlets, and views of the downtown skyline. Access Note: Although many people visit this area every day, this trip may include places that are not yet officially open to the public." Read more

Los Angeles River Bike Path Reviews

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This hike should be placed low on your priority. While the river is historic, yes there really is a Los Angeles River, it is in the middle of an industrial area, filled with graffiti, warnings by gangs, and noise. I started at the Los Angeles River Center expecting some information on the area. I found a beautiful Spanish garden with no information on the area.
$Millions have been spent on the bike way along the river, still under construction, with few riders on the day I was their.

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Trail Information

Griffith Park
Nearby City
Egret Park

Activity Feed

Dec 2018