Arroyo Seco Bike Path

Los Angeles, California 90039

Elevation Gain212ft
Trailhead Elevation412ft
Elevation Min/Max387/533ft
Elevation Start/End412/412ft

Arroyo Seco Bike Path

Arroyo Seco Bike Path is a hiking and biking trail in Los Angeles, California. It is 2.2 miles long and begins at 412 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 212 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking and a parking. Along the trail there are restrooms.

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Down by the Los Angeles River (Wilderness Press)
Joe Linton
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"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 relatively short at this point, but it provides good connectivity to parks along the Arroyo in this area. It’s actually a comparatively pleasant and quiet experience, as the sound of the adjacent Pasadena Freeway is muffled when you’re below grade." Read more
Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster)
John McKinney
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"Construction of a superhighway between Los Angeles and Pasadena was a dream that began with the motoring age. Arroyo Seco Parkway, the nation’s first freeway, opened to traffic the day before the 1941 Tournament of Roses Parade. But before Arroyo Seco became a parkway, it became a park. In the 1920s, a sand and gravel company was digging up the arroyo near Avenue 43 and an irate local citizenry demanded that Los Angeles buy the riverbed and convert it to a park. Arroyo Seco Park was constructed from 1927 to 1930. The Chamber of Commerce and City Council next decided a “parkway” leading through the park would be a wonderful asset to the city. Depression-era WPA workers helped build the first stretch of road, about six miles long, which extended from Pasadena to Avenue 22 in Los Angeles. The financial cost? The then-remarkable sum of a million dollars a mile. Motorists came from all over the Southland just to drive back and forth on the parkway, free of stop signs and stop lights." Read more

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