Los Angeles might be a beautiful city to explore by car, but there are many areas that you simply can’t reach in a vehicle. Even areas that can be explored in your automobile are often easier to enjoy when you’re not moving so quickly.
Fortunately for L.A. residents, there are a lot of fantastic bike paths, trails, and areas for people who like to get out on two wheels instead of four. This article will outline just a few of Los Angeles’ most popular bike paths you should consider checking out during your visit.
Marvin Braude / Pacific Coast Bike Path
One of the most iconic bike paths in all of Los Angeles runs along the Pacific coast. This is a very long path, so the most durable of riders will be delighted to know that you can bike all the way from Culver City to Palos Verdes.
The path can be accessed from all manner of areas along the coast. It’s fairly easy to spot. If you bike straight down to the path, you can avoid paying for expensive parking.
Ballona Creek Bike Path
The Ballona Creek Bike Path runs 7.4 miles, all the way from Culver City to Playa Del Ray. The safest and most comfortable place to start biking this path is on Duquesne Avenue in Culver City. The path is accessible before this, but it’s not very well-maintained.
Fortunately, there’s plenty of parking along Duquesne Avenue for those who don’t mind carrying their bike in their car. Those who would prefer to avoid driving at all can take the Expo Line, which stops nearby.
Devil’s Canyon Dam Trail
The most natural and beautiful path on this list is also the one that is least often discussed.
The trail is nestled in the San Gabriel Mountains and runs 7.5 miles from Highway 39 all the way to the Cogswell Dam.
The pathway runs alongside a creek that runs from the dam. Riders will find themselves enamored by trees, natural grass, and cliffs that populate the Angeles National Forest, where the trail can be found.
Adding to the beauty is the fact that the trail is closed to public traffic. This means that there will be nobody but you, your bike, nature, and any other enthusiasts who happen to be riding this lesser-known trail.
The Rose Bowl Loop
The Rose Bowl is one of the best urban biking spots. It loops around the Rose Bowl Stadium and its surrounding parking lots.
The Rose Bowl Loop is particularly appealing for bikers who are pursuing the sport solely for exercise. There are varying grades of incline in the slope which provide alternating spurts of higher and lower intensity riding.
Griffith Park Trails
Griffith Park is a sprawling area that provides bikers of all types with a number of different opportunities.
People opting for a gentle bike ride can head up Crystal Springs Drive. Those interested in a ride that requires a bit more effort might choose to bike up Griffith Park Drive. People interested in a serious workout could attempt to scale some of Griffith Park’s hills – such as Mount Hollywood.
Again, biking through LA isn’t just about getting some exercise. These trails also provide you with a unique way to enjoy parts of the city you might otherwise overlook.