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The Los Angeles River Trail (Greenway/Bike Path)

Location In the City of Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California—connecting approximately seven miles from the north side of Griffith Park at Riverside Drive (at Zoo Drive) along the Los Angeles River to Barclay Street in Elysian Valley, north of Downtown L
State(s) California
Counties Los Angeles County
Type Greenway
Urban Trail
Length 7.00 Miles / 11.27 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Heritage and History
Roller/Inline Skating
Wildlife Observation
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: LA River Trail at the SMMC/MRCA Marsh Park
LA River Trail at the SMMC/MRCA Marsh Park

The Los Angeles River flows 51 miles through the nation's second-largest urban region. The Los Angeles River Trail helps to tell the story of the founding of Los Angeles and its survival via its relationship to water resources. From the diaries of Franciscan missionary Father Juan Crespí, we know that a settlement party led by Spanish explorer Captain Gaspar de Portolà, which included people of Native American, African and European heritage, journeyed more than one-thousand miles across the desert from present-day northern Mexico and established a farming community in September 1781 largely because of the river's presence as a water supply. The party stopped on the banks of the river and declared the area “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula” or “The Town of Our Lady the Queen of Angels of the Little Portion,” which has grown into modern Los Angeles.

The river flowed freely across a vast floodplain—varying its seasonal path by many miles—but was channelized in concrete after devastating floods in the 1910s and 1930s. The US Army Corps of Engineers led the effort to channelize the river and that has allowed millions of people to populate its historic floodplain. Today, efforts are underway to restore ecological value to the river in order to encourage the proliferation of native species and respect to it as a natural and cultural heritage resource.

Population of the river's vast (approximately 870- (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available



The trail may be accessed from many points—near the intersection of the 134 and 5 Freeways from Griffith Park and the LA Zoo (along Zoo Drive), from Universal Studios (along Forest Lawn Drive), from the cities of Burbank and Glendale (across Riverside Drive), and, paralleling the 5 Freeway, from Glendale, Los Feliz, and Atwater Village at Los Feliz Boulevard (west bank), from Los Feliz, Glendale, and Atwater Village at Glendale Boulevard/Hyperion Avenue (west bank), from Glassell Park and Silver Lake at Crystal Street and Fletcher Drive (west bank), and from Elysian Valley at various points on the west bank, including Marsh Street, Knox Avenue, Riverdale Avenue, Oros and Barclay Streets


Additional Information

Width: 127 inches.

Primary Surface: Asphalt

Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 1%

Elevation Low Point: 350

Elevation High Point: 460

Year Designated: 2012

Date Last Updated: ---


Contact Information

Public Contact:
Michelle Mowery
Senior Projects Coordinator; Bicycle Programs
City of LA Dept. of Transportation
100 S. Main Street, 9th Floor
Los Angeles , CA 90012
(213) 972-4962


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
City of LA Bicycle Map Brochure View/Download
LA River Trail: Alex Baum Bicycle Bridge Over Los Photo View/Download
LA River Trail: Anza National Trail Marker at Ratt Photo View/Download
LA River Trail: Elysian Valley Gateway Park Photo View/Download
LA River Trail Sign at Crystal Street Entrance Photo View/Download
LA River Trail Entrance at Crystal Street, Facing Photo View/Download
LA River Trail: Great Heron Gates at Fletcher Driv Photo View/Download
LA River Trail Sign Near Griffith Park at Zoo Driv Photo View/Download
LA River Trail: Facing Downstream from Marsh Park Photo View/Download
LA River Trail: Mile Marker with Heron Design Photo View/Download
LA River Trail: Near the Verdugo Wash Confluence ( Photo View/Download
LA River Trail Sign at Glendale Boulevard Entrance Photo View/Download
Bicycle LA Website View/Download
City of LA's LA River Revitalization Master Plan W Website View/Download
Audubon Center at Debs Park--Access Brochure of "A Website View/Download
Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority--M Website View/Download
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy--Manages Parkla Website View/Download
Friends of the Los Angeles River Website View/Download
LA River Revitalization Brochure in English, Spani Website View/Download
LA Conservation Corps--Includes Youth of the LA Ri Website View/Download
LA District of the US Army Corps of Engineers--Ope Website View/Download



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