Thursday, September 5, 2013

Car-free LA: Highway 110 secret path by Dodger Stadium and Elysian Park

The "Car-free LA" series profiles rideable terrain in and around Los Angeles that separates you from the endless stream on cars. All are rideable by road bikes unless otherwise noted.

This hidden trail hugs the side of the 110 freeway as it cuts through the hills in Elysian Park, just north of downtown LA. It can be used as a clever connector between the southern terminus of the LA River trail and downtown, avoiding an otherwise extended detour through industrial parts northeast of the downtown core.

Finding the trail the first time on either side can be a bit tricky. Here are a few pics to help:

Northern access point on Avenue 26 where it runs under the 110 freeway. Take the stairs in between the two overpasses.

Picture of the trail heading southbound

Southern access point. The entrance is on Stadium Way, just east of the 110 overpass. You can see the southbound overpass and northbound underpass in this picture.

It requires some hike-a-bike up stairs on the northern side, and I wouldn't really recommend it at night given it's remote location. As the Strava name for this segment suggests (not my naming, by the way), it can be a bit dodgy. But that is part of the fun ;)

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