The trail starts here at the El Monte reservoir. The San Gabriel
are in the distance.
The Rio Hondo trail passes directly under the approach into El Monte
The Rio Hondo nature center is one of the many sights in the Whittier Narrow region. If you head east from here, you will first pass Legg Lake and then end up at the 4 corners junction of the San Gabriel river trail. If you go south, you will continue along the Rio Hondo trail to the LA river junction and finally end up at the Long Beach harbor.
Oil field equipment in the Whittier Narrows region.
Unfortunately, the bike trail is well marked with grafitti from the local gangs.
A common sight along the LARIO trail. This time, the trail stops
several miles South of the Whittier Narrows region. I have not yet been
able to ride through the central section due to the ongoing
A 360 degree panoramic view along the LA River just south of the 405 freeway.
Approaching Long Beach in the late afternoon. Several tall harbor cranes are visible in the distance.
The trail ends at the harbor where it joins up with the scenic Long Beach bike trail.
Rating: * *
Season: Anytime -- Summer can be quite hot.
Difficulty: Moderate (due to length) -- trail is often unpassible due to ongoing construction.
Hazards: Significant gang activity, broken glass from drunks, strong offshore winds.
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