Southern California is known for its stunning shorelines, creating the perfect environment to catch some gnarly waves. However, for those wanting a break from the beach, the area is also home to quite a few scenic bike trails. Check out these five paths the next time you head out for a ride.
Marvin Braude Bike Trail
Easily the most popular bike path in Los Angeles, the Marvin Braude Bike Trail is better known by its nickname: The Strand. The 22-mile bike trail passes through some of the region’s most popular neighborhoods like Santa Monica, Venice and Manhattan Beach. Plenty of places are along the path to shop or get a quick bike to eat.
San Diego is not without its fair share of iconic bike trails. The most popular of these is the Bayshore Bikeway. This 17-mile trail hosts some of the most stunning views of San Diego’s cityscape. Running alongside the city’s picturesque shoreline, this trail also crosses paths with some of the city’s most popular attractions, including the Ferry Landing Marketplace and the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Reserve.
Ojai Valley Trail
Discover the Ojai Valley Trail, located just north of the greater Los Angeles area near the Los Padres National Forest. Even with its close proximity to one of the largest cities in the country, the trail features rural, serene surroundings, making this 9.5-mile trail perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. If you’re still up for more biking once you complete the Ojai Valley Trail, you can start heading down the Ventura River Trail, which connects with the Ojai bike path.
Clovis Old Town Trail
The Clovis Old Town Trail in Fresno County is a testament to the strong sense of community found within the area. Outdoor enthusiasts, environmental groups and local businesses all worked together to plant 4,400 trees along the trail to make it as gorgeous as it is today. The star attraction is the historic Old Town Clovis area, which features a charming 19th century aesthetic with plenty of places to shop and eat.
Glendale Narrows Elysian Valley Bike Path
Another of LA’s most popular bike trials is the Glendale Narrows Elysian Valley Bike Path. While you might find this bike path to be less populated than others in the area, it is no less iconic. Various films and television programs have filmed along the path, including “Grease” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” While you aren’t guaranteed to see any movie stars while biking through the area, what you are sure to see are some of California’s most beautiful examples of flora and fauna.
Whether in the heart of the state’s largest cities or somewhere a little more tranquil, these bike paths are the perfect place to find adventure in the southern California region.
This article is presented by Glenn E. Thomas Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Signal Hill, California.