Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Whittier, CA
Bikes: Specialized Roubaix
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I've done parts of that route quite frequently - here's an example from last year with my favorite route to get from LB to SB: http://app.strava.com/activities/15420443
and of course, SGRT is the main way to get to the beach for me, so I ride that quite a bit.
Check out the path I took from Long Beach down to Seal Beach - that works pretty well IMO. It's confusing at the end of the LA River trail. I would probably stay off the beach path too just because there are so many walkers & dogs clogging up the path (maybe not tomrrow). I would also just get on second street through Naples rather than going up to PCH, and that little loop you do to get on SGRT is unnecessary - there's a bike path entrance on PCH so the path, so just do that.
I'm honestly not sure if the bike path construction is complete around south street / 183rd on the SGRT but I think you can just ride around the fences at this point if it's not. It's certainly more convenient than taking the detour.
I don't know how you're fixed for water but the LA River Trail is a dry, dry path. The only water fountain on the path is pretty far north and it was broken last time I rode through. You can probably find a fountain or two along the beach path between LB and Seal Beach. There's a nice fountain at the end of SGRT (you can see the river's end cafe in seal beach - there's a little public fountain there that I use every time I'm there to refill bottles). I usually bring those little single serve gatorades to flavor the water because let's be honest, LA water tastes like dog poop. Most of the parks along the SGRT will have water fountains so you'll be OK once you get over there.
If you want to stop for a bite to eat, there are a bunch of options near the trail's end in Seal Beach (that cafe, for one).
The LA river trail is a little grungy and turns into a homeless tent-city under every over pass when you get near long beach, but I've never felt like I needed to worry. SGRT doesn't bother me either although I know there are periodic reports of unpleasantness on that trail.
Anyway, looks like a fun ride. Good luck!
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