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Old 05-06-16, 01:02 AM
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Coyote Creek Bike Path?

Hi all, I saw this path running along Beach Blvd. when I drove through on Rosecrans. Where does it start and end? How far? Generally good condition/safe from crime? Thanks.
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just rode a small stretch on tuesday heading north from rosecrans
to imperial. excellent pavement and good signage. didn't even know
it existed before randomly happening upon it. enjoyed the small section
i rode enuff to incorporate into nearby future rides. liked better than
sart and sgrt but haven't researched its particulars.
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Be careful when you ride through the Hawaiian Garden after dark on weekdays. North of Del Amo is nice.
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The N end is between Carmenita and Valley View on Foster Rd. It's easy to miss.

There does seem be a semi permanent bum colony near he swap meet, and a few patches of bad pavement further south.

I've always ridden early mornings The nefarious types usually aren't up then so no idea what it's like in the evenings.

Early mornings, you probably won't see more than a half dozen cyclists or joggers in the entire length.

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I live in South Whittier so I've ridden Coyote Creek all times of the day and night and never encountered any problems. Be careful of debris in the tunnels near the Swap Meet but other than that (and lots of walkers in the morning hours around the park) . . . no worries.

Yes, there are several homeless colonies along Coyote Creek but except for some trash on the trail they haven't caused any problems to my knowledge.

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Several of us rode this from Santa Fe Springs (got on at Foster after getting off the Metrolink) all the way down to the SGRT and Seal Beach. Nice path, good condition, not a lot of others on the trail on a Friday morning, a few homeless camps, but fewer than the SART. Nice ride.
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Nice trail in most parts. You can check it out on TrailLink...

<https://www.traillink.com/trail/coyote-creek-bikeway.aspx>

It joins the San Gabriel River Trail so you can ride all the way to the beach. If you do that, be aware of the winds. Last time I found myself in the afternoon cranking into a brisk breeze blowing up the trail from the coast. Morning are calmer. Ride down in the AM and get blown back in the PM. The regional park at Cerritos on the trail makes a handy trail head.
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Meh, I dislike that trail. Rough pavement, it's hard to know when to cross over to the other side and I always seem to get a flat. I'd rather use SGRT most of the time if I need to go south, even though it's a little further away.

I REALLY wish they'd connect it to that portion up by Imperial that they just reopened last year. It seems silly to have a 4 mile bike trail starting at imperial, then no trail, and then eventually the CC trail.
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Nosing around on google maps in satellite mode, this is weird.

The trail starting on Foster is actually on La Mirada Creek and is titled Coyote Creek Bikeway. it's the one that hooks up to the SGRT. (that's also what I seem to remember the signage saying. Why it doesn't start at Imperial or Leffingwell instead doesn't make much sense either)

There's another Coyote Creek Bikeway trail shown that IS on Coyote Creek, but only goes from Imperial to La Mirada Blvd. (this is the short segment you saw from Beach Blvd.)

Since I'm coming at it over Colima I'd never be far enough east to see that segment, unless I had a suicidal streak and decided to come down Hacienda to Beach Blvd.

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I too just discovered the CCBT. I entered on Rosecrans past Carmenita in Norwalk. The western side of the path was smoothly paved and I encountered very few others, just a handful of cyclists heading north and a few walkers. Easiest spot I found to cross to the eastern side was at Crescent/Centralia, just south of Cerritos Regional Park. As others noted, the eastern side isn't as smoothly paved as the western side. Nothing horrible, just not as smooth. Fortunately this was just a few miles north of the SGRT, where it connects at the bridge south of ElDo Park.
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Cheers for the adventurous spirit in seeking new roads. Somewhere under the Firestone Rail Bridge I lost a piece of my left femur 3 years ago when Caltrans broke State Law and `closed a non-motorized thoroughfare to construct a highway`.

I wasn't the only rider that got hurt navigating their detour. I witnessed another rider lose traction and fall to the side. He was mostly OK, and didn't need medivac. Me, I have 3 new titanium friends I carry with me everywhere.

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Thanks, all. I'll go explore now.
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I enjoy riding the Coyote bike trail and San Gabriel bike trail. I'll usually take the trail straight out to Seal beach, and have a bite to eat at the Rivers End cafe. Afterwards, I'll usually ride out to the Santa Fe Dam.

As for riding the trails at night, I'll avoid them at all cost if possible. On multiple occasions, I've seen groups of 10 or more roaming the trails, and I can tell you that they're not there for a meet and greet, if you know what I'm saying.

Groups like that are looking for trouble. Spraying graffiti, getting drunk, high, throwing beer bottles. If you can avoid the trails at night, do it. If not, make sure to exercise extreme caution in your surroundings.
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I ride on SGRT after dark all the time, but usually only between Whittier Blvd and the 10. Before the sun goes down there are hordes of people walking with their kids, bikes, strollers and whatever else, but it's all family friendly looking stuff to me, and after dark they pretty much evaporate. YMMV. There's a community of people living under the 60 (with propane and generators!) but they don't harass me at all.

I also used to ride SART between Tustin and Green river all the time after dark and never had any issues there either.

Obviously that doesn't mean there ARE no issues, but I didn't encounter any.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
I ride on SGRT after dark all the time, but usually only between Whittier Blvd and the 10. Before the sun goes down there are hordes of people walking with their kids, bikes, strollers and whatever else, but it's all family friendly looking stuff to me, and after dark they pretty much evaporate. YMMV. There's a community of people living under the 60 (with propane and generators!) but they don't harass me at all.

I also used to ride SART between Tustin and Green river all the time after dark and never had any issues there either.

Obviously that doesn't mean there ARE no issues, but I didn't encounter any.
I used to do SGRT Seal Beach to Whittier part all the time. I didn't like the Whittier underpass. I almost had a crash there with a bunch of aggressive group riders from oppositely direction. Between Whittier and I-10, a couple of times I encountered friendly people unfortunately walking their unleashed pit bulls (or mix).
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Originally Posted by hsuehhwa
I used to do SGRT Seal Beach to Whittier part all the time. I didn't like the Whittier underpass. I almost had a crash there with a bunch of aggressive group riders from oppositely direction. Between Whittier and I-10, a couple of times I encountered friendly people unfortunately walking their unleashed pit bulls (or mix).
I agree with you about the Whittier underpass - my wife refuses to ride through that thing anymore.
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I agree with you about the Whittier underpass - my wife refuses to ride through that thing anymore.
That one time, to avoid crash, I had to lean against the wall in the middle of the tunnel, waiting for the big group from opposite direction to pass.

Never figure out the etiquette there. Most of the time there's plenty of space for two solo riders to cross if they slow down. I always just yell to make myself known. For large group rides, they probably need to send a single rider to the other side for traffic control first.
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That one time, to avoid crash, I had to lean against the wall in the middle of the tunnel, waiting for the big group from opposite direction to pass.

Never figure out the etiquette there. Most of the time there's plenty of space for two solo riders to cross if they slow down. I always just yell to make myself known. For large group rides, they probably need to send a single rider to the other side for traffic control first.
Go through in single file and make a lot of noise is your best bet. Trying to go through more than one at a time is asking for a trip to the ER IMHO. People are jerks, news at 9.
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I try to remember to turn on the front blinky before hitting the tunnel, and then usually forget to turn it back off.
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