La’s best bike routes: Ballona Creek

Just around the corner from our Culver City offices, the BALLONA CREEK BIKE PATH is a ride that won’t disappoint.

In just over half an hour, with some help from Electron Wheel traversing the light terrain, we rode from our office to the beach along this Westside route. Keep in mind we took our time taking pictures and enjoying the scenery so you could probably complete the ride in even less time:)

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The Ballona Creek Bike Path heads West from Culver City for about seven miles from Syd Kronenthal Park in east Culver to above the Marvin Braude Bike Trail in Playa del Rey. The paved path is suitable for riders of all abilities and offers picturesque views of the Ballona Wetlands, the Baldwin Hills, the Santa Monica Mountains, and Marina Del Ray.

We definitely recommend making a pitstop at the Milton Street Park and for sure taking your time along Marina Del Ray. We spotted a sailing school in action as well as some stellar views of the Marina. The path will end (or begin) at the Marvin Braude Bike Trail (previously known as the Strand) which is another highly recommended coastal ride.

The path is paved for it’s entirety and in good condition. There are multiple points you can enter the trail, the first one being at National Blvd near Syd Kronenthal Park and the last one being the Pacific Avenue Bridge. We jumped on at Duquesne Avenue and from what we can tell there is some street parking available at most of the entrances. Here’s a great resource for locating the entrances http://ballonacreek.org/bike-path/.

For more info on the Ballona Creek Bike Path, check out http://ballonacreek.org/bike-path/