The Bellflower Pedestrian and Bicycle Trail (signed: Bellflower Bike Trail) is a new 2.3 mile blacktop multipurpose rail trail, which was dedicated in November 2009. It follows the Right of Way of the old Pacific Electric Railway (the Red Cars) across Bellflower. At its zenith in 1925, the PER had over a thousand miles of interurban track in Southern California. The old rails are still there along the trail in many places.
The trail begins at the Ruth R. Caruthers Park and Bellflower Skate Park on the banks of the San Gabriel River. It ends on Lakewood Blvd. at Paseo St. at the border of the City of Paramount. The Right of Way continues across Paramount to be lost at the 105 Freeway on the far side of the L. A. River. The other end continues 16 miles beyond Caruthers Park to end in Santa Ana. Across the river and accessible via a bridge at the park is the 38 mile long San Gabriel River Trail.
The trail has two five foot striped bike lanes and a four foot pedestrian lane. These are separated by a small strip of decomposed granite. The street crossings are on-grade cross at the light crossings. Streets in the area are busy so make sure to cross at the controlled intersections. The trail is well signed and well lighted with attractive street lights the length of the trail. The Depot on Bellflower Blvd. is a must see period piece with restrooms in the baggage shed. There is free parking in the adjacent city lot (2 hour limit).
Parking and Trail Access
Exit the 91 Freeway in Bellflower onto Bellflower Blvd. and head north for 0.6 miles to the Depot. Turn right on Oak St. and then left into the parking lot at the Depot.
THE BELLFLOWER BIKE TRAIL - Riding on the Red Car Line
THE BELLFLOWER BIKE TRAIL
Welcome the Bellflower Bike Trail to the SoCal bike trail family. Dedicated in November of 2009, it is the newest rail-trail on the block. It runs on the Bellflower portion of the old Pacific Electric Railroad Right of Way ...