Laguna Dominguez Trail


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Laguna Dominguez Trail Facts

States: California
Counties: Los Angeles
Length: 2.7 miles
Trail end points: W. 120th Street (Hawthorne) and Manhattan Beach Boulevard (Lawndale)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8765364
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Laguna Dominguez Trail Description

On the southwestern outskirts of Los Angeles, the Laguna Dominguez Trail spans just shy of 3 miles, connecting the cities of Lawndale and Hawthorne (named for famed American author Nathaniel Hawthorne). Sometimes referred to as the Dominguez Channel Trail for the waterway it parallels, the trail is helping to transform this right-of-way along stormwater infrastructure into an urban open space for active living.

The trail's southern end is situated across from El Camino College, providing a convenient route for students to reach the Crenshaw Green Line Station, about a block from the trail's north end. Numerous shops, restaurants, and neighborhoods are also accessible along the paved pathway, which is beautified with native grasses and leafy brush. 

The Alondra Community Regional Park, also on the trail's southern end, offers many recreational amenities, including a golf course, ballfields, pool, splash pad, and small lake.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking and restrooms are available at the southern end of the trail in Alondra Community Regional Park (3850 W. Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Lawndale).

For those taking public transportation, the north end of the trail lies only 0.2 miles from the Crenshaw Station on the Green Line of the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system; sidewalks can be followed to get from the station (located on Crenshaw Boulevard) to the trail.

Laguna Dominguez Trail Reviews

Not scenic, but flat and functional cycling travel commute route from nearby Metro Green Line Station Crenshaw to El Camino College or Alondra Park. But no lights and likely not a safe night travel.

Starting from the south end at Manhattan Beach Blvd the path is reasonable but it goes down from there. Moving northward there are a series of streets that need to be crossed in order to continue and several crossings are dangerous as you exit in the middle of a street with no official crossing or lane markings to navigate. And then there is the Rosecrans crossing. You exit on the west side of Crenshaw, zig zag crossing over Rosecrans to the east side of Crenshaw and finally enter the northbound path again. This zig zag crossing is at a extremely busy intersection with lots of interesting people around and way too many cars and trucks. I do not feel at all safe there. Sorry.

Moving north again has you crossing some very rough (falling apart) railroad tracks with lots of garbage everywhere and many large and wild cats. There is garbage almost everywhere and homeless people abound. This whole area is very dangerous for bicyclists riding on the streets and sidewalk riding is not much better. Ride at your own risk.

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