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Quintessential Southern California, the Marvin Braude Bike Trail—commonly referred to as simply The Strand by locals—is featured in hundreds of TV shows and movies. Whether you are here on vacation, or live nearby and want to feel like you are on vacation, it's a great way to explore the many personalities of the beach towns along the famous Strand in Los Angeles County.
Starting under the cliffside houses of the rich and famous in Pacific Palisades, you can start out at Will Rogers State Beach and soon pass the entrance to Temescal Gateway Park. Traveling along the open beach, you arrive at the Santa Monica Pier where you can take a break for a Ferris wheel, coaster or carousel ride, eat some ice cream, or visit one of the farmers' markets. A few blocks away is the 3rd Street Promenade with its ultimate shopping experience. Once past the many attractions of Santa Monica, the trail leads into Venice Beach with its Muscle Beach, skate parks, artists and quirky shops.
The trail continues until an end at Washington Boulevard. To reach Torrance, you will need to take the bike lanes on the road (across from Venice Pier) inland about 0.8 mile to pick up the trail around Marina del Rey. The trail is well-signed as it passes through parking lots in the marina area. Another on-street section is on Fiji Way, which leads to the Ballona Creek Bike Path and back to the beach in Playa del Rey.
Continuing south from Playa del Rey, the trail passes through Dockweiler State Beach and under the planes taking off from Los Angeles International Airport before entering Manhattan Beach. Manhattan Beach is the birthplace of beach volleyball, so there will be some bumping and spiking to watch as you ride on past.
After passing Hermosa Beach, another brief on-street section is required around the marina in Redondo Beach, so use Harbor Drive for this stretch. The trail ends at Torrance Beach where the cliffs to Palos Verdes begin.
Parking is available throughout the trail's length, usually adjacent to public beaches. Refer to the TrailLink map for exact locations.
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