Sierra Bike Trail

California

Sierra Bike Trail Facts

States: California
Counties: Los Angeles
Length: 7.1 miles
Trail end points: W. Avenue J and Sierra Hwy. (Lancaster) and Avenue Q12 and Sierra Hwy. (Palmdale)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6576120
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Sierra Bike Trail Description

The Sierra Bike Trail occupies a sliver of land between active Metrolink commuter rail tracks and Sierra Highway, connecting the communities of Palmdale and Lancaster in California's Antelope Valley. The path helps commuters access two Metrolink train stations—one in each city—and also provides a recreational route for residents.

There is a short gap that can be bridged via bike lanes between 6th Street East and Avenue Q around the Palmdale Metrolink station. The trail is landscaped to provide some greenery in the desert surroundings, and some benches can be found along the route. Make sure you bring water, though—the trail is located on the western edge of the Mojave Desert, and the beating sun can be vicious.

Parking and Trail Access

Free parking is available at the Palmdale Transportation Center (39000 Clock Tower Plaza Drive) in Palmdale.

Sierra Bike Trail Reviews

I ride this trail frequently. It is good in that it is out of traffic lanes. The path runs parallel between the railroad tracks and Sierra Highway. There is a Western-style wooden fence between the path and the RR tracks and sparse desert shrubbery and a curb between the path and Sierra Highway.

The entire length of the path is not uninterrupted. There are several major east-west intersections at which you will have to stop and wait for the signal to change. Make sure you press the "walk" button, or else the signal will not know you are there.

As mentioned, this is a desert and you will need to bring your own water. Even though there are several shelters/benches along the path, there is no water nor are there any stores in which to purchase refreshments. Also, being a desert, there is precious little shade or trees/bushes. Things are sparse out here. Traffic on Sierra Highway can be heavy at times, and is always noisy. It moves pretty fast.

Lastly, be aware that in the afternoons, there is a pretty persistent west wind in the Antelope Valley, which means you will get a cross wind the entire length of the trail.

I would classify this as a commuter path; something to get safely back and forth between Lancaster and Palmdale. Not something that you would choose to ride, unless you were ticking off boxes on some type of bike path list, or needed to get from "A" to "B", or in this case, "L" to "P". Instead, head down to Santa Clarita, which has an awesome bike lane/trail system.

This trail links in with the Santa Clara River trail. A lot of it you have to ride you have to listen to cars and truck driving by. I just put on my earbuds in that section. Its nice once you get away from cars. You can spend many fun bike rides in Santa Clarita with this path and also the Santa Clara River path.

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