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Enjoy a 17-mile trek across multiple Los Angeles neighborhoods on a former Southern Pacific Railroad corridor by combining the Orange Line Bike Path and the Browns Creek Bike Path.
The Orange Line Bike Path follows the G Line (formerly Orange Line) rapid bus route’s dedicated corridor, meaning LA traffic is not a concern here. With bus stations and bike lockers along the route of the trail, traveling by a combination of bike and bus is a breeze. The buses all have bike racks, so you can bike the entire route, put your bike on the bus, and take it back to where you started.
This rail-trail traverses dense neighborhoods, heavily trafficked roads, and light industrial areas. What it lacks in beauty, however, it makes up for in functionality. There are many heavily trafficked at-grade road crossings that will take some patience to cross, but they are all signalized.
The route crosses over a segment of the developing 51-mile Los Angeles River Greenway (also known as the Los Angeles River Trail) just north of the intersection of Canoga Avenue and Vanowen Street, but unfortunately there is not a safe way for bicyclists or pedestrians to connect to it here from the Orange Line Bike Path.
The path will then lead you east to the sprawling Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area, which includes a lake, boat and bike rentals, a Japanese garden, an archery range, a model aircraft field, a golf course, sports fields, parking, and restrooms. You can access an additional segment of the Los Angeles River Greenway just past the park’s southeast border in the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area at Sepulveda Boulevard and Valleyheart Drive.
Continuing east from the park is a wide, tree-lined segment, followed by a unique portion where the trail weaves beneath the elevated infrastructure of I-405. The route then takes you away from the street for some much-needed peace and quiet.
The trail ends at Chandler Boulevard and Leghorn Avenue. From here, an unprotected bike lane connects to the 2.8-mile Chandler Bikeway, heading east. Plans are in the works to connect these trails via an approximately 3-mile separated cycle track.
The path provides residents of the San Fernando Valley with a dedicated environment for cycling and walking while connecting to rapid transit. Steps from its eastern terminus is the North Hollywood Metro Station, while near its western end is the Chatsworth Station, which services Metrolink and Amtrak.
Although its purpose is utilitarian, the trail is not without its charms. Native plants line the pathway, as well as public art. The trail also runs adjacent to Anthony C. Beilenson Park, which features Lake Balboa, a playground, picnic tables, a sports complex and other recreational amenities.
The Los Angeles Metro provides access to the trail at multiple points.
Parking is available at the Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex (6301 Balboa Blvd, 6201 Balboa Blvd, Los Angeles). Visit the TrailLink map for all options, available transit lines, and detailed directions.
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