Best and Safest Bike Route from Los Altos to Downtown Long Beach

A Story by Michele Kreinheder | Updated 07/7/2014 8:47am


 
The best part of this 16 miles bike trip is that it takes place mostly on designated bike paths. Starting at the Bellflower and Atherton intersection near CSULB, head east on Atherton until you hit Palo Verde, make a right and at Anaheim take a left. Cross over Studebaker into College Park West. Now squiggle through this neighborhood heading south toward 22 & 7th Street. Take Salida Avenue to College Park Drive. Here you have to be careful making the left and heading over the bridge. There isn’t usually much traffic, but what  is there is moving fast. Just on the other side of the bridge you take a left on a path that brings you to the San Gabriel River Bike Trial. You need to make a left, crossing paths of bikers heading north from Seal Beach so be careful. Some bikers are moving at speeds that would make it impossible for them to stop to avoid hitting you. 
Best Bike Route from Los Altos to the Beach Best Bike Route from Los Altos to the Beach

You are now ready to travel south along the bike path for 2 miles. It is safe but don’t take your eyes off the path for too long. A tumble down the rocky slope would definitely put a dent in your day and helmet. Speaking of helmets; wear one. The head wind can be daunting so having a bike with gears would be advisable. Exit the bike trial at Marina Drive making a right over the bridge to Alamitos Bay Landing.* Just to the left of The Boathouse Restaurant is the path leading to The Aqualink dock. 
The Aqualink is one of Long Beach’s hidden treasures. You pay $5 as you board and there is no additional charge for the bike. This is a great way to get a new perspective on our city and enjoy a brief stint at sea.
Aqualink at Alamitos Bay Aqualink at Alamitos Bay Long Beach Lighthouse Downtown Long Beach Lighthouse Downtown
Disembark downtown and head to your right, away from The Aquarium, biking along the boardwalk. There isn’t a clearly marked path but keep pushing south and work your way to the ocean. Before you know it you will have found the Bike Path that runs through the sand from Downtown to Belmont Shore.
Belmont Plaza along Bike Path Belmont Plaza along Bike Path
At the end of the path, cross Ocean Blvd to Bay Shore, which is closed to vehicle traffic, and follow this past 2nd Street and Appian Way, continuing through the parking lot until you reach the path along Marine Stadium. At the end of Marine Stadium make the right and follow it around. There is a bike path that leads through Alamitos Heights and takes you to PCH. Cross PCH and at the light at Bixby Village Drive make a left and an immediate right onto a dirt bike path. This leads you to the bottom of University Park Estates onto Margo Avenue which unfortunately you take up the steep hill. Cross 7th at the light onto the CSULB Campus. Take a left and head over to West Campus Drive; make a right and head carefully down the hill until you reach Atherton, which is where the adventure started.
 
The day can be as long or as short as you want to make it, but budget at least 3 hours from your day. 
*Also a good alternative trip to the above is to make a left on Marina Drive at the end of the San Gabriel Bike Trial and spend a few relaxing hours in the favorite beach community of Seal Beach. The great part about this plan is that the wind will be to your back making it a super easy return bike ride.

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