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“Beautiful Area!”
Review of Ballona Creek

Ballona Creek
Reviewed May 28, 2012

Several years ago, I used to ride my bike every weekday morning from Culver City all the way to the end of the Ballona Creek bike path and back. It was really energizing and peaceful. It's a wonderful way to start the day.

When I was riding, there was one area that made me a bit uncomfortable because other riders were few and far between. I never had any problems, however.

Now, there are more riders and security cameras have been installed as well as emergency call boxes along the path. As a precaution, it's always best to bring your cell phone with you and to be aware of your surroundings. Enjoy the beauty, fresh air and sunshine, too.

Thank JSW842
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

Great for birders -- and one of the few wild spots in the area.

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Reviewed March 27, 2012

I had not been back to this area for a long time, but was very impressed with the preservation efforts that have been made to keep this area in it's original natural state. Probably not everyone will share my view, but I think it deserves a visit if you're in the area and dressed for exploring a marshy preserve.

Thank amercorp
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Reviewed March 12, 2012

quiet ,natural fauna and flora
ending at the ocean inlet.

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Reviewed January 18, 2012

The Ballona Creek bike path is one of the great biking secrets of Los Angeles. Starting at the Syd Kronenthal Park on National Road in east Culver City, it is a class 1 bike path (no cars allowed) that extends about 7 miles to the beach in Marina Del Rey. (From there, you can connect up with the Coast Bike Path that will take you north to Santa Monica or south to Redondo Beach.) The path follows along the Ballona Creek flood control channel, which some may dismiss as ugly, but which hosts an amazing array of birds. On my many rides along the path, I always see herons, egrets, gulls, ducks, cormorants, coots, terns, and pelicans. But for me, the real appeal of the path is that I can ride from Culver City to the beach on a well maintained concrete path, with no stop signs and NO CARS! It doesn't get better than that.

Just two warnings.
#1 - the prevailing wind comes out of the west, so be prepared to fight a headwind when you are going towards the beach - particularly in the afternoon. But you are also almost assured of having a good tailwind when you make your return to Culver City.
#2 - Parts of the trail can feel very deserted, so use good sense in when you ride the trail. I prefer not to ride the trail in the evening, but during the day, when you will have lots of company from other bikers and runners, be sure to get out and enjoy this hidden gem.

1  Thank TwoWheelExplorer
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