Whittier Greenway Trail
Thursday, October 23, 2008

Initial construction on the Whittier Greenway Trail was completed this month, and, eager to get some exercise, I thought I'd hop on my bike and give it a try.

The trail is 4.6 miles long, and runs from Pioneer Blvd. just north of Floral, to Mills Ave. just north of Lambert, along what used to be the Union Pacific railroad.  Distance is painted on the trail every tenth of a mile.  For me, it makes a nice 10-mile round-trip when you include the distance to my house.

I started from Mills, which is closest to me.  I think they still have some landscaping to do; the trail looked a bit barren, especially on the east end.  At first (coming from the east), the trail crosses a number of busy streets, and in a couple places it basically just ends with a sign that says "walk your bike to the crosswalk".  So, you have to navigate through traffic a bit, which is not so fun.  But the trail gets nicer north of Mar Vista, and crosses fewer busy streets.  One think I think is really cool is where the trail goes over the old railroad bridge over 5 points.

It's not fancy.  But all in all, I think it's kinda nice.  And it sure beats what we had before, which was nothing at all!

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