Ballona Beach Hopper

Bike the Ballona Creek Path to Beaches and Piers in Los Angeles County

This easygoing bike escape is proof that you don't have to drive for hours to feel the vast benefits of nature. The Ballona Creek Bike Path is part of the “Park to Playa Regional Trail,” a 13-mile network connecting parks and open spaces from Baldwin Hills to the Pacific Ocean.

Feel the cool ocean breeze, see some local flora and fauna, soak in coastline views at beaches, and feel transported to the edge of the world on the Marina Del Rey jetty ... this Ballona beach hopping bike ride is bountiful.

Starting in West LA’s Culver City and ending in Playa Del Rey, the path runs about 7 miles (one way). Early on you’ll see the Ballona wetlands, a habitat for plentiful wildlife, including nearly 260 bird species. (You can now access a short walking trail Wednesdays to Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

There's also the option for a Del Rey Lagoon stopover (right after Ballona Creek Bridge and on your left side off of Pacific Avenue). Here you’ll be treated to a serene and peaceful oasis frequented by ducks and several other birds. It’s a hidden gem for strolling around the water. There’s also a picnic area and playground on the side closest to the beach.

Del Rey Lagoon

Beach Hopping Bonus: From Playa Del Rey Beach, if you continue riding south down the path you’ll be on a roll. The trail connects Dockweiler Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Hermosa Beach.

Tip: Between the Manhattan Beach rocks (in front of the El Segundo power plant and before the Manhattan Beach Pier) you can detour off the bike path and go up two blocks to the historical park of Bruce's Beach (Here's the location from the bike path.)

The route in this story for Ballona Creek Bike Path starts in West LA’s Culver City, and ends in Playa Del Rey, but there are several access points. From Playa Del Rey Beach, the trail turns into the beach bike path that you can take all the way south to Manhattan Beach Pier (for an extra 5.5 miles), Hermosa Beach Pier (an extra 7.3 miles), and Redondo Beach Pier (an extra 9.5 miles). Dog-friendly!  

Justin "Justrock" Rimon founder of Just Trek in Southern California

 Story and photos by Justin "Justroc" Rimon (@just.trek), founder of Just Trek (check it out!).

Trending Stories NorCal

View all Stories
  1. Golden Gate's Blue Heron

    Golden Gate Park’s Blue Heron Lake is home to birds of many feathers, turtles lounging on rocks, visitors from afar, and locals who love this urban oasis in San Francisco. Try the "Boats and Breakfast" rowboat or pedal boat deal.

  2. Cañada Collage

    This 4.3-mile loop through Cañada Del Oro Open Space Preserve showcases all the highlights of the season, thrumming with wildlife and wildflowers.

  3. Hike Mount Tamalpais into Muir Woods

    Muir Woods Through the Backdoor

    A backdoor entrance into Muir Woods? Hike a tranquil trail that starts in Mount Tamalpais State Park and quietly leads into Muir Woods, letting you avoid the busyness of the main parking area.

  4. Hike Kortum Trail on the Sonoma Coast

    GOAT Coastal Hike + Sunset

    GOAT (greatest of all time) Sonoma Coast experience? Hike the Kortum Trail, wine taste on a patio overlooking the Russian River, and catch a sensational sunset at, yep, Goat Rock Beach.


Trending Stories SoCal

View all Stories
  1. Camp at Goose Lake in the Lakes Basin

    Duck, Duck, Goose!

    Try to get a first-come, first-served campsite at one of the Lakes Basin’s lakeside campgrounds. We love Goose Lake Campground, where there are just 13 sites and no motorized boats.

  2. Fancy Camp

    Wanna go rugged on the coast, minus the whole pitching your own tent and sleeping on the ground bit? Mendocino Grove is spot-on for upgrading your roughing-it experience, with beautifully appointed tent-cabins set across the bluffs overlooking Mendocino Bay.

  3. A Splash of Whiskeytown

    Located just 8 miles west of Redding and surrounded by mountain peaks, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is nearly 40,000 acres of all things outdoors: waterfalls, campgrounds, beaches, hiking trails, and a beautiful crystal-clear lake at the center of it all.

  4. Bucks Up!

    Come on in, the water is beautiful. Whether you like swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddling, or heading out on a bigger boat, Bucks Lake is a high mountain haven that’s easy to access, blissfully uncrowded, and surrounded by sandy beaches, picnic areas, pines, and aspens.