Sunday, October 28, 2012

Day 704: Los Angeles River - Pedlow Field Skate Park - Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park - Sepulveda Dam - U.S. Army

The Los Angeles River, under Balboa Blvd.

Day #704 * Hike #851 * New Track #684
Saturday October 20, 2012
Los Angeles River - Van Nuys, CA
Pedlow Field Skate Park
Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park
Sepulveda Dam - U.S. Army
My Tripometer: 1.5 Hours * 3.25 Miles * +50 Feet
From the 101 Freeway near the 405 interchange, exit on Balboa and head north.  About a half mile up on the left you will see a large Park and Ride parking lot on the left.  This is just before crossing the L.A. River.
Ayden and I had just toured Balboa Lake and our intention was to head back home.  However, when I didn't realize that the LA River was right here and when I saw an opportunity to park, we took it.
We jumped on our bikes and went under the Balboa Tunnel.  However, the bike path seemed to just head back over to the park we were just at so we turned back around and pedaled west...
 Soccer Sand Lot...

This was an easy bike ride and we followed the bike path along a street up to White Oak.  We turned right and tried going through a park but after reaching the baseball fields we were forced back out.  We hiked a bit here and then mounted our bikes to cross the river...

 Crossing the L.A. River on White Oak

The park that you see on the other side of the river is the Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park.  We ditched the bikes and hiked around here for a bit.  Essentially, the dog park is on the corner of White Oak and Victory.

After a short visit, we pedaled down Victory and found the coolest skate park ever...

 Pedlow Skate Park

 Ayden did not participate on his mountain bike...

 Barbed Wire around the Sepulveda Dam Reservoir Area

This was a neat, easy hike and bike.  We walked a mile and biked a couple more.  The weather all day has been overcast - perfect!

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