Summer is a great time for Lakewood's nature trails
Longer days and warm evenings make summer the perfect time to enjoy Lakewood’s beautiful nature trails. Walking trails, bike trails and facilities border virtually all of the San Gabriel River as it runs through Lakewood south from Candlewood Street to Carson Street.
Scenic routes are available on either side of the river. At Rynerson Park there is a 1-mile walking trail and cycling trailhead for the San Gabriel River Bike Trail. Across the river is the West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail, expanded in 2015, where a round trip from Candlewood Street to Carson Street is a 2.5-mile trek.
Native flora and fauna were reintroduced on the Nature Trail to give residents the chance to see what the Lakewood region used to look like.
Visitors to the Nature Trail should keep these trail rules in mind:
• Stay on the designated trail for your safety
• Leave the trail as you find it; dispose of litter properly and don’t disturb the wildlife
• Dogs must be on leashes 6 feet or less; please pick up after your dog
• Observe the trail hours: from dawn to dusk, year round
• No parking from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Walk the trail from one of four entry points:
• Enter at Carson Street on the south end
• Enter on Del Amo Boulevard at the north end
• Park at Monte Verde Park, 4626 N. Shadeway Rd. and enter at this trailhead
• Park and enter off Candlewood Street at Knoxville Avenue
See the Nature Trail brochure, featuring a map and parking information, at www.lakewoodcity.org/naturetrail.
Lakewood's neighborhood parks also offer fitness trails for exercising close to home.
You can see the measured mileage for each park and fitness trail route at www.lakewoodcity.org/fitnesstrails.
Although some parks have a simple sidewalk perimeter, other parks have routes designed for a convenient measurement.