Touring Los Angeles County with LACBC and Where To Bike Los Angeles: Through the San Gabriel Foothills

November 1, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 8:30am

Touring Los Angeles County with LACBC and Where To Bike Los Angeles

Through the San Gabriel Foothills: River Bikeways and Historic Towns

When: Sunday November 18; Meet at 8:30 AM, ride at 9:00 AM
Where: Classic Coffee - 148 North Glendora Avenue, Glendora, 91741 (Meet in the public parking lot behind Classic Coffee)

This is a bicycle tour in the San Gabriel foothills along the northeastern fringe of surban Los Angeles. Rich in history, variety and natural beauty, the area is home to some of LA County’s earliest small cities: Monrovia (incorporated in 1887), Azusa (1898) and Glendora (1911). Two river bike-path systems — along the San Gabriel and the Rio Hondo — tie together the ride, passing along the Emerald Necklace, an evolving string of pocket parks and greenways. The route also includes the Royal Oaks Bike Trail (a rails-to-trails path on the old Red Line trolley right-of-way) and a foray into Monrovia Canyon Park, with its forest and streams.

Ride Length: 50 miles
Ride Duration: About 4-5 hours, including stops
Difficulty: Recommended for intermediate-level riders, age 16 and up. The total elevation gain is roughly 2,000 feet over the course of the entire ride. The terrain is mostly rolling, with one major climb to Monrovia Canyon Park. Primarily on bike paths, the route begins and ends with some some city street riding through Glendora, Monrovia, and Azusa.
What to Bring: A road-worthy bike, an extra inner tube, a patch kit and pump, drinking water, a pocket snack (such as, an energy bar, banana or trail mix), a bicycling helmet, and money for “refueling” stops and post-ride refreshments at Classic Coffee.
RSVP: Highly recommended, but not absolutely required. To RSVP (or to volunteer as ride support), please email
About these Rides: Touring Los Angeles County with LACBC and Where To Bike Los Angeles is a series of rides that are free and open to every LACBC member, plus one guest. Interested in becoming a member? Sign up for membership on line or join the LACBC at a discounted rate at the ride’s start. These rides are co-hosted by Jon Riddle and Sarah Amelar, authors of Where to Bike Los Angeles, a guide to bicycling in Los Angeles County, published by BA Press. Copies are available at REI stores, local book and bike shops and from LACBC (on line, at its offices, or in conjunction with these rides).