A Walker in L.A.: Take Me to the River

You don’t have to go to the beach to dip a toe in the water

Everyone seems to be talking about the Los Angeles River, which is poised to get a hot makeover to the tune of $1 billion. Yes, the river is open again for kayaking this summer—in two places: Glendale Narrows below the Fletcher Bridge, and up in the Valley above Sepulveda Dam—and it’s long been beloved by bikers, who are getting new signage to help navigate the path. But I’d argue the Los Angeles River is also one of the best places in the city for walking, especially because there are plenty of places that you can only explore on foot. Take this shot, for example, from the Sunnynook Footbridge, which connects Silver Lake to Atwater Village with a simple, well-used bridge. After making this ped-only crossing, I ventured all the way down to the water, hopping from stone to stone and counting the blue herons and snowy egrets I encountered. The best part? If you get too hot while walking the L.A. River, you can always kick off your shoes and give your feet a refreshing soak.

Alissa Walker is a writer, a gelato eater, and a walker in L.A. She shares an experience from her adventures around town at CityThink each Wednesday. Follow her daily on Instagram at @awalkerinLA, on Twitter, or at her blog, and use the hashtag #betteroffped to share your own photographs of walking in L.A.