We’ll continue our photo tour down the Dominguez Channel, picking up about where we left off last time at El Segundo Blvd and ending at 147th St. These photos have been getting old in my camera since they were taken on March 15th, 2009, but with successive computer crashes and limited time, it’s been difficult to post them until now.
We start near where we ended last time, at the busy El Segundo Blvd. crossing. The picture above was taken on the south side of El Segundo Blvd, looking north. Look at those cars zip by. There’s no dedicated crossing for bikes or pedestrians at any of the intersections of the Channel bike path / pedestrian corridor with streets, which makes it inefficient for commuters and invites unsafe behavior.
The City of LA has this whole upper Channel designated as a bike path (also see earlier blog post). That designation is really misleading, because it’s not a terribly good bike path for the reasons just discussed. The legal way to cross this intersection is to walk to the corner, use the crosswalk, then walk back. Few people do that in practice. Nonetheless, these neighborhood shortcuts along the channel are valuable car-free space.
Fortunately, we’re headed south, so we don’t have to cross a busy street just yet.
Above is the view looking south from El Segundo Blvd.
The Channel access road is paved from side to side with asphalt just south of El Segundo Blvd.
Then some dirt area opens up on the east side.
Invasive plants like Arundo Donax (this looks like it, but I’m not 100% certain of my ID) and ivy are sometimes found growing through the adjacent properties into the Channel access road.
A tributary feeds in from the west. This one starts its above-ground journey at Yukon and 132nd.
Here’s what the 132nd Street tributary looks like at Yukon and 132nd:
And here’s what it looks like peering over the edge of the fence at a cul-de-sac, mid-way along its length.
Traveling south some more along the main Dominguez Channel.
Mile marker 13.25 along the Dominguez Creek “Bike Trail”. As discussed previously, you’d think that with mile markers like this that it would be easy to bike to the Port of LA. You’d be wrong. Still, I like the mile markers because they are aspirational and give a sense of location.
A big tributary feeds in from the east in the City of Gardena. Below picture is what it looks like seen from the Dominguez Channel looking east. The tributary runs parallel to 135th street above ground to 135th and Western. The access roads on both sides of the channel are so broad here that it seems to be begging for a bike path / walkway. But all access along this tributary is closed down.
Above three pictures at 135th and Western looking west. The small formal garden contains the dedication plaque. I wanted to open those gates and ride a bike along the access road.
All travel from the headwaters of the Channel has thus far been on the east side. There’s an access road on the west, but it’s not open. People still use it, however, for various purposes.
At Rosecrans Blvd, the commuter path along the Channel takes you across a foot bridge then across both Rosecrans and Crenshaw Blvds to get to the west side of the Channel. The path then continues on the west side to Alondra Park.
Apparently there’s plenty of desire to get to the Channel commute corridor from adjacent cul-de-sacs and parkettes. These fences have all been modified to give access to public spaces adjacent to the Channel.
There’s also at least a perceived vulnerability to private property trespass.
The dirt embankment continues to 147th street. The City of Hawthorne lies directly west at 135th. East on 135th is what I believe is LA County, but serviced by City of Gardena. As you can see, there’s plenty of possibility for native plant restoration along this corridor, even without ripping out any paving.
We’re near the end of our journey now.
Below, 147th street on the border between Hawthorne and Gardena.
This is where Tour de Channel – Part III ends. Thanks for taking the tour! Join us next time for another exciting adventure along the Dominguez Channel.