Two weeks ago I’d followed signs to get from the San Gabriel River Trail to the Whittier Greenway Trail in Whittier, CA on my Xootr kick scooter ride. The official link, via busy Beverly Boulevard, seemed longer than it ought to be.
I’d studied google maps of the area, and suspected there was a faster way to go from one trail to the other, by riding through an oddly isolated neighborhood tucked between the 605 and the railroad tracks.
So this morning I gave this Xootr kick scooter ride a shot
I parked at Guirado Park, near the northwest terminus of the Whittier Greenway Trail. Across Pioneer Boulevard, Obregon Street crosses a bridge over the 605 into a small neighborhood sandwiched between the 605 and the railroad tracks.
The neighborhood’s split in two, with two blocks on the north side, and four or five blocks on the separate south side, reachable one neighborhood to the next only via an unmarked narrow paved foot path that goes a hundred yards, to a street called Nobles Avenue.
The road that merges
To drive in and out of the south side, there’s a road that merges with an exit from the 605 S, that leads to to Whittier Boulevard. You’d never figure this out without some serious thinking up front.
I scooted across the Obregon Street bridge, then turned left on the paved pedestrian path that hugs the wall separating me from the 605. Then I turned west on Nobles Avenue, went just one block, then scooted north on Esperanza Street another block, then west on another paved path that took me fifty yards, to Amigo Park, a small community park with a baseball diamond. Getting close.
A chain link fence
I could see a chain link fence that separates Amigo Park from the railroad tracks that parallel the 605, and I knew that the San Gabriel River Trail was just on the other side of the tracks.
There’s no marked path to get to the tracks, but in the northwest corner of the park, I spied an opening in the chain link fence. I walked through, checked right and left for trains, then stepped over the tracks, and down the other side through another break in another chain link fence, to get on the San Gabriel River Trail.
Success! The rest of my ride!
The rest of my Xootr scooter ride was going south, to Whittier Avenue, and then taking possession of the northern third of the San Gabriel River Basin, the part I’d missed on my ride with my scooter buddy Jorge two weeks ago.
A new friend I met on the trail, Junior, kindly snapped a photo to record this moment of triumph overlooking the watershed area towards Washington Boulevard.
Discovering my own Northwest Passage
In discovering my own Northwest Passage to the San Gabriel River Trail via Nobles Ave and Esperanza Street and out of Amigo Park, I felt like Roald Amundsen must have felt when he navigated through the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific in 1906.
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