Hermosa Beach Bike Path
The Hermosa Beach portion of the bike path starts at 35th Street at the end of Manhattan Beach. In the picture below, on the right of the rider where the pedestrian sign is located, there is a set of stairs that lead down to the start point of the bike path along Hermosa. This is the North point of the trail. If you do not want to get off of your bike, you can continue on Hermosa Avenue for a while and then turn right on one of the breaks between the homes and ride a short distance to get back on the path again. Hermosa Avenue is straight off of the end of the Manhattan beach portion of the path and is directly in front of the rider with the black backpack.
Approaching the Hermosa Beach Bike Path
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If you wanted to ride Hermosa Avenue to Redondo Beach, you could do it as an alternate route to the Bike Path through The Strand on the beach. Hermosa Avenue will turn into N. Harbor Drive just past Herondo Street where all of the other Bike Path riders will end up at the South point of the Hermosa section of the trail. You will not have the beautiful beach views and as much of an ocean breeze as the Bike Path route, but on a crowded weekend where you must walk you bike through the crowds anyway, this is the faster route.
Cyclist on Hermosa Avenue
Turn off from Hermosa Ave to the Strand and Bike Path
The Bike Path through Hermosa Beach has wide, white sandy beaches and a semi protected path to keep that soft sand from being spread all over the path (which makes it slick on tires). You will see plenty of volleyball nets and games being played down the coast along with people enjoying a BBQ with friends in front of the multi million dollar homes on the other side of the path.
Hermosa Beach Bike Path View
As you approach the Hermosa Beach Pier, there are signals that instruct you to walk your bike when the red lights are on. If the red light is on, be sure to get off of your bike or face getting a ticket. The ticket is expensive (> $100). When the lights on the other side of the pier that will let you know when you can get back on and begin riding again. As mentioned earlier, the turn offs to get on the Bike Path can also get you off of the bike path and back to Hermosa Avenue as an alternate path to Redondo should it be an especially crowded weekend. On this particular weekend only a few of the red lights were on close to the pier as it was not too busy. On some weekends, such as Memorial Day or Labor Day when Fiesta Hermosa takes over the area, all of the red lights are on and you could be walking a good part of the path which can be a good thing if you enjoy people watching and stopping for a bit to enjoy Hermosa.
Beach Path Walk Lights
The intersection at the Strand and Pier Avenue can get very busy as there is a high concentration of shops, restaurants, and the Pier here. If you bring some locks with you, there are plenty of spots to lock up your bikes and walk around and enjoy something to eat and drink by the pier and maybe take a dip in the ocean. When you are ready to get back on the path, don't forget to check those flashing red lights to see if you can ride from the pier or if you have to walk out a bit before resuming riding.
The Strand at Pier Ave
As you continue towards Redondo Beach, the end of the path will become more apparent as you see a wall in the distance. As you get closer, a lovely mural welcoming you to Redondo Beach appears and you will turn left out to where Herondo Street meets N. Harbor Drive. You will follow N. Harbor to the Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach, and then Torrance Beach which marks the end of the South Bay Bike Path or you can turn around here and go back up North on the Bike Path.
End of the Hermosa Bike Path at Herondo St.
Hermosa Beach Bike Path Map
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