This 2.5-mile jaunt up and over the Hansen Dam travels a wide asphalt path. A favorite of those living in the area, it's also a fun, quick trek for tourists. You'll get fantastic views of Little Tujunga Canyon in Lake View Terrace, of Big Tujunga Canyon in Sunland, as well as the Angeles National Forest and the San Fernando Valley.
On busier days, you'll find concession trucks parked in the lot near the path's origin. Soak up the views -- and the sun -- as you bike across the dam, and be sure to pause in the middle for a look down the face of the dam itself. The descent to Wentworth Street marks the end of the ride. Simply reverse direction and head back to the starting point. For an eight-mile loop, turn left on Wentworth Street and ride to its end at Foothill Boulevard. Turn left on Foothill, then left at Osborne Street, and you'll find yourself back at the starting point.
This path's starting point can be tricky to find. When in doubt, just follow the dam's crest line.
DIRECTIONS TO THE START
BIKE: Designated bike lanes toward these paths can be found on Glenoaks Boulevard heading northbound and on Santa Fe Boulevard headed southbound.
TRANSIT: Take Bus 292 towards Sylmar Station. Exit on Glenoaks/Osborne Street. Ride up the hill to Dronefield Avenue. Make a right.
CAR: Head north on I-170 to 1-5 toward Sacramento. Exit at Osborne Street. Make a right and another right in 2 miles on Dronfield Avenue to enter the park. Make a right at the dead end and park end the parking lot there. Both rides leave from this lot: the one to the dam leaves from the end of the lot then heads to the right. The other goes back to Osborne Street and makes a right.
STARTING POINT PARKING
Off Dronfield Avenue at Osborne Street
Hansen Dam Loop - This uses Wentworth Street, Foothill Boulevard and Osborne Street to make a 7-mile loop with the Hansen Dam Bike Path.
Hansen Dam Park
11770 Foothill Boulevard
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342
The Dam and its view are the main attraction.