Recently paved, the Elysian Valley path stretches seven miles from Mariposa Street south to Riverside Drive and Figueroa Street. Start at the Great Blue Heron gate at Fletcher Avenue and head south along the west bank.
Going out early in the morning provides one of the best opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the Los Angeles River. It's been mild lately, which you can feel as a slight chill blows along the river bank and onto the pathway while the clouds are still lingering before the afternoon sun burns them away. Grab a cup of coffee from a local coffee shop, such as Kaldi or Silverlake Coffee, and saunter along the west bank of Frogtown.
Click through the slideshows below for more Frogtown sights and check out the map at the end.
1/3 Nearly the halfway mark from the head to the mouth of the Los Angeles River.
2/3 On a clear day such as this, you can see the San Gabriel Mountains.
3/3 Along Clearwater Street, adjacent to the pathway, are two murals of Dutch row houses on the walls of what would otherwise be very plain buildings.