Below is a list of the top and leading Hiking Trails in Long Beach. To help you find the best Hiking Trails located near you in Long Beach, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Long Beach’s Best Hiking Trails:
The top rated Hiking Trails in Long Beach, CA are:
- Colorado Lagoon – has a sandy swimming beach with restrooms, turf picnic areas
- DeForest Park – the trail was developed through the basin and donated plants were installed
- Jack Dunster Marine Biological Reserve – a natural environment created for recreational and educational opportunities for the public
- El Dorado Nature Center – offering visitors the chance to escape the commotion of the urban environment
- Somerset Park – the restrooms were renovated with tile and new stall partitions
Colorado Lagoon, the area is part of Recreation Park acquired in 1923 from the San Gabriel River Improvement Company after the passage of a bond subject by Long Beach voters. The Lagoon is around half land area and half-open salt-water area. Initially open to the northwest end of Alamitos Bay, a bulkhead and tide gate installed in 1929 allowed the construction of Colorado Street across the corner of Alamitos Bay. The tide gate-controlled water depths, permitting high diving competitions. A multi-story diving platform, used in the 1932 Olympic Trials, was used until the 1950s.
The location has a sandy swimming beach with restrooms, turf picnic areas, and parking on the north and south shores. A small building used as an example boat shop and the adjacent pre-school cooperative has existed since 1948 and was remodeled and expanded in 2008. A concession stand built in the 1960s, and not used since the 1980s was converted to a Marine Science Center operated by the Friends of the Colorado Lagoon.
Walking Trails, Picnic Area, Play equipment, Swim area
“Fun and relaxing people were keeping distance had a great day with family.” – Donny M.
DeForest Park, the City-owned section of the park is 15 acres and was enhanced in 1976 from land acquired as extra property from the Los Angeles County Flood Control District. The park is improved with a small conference room and staff office, four lighted tennis courts, a handball/racquetball court structure, two playgrounds, two baseball diamonds, and two restrooms. The remaining 34.91 acres is used as the DeForest Nature trail, which the City employs through a Los Angeles County Flood Control District permit. This is a County detention foundation, used to hold floodwaters until the Los Angeles River can lodge the additional flows.
The license to use the area was the result of a forceful grass-roots community campaign to create the nature area. A trail was developed through the basin and donated plants were installed by volunteer labor. By 2000, the area was dense with non-native plants and dry weather runoff from the storm drain system had created trash and vector control problems. A feasibility study was initiated to see if the basin could be restored as a natural wetland habitat while retaining its flood control function.
Nature Trail, Amenities, Programs
“Beautiful wonderful great place to walk run work out.” – Sesergio R.
Jack Dunster Marine Biological Reserve
Jack Dunster Marine Biological Reserve is a 2.7-acre site including 1.5 acres of land and 1.2 acres of shallow water constructed on the northwesterly side of the Los Cerritos Channel adjacent to the Rowing Center at Marine Stadium. It is a natural environment created for recreational and educational opportunities for the public. The special characteristic of the Jack Dunster Marine Biological Reserve was advocated by the Marine Advisory Commission and coordinated by the Parks, Recreation, and Marine Department. These features include public access to a winding pathway throughout the reserve, as well as gangway access to two floating observation platforms and one floating dock.
Hiking Trail, Boating
Address: 5801 Boathouse Ln, Long Beach, CA 90803
Phone: (562) 570-3100
“Had to clean and weed this place for community service. Made it beautiful. Go and enjoy it. Well maintained hiking trail with a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.” – John K.
El Dorado Nature Center
El Dorado Nature Center, Looking for a piece of nature in the middle of the city? Cuddled between the San Gabriel River and the 605 Freeway, El Dorado Nature Center is a sanctuary of natural habitat, offering visitors the chance to escape the commotion of the urban environment. The 105 acres that make up the Nature Center grounds offer sanctuary for animals and plant life. Two miles of dirt trails and a ¼ mile paved trail wind nearby two lakes, a stream, and forested areas.
At the entrance, traverse the wooden bridge that spans the lake and you’ll find yourself on a small island that houses the Visitor Center, containing educational displays, an art gallery, and a small gift shop offering environmental concerns books and gifts.
“Very clean. We paid $7 for parking. We did a 2-mile trail. Very easy trails. I believe there are 3 trails. A 1/4 mile, 1 mile, and 2 miles. Nice and shady. The nature center is small. Really not much to see inside. There are restrooms inside the nature center and by the picnic tables on parking. Benches throughout the trails. You’ll see bridges, turtles, squirrels, ponds, ducks, fish, lizards, and sage! Good place for family.” – Haydee H.
Somerset Park, The Cerritos Park Association bestowed this park on February 19, 1944. The donation was from a portion of Rancho Los Cerritos that had lately been subdivided and sold as housing developments. The park was titled for one of the hometowns in Maine from which some members of the Bixby and Hathaway families had emigrated before settling in California at Rancho Los Cerritos. The blueprint for the development of the park was approved in 1946, and the park was opened in 1950. The initial plan included two tennis courts and three small buildings for staff offices, restrooms, and storage.
Two multi-purpose courts, two basketball courts, and playground equipment were later added. In 1998, the restrooms were renovated with tile and new stall partitions, and the playground equipment was replaced with new equipment with funds from the Los Angeles County Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Act of 1992.
Hiking Trails, Amenities
“Local park, well lit, modern playground equipment, friendly staff.” – Kay R.