Join us for another great ride

artwork by the talented Alastair Newbery

artwork by the talented Alastair Newbery

From the Garden of Eden to the Devil's Gate

The Los Angeles Explorers Club returns with a very special urban bicycle ride- The Garden of Eden to the Devils Gate, one of our favorite rides yet.  

Joining us as our special guest is Tom, the amazing LA storyteller best known for his web series, Tom Explores Los Angeles.  Together, we will share the story of the Arroyo Seco, Los Angeles' beloved water oasis, and pedal from the once lush and wild LA River confluence to the Devils Gate Dam that holds back its flow.  It was a time when water was abundant, population was booming, and wealthy locals were creating retreats that would later become city landmarks.  This moderate uphill ride is 16 miles covering all terrains- bike path, river path, northeast LA streets, and even a little dirt trail.  A blend of both quiet nature and urban riding, we will take you back in time prior to the creation of the 110 freeway, uncovering hidden treasures, showing new cycling routes and exposing some of LA's beautiful past.

12-1:30pm- Riders gather at Barbara's at the Brewery, for New Belgium beers, light eats if you choose, and some mingle time. 

1:30pm- We'll depart and ride North. Stops include the LA River, Lummis House, Sycamore Grove Park, Busch Gardens, and Devils Gate Dam.

5pm- Ride ends in Old Town Pasadena at Der Wolfskopf for more beers + bites, laughs, and good 'ol fun.

A few important things to consider before registering:

  • You must have a bicycle in good working order.  Some gears are recommended.  Cruisers are not recommended-ride is mostly uphill. 
  • No beginning cyclists please.  Moderate ride at a medium pace. 5 stops along the way (a few with water and bathrooms). This is a one-way ride.
  • There are stairs along the route - you must be able to carry your bicycle up/down the stairs.
  • Tires should be inflated to the maximum PSI, as the risk of flats on this ride is high.
  • Must be 21 years or older.
  • Be sure to pack water and your I.D.

Questions? Email us.