Thank you City of Angels for 32 years of a wonderful life, but alas I must move back to the land of my birth. I will miss L.A. and the River! I will leave the site up for some time to keep the info flowing about the river. Ciao' Angelenos it was fun. - k
LA River Headwaters: 21682 Bassett St*
Canoga Park, CA
corner of Owensmouth and Bassett St
*not an official address for the area,
it was the closest real address I could find to place on a map
It is the official start to Los Angeles River. The spot that I visited was down the street at the confluence of the L.A. River and Brown Canyon wash.
Parking: No - there is street/residential parking
Bike path access: No
Bus Route is: 901 on Victory Blvd
Dogs: Yes on Leash
Picnic Area: No
Child Play Area: No
The headwaters are the start of the Los Angeles River. It is the confluence of Bell Creek and Calabasas Creek. A very nice long greenway has been put in along the river on both sides. The area can be a little tricky to find so I visited the area around the Lurline Ave as there was parking and I could walk forever and not reach the end. :) The long greenway is a great place for taking leisurely strolls or if you prefer, run it. It's nice and flat. The way I reached the area was, went south on DeSoto, turned left on Hart St, right on Lurline Ave and drove to the end of the street and an entrance was there. I believe this is more for the residents to enjoy rather than a destination visit. That's not to say, you shouldn't drive out there and check it out. :) I am sure finding parking at the corner of Owensmouth and Bassett would be easy too.
I did not walk the complete distance which ranges from Owensmouth to Mason St, my visit concentrated on the area right around the confluence or LA River and Brown Canyon Wash. See Second map for directions.
click map for directions top map is the start of the LA River my visit was a little down the street (I found parking) at confluence of LA River and Brown Canyon Wash. BELOW MAP.