Segment E – Playa Del Rey to Santa Monica – View Google Map – View Photos
Distance: 20.4 miles 30 stairways 641 up-steps Total Climb: ~1,100 feet
Cities/Regions: Playa Del Rey, Westchester, Fox Hills, Palms, Mar Vista, Oakwood, Ocean Park, Santa Monica.
Dan Gutierrez, Pat and Elizabeth Schirmer, Jonathan Chaalan, Jason Songhurst on 3 Dec 2016 | Dave and Kristy Moorman, Olivia Oshimo on 24 Jun 2017 | Aaron Veals on 8 Jul 2017 | Jeff Rozema, Kathy Lopez, Maria Casillas, Luis Prado, Matty Barriga, Alfredo Salgado, Lizbeth Padilla, James Peterson on 19 Aug 2017 | Teresa Cavasos on 10 Nov 2017 | Evelyn Sanchez on 15 Dec 2017 | Maribel Sanchez on 6 Apr 2018 | Gaelle Gralnek, Marla Stephenson Thornton, Lisa Digger on 16 Jun 2018 | Jane Fransella on 17 Jun 2018 | Larry Blood, Kay Brown, Mitesh Damania, Sandy Hobson, Mitzi Lacebal, Caroline Shahin, Lisa Ung, on 2 Apr 2023 | Mary Dang, Lisa Winger on 29 May 2023 | Who will be next?
Route Description Hyperlapse Video of Segment E
Route Features: Starting near the ocean in Playa Del Rey, the route travels mostly through residential neighborhoods in a large inland rectangle that surrounds Marina Del Rey, followed by 2-3/4 miles of flat oceanfront walking. This route is one of the flattest on the entire LA Loop, with just over 1,100 feet of climb in 20 miles or roughly 55 feet per mile (that’s an average grade of only 1%). This is sparse stair country, and we traverse only 10 stairways in the first 15 miles, then 15 in the last 5-3/4 miles. The longer two stairways of 73 steps in Palms, and 97 steps in Mar Vista are a pleasant surprise, but other than that, it is a lot of pleasant and flat urban walking, with a visually interesting visit to the Santa Monica Pier and Tongva Park near the end.
Start Location: Vista Del Mar and Culver Blvd, which is bus accessible via Metro Bus Line 115 which travels east along Manchester connecting to the Metro Silver 910/950 Line Bus, and the Metro A (Blue) Line Train.
Finish Location: Downtown Santa Monica E (Expo) Line Station at 4th and Colorado, which is train accessible on the Metro E (Expo) Line Train.
Congratulations, you have reached the 20.4 mile mark, and the end of the segment!