Where do I go to drive through the LA River &/Or Glendale Narrows?
September 26, 2012 10:05 AM   Subscribe

Where do I go to drive through the LA River &/Or Glendale Narrows?

I've lived in LA about four years now and it's time I drive through those iconic scenes in movies. (Drive, Grease, Terminator 2 etc...) Does anyone have EXACT directions on where I can go to drive down that area even if it's for just a half mile? I know it's somewhere along the LA River or Glendale Narrows but I don't know where to begin. Feel free to share your experiences if it was at night or during the daytime.

Also, I'd be willing to settle for a bike ride but it has to be down below in the concrete riverbed and not along the edges. Thanks!
posted by Wanderer7 to Travel & Transportation around Los Angeles, CA (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm confused- you want to drive your car in the riverbed?

You can't do that in real life. Yes parts are mostly dry in the summer, but it's a river.
posted by drjimmy11 at 10:44 AM on September 26, 2012

It is neither legal nor smart, but it apparently it's possible.
posted by erst at 10:55 AM on September 26, 2012

Arrange your bail money beforehand.
posted by BlahLaLa at 11:06 AM on September 26, 2012

posted by erst at 11:14 AM on September 26, 2012 [2 favorites]

It's really easy and not (AFAIK, which isn't far) as illegal to get down to the riverbed on a bike. Park at the zoo or somewhere near the I5/134 interchange and get on the bike path next to the river. It's mostly concrete from there 'til you get to about Los Feliz Blvd. then it switches to the greenway and navigating the bottom gets tricky. There a cool rickety footbridge just south of LFB too. They're also doing construction as you get closer to the Fletcher bridge as of a few weeks ago, which could mean one of two things: getting chased away by construction workers/security/police (where 'away' means 'back up on the bike path buddy!') or seeing crazy weird dams set up to redirect the water flow right up close. The greenway is home to some people, be warned.

The path ends at the 110, as does the greenway, and it's pretty easy to get a bike down to the concrete channel from there. Alternatively, and this won't really help you relive the semi chase in T2 but, you can sign up for kayak tours and bike tours and walking tours of the LA River at the FoLAR website.
posted by carsonb at 11:23 AM on September 26, 2012 [2 favorites]

Oh and mandymanwasregistered has hosted an LA meetup along the river in the past. We pretty much did the route I described and back, finishing with a huge lunch at India Sweets & Spices. We should do it again!
posted by carsonb at 11:27 AM on September 26, 2012

For the Terminator 2 wash chase, start here, go west.
posted by WasabiFlux at 12:46 PM on September 26, 2012

Yes, drive your car under the 6th St bridge. The cops are never there patroling the area for random people who want to drive into the river for their photoshoot.

You really don't want to bike in the glendale narrows. Unless by bike you mean swim/wade through mud and plants.

As for the concrete bottomed areas, go for it. It's bumpy and flat. Yes, you are trespassing. Yes the water moves a lot faster than you might think--the concrete hardly impedes the flow. So stay away from the water.

Why don't you just walk down in there once it's dark?

The thing about urban exploration is that you can't just ask the internet for explicit instructions, you have to go figure it out for youself.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 3:51 PM on September 26, 2012

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