Segment D

Segment D – Torrance to Playa Del Rey – View Google MapView Photos

Distance: 20.0 miles     42 stairways     1,105 up-steps     Total Climb: 2,260 feet

Facebook Event on 5 Nov 2016

Cities/Regions: Torrance, Seaside, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Dockweiler State Beach, Playa Del Rey

Official Finishers:
Dan Gutierrez, Jonathan Chaalan, Junie Wood, Dave Rucker on 5 Nov 2016 | Pat and Elizabeth Schirmer, Jane Fransella on 1 Apr 2017 | Dave and Kristy Moorman, Evelyn Sanchez, Olivia Oshimo on 17 Jun 2017 | Jeff Rozema, Kathy Lopez, Teresa Cavazos, Maribel Sanchez, Jose Terriquez on 22 Jul 2017 | Maria Casillas on 29 Jul 2017 | Who will be next?

Route Features: Starting at a shopping center in Torrance, this route is relatively flat to rolling, traversing residential neighborhoods in Torrance and Redondo Beach, climbing and descending stairways along: the bluffs at Redondo Beach, the Redondo Beach Pier (where we will climb the gorgeously tiled “Ocean Steps” stairway), Hermosa Beach (where we will take a lunch break), and hilly Manhattan Beach, descending to a relatively flat beach bike path walk for the last 4 miles of the route, ending in Playa Del Rey. This is very much a beach stairs route, with most of the climbing being in stairways, and a few hills in Manhattan Beach.

Start Location: Calle Mayor and Pacific Coast Highway, which is bus accessible via Metro Bus Line 232 along Pacific Coast Highway connecting to the Metro Silver Line Bus and also  the Metro Blue Line Train.

Finish 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 Line Bus, and the Metro Blue Line Train.

Transit Connections: Finish to Start: From the finish at Vista Del Mar and Culver, catch the Metro Bus Line 115 on the south side of Culver, just west of Vista Deal Mar, which heads east on Manchester, and then get off at Sepulveda Blvd, and transfer to Metro Bus Line 102 south on Sepulveda, to the LAX City Bus Center. At the center, take Metro Bus Line 232 south on Pacific Coast Highway back to the start at Calle Mayor.
DTLA to Start: Take the Metro Silver Line Bus to the Pacific Coast Highway Station, go downstairs on the north side of the street, and transfer to the Metro Bus Line 232, taking it west, to the start at  Pacific Coast Highway at Calle Mayor.
Finish to DTLA: On the return trip, take Metro Bus Line 115 east on Manchester the Metro Silver Line Bus, at the Manchester/Harbor Freeway Station, or continue further east to the Metro Blue Line Train at the Firestone Station (Manchester changes name to Firestone shortly before the station is reached).  Do note that the Silver Line serves both the 7th/Metro Station and Union Station, thus providing links to the Blue, Red, Purple, Expo, and Gold Metro Rail Lines.

Route Description:
Miles 0-5: We start by climbing 3 inland stairways in the Seaside neighborhood of Torrance in a 3 mile march to the bluffs above the beach. First we climb the 52 Vanderhill/Bindewald stairways steps, and do a walk along Linda Dr northward to a small residential stairway connecting up 23 steps to Sepulveda Blvd from Redbeam Ave. Then from there we work our way to Prospect, then Palos Verdes Blvd, to climb up 13 steps on the Ynez Ave stairway, then use Ave D, then avenue C, passing the 3 mile mark, to reach our first beach bluff stairway, which we will climb, after descending an adjacent steep downward ramp. After Climbing Ave C stairs, we will zig-zag along the beach bluffs, climbing and descending 6 stairways in this order (u = up, d = down): 92u, 61d, 17u, 51d, 73u, and 46d, passing the 4 mile mark and arriving at the Redondo Beach Pier. At the Pier we will be doing a series of 5 stairways, including this mosaic tile beauty, The Ocean Steps:
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At the end of those 5 stairways we will be on Catalina Ave, and begin an inland trek on Diamond St, crossing the 5 mile mark at PCH, ending this section of the walk.

Miles 5-10: Continuing inland on Diamond, we work our way up hill to Beryl pass the 6 mile point, then jog over to 190th St, to descend a small 14 step stairway that will take us after a few blocks on 190th to Green St, which we will take north, past the 7 mile mark, all the way north to Artesia, and after crossing the street, we will descend an unexpected 20 step stairway, and walk down a smooth dirt walkway to back to Matthews St. Form there we will do a residential street route, essentially paralleling Aviation Blvd, pass the 8 mile flag, and ultimately connect to Pier Ave in Hermosa Beach to reach the median pathway between Valley and Ardmore, that runs for 3 miles north to Manhattan Beach. We will use selected parts of this greenway. We enter the greenway by first walking parallel to it to the west, using a 26 step school stairway to climb up to the walking trail, which we will take northwest to 21st St, turning northeast, up to Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), passing the 10 mile mark, and continuing northwest on PCH for about 1/4 mile to intersection with Artesia, in Hermosa Beach, that serves as our lunch stop. There are many eating establishments from which to choose in the shopping center at the northeast corner. This is the end of this second section of the walk.

Miles 10-15: After lunch, the route takes us back to the Valley/Ardmore greenway, via Gould Ave, which is the continuation of Artesia Blvd west of PCH. We descend a small 11 step stairway on Gould to reach the greenway. The route continues for another mile, going up a 15 step, passing the 11 mile flag, then up another 22 step stairway to reach Manhattan Beach Blvd, and turn west heading downhill toward the Manhattan Beach Pier, easily visible in front of us. before taking a long walk on a short pier, we turn right heading northwest on Manhattan Ave, which heralds the beginning of your Manhattan Beach stairway trek where we will zig-zag up and down 14 small to medium sized stairways in just under 2.5 miles of walking, ending with a 76 up step stairway in a school, that will lead us to the 14 mile mark of the route, just outside the school. From there it is an interesting trek along a walkway that will take us to Grandview Ave, that as named offers grand views of the surrounding inland region. At the end of Grandview Ave, the street becomes a walkway only, taking us to one of the upper entrances to Sand Dune Park, where we will immediately descend a 162 step stairway to the bottom of the park, walk along the bottom, to the north end of the park, and climb the largest stairways of the day, a 208 step monster that will take up back up to the Grandview walkway. From there we will backtrack slightly to enter the park one last time and descend to the bottom of a 54 step stairway we will climb to ecit the park on 31st St, which we will take downhill to Highland Ave, the main drag in Manhattan Beach. We head northwest on Highland, and reach the 15 mile mark at Beach Pizza, just past 33rd St, continuing on to Rosecrans Ave, which concludes this section of the route.

Miles 15-20: The last 5 miles of the route are mostly a flat stair-less walk along the beach, but to get there, we must descend and do the last few stairways of the route. Continue west and downhill on Rosecrans, descending the 31 step stairway to the beach bike path, head north west and climb the 12 steps of the 38th St stairway and continue along The Strand walkway to 44th St, and descend 24 steps in two flights to reach the beach bike path again. Now settle in for a long beach walk on the path. Walk past the power station passing the 16 mile mark en route, and continue up the coast, heading northwest past the 17 mile flag, the Dockweiler Youth Center, the El Segundo Cafe, the Dockweiler RV park, to reach the Imperial Highway entrance to Dockweiler State Beach. Head up the hill and out of the state beach to Vista Del Mar, cross it at Imperial, and continue northwest on the east (inland) side of the street, which has a sidewalk. Continuing on the Vista Del Mar sidewalk, past the 18 mile mark, you will pass the neighborhood at the end of the runways at LAX that was never built, though the streets were laid out and paved. Be sure to look up and watch the commercial airliners take off overhead. You will get to see their undersides up-close and personal! After about a mile and a half, well past the 19 mile marker, you will reach Napoleon St, the first street north of the LAX airport. In about 1/2 mile more of northwest walking, you will reach the intersection of Vista Del Mar with Culver Blvd, where there are a number of coffee shops and other eating establishments.

Post Seg D Selfie Composite

Post Segment D Selfies: Top 5 Nov 2016 – Dan Gutierrez, Jonathan Chaalan [Junie Wood, Dave Rucker also finished] | Bottom 1 Apr 2017 – Elizabeth Schirmer, Jane Fransella, Pat Schirmer

Post Segment D Selfie N3 - cropped

Post Segment D Selfie: Olivia Oshimo, Evelyn Sanchez, Kristy and Dave Moorman on 17 Jun 2017

Congratulations, you have reached the 20 mile mark, and the end of the segment!

Stairway Data Table

Seg # SS# SW# In-300 Zip Stairway Name Up Down
D01 81 N/A 90277 Vanderhill/Bindewald 52
D02 82 N/A 90503 Redbeam Ave 23
D03 83 N/A 90277 Ynez Ave 13
D04 49 N/A 90277 Ave C 72
D05 50 N/A 90277 Knob Hill 92
D06 51 N/A 90277 Topaz St 61
D07 52 N/A 90277 Bike Path to Walkway S 17
D08 53 N/A 90277 Bike Path to Walkway N 51
D09 54 N/A 90277 Bike Path/George Freeth Way 73
D10 55 N/A 90277 Bike Path/Vets Park Library 46
D11 56 N/A 90277 Redondo Pier Red Brick 27
D12 57 N/A 90277 Redondo Pier Bike Path/Torrance Bl 19
D13 58 N/A 90277 Ocean Steps (mosaic) 34
D14 59 N/A 90277 Pier WW/Apartment WW 24
D15 60 N/A 90277 Apartment WW/The Village 14
D16 84 N/A 90278 190th St 14
D17 85 N/A 90278 Green Ln 20
D18 86 J15 90254 Hermosa Valley School 26
D19 87 N/A 90254 Gould Terrace 11
D20 88 J14 90266 Valley/Francisco 15
D21 89 J13 90266 Valley/4th Pl 22
D22 90 N/A 90266 13th Pl 14
D23 61 N/A 90266 Manhattan Beach City Hall 10
D24 91 J12 90266 17th St/Live Oak Park 23
D25 92 J11 90266 Live Oak Park/18th St 25 16
D26 93 J10 90266 Highland Ave/18th St 21
D27 94 J9 90266 Highland Ave/19th St 13
D28 95 J8 90266 Live Oak Park/19th 58
D29 96 N/A 90266 Live Oak Park/20th 42
D30 62 N/A 90266 Manor Dr 9
D31 97 J7 90266 Valley/20th Pl 14
D32 98 J6 90266 Ardmore/19th 24
D33 99 J2 90266 Valley/Flournoy 38
D34 100 J1 90266 Ardmore/Flournoy 12
D35 101 J5 90266 Valley/Blanche 27
D36 102 N/A 90266 27th St /Manor Dr 76
D37 103 J4 90266 Sand Dune Park/30th St 162
D38 104 J3 90266 Sand Dune Park/32nd St 208
D39 105 N/A 90266 Sand Dune Park/31st St 54
D40 63 N/A 90266 Rosecrans Ave 31
D41 64 N/A 90266 38th St 21
D42 65 N/A 90266 44th St 23
Total Stair Steps —> 1100 547
Total Stair-Streets —> 25
Total Non Stair-Street Stairs> 17