Long Beach, CA - Take a walk through history on a scenic 9.4-mile trail between Rancho Los Cerritos and Rancho Los Alamitos on Saturday, September 18, as the City of Long Beach
invites the community to the third annual Ranchos Walk
. The free event will highlight historical women of Long Beach along the route.
“The Ranchos Walk offers residents an opportunity to get outside and explore Long Beach’s rich history,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I encourage everyone to participate in this walk across Long Beach to learn more about our historic Ranchos and the women that helped shape our local history.”
In addition to the main 9.4-mile urban hike, the Ranchos Walk from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. also features shorter 6-mile and 3.5-mile options for participants. The full route winds through some of the highest points in Long Beach and Signal Hill, including Reservoir Hill, Hilltop Park and Longview Point at Willow Springs Park. The trail starts and ends at the two ranchos, which are City-owned museums operated by nonprofit organizations.
“We hope residents and visitors will learn more about the city and its topography and history through participating in the Ranchos Walk,” said Sustainability Coordinator Larry Rich. “Helping to foster a sense of place for participants can lead to better stewardship of the places we live, work and play.”Long Beach’s Office of Sustainability
, Department of Public Works
and Department of Health and Human Services
partnered with Walk Long Beach
, the Historical Society of Long Beach
and the two ranchos to host the free urban hike. The event coincides with California Pedestrian Safety Month.
“The Ranchos Walk is Long Beach’s epic walk across the city, and we are excited to be able to bring it back to the community this year,” said Walk Long Beach Executive Director Steve Gerhardt. “We're excited to be partnering with the City and both historic ranchos on this event, and are grateful for the community’s continued support. We want to keep building the momentum for walking in Long Beach.”
Free shuttle service will be available to connect participants to rest stops, the main parking lot and starting point at Rancho Los Cerritos
(4600 Virginia Road) and the finish festival at Rancho Los Alamitos
(6400 E. Bixby Hill Road), where there will be live music, refreshments and food for purchase.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, starting times and access to the finish festival will be staggered to encourage social distancing.
For an audio tour with navigation instructions, participants can download the izi.Travel
Online registration is available at www.longbeach.gov/ranchoswalk