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Ranchos Walk 2021

Take a walk through history and follow a high ridge trail that links Rancho Los Alamitos and Rancho Los Cerritos. New in 2021, we will be highlighting famous women throughout Long Beach history along the walk route. The 9.4-mile scenic walk connects Rancho Los Cerritos, Willow Springs Park, Hilltop Park in Signal Hill, Reservoir Hill, the CSULB campus, and Rancho Los Alamitos. There are also 3.5-mile and 6-mile options available and all participants are invited to enjoy music and refreshments while you explore Rancho Los Alamitos at the end of the walk.

Support Ranchos Walk 2021

We are proud to make Ranchos Walk 2021 free for all participants. Please consider supporting Ranchos Walk partners with a donation: Walk Long BeachRancho Los CerritosRancho Los Alamitos, Historical Society of Long Beach.

3 Distances Available

Full Ranchos Walk: the full walk is 9.4 miles from Rancho Los Cerritos to Rancho Los Alamitos. Sign in from 7:30-8:30am at Rancho Los Cerritos, 4600 Virginia Road. Parking is very limited, carpooling, busing, and biking are encouraged, or park at CSULB.

Parking is available at CSULB lot E6 at 1200 Palo Verde Avenue for a fee of $12 for the day. When reserving your ticket in eventbrite, please be sure to book a ticket with a shuttle time to take you from the parking lot to Rancho Los Cerritos in the morning.

6-Mile Ranchos Walk: the 6-mile walk is from Willow Springs Park to Rancho Los Alamitos. Sign in from 9:00-10:00am at 2755 Orange Avenue. Parking is very limited, carpooling, busing, and biking are encouraged, or park at CSULB.

Parking is available at CSULB lot E6 at 1200 Palo Verde Avenue for a fee of $12 for the day. When reserving your ticket in eventbrite, please be sure to book a ticket with a shuttle time to take you from the parking lot to your starting location.

3.5-Mile Ranchos Walk: the 3.5-mile walk is from Reservoir Hill to Rancho Los Alamitos. Sign in from 9:00-10:00am at 3601 E Pacific Coast Highway. Parking is very limited (street parking only along Reservoir Drive), carpooling, busing, and biking are encouraged, or park at CSULB.

Parking is available at CSULB lot E6 at 1200 Palo Verde Avenue for a fee of $12 for the day. When reserving your ticket in eventbrite, please be sure to book a ticket with a shuttle time to take you from the parking lot to your starting location.

Schedule

7:00 AM: Shuttle service opens at CSULB, 1200 Palo Verde Ave

7:30 AM: Check in for the full Ranchos Walk opens at Rancho Los Cerritos, 4600 Virginia Road

8:30 AM: Full Walk Registration closes

9:00 AM: 6-Mile Ranchos Walk registration opens at Willow Springs Park, 2755 Orange Avenue, and 3.5-Mile Ranchos Walk registration opens Reservoir Hill, 3601 E Pacific Coast Highway

10:00 AM: 6-Mile Walk registration closes, 3.5-Mile Walk Registration closes

10:00 AM: Festival opens at Rancho Los Alamitos

2:00 PM: Ranchos Walk 2021 Closes, last shuttle leaves Rancho Los Alamitos

What to Bring

Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes, sunglasses, a hat, and apply plenty of sunscreen. Bring a reusable water bottle to refill at water stations along the route. Three rest stops along the route will provide water, snacks, first aid, restroom facilities, and information for participants.

Please no dogs. This is a long walk and could be too much for your furry friend. Service dogs only will be allowed.

Download the izi Travel app on your smart phone to access digital route guidance and audio information on points of interest along the route. Open the app and search for "Ranchos Walk" to find the tour and start route guidance. Bring a power bank to ensure your battery will last for the full walk. 

Bring money and your ID to purchase food and enjoy refreshments at the end of the walk at Rancho los Alamitos.

Getting to Ranchos Walk

By bus: Take the bus to the starting point at Rancho los Cerritos, or to one of the intermediate starting points if you'd like to walk the 6-mile or 3.5-mile routes.

By car: Parking is available at all of the starting points, but it is limited. Additional parking is available at CSULB, lot E6 on the corner of E Anaheim Rd and Palo Verde Ave for a daily fee. To use this option please book your ticket with a scheduled shuttle time through Eventbrite. 

Route Maps

Explore the Ranchos Walk route in the maps below.

Aerial view of the route with starting points and rest stops:

Ranchos Walk route on the 1944 map of the Ranchos:

Ranchos Walk route on the 1896 topographical map:

Safety Tips

  • Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
  • Don't assume vehicles will stop. Make eye contact with drivers, don't just look at the vehicle. If a driver is on a cell phone, he or she may not be paying enough attention to drive safely.
  • Cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections, if possible.
  • Obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON'T WALK signs.
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing a street.
  • Watch for turning vehicles. Make sure the driver sees you and will stop for you.
  • Look across ALL lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding. Even if one motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes can see you and will stop for you.
  • Don't wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while crossing.
  • Light colors and reflective materials make you stand out.