I’ve been attracted to the Heron Gates that mark the Rattlesnake Park walk next to the LA River just off Fletcher drive since they put them up a few years back, but have never been there. Today, The Man and I went for a walk.
It was mostly overcast but there was a nice breeze. We parked just off Fruitridge (off of Fletcher, right near the 5/2). The large gates are probably always locked, but a little gate heralding the park (though there’s very little “parkness” about it besides the benches near the gates) by its name.
The first part of it is not that interesting, and the walk under the 2 is rather unpleasant as there are remants of squatters everywhere over the fence. After that, the walk is broad and inviting. The long-range vista is off toward the train yards and FedEx complex. But up close, down in the concrete trough is the wide river which is just blooming with life.
The paved walk seems to be a favorite among bikers, and some neighborly folks have taken to marking the trail hazards for the benefit of others.
The trail itself was clean (we were scoping it to see if it was a good dog walk, I was concerned there might be broken glass), and it was actually much cleaner than some walks I’ve taken in Griffith Park.
The wildlife in the river consisted of mallard ducks (including two families with broods), crows and lots and lots of swallows skimming the surface. There must have been other birds around too because there seemed a non-stop chorus of birdsongs.
Though it’s called Rattlesnake Park, I did not see any signs of snakes at all, but I did find a large colony (warren) of ground squirrels that they might have fancied.
click on any of the photos here for larger versions
This is definitely a walk I’ll do again, it’s a great one if you’re walking for fitness and want a nice level, wide path while they’re still redoing the Silverlake Reservoir. It’s close to me and parking doesn’t seem a hassle. I’m also going to check out going in the other direction towards Griffith Park (though I know further on there are more horses).