California Aqueduct Bikeway

The California Aqueduct Bikeway runs for a length of 107 miles of paved trail next to the aqueduct system that provides the water to all of California. The path is the longest of the paved paths in the Los Angeles area, but there are reports of it having been closed since 2001 due to security risks after the events of September 11. Others report the trail closed in 1988 because of biker safety issues, but there will be no effort made to create a safer riding system because of the security problems. The trail begins near Gorman at the Quail Lake and travels through Silverwood Lake into the San Bernardino Mountains. The aqueduct itself is a series of tunnels, canals and pipelines that collect water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and valleys throughout the entire state. The system is operated by the Department of Water Resources and includes two pumping stations. Newspaper reports from the area show that bodies are frequently found in the aqueduct system, which makes the likelihood of the bike trail being reopened for regular use even less likely. If you are visiting the area and you plan to bike, there are other options for trails that are guaranteed to be operational.

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