Strolling the L.A. River, before it all changes

If current trends persist, the properties fronting the Los Angeles River could become some of the city’s most desirable addresses.

For now, this urban Frogtown walk goes through some neighborhoods still transitioning from marginal to hip.

1. Begin your stroll at the Great Heron Gates where they open onto Rattlesnake Park, near the corner of Fletcher Drive and Ripple Street. Walk along the riverfront bike path, a.k.a. the Los Angeles River Greenway Trail, keeping the river on your left.

2. Check out the bird life as you walk. Down below, in or near the water, you will see ducks, geese, stilts, herons and egrets. You may also see kayaks, even though this part of the river is officially open only for boating during the summer months.

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3. Cross under the Glendale Freeway and pause at Marsh Park, a newly minted public space that hosts a variety of events and offers public restrooms and drinking fountains.