Years ago I use to commute from Signal Hill to L.A. for a job with KABC radio. To this day I can’t forget my first Friday night drive home. It took an exhausting 2+ hours. For those who don’t know the drive, the running joke about the 405 freeway is that it take 4 or 5 hours to get anywhere when on it. And that’s no joke. Thankfully I moved on, but for thousands of others the commute continues.
Signal Hill has amazing views from the ocean, to downtown L.A., to the mountains. On a clear day one can even see the Hollywood sign.
It is surrounded by the city of Long Beach, just a few minutes off the 405 freeway. Exit either Cherry or Lakewood, head south and aim for the radio towers.
But be ready to leave by 10pm, that’s when security guards drive around issuing tickets to those still parked.
For cycle enthusiast who love a challenge start your slow, serious climb at PCH and Junipero. Turn right at 21st and left at Stanley and ride to Skyline. NOTE: Hill Street is so steep and narrow that bikes are not allowed.
However, you can enjoy its challenge with a run. Check out this 2+ mile route that includes a run up/down Hill Street. (source: WalkJogRun.com).
Fun Facts about Signal Hill
The Model T Hill Climb, a race up Hill Street, was organized by auto manufactures to inspired people to buy cars.
Always Tri. Never Stop.