Los Angeles Section 11

The wide, sandy beach here stretches southward for miles, and the hills of Palos Verdes Peninsula and Catalina Island can be seen in the distance. A sinuous paved path meanders along the beach, available for cyclists, skaters, runners, wheelchair riders and walkers. Although it is only occaisionally crowded, caution is advised because of the range of user speeds and frequent crossings of the path by beach goers. Swimming, surfing and fishing are popular here, and there are fire rings at Dockweiler State Beach, but no camping. There is an RV campground on the beach at the foot of Imperial Highway.

Industrial influences are apparent. Airplanes taking off from LAX?s four runways roar overhead, two electrical generating plants and the Los Angeles Hyperion Plant are within sight, and oil tankers stand offshore at El Secundo (Standard Oil?s second California refinerey) to unload their cargo through an underwater pipe. Yet the blue Pacific sparkles and the warm sand beckons. [Stan Bluhm]

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