Distance: 36 miles and 400 feet of elevation gain (mapping software)
Although all three routes return on the San Gabriel River, today each route pretty much goes its separate way. Unlike the long and medium, this short only rides one river – the San Gabriel. The route starts by heading south on the river, but not quite all the way to the coast. You get off the river near Los Alamitos and loop back north through Lakewood to lunch. After lunch, the route simply gets back on the San Gabriel River and heads back north to the start. As you can see by the profile, this route is extremely flat. The only climbing is in the gentle up-grade as you ride back up river to the start.
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