The Hermosa Valley Greenbelt offers a cool and peaceful escape, just minutes from the beach. The Walnut Trail, known as the Orange County section of the Orange County that produces oranges and strawberries, shares a wide corridor with an active rail line along the BNSF route. The San Clemente Beach Trail is one of the area's premier rail routes and is located on the coast between the Santa Ana River and Pacific Coast Highway, just a few miles north of Santa Monica.
The main arteries of Pico Rivera, which run from south to north, include Pico River Boulevard, Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica Boulevard and Paramount Boulevard (which is not connected to Paramount by Montebello's Paramount Avenue). Main arteries and roads leading from west to east include the Santa Ana River Parkway, San Clemente Avenue and the Los Angeles County Freeway. It borders the San Gabriel River and the San Fernando River as well as Pomona Valley Parkway and Santa Barbara Boulevard.
The San Juan Creek Trail starts at the creek that flows into the Pacific Ocean, and the short Upper Bay Trail leads around the Upper Newport Bay of Nature. The San Gabriel River Trail stretches from the foot of the SanGabriel Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. It borders Pico Rivera Boulevard, Pomona Valley Parkway and Santa Barbara Boulevard.
The average journey time to Pico Rivera is about 30 minutes, which is less than half the average journey time to Los Angeles County, which is about 40 minutes. PICO Rivera's unemployment rate is about 4.2 percent, while the national average for the same time of day in the United States is 2.5 percent.
Major employers in Pico Rivera include the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department and the California Department of Health. The main industries in and around PICO Rivera include agriculture, construction, mining, oil and gas, and manufacturing. The best shopping is in the San Fernando Valley, the city of San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo County and San Diego County. Some of the best restaurants in or near Pica Rivera are: El Cajon, El Camino Real, La Pueblo, L.A. Del Monte and El Dorado, among others.
In Pico Rivera, a restaurant in the city of Los Angeles costs an average of $70. The average cost of a meal at El Cajon's El Camino Real Restaurant (CA $1,499) ranges from $1,469 to $2,490, and those at La Pueblo's, El Dorado's and L.A. Del Monte's range from $494 to $3,857, according to the California Restaurant Association.
The best apartments in Pico Rivera, CA are located in the city of Los Angeles (CA $1,977 to $2,405), El Cajon, El Dorado's and The average cost of a meal at El Camino Real Restaurant (CA $1,499) ranges from $3,857 to $5,500, and at La Pueblo's (LA $3,490) from $1 to $4,000 to $6,200.
Casa Inn is located in the historic town of Pico Rivera, CA (CA $1,200 to $2,500) and offers a wide range of amenities including a restaurant, bar, spa and fitness center. This stylish hotel is located in a narrow strip of land at the intersection of El Cajon Avenue and El Dorado Street in Los Angeles.
Other development opportunities include the new Pico Rivera Community Center, a 1.5 million square foot community center on the southwest corner of Whittier and Paramount Boulevards. There are nine parks and eight playgrounds in the city, including a playground for children aged six and over.
The Exposition Line, which runs from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica, has been carefully integrated with light rail, bike lanes and pedestrian facilities. The scenic University Trail begins with a connection to the San Diego Creek Trail and runs east along University Drive in Irvine's south. As the name suggests, the Freeway Trail runs parallel to the San Diego Freeways and Interstate 405 in Pico Rivera.
The Oso Creek Trail offers a little over four miles of asphalt trails that connect the Santa Clarita Valley with San Diego Creek in Pico Rivera. The South Fork River Trail follows the dry water trail and provides access to many SantaClarita residential communities that have the area's great network of trails. Trail users can walk from Rosemead to Lakewood Boulevard on CA 19 in downtown Los Angeles and on CA-19 on the southeast edge to Santa Monica Boulevard and Los Angeles County Fairgrounds.
The Rio Hondo River Trail runs for 17 miles along a partially canalized tributary of the Rio Grande in Pico Rivera. The Marvin Braude Cycle Path, which locals call simply "The Strand," is a South Tyrolean classic and has been shown in hundreds of television programmes and films. The scenic Huntington Beach bike path runs along the coast of Huntington Island, a popular tourist destination in the Santa Clarita Valley. The Oceanfront Boardwalk begins at the entrance of the Pacific Coast Highway into the San Gabriel Valley and runs for nearly two miles across the Balboa Peninsula.