Overlooked LB: An urban hike through Signal Hill to Black Bear Diner

We felt it appropriate to share this Overlooked LB that was submitted to us a few months ago during summer, because, well, Long Beach weather patterns refuse to let us have a proper fall. It’s still 100-million degrees out, so if you’d like to emulate this scorching walk that local photographer/musician/writer Matt Cohn took to soak up the sun, we hope these photos inspire you to do so. We doubt the plumerias are still blooming, but we’re sure you’ll find some other flowers or foliage to appreciate along JUAN-eh-pear-oh.

“I’d heard good things about the Black Bear Diner in Signal Hill, and I needed some exercise, so I decided to trek to it via Junipero Avenue,” said Cohn. “I passed by scores of beautiful Craftsman homes and greeted lots of folks who were outside soaking up the sun on this fine summer day.”

To submit your own photography excursion to Overlooked LB, email [email protected] 5–10 photos with captions, a photo of yourself, your name and general location, a 100- to 200-word description of your walk through town and any social media platforms you’d like mentioned.

Today, the plumeria was the official plant of the LBC: Many were blooming on Junipero in a variety of colors. Photo by Matt Cohn for Overlooked LB.

Up past 21st Street, I entered the Junipero Trail, which winds around Signal Hill offering spectacular views and a decent cardio workout. Photo by Matt Cohn for Overlooked LB.

By the time I arrived at the Black Bear Diner I was hungry indeed. I indulged in some Big Food but was able to somehow withstand the calling of the Lava Cake and the Banana Cream Pie. Photo by Matt Cohn for Overlooked LB.

On the way home I paused to dig the views. Then I took the scenic route home on Anaheim Street. Splendid expedition. Photo by Matt Cohn for Overlooked LB.

Cohn isn’t exactly married to the idea of walking everywhere and really loves a good bike ride here and there. Make sure to send us a photo of you with your submission to Overlooked LB!

Courtesy Matt Cohn for Overlooked LB.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.