Here is my route
from the Wilshire Park area to Downtown via the Broadway Bridge. Certainly, the Broadway dumps you right into the Pearl via Lovejoy.
I've tried many different routes since last summer and throughout the winter and this is the one I keep coming back to. The worst part is crossing MLK at Failing, but it's not bad if you're patient.
, I come via Steel Bridge, but more importantly, I go all the way up to Skidmore for an easy, mellow ride to the top of Alameda ridge. Note, crossing MLK at Mason is easier with this route.