Arroyo Seco Park is a breathtaking slice of woodland to the west of South Pasadena. Offering over 22 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding, Arroyo Seco Park has something to offer anyone living in L.A. The Arroyo Seco is open to all comers, including walkers, hikers or joggers. From well-maintained paved paths, to rough trails, the Arroyo Seco is sure to satisfy that outdoor-wanderlust no matter the occasion!
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The Arroyo Seco is centered on a dynamic stream that starts in the heights of the San Gabriel Mountains and flows down into the communities of LA Canada Flintridge, Altadena, Pasadena, South Pasadena, and Los Angeles. There the stream joins the Los Angeles River and continues on to the Pacific Ocean. Cutting a fantastic canyon, many of the communities can identify the Arroyo Seco stream as a the birthplace of their culture, history, and unique identity.
The Arroyo Seco park is divided into three large sections all found along the main stream. To the southwest of Pasadena is the area known as the Lower Arroyo Seco. South of the Colorado Street bridge, the Lower Arroyo is a natural preservation area and a cultural landmark. The canyon walls host a plethora of different wildlife, and the secondary trails include oak woodlands, coastal scrubland, and riparian habitats. Some of the Lower Arroyo Seco hotspots include the Bird Sanctuary, a memorial grove, and an archery range.
North of the Lower Arroyo Seco and west of Pasadena proper is the Central Arroyo Seco. The most active and colorful portion of the Arroyo Seco, Central Arroyo Seco is 470 acres of well maintained park for golfing, swimming, running, biking, and more! The most popular trail on the Central Arroyo Seco is known as the Rose Bowl Loop. At 3.3 miles long, this trail circles the Rose Bowl Stadium and the fairways of the Brookside Golf Course. Featuring colored pavement that indicate the safe-zones for both pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists, the Rose Bowl Loop offers spectacular views throughout the Arroyo in comfort and safety. For something a little more off the beaten path, try the John Crowley and Tad Williams trails. Other great features of Central Arroyo Seco include the Rose Bowl Stadium and the Kidspace Children’s Museum.
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The northernmost element of the Arroyo Seco is the Hahamongna Watershed Park. Made up of 300 acres of wildland, the Hahamongna Watershed Park joins the northern elements of Pasadena and L.A. in transitioning between city, and the foothill communities near the Angeles National Forest. The Park includes a large number of interconnected trails, picnic facilities, restrooms, playing fields, and the world’s first disc golf course! The basin behind the nearby Devil’s Gate Dam supports a wide and rich environment, the perfect refuge for numerous wildlife and bird species.
Stop by the diverse Arroyo Seco for the national park experience only a few blocks away from the big city!
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