(LA Trend) — The Arroyo Seco Bike Path is a great way to explore a quaint corner of Los Angeles County while getting a good workout in.
This 2.1-mile concrete path runs from Marmion Way south of Arroyo Verde St. (South Pasadena) to Montecito Heights Recreation Center on Mosher Ave. (Mt. Washington, Los Angeles). As you make your way between South Pasadena and northeast Los Angeles, you’ll be treated to some stunning views of the L.A. skyline and the distant mountains that surround the area.
Running parallel to its namesake stream for the entire route, you’ll travel under the cover of tall sycamore and oak trees for most of your trek, and pass through the hillsides of Ernest E. Debs Regional Park, as well as Hermon Park (also known as Arroyo Seco Park), both of which you’ll have access to from the path. Also, just south of Avenue 49, you can take a pedestrian bridge over the Arroyo Seco to get to Sycamore Grove Park, a lovely little park worth making a stop for.
The Montecito Heights Recreation Center, which marks the South Pasadena endpoint, is less than a third of a mile from the must-see Heritage Square Museum. And if you’re up for some more adventure and don’t mind cutting through some residential streets, you can pedal all the way up to the Rose Bowl where there is a loop of protected lanes.
But if you’re not much of a cyclist, don’t fret—the Arroyo Seco Bike Path is also great for walking and inline skating.
There are numerous places to park along the trail, including Hermon Park (5566 Via Marisol), Sycamore Grove Park (4702 N. Figueroa Street), Ernest E. Debs Regional Park (4235 Monterey Road), and the Montecito Heights Recreation Center (4545 Homer Street).