Top Parks in the Highland Park Area
Living in the eclectic and diverse area of Highland Park means enjoying nature with your loved ones. Here are some of Highland Park’s top places for dogs to play, picnics to enjoy, and hikes to take.
Before You Go
Face coverings and social distancing are required at all times when using any public park or trail. Visitors must not participate in any recreational activity or group sport that goes against these directives while using these areas.
Parks Your Dog Will Love
South Paws-Adena Dog Park, 650 Stoney Drive in Pasadena offers a safe and well-maintained space with separate areas for large and small dogs, and it is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
LA’s Hermon Dog Park, located in Montecito Heights at 5566 Via Marisol offers a peaceful environment that’s perfect for dogs of every personality. There’s obstacle course equipment for high-energy dogs, lots of room to run, and beautiful views from the adjacent park. It’s open daily from dawn to dusk.
Also in LA, Eagle Rock Dog Park on 1100 Eagle Vista Dr. is a worry-free spot to take your dog. Not only does this park offer an area with artificial grass to keep dogs clean, but the park’s doors and fences keep dogs safe.
Perfect Picnic Spots
Pasadena’s Arlington Garden at 275 Arlington Dr. is a botanical garden with wish trees, an amphitheater, and a pine forest. They’re closed on Tuesdays but open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every other day.
Elysian Park at 929 Academy Road in LA may be just outside the downtown, but you’d never know it, thanks to its wide variety of picnic areas. If you can find it, a secret swing will let you take in Dodger’s Stadium. LA’s oldest, Elysian Park is open every day from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Buena Vista Meadow Picnic Area on Elysian Park Dr in LA offers benches, picnic tables, and even barbecue pits at the top of the hill. Formerly the Buena Vista Reservoir, it was drained in the 1950s and is now a great place for a staycation at any time.
Hiking and Trails
The Tad Williams Trail on 65 N Arroyo Blvd is a great trail for walking, hiking, or running, offering unique bridge views in Pasadena’s heart.
Ernest E. Debs Regional Park on 4235 Monterey Rd. in LA offers several easy-to-moderate level trails for hiking, including the Scrub Jay Trail, Wild Mustard Loop, and Peanut Lake. The beautiful trails here can be accessed by anyone wishing to enjoy them, all week from dawn to dusk.
Ascot Hills Park’s main trails offer lots of room for distancing, and there are two hills with inclines for a moderate workout. You can also enjoy beautiful views of the rolling hills once you reach the top, and the trail will literally bring you full circle. Ascot Hills is open all week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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