Bike a bountiful section of the Arroyo Seco Bike Path in Los Angeles
Tucked on the border of East LA and South Pasadena, this 2-mile stretch of the Arroyo Seco (“dry stream” in Spanish) bike path begins at Montecito Recreation Center and ends at Arroyo Seco Park. The journey curves its way around Debs Regional Park and Hermon Park, with spectacular views of surrounding hills dotted with willows, oaks, and sycamore trees. Overhanging trees offer a secluded, serene protection from the bustle of surrounding traffic and some shade from the sun. Although the bike path runs parallel to the 110, the seasonal Arroyo Seco lends a natural buffer to the noisy freeway.
In addition to Debs and Hermon Parks, the Arroyo Seco Bike Path connects to Sycamore Grove Park, South Pasadena Nature Park, and the Arroyo Seco Golf Course. You can hike to the top of Debs for a gorgeous view of surrounding LA, picnic among the wildflowers at South Pasadena Nature Park, or swing by the Arroyo Seco Stables to catch a glimpse of the majestic horses residing right along the bike path.
For architectural sights, keep an eye out for the numerous historic stone bridges crisscrossing the bike path with lofty archways featuring splendid details. Whether you stop at any of these destinations or simple enjoy the winding path, you will undoubtedly feel the serenity of the Arroyo Seco bike path’s convergence of art, history, and nature.
Take the 110 freeway to East Ave. 43 and follow Homer St. to the parking lot of the Montecito Recreation Center. Dog-friendly!
Story and photos by Lena Marceca
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