Recreation in the Arroyo Seco

The Arroyo Seco offers a plethora of outdoors and recreational opportunities to the urban population of Los Angeles County.  Significant portions of the Arroyo Seco watershed are protected open space, ranging from the National Forest to golf courses to passive nature parks. There is almost a continuous stretch of open space in the Arroyo Seco from the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains to its confluence with the Los Angeles River.

Current types of recreation in the Arroyo Seco Watershed are many and varied. A partial list of the types of activities available includes:  

  • Fishing
  • Architectural interest sites
  • Hiking
  • Archery
  • Fly Casting
  • Golf
  • Sports Fields
  • Horseback Riding
  • Disc Golf
  • Bicycling
  • Gardens - Ornamental & Botanic
  • Rollerblading
  • Bird Watching
  • Historical sites & neighborhoods
  • Walking
Here is a list of parks and recreational facilities in the Arroyo Seco region.

 

Parks and Recreational Facilities

Angeles National Forest

USFS

 

Angeles Crest Station

USFS

 

Annandale Golf Course / Country Club

 

 

Arroyo Seco Golf Course

South Pasadena

 

Arroyo Seco Park

City of LA

 

Bear Canyon Picnic Area

 

 

Brookside Golf Course

Pasadena

 

Brookside Park

Pasadena

 

Camp Chiquita

 

 

Camp Sierra

 

 

Charles White Park

Los Angeles County

 

Cleland Avenue Bicentennial Park

City of Los Angeles

 

Defenders Park (portion)

 

 

Descanso Gardens

Los Angeles County

 

Ernest E. Debs Park

City of Los Angeles

 

Garvanza Park

City of Los Angeles

 

General Farnsworth Park

Los Angeles County

 

Gould Mesa Picnic Area

 

 

Greayers Oak Park

City of Los Angeles

 

Hahamonga Watershed Park

Pasadena

 

Heritage Square

 

 

Highland Park

City of Los Angeles

 

Highland Park Recreation Center

City of Los Angeles

 

Highland Park Senior Center

City of Los Angeles

 

Jackie Robinson Park (portion)

Pasadena

 

La Cañada Flintridge Golf Course / Country Club

 

 

La Pintoresca Park

Pasadena

 

Loma Alta Park

Los Angeles County

 

Los Angeles River Center

City of Los Angeles

 

Lower Arroyo Park

Pasadena

 

Lower Switzer Campground

USFS

 

Lummis Park

 

 

Millard Picnic Area

 

 

Mount Lowe Campground

 

 

Mountain View Cemetery

 

 

Nino Picnic Area

 

 

Oak Grove Park

Pasadena

 

Oak Grove Ranger Station

 

 

Paul Little Picnic Area

 

 

Rose Bowl

Pasadena

 

Rose Bowl Aquatic Center

Rose Bowl Aquatic Center

 

San Pascual Park

City of Los Angeles

 

San Rafael Park

Pasadena

 

Shelby Park

 

 

Sunset Ridge Station

 

 

Switzer Camp

USFS

 

Switzer Station

USFS

 

Switzer Visitor Information Station

USFS

 

Sycamore Grove Park

City of Los Angeles

 

Upper Switzer Campground

USFS

 

         

The Arroyo Seco Watershed Restoration Feasibility Study is now developing a recreational and open space plan for the Arroyo Seco Watershed.  This plan will seek to improve recreational opportunities by improving public access, providing new and improved recreational opportunities, and creating a balance between recreation and other conflicting uses.

The plan has four objectives to improve recreational opportunities. They are:

  1. Improve public access from the Angeles National Forest to the coastal shore by building trails, stairways and bikeways;
  2. Provide opportunities for a range of recreational activities;
  3. Provide opportunities for public use of the watershed’s rivers and streams; and
  4. Provide opportunities to mediate the conflict between recreation and conservation

Ideally, trails and open space in the watershed would connect to and between adjacent natural and recreational areas, including the Rim of the Valley Trail, the Los Angeles River Greenway, Elysian Park, the San Rafael Hills, the Ascot Hills, the Monterey Hills, the Montecito Hills, Cultural Attractions throughout the watershed, Elyria Canyon, Rainbow Canyon, and Occidental College in Eagle Rock. A connection to the Los Angeles River Greenway would improve coastal access from the watershed. Pedestrian and bicycle routes would ideally be planned to connect to Pasadena Blue Line stations.  

View Arroyo Parks Map (PDF)