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Arroyo Seco Foundation

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:


Architectural interest sites



Fly Casting


Sports Fields

Horseback Riding

Disc Golf


Gardens - Ornamental & Botanic


Bird Watching

Historical sites & neighborhoods



Dog Walking

Nature Appreciation

Parks and Recreational Facilities

Angeles National Forest


Angeles Crest Station



Annandale Golf Course / Country Club



Arroyo Seco Golf Course

South Pasadena


Arroyo Seco Park

City of LA


Bear Canyon Picnic Area



Brookside Golf Course



Brookside Park



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



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)



La Cañada Flintridge Golf Course / Country Club



La Pintoresca Park



Loma Alta Park

Los Angeles County


Los Angeles River Center

City of Los Angeles


Lower Arroyo Park



Lower Switzer Campground



Lummis Park



Millard Picnic Area



Mount Lowe Campground



Mountain View Cemetery



Nino Picnic Area



Oak Grove Park



Oak Grove Ranger Station



Paul Little Picnic Area



Rose Bowl



Rose Bowl Aquatic Center Rose Bowl Aquatic Center  

San Pascual Park

City of Los Angeles


San Rafael Park



Shelby Park



Sunset Ridge Station



Switzer Camp



Switzer Station



Switzer Visitor Information Station



Sycamore Grove Park

City of Los Angeles



Upper Switzer Campground



The Arroyo Seco Watershed Restoration Feasibility Study

The Arroyo Seco Watershed Restoration Feasibility Study in 2002 developed a recreational and open space plan for the Arroyo Seco Watershed.

This plan seeks 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 Gold Line stations.

Arroyo River Parks

In recent years, the Arroyo Seco Foundations has proposed a plan to integrate the many parks and open spaces into a continuous stream and habitat corridor. Arroyo River Parks is proposed as a template for integrating the multiple benefits and purposes of the Arroyo Seco into a renewed vibrant corridor.