Bites and Sights: Where to hike in Pasadena

When I moved to Pasadena two years ago I was so happy to find a few walking trails that I could explore. I’m not a seasoned hiker by any means but I do enjoy walking, being outdoors and taking in great scenery. My husband and I have spent many weekends on some of the great trails that the Arroyo Seco has to offer. So if you’re ever in the mood to head out into the great outdoors, here are a few of the most popular trails in Pasadena that you might like to check out: 

Angeles National Forest: The Gabrielino Trail in Angeles National Forest is a favorite spot for many hikers. Though I haven’t tried it myself, I know many people who have and say that it’s a really enjoyable walk along the Arroyo Seco stream which has water flowing almost all the year long.

Millard Canyon: This trail, on the eastern edge of the Arroyo Seco watershed, makes for an easy hike along a tree shaded canyon that leads up to a beautiful waterfall.  Head up a few more miles and you will see Dawn Mine, the site of an old mine which was worked for gold from the late 1800s until the 1950s. 

Hahamongna: Hahamongna is a great place to walk around and take in the beauty of nature and the magnificent views of the San Gabriel Mountains as you enjoy a setting that’s rich in water, wildlife and botanical resources. 

Rose Bowl Loop: Appropriate for people of all ages, the Rose Bowl loop is an easy 3.1 mile walk and perfect for exercise or relaxation. You can walk, run, bike or skate along the path as you take in the lovely views surrounding the Rose Bowl.

Pasadena’s Lower Arroyo Nature Park: This is the perfect path for nature lovers and a great spot to walk your dog. I’ve frequented this trail many times and as an inexperienced hiker, this trail is pretty easy. It begins at the Colorado Street Bridge and stretches to the border of South Pasadena. 

Garinee Soudjian is a writer, blogger who is passionate about food and community. She can be reached at

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