Running the Arroyo Seco Trail

Los Angeles Lower Arroyo Trail

  • Activities:

    Photography, Running

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    100 Feet

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly

This is a great escape from the city and perfect for the whole family - even the family dog!

Nestled next to the CA-134, this trail presents a relaxing atmosphere while only a 30 minute drive from Downtown Los Angeles and a 5 minute drive from Old Town Pasadena.

From bird-watching to archery, this trail provides a peaceful atmosphere with no lapse in beauty. The trail which is around 1.5 miles long is relatively flat and runs along the Arroyo Seco River. This usually concrete river is diverted for about a mile through tiny streams which create an ever increasing peaceful atmosphere.

Passing under historic and beautiful bridges while listening to the singing of birds and the flow of steady streams this hike has a lot to offer. With a round trip of casual strolling only taking about an hour and a half, I would suggest following the trail further along side the RoseBowl and up into the Hahamongna Watershed Park for even more spectacular sights. From where you first park to the Watershed it is about an 8 mile round trip loop so just be prepared water and snack wise.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Backpack
  • Running shoes
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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I shoot archery here about 10 hours a week. It's a roving range, so it's mostly hiking through this area to get from shooting lane to shooting lane. I'm always there, and the beauty and seasonal changes of the Lower Arroyo never cease to amaze me. It's explosively green and flowery in the wet months, and rugged in the hot summer. If dogs, horses, and friendly people are your thing, this is the gentle nature walk for you.

10 months ago
10 months ago

Aside from Griffith, I think this is my new favorite "inner city" LA park that isn't off in the mountains. Quiet, peaceful and plenty of trail.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Kenneth Rodriguez-Clisham

Born and raised in California I picked up my first camera in High School and has led me too shoot for the University of Hawaii's student run newspaper and now the University of Southern California's newspaper, The Daily Trojan.

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