NELA’s best hikes to walk your dog

Dog walker enters Ernest E. Debs Regional Park in Montecito Heights | Photo by Rick Loomis / LATimes


By Mary Lynch

A trail through northeast Los Angeles has been named one of the The best urban trails in Los Angeles for dogs by the LA Times.

Nicknamed the Montecito Heights Urban Trail, the walk begins at the south entrance to Ernest E. Debs Regional Park, just off Monterey Road in Montecito Heights. From there it continues into Hermon Park, the southernmost section of Arroyo Seco, where dog walkers can access the LA River bike path in southern Pasadena. Along the way, the trail includes two local dog parks.

Morning with the Dogs on Sleepy Hollow | Photo by Wendy Newell

A word for the wise:

The Sleepy Hollow Trail, located in the hills above Highway 134, overlooking Eagle Rock and Glendale, is another great place for dog walking. To find the trailhead, head north on Verdugo Rd, turn right on Glenoaks Blvd. then right on Sleepy Hollow Dr. For a vigorous up and down walk, turn right on the trail to take Valle Vista Fire Road. For a nice walk, go left towards the Glendale Open Space Preserve.

Some dog walkers say that dogs get bored taking the same walk every day, so changing that up could be good for your dog – and for you, too.

Here’s the view of Eagle Rock that humans get from Sleepy Hollow:

Photo by TA Hendrickson / Boulevard Sentinel

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