Cypress Hills is centrally located in Los Angeles, California. This densely populated, residential neighborhood is serviced by four public schools along with parks and recreations areas. There are several historic monuments in this neighborhood including The Huron Substation, two historical residences, the Nickel-Leong Mansion, The Jeffries House, and a historic library. Busy roadways running through the community are the location of commercial activities including restaurants, retail shops, grocers, and other services.
Residents can access historical sites or businesses in the areas on foot, year around, as weather in the area is sunny, dry, and warm even in winter. In summer, it can be quite hot and sunny, so be prepared. If you bring your dog along, make sure he does not become overheated. Walking earlier or later in the day on hot summer days may be preferable to the height of the day, when hot pavement can be hard on unprotected doggy paws.
This neighborhood is located on a large hill with residential properties and natural areas along the steeper inclines and the apex of the hill. Main thoroughfares and commercials areas are located at the foot of the hill, where terrain levels off somewhat. The hill is more sparsely populated due to the rough terrain, with winding roads and more widely distributed residential properties. There are main thoroughfares running through the neighborhood with busy commercial areas and heavy traffic.
Some roadways can have lots of activity and you will need to watch for vehicles in the area when walking on foot with your dog. The area is also bordered by the Golden State Freeway and Arroyo Secco Parkway. These busy freeways are difficult to navigate on foot, but there are designated areas where pedestrians can cross by using underpasses. However, most residents that leave the area in the direction of these freeways tend to drive, as freeway areas are not very pedestrian friendly.
Cypress Park is named for the park of the same name that is located centrally in the area, providing a green space destination for locals to enjoy with sports fields, a playground, and a recreation centre. Located in this neighborhood is Rio De Los Angeles State Park which provides lots of walking trails through a restored natural river wetland. This park also has developed sports fields, playgrounds, and a recreation building. The LA River Centre and gardens is also located in Cypress Park and contains gardens and Mission style buildings. Access by pets on leash is permitted in some areas.
Bordering the community, Elysian Park is on the southwest and Ernest E. Debs Park is on the northeast. These very large parks are within easy driving distance, although major thoroughfares hamper access on foot from Cypress Park. Both parks have large wilderness areas with plenty of hiking trails to explore with your dog and beautiful scenic views of the surrounding areas.