With the exception of downtown Los Angeles, Lincoln Heights is the oldest community in the Los Angeles, California area. It is a densely populated community with a mix of homes and businesses. There are plenty of restaurants and shopping accessible for residents on foot in the neighborhood, along with plenty of historical buildings and sites.
The weather in Los Angeles is hot and dry with little difference in the weather between winter and summer seasons. Because this area is well established with lots of pavement it can be especially hot, as buildings have given way to green spaces and trees over time. If you are walking in this area there may not be a lot of shade on busy thoroughfares, so take water for you and your dog, and ensure your pup's paws are protected from hot cement with doggie boots designed for that purpose.
This old, established neighborhood has a good mix of commercial buildings, single, and multi-family residences, parks, schools, and shops. Although Lincoln Heights is mostly artificial, trees and landscaping in residential neighborhoods is mature and provides some greenery and shade for hot travelers.The terrain in Lincoln Park is also varied with rough undeveloped open areas, commercial main streets with businesses that have little natural landscaping, and lusher residential neighborhoods with well-developed gardens, natural and cultivated plants and trees. Some areas are flat, especially where commercial development has taken place along major arteries, but some residential areas can be more hilly, especially as they approach natural areas to the north.
Lincoln Heights is bordered by two major highways, Highway 5 to the west and 110 to the north, which provide good accessibility to the community, but also contribute to traffic and noise in the area. When walking in Lincoln Heights with your dog you will want to avoid higher traffic areas in favor of natural areas, parks, and residential neighborhoods.
There is a surprising amount of undeveloped land and green space here, for an older established neighborhood so centrally located in Los Angeles. These areas provide a natural habitat for regional flora and fauna. Included in these undeveloped areas, just to the northeast of Lincoln Heights, near Abraham Lincoln High School, is a large open area with trails and great views of the surrounding city.
For more structured and maintained greenways, Lincoln Park Lake is located centrally in Lincoln Heights and provides a large lake your dog can enjoy splashing in, a playground, picnic areas, and sports fields as well as a recreation center. There are some unique playground features for kids, including zoo themed equipment and climbing structures. This park is located at Valley Boulevard and Mission Road and is easily accessible for residents. If you're looking for more challenging green areas, just east across Mission Road from Lincoln Heights, Ascot Hills Park features 93 acres of natural land, with longer trails and significant changes in elevation that provide stunning views, including the Hollywood sign, LAX, and downtown Los Angeles and surrounding area--a great excursion for adventurous dogs and owners.