Montecito Heights is a residential district located in northeast Los Angeles, California. If you have a dog in your family and you like to take your pooch for walks, you will find that the weather in Los Angeles is cooperative for enjoying strolls with your dog at any time of year in your neighborhood. Los Angeles is hot and dry in summer, and warm and dry in winter.
Montecito Heights is a residential neighborhood and is not heavily populated. There are few commercial areas or businesses in the neighborhood to walk to on foot, and residents looking to access shops and services need to travel to adjacent neighborhoods. If you are a pet owner, nearby areas have veterinarians and pet supply shops, but must be accessed by driving. The Heritage Square Museum provides an interesting walking destination in the neighborhood, but is only local for residents on the northwest side of the community.
Montecito Heights sits on the Monterey Hills and is bounded by the Arroyo Seco and Pasadena Freeway on the northwest and Huntington Drive to the east. Montecito Heights is very hilly, and features rough terrain. Locals refer to it as the “Wilderness in the City”. Because of it’s steep terrain, there are no substantial commercial activities in the area.
This residential neighborhood is sparsely populated and isolated with little traffic and only one main thoroughfare, Griffith Avenue, running through the middle of it. Because of its elevation, the area boasts great views of the surrounding areas. If you are walking with your dog in the neighborhood, your walk will involve changes in elevation and climbs, sometimes quite steep, to navigate. Be sure you and your dog are prepared and plan your route according to your ability. Most areas in Montecito Heights have sidewalks, so pedestrians and their pets do not have to walk on roadways.
If you enjoy walking with your dog and experiencing natural areas, this is the community for you! There are so many great opportunities to enjoy walking with your dog in or just adjacent to the neighborhood. The Arroyo Seco Parkway on the western border of the community has a path running along it for people to work with their pets.
The Galena Street Stairs are a local walkway attraction, providing a pedestrian way between Galena Street and Esmeralda Street which is great if you want to burn off some of your dog's energy and give yourself a workout. Ernest E. Debs Park is a large, 282 acre natural area on the north side of Montecito Heights. This park provides programs that share the unique ecology of the natural area. Peanut Lake is also located in this park and hikers can enjoy hiking trails with picnic tables. Keep your dog leashed so he doesn't disturb local flora and fauna.