Whittier is a large neighborhood on the east side of Los Angeles. The neighborhood is part of the Gateway Cities and was incorporated in the 1890s. It is named after the poet John Greenleaf Whittier. Whittier College also has its home in this neighborhood.
A Spanish soldier named Manuel Nieto received the land that Whittier was built on in the 1780s as a reward for his military service. After the Mexican-American War, a German immigrant bought 160 acres of land and built the Jonathan Bailey house which is still famous today. In the 1900s, the Southern Pacific Railway was extended to the area to bring its crops of citrus and walnuts.
Now, this large neighborhood is primarily residential with mountainous regions in the northeast preventing development in that part of town. Businesses are primarily clustered on Whittier Boulevard which runs down the center of the neighborhood. Throughout this area, you can access the foothills for an alluring hiking experience.
The areas of Whittier that are developed are fairly flat and blocks tend to be long and straight. Most homes are single-story and are set back from the sidewalk behind grassy front yards that are rarely fenced. This is a great neighborhood to walk with your pup on a loose leash. Wide grassy yards and lovely mature trees make this a beautiful neighborhood to stroll through.
It isn't hard to find some diversity from the neighborhood streets in Whittier. Several little regional parks like Michigan Park and Penn Park offer lovely grassy fields to enjoy with your dog on the level ground. For more extensive exploration, you need only go up into the mountains. The Arroyo Pescadero Trail winds up into the mountains and is an awesome hiking trail where you can explore without wandering into very rugged terrain. If you and your pup are adventurous explorers, you can go off-trail and test your footing on the rocky ground.
A large natural area runs up the entire side of Whittier and offers you incredible natural exploration no matter where you are. The Arroyo Pescadero Trail provides an awesome way for you to safely explore these foothills with your dog, but you can easily wander off the trail using several other small trails or hike across the terrain. If you are considering going off the trail, be very careful to keep stable footing for yourself and do not go too high or take great risks.
Make sure your dog is wearing a secure harness so you can offer them support if necessary. The trails that run through these foothills offer truly extraordinary views and a really great chance of seeing wildlife. Plenty of named trails like the Worsham Canyon Trail and the Whittier Turnbull Canyon hiking trail let you see all the sights these mountains have to offer in safety and comfort.