Set north of Los Angeles and literally within walking distance of Pasadena, the colorful and bright city of Altadena is a beautiful place to visit with your pooch. The suburbs of Los Angeles have always been an alluring place among visitors and tourists from all over the world, and Altadena is a good alternative to the busy and bustling streets of the commercial center, offering more outdoor activities and the pawfect place to retreat.
Located near Angeles National Forest, Altadena has a wealth of hiking opportunities, featuring different trails ranged from easy to very difficult. You may start by challenging your mutt with Lower Sam Merrill Trail or Mt. Lowe Railroad Trail, stretching for about 6 miles through the forest from Echo Mountain to Mt. Lowe Trail Camp. This convenient former railroad has plenty of historical markers and places to see while you are traveling, including stops for picnicking and relaxing.
If you're tired of fast food restaurants and drive-thrus, you'll find a good dog-friendly restaurant in Altadena with nice staff and a variety of choices to treat yourself and your lovely pooch! El Patron is a simple eatery with an Italian atmosphere and outdoor tables to share some food with your furry friend! And if you are more into pastries and love sweets, then Lincoln is waiting for you and your sweet tooth at one of the outdoor pet-friendly tables.
If you need some adventure to bond with your pup, follow the lead of East and North Altadena Drive from the city center of Altadena, which will take you to an alluring place to explore in northern Pasadena. Eaton Canyon Park and Nature Center offers you a variety of outdoor activities, and your pup is welcome to join you! Your furry friend will bark in excitement sniffing around the miles of walking trails and enjoying gorgeous views of Eaton Canyon. Head into Angeles National Forest to find a local hidden gem – Eaton Canyon Falls. Make sure to keep your puppy on the leash and take enough water with you!
The northeastern neighborhood of Pasadena, Hastings Ranch, stretches from north to south and borders with the incorporated community of Kinneloa Mesa. Hastings Ranch features just a few (but very nice!) recreation areas, a golf course and a shopping center with buzzing eateries to the south. Alice’s Dog Park is waiting for you and your pooch on East Orange Grove Boulevard, within the main area of Vina Vieja Park. The dog park is fenced, features two separate areas, plenty of room to roam and explore or run and play, benches, drinking water facilities and lots of shade. Remember the shopping mall in the southern part of Hastings Ranch? The park is set just in a short 10-minute walk away from it! Why not visit one of the furrific eateries with dog-friendly outdoor tables, such as Peet’s Coffee and Tea or Daphne’s California Greek?
Most of the neighborhoods near Pasadena and Los Angeles are conveniently located right next to Angeles National Forest and provide quick access to adventure. Sierra Madre is no exception! At the very northern end, you will find the trailhead of the Mt. Wilson Trail, which welcomes you to start your adventure with the picturesque views and the breathtaking environment of the forest. Be sure that your pup is ready for this difficult mountain hike! Keep in mind there's no railing on the outside, and beware of rattlesnakes! Bringing your own drinking water is a must; there are at least 3 consecutive miles along the trail which don't have access to drinking water.
Sierra Madre is naturally a dog-friendly place, featuring reliable dog-friendly facilities and even a small, but cozy and nice, dog park in the eastern part of the area. You will find the place behind Sierra Madre Middle School and next to two main recreation areas: Sierra Vista Park and Heasley Field. Sierra Madre Boulevard stretches farther east, but you need to pull off a few miles away from downtown to reach the park. The fenced dog park doesn't have a ton of room to roam, but it does have a friendly local crowd, nice doggie drinking fountains, shade, and benches -- everything you need for the pawfect day at the park!
If you're travelling near San Marino, make sure to pay a visit to Lacy Park, located a bit west from the center of town and close to the Oak Knoll neighborhood of Pasadena. Surrounded by a museum -- the Old Mill Foundation -- and a few schools, this public park is a pretty cool place to have a nice walk and a picnic with Fido. Lots of outdoor activities and plenty of visitors create an extremely friendly atmosphere, so you and Fido will surely want to stay awhile! Leashed pooches are welcome to join their masters for a wonderful stroll or a morning jog along the walking trails. Don't forget to take some water with you!