This residential neighborhood has a mixture of single family dwellings, townhouses, condominiums, and housing complexes. Housing complexes share communal properties and may have walkways, swimming pools, gardens and recreational facilities. This neighborhood is very hilly, with winding roads. This makes it very scenic for walking with your pooch, however, climbing steep hills in some areas will be required, so be prepared for some effort! There's plenty of mature landscaping in the area, and beautifully landscaped yards. Large trees provide some shade to pedestrians strolling down residential roadways. The area also has some natural areas with rough terrain. If you venture into these area, watch out for local wildlife, including rattlesnakes, who may sun themselves on southern slopes or hide under rocks and bushes. You and your dog will not want to disturb these local critters. The two main arteries running through the neighborhood are Via Marisol and Monterey Road. Keep your dog on a leash to keep him safe from traffic, and take extra care when crossing these busy roads. Stick to sidewalks in the area and choose marked crossings.
Bud Weiner Park is located in Monterey Hills, a grassy area convenient for many locals that has some shade trees and rest areas. Nearby Ernest E. Debs Regional Park, located just to the west of Monterey Hills, provides 282 acres and several miles of trails through natural terrain, and dogs are welcome on a leash. On the eastern side of Monterey Hills, Elephant Hill provides more natural areas with trails and amazing views of the surrounding area from elevated greenways. Both these large natural areas are a real treat for locals and their dogs to enjoy. The Arroyo Seco Bike Path along the canal is also adjacent to Monterey Hills and provides an additional trail and greenway for walking or riding your bike with your dog. For those looking for some off-leash fun, Hermon Dog Park is nearby, just north of Monterey Hills, and features off-leash areas for large and small dogs.