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The 2 best spots to go on a hike in Pasadena

16 Oct 2013 5:58 PM
The 2 best spots to go on a hike in Pasadena

Although the city of Pasadena has a lot to offer downtown - such as high-end shopping, gourmet restaurants and a vibrant art scene - many individuals who live in the area can regularly be found hiking scenic hillsides and enjoying the Californian countryside firsthand. The intimate connection with nature that local residents share sets this city apart from other regions of the Golden State, as does its breathtaking surroundings and picturesque vistas.

Whether you are the owner of luxurious Pasadena real estate, or simply visiting the area for an extended period of time, you may want to make visiting the following two nature centers a priority. A hike along these trails can provide you with sights you've never seen before, as well as memories you won't soon forget. 

Eaton Canyon Natural Area
This botanical, geological and zoological nature preserve, which is situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, boasts 190 acres and countless species of mammals, reptiles, insects and birds. Visitors can enjoy direct access to well-maintained hiking and equestrian trails, as well as the grounds' picnic areas, seasonal streams and wildlife habitats. Open daily from sunrise to sunset, this is an amenity that Pasadena locals can enjoy 362 days a year. 

Those interested in an engaging hike may want to explore the Eaton Canyon Falls Trail. This 3.4-mile path leads visitors over moderate terrain and past a multitude of geological finds to a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole. However, as this is such a popular trail, it may be best to plan visits during off-peak times of the day.

Big Santa Anita Canyon
Located within the Angeles National Forest entirely on federal land, this area offers visitors more than 40 miles of hiking trails and countless opportunities to connect with nature. In the 1850s, the first pathways were constructed after gold was discovered at the lower end of the canyon. Though the ensuing rush saw little yield, the land was recognized for its beauty and opportunity for relaxing recreation. A number of modest cabins were built in the area in the late-1890s - likely considered luxury real estate at the time - and about 80 privately-owned properties are still standing today.

Interested in spending some time gazing at pleasant waterfalls? This is where you want to be. There are several such features found within the expansive forest, but few are as charming as the Sturtevant Falls, north of Arcadia. Be sure to bring a camera - and leave only your footprints.