Outdoor Essentials

With 300 days of sunshine, Pasadena is the perfect place to experience the great outdoors and take a break.

Eaton Canyon

Pasadena is one of California's most picturesque and historical cities, making it the ultimate getaway for those looking to explore the outdoors. Here are a few of our top picks for parks, gardens, and trails to explore in Pasadena:


Pasadena is full of beautiful parks that are ideal for an afternoon picnic, walk through nature, and more outdoor family fun. Visit Pasadena’s Brookside Park, Hahamonga Watershed Park, or Angeles National Forest, which features brilliant slopes and rocky canyons to hike along, to begin your outdoor adventure.


Flowery gardens, natural landscapes, arboretums, and redwood forests are just the beginning of Pasadena’s endless beauty. Locations such as Descanso Gardens, Los Angeles County Arboretum, Tournament House and Wrigley Gardens, and The Huntington, which is a popular Hollywood filming spot, will illustrate what makes Pasadena one of the most stunning cities to tour.

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There are plenty of trails within Pasadena to get active on. Grab your bike, dog, or family members, and discover the breathtaking views that Pasadena's landscape offers. Explore the Oak Knoll section of town, visit the world-famous Rose Bowl, or head out on a 10-mile stretch down the East Fork of the San Gabriel River with one of Pasadena’s hiking or biking tours. Whatever trail you choose, you are sure to run into breathtaking scenery.

More To Do

The incredible opportunities for fun and adventure the city of Pasadena boasts does not end here. Make sure to check out the listings below for more thrilling outdoor activities in Pasadena, including local sporting events, golf courses, beautiful views, and more.

While out, please remember to be respectful of our friends and neighbors and their health and safety. Respect the environment, local culture and the diverse groups who visit our state. Respect is the key to keeping each other safe and all of California’s precious and fragile landscape protected - today and tomorrow.

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