Ernest E. Debs Regional Park is a secret to most outdoor enthusiasts in Los Angeles, but it's a little difficult to understand why. This park's 5.2 mile loop trail, with about 400 ft of elevation gain, provides families a really wonderful escape from the surrounding city.
What Makes It Great
The fire road sections are well maintained and much less crowded than other city parks like Runyon Canyon Park. Some of the smaller trails are a little more challenging and the junctions are not well marked, so be sure to grab a map at the Audubon Nature Center before you head out. The wide path trail winds through the woods until it rises on top of several hilltops, which give users several panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles and nearby Pasadena.
Who is Going to Love It
The best part about this park is that few know about its existence. The trail's ups and downs make for an exciting run for runners, and its easy access to the city make it very convenient for those with a busy schedules. The park is home to the Debs Park Audubon Nature and Science Center, which is a great educational center where you can take the kids. There are also several picnic grounds, nearby field sports grounds, and even a fishing pond. The park is dog friendly, but it’s best to keep them on leash, so that they do not bother other runners and hikers. There is an off-leash fenced in area at the Montecito Heights Recreation Center for those that want to let Snoopy run free.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
There are no fees to visit the park and the address is 4235 Monterey Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90032.