Branch Out for Redwoods

Explore the redwood grove at Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia

Redwoods at Los Angeles Arboretum in Arcadia

Pines, birches, oaks, and … redwoods! Branch out to Arcadia’s Los Angeles County Arboretum for a simple 2.5-mile loop featuring surprise specimens (redwoods!) and local classics alike.

Gallery image 1 of 3
Gallery image 2 of 3
Gallery image 3 of 3

After parking, be on the lookout for resident peacocks. Over 200 of these majestic birds call the Arboretum home (they’re also the symbol of Arcadia). Admission here is $15 per person, and masks are required throughout the grounds. Heading east, pass through a variety of gardens and a tropical greenhouse, until you reach the main paved path. Directly across from you is the serpent trail, where you’ll slither through the Australian gardens. When you reach the main loop road, take a left and go through the African gardens. Succa for yucca? At the T-shaped intersection, take a brief detour through Aloe Trail. 

Gallery image 1 of 3
Gallery image 2 of 3
Gallery image 3 of 3

Continue west along the paved road (the giant Bauer Lawn and Fountains are on your left— invariably populated by peacocks and peahens surveying the grass) until you hit another T-intersection. Directly in front of you is the Prehistoric Garden, a shaded trail with cycads, ferns, and other big-leaf varieties that give off major Jurassic Park vibes. Also Jurassic? The Redwood grove of dawn and coastal varieties: a true rarity in Southern California. Soak in the grandiose on a shinrin-yoku walk (the Japanese art of forest bathing; the arboretum actually holds monthly classes) or sit on a bench under a redwood looking out at Baldwin Lake. When you’ve had your fill of big wonders, walk north on the path along the lake, meandering by a turtle pond and arboreal varieties.

Gallery image 1 of 1

After the (work-in-progress) Korean garden, you’ll reach the popular waterfall. Head to the summit via the stairs to get incredible panoramic views of the garden framed by the hulking San Gabriels at Tallac Knoll. Keep on the dirt trail northeast and descend under indigenous favorite coast live oaks back at Baldwin Lake, named for “Lucky” Baldwin, the founder and first mayor of Arcadia, who at one time lived at the grounds.

Redwoods at Los Angeles Arboretum in Arcadia

You can explore around his Queen Anne Cottage home, used often in films of varying expositions (read up on park history at all the interpretive signs along the trails), and look for resident Canada geese, snowy egrets, ducks, and turtles. Make your way back to the park entrance at your leisure.

To get to the Los Angeles County Arboretum, take the I-210 to the Baldwin Ave. exit and head south. The park entrance and lot will be at the first light on your right; you can’t miss it! No dogs allowed. Pro tip: Even though there are maps posted throughout the grounds, download the park map on your smartphone so you don’t miss any arboreal attractions!

Trending Stories SoCal

View all Stories
  1. Image that represents the story

    Trebek Open Space

    While most hikers head over to adjacent Runyon Canyon, instead do the 2-mile hike at Trebek Open Space and pay your respects to the legendary Jeopardy host and philanthropist, Alex Trebek.

    View
  2. Image that represents the story

    Rock the Hope at Lake Elsinore

    Hike the 4-mile Levee Trail on the shores of Southern California's largest natural freshwater lake, Lake Elsinore, and get a splash of positive energy thanks to the Rock Snake started earlier this year.

    View
  3. Image that represents the story

    Weekend Sherpa Podcast: Take it Outside

    Amid a new year that's already had challenges, Brad and Holly discuss the realities of what's happening in the country. And (!) some of the best new hiking trails locally in the Bay Area and SoCal.

    View
  4. Image that represents the story
    Sponsored

    A Very Reno Winter

    You’ve never had a winter vacation like Reno Tahoe! The Biggest Little City in the World is also one of the best winter basecamps. The Truckee River flows right through its lively Riverwalk District.

    View

Trending Stories Northern CA

View all Stories
  1. Image that represents the story

    Tamtastical Hike

    This 6.8-mile loop through the woods and ridges that make up the northern foothills of Tam offer the best of both worlds: solitude and grandeur. Enjoy quiet trails, tranquil forest, and big views.

    View
  2. Image that represents the story

    Hawk-Eyed Sunset

    It's one of the best sunset spots in the Bay Area. And Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands is quieter than usual this year because of few tourists. Enjoy a sweeping panorama 923 feet above the Pacific.

    View
  3. Image that represents the story

    Thank You to Our 2020 Team

    Thank you to our wonderful 2020 team for bringing the great outdoors home in a most challenging year. Meet our contributors and get ideas from their personal favorite CA adventures this year.

    View
  4. Image that represents the story
    Sponsored

    2021 Hiking Calendar!

    Ready to kick off 2021? (Like we have to ask.) Literally kick it off, with a hike! Download the 2021 POST Hiking Calendar (complimentary)—with recommended trails for every month of the year.

    View