Altadena is a popular destination for hikers and nature lovers due to its prime location amidst the San Gabriel Mountains. While mountaineering is one of the most popular pursuits in Altadena, particularly a trip to the Sam Merrill Trail, there are other cool things to do in Altadena.
Situated in Pasadena, just a 10 minute drive from Altadena, Devil’s Gate Resevior in the Arroyo Seco is an infamous tourist attraction. A mixture of urban decay and nature, a trip to Devil’s Gate is fun and makes for great photographs if you are brave enough to enter Satan’s Lair!
Lumbar magnate Charles Cobb built his estate in the foothills of the mountains of Pasadena and lived there until his death in 1939. The walls of the Cobb Estate are believed to be haunted after new residents The Marx Brothers began to hear strange noises. The home was torn down in 1959 and lay unloved for many years. It is now a popular hiking destination so you can get your mix of natural charm and ghostly stories all in one place.
Zorthian Ranch is a 27-acre ranch that was owned by Jirayr Zorthian until his death in 2004. The quirky ranch is now used as a film set and is home to art installations. The site also contains goats, llamas, and horses and you can book an historical tour around the ranch for a fun day out when staying in Altadena.
If you love biking then a day out on a trail of Mount Lowe Railway will get your adrenalin going. If biking is not your thing you can hike around the trail and take in all of the historic sites as you explore the 9.8 miles of Altadena nature.
Once you have completed these 4 great things to do in Altadena you will need to refuel with the tasty food and drinks on offer. The Coffee Gallery offers a range of breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and cakes in LA, as well as being home to the best coffee in Altadena. You can stop by to refill your takeout coffee cup or fill your flask full of a freshly made smoothie to keep your energy levels up or call in afterwards for a sweet treat to reward yourself.
We hope that you have lots of fun in Altadena and remember to come say hello and enjoy great coffee.